The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Akwa Ibom council, has issued a directive prohibiting its members from covering the activities of the Akwa Ibom House of Assembly, effective immediately. The decision was reached during the council’s congress held in Uyo on Wednesday.
The communique, signed by council chairman Amos Etuk, secretary Dominic Akpan, and members of the communique drafting committee, Iniobong Ekponta, Dianime Uko, and Emem Okon, cited the appointment of Nkereuwem Udom, a ‘non-journalist,’ as the press secretary by Akwa Ibom speaker Udeme Otong as the reason behind the boycott.
In the communique, the NUJ emphasized that any member found in violation of the directive would face severe sanctions. Additionally, the union urged the Akwa Ibom State Environmental Protection and Waste Management Agency to promptly address the issue of indiscriminate refuse dumping on Atiku Abubakar Way to prevent potential flooding.
It also called upon the Federal Road Safety Corps and other relevant traffic management agencies in Akwa Ibom to enforce traffic regulations, apprehend offenders, and initiate legal proceedings against them.
Furthermore, the NUJ appealed to the police and other security agencies to intensify surveillance and implement measures to combat the increasing incidents of phone theft in the Uyo metropolis. The union expressed its concern about this rising trend and called for concerted efforts to curb such criminal activities.
SOURCE: Peoples Gazette