The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to end the lingering fuel crisis that has brought serious hardship on Nigerians in the last few months.
The journalists said this in a communique issued at the end of its first quarterly National Executive Council meeting hosted by the Lagos State Council.
The journalists posited that after reviewing the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in the last 11 months, it felt dissatisfied “at the avalanche of promises to end the imbroglio without success.”
The union therefore charged the government to quickly end the sufferings of Nigerians over the fuel imbroglio.
The 11-point communique, signed by the union’s National Secretary, Walin Shadalafia, Shuaibu Usman Leman also discussed issue of the continuous abduction of Chibok schoolgirls.
“NEC in session also sympathises with parents of the abducted Chibok Girls, and urged the Federal Government to do all within its powers to secure the release of the school children who have remained in captivity for over two years,” the union also said.
It stressed: “The union observed that with the latest video released by Boko Haram showing that the girls are still alive, government should ensure that their lives are not further endangered.”
The union added its support to the on-going war against graft and praised the Buhari administration on its avowed commitment to rid the country of corruption.
The NUJ, however, called on its members to join the war against corruption by ensuring that no corrupt persons enjoy media protection.
It also stressed: “With regards to the Panama Papers, NEC urged government to take a second look at those who hide their wealth in offshore companies in order to evade tax. It insists that the government should take a second look at tax laws and bring all taxable Nigerians to the tax net.”
The union further said: “NEC-in-Session also looks at the lingering impasse between the executive and the legislature with regards to the passage of the 2016 Appropriation Bill and therefore urges the Presidency and the National Assembly to quickly resolve their differences in the interest of Nigerians.
“It also advised that important projects which would have direct bearing on the lives of Nigerians like the Lagos-Calabar rail line be maintained in the budget without further delay.”
While praising the nation’s armed forces on the improvement recorded in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents, the union advised the government not to relent in its efforts until terrorism is completely stamped out of the country.
The NUJ also called for adequate security for people in the IDP camps, adding: “On Fulani herdsmen/Farmers crises, NEC calls for urgent government intervention before the situation spirals out of hand. It also sought for a solution to the problem of cattle rearing.”
The union urged government to do all within its powers to stamp out kidnapping, just as it demanded that the issue of payment of salaries to journalists should be taken seriously by federal and state governments and the private sector operators.