The Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ Taraba state council has called on the Taraba state government to mandate state ministry of Justice to reactivate the 2011 Anti-kidnapping law with a view to curb the menace.
This was contained in a communique issued at the end of the Congress held on last Saturday at the press center in Jalingo, the state capital signed by the Committee Chairman Ossy Sunday and made available to newsmen.
The Congress which was presided over by the Council’s Chairman Comrade Jovita Shafe also want Taraba state House of Assembly to review the Anti-kidnapping law to make it attract capital punishment.
It also called on stakeholders and the government to better the lot of Journalism profession and improve upon the world ranking of having Nigerian Journalism and Press Freedom at 140 out of 180 countries.
Other decisions of the Congress including the following:
The Union shall intensify its actions against quackery in the Journalism Profession seeing that quacks are now going about in the state extorting unsuspecting citizens in the name of NUJ.
In line with this the congress urges professional Journalists to respect and honour other senior professional Colleagues and shun immediate personal monetary pursuits.
The congress cries out against the spate of kidnappings which has now engulfed the entire state, where it called on the security agencies and Network service providers not only to be proactive but collaborate in nipping such crimes that causes Tarabans sleepless night in the bud.
The union condemned the seemingly unending communal clashes in the state and appealed to well-meaning Tarabans to seek and respect other better means of resolving conflicts than resort to fighting, as this causes serious setbacks to the people and government of the state.
The congress congratulated the state Governor Architect Darius Dickson Ishaku on his victory at the just concluded polls.
With the enormity of the responsibility in the hands of the governor-elect, the union pledged its support and resolved to partner with the government to make success become the hallmark of his administration.
It also wishes that the Ishaku’s administration realizes the whole world looks up to it, for good and fair governance that will positively uplift the citizens of Taraba State.
The congress lends its voice to the passionate plea for negotiation between the State Government and the striking Taraba State University Lecturers.
The NUJ sees the strike as an unproductive move towards the fast-growing and cherished institution in the state and therefore, appealed to the government to do everything humanity possible in its negotiations with the University to immediately end the strike action.
Based on the series of warnings from economic experts on an impending recession, the Taraba NUJ urged Nigerians to prepare and save against the coming hard times.
It calls on the Taraba State government in particular, to watch out as this may give rise to another round of farmer/herdsmen clashes as the rainy season sets in.
Finally, the NUJ state Council, called on the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC to use the forth-coming Bayelsa and Kogi States election to correct the lapses and errors recorded in the last general elections in Nigeria.