More reactions have continued to trail the February and March 2019 general elections conducted in the country with particular reference to that of Akwa Ibom State.
The most recent reaction is from the Akwa Ibom State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalist (NUJ).
In a communique signed by the State Chairman, Elder Patrick Albert, and his Secretary, Amos Etuk; on Sunday, April 28, the Union congratulated the State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel on his re-election and other candidates who were successful at the polls, urging them to remember their promises to the electorates after their swearing-in.
The Union also encouraged the entrenchment of Electronic Card Reader in the electoral process, noting that the use of the device contributed to the reduction of electoral frauds and violence during the just concluded elections. A
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The NUJ further urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to address some of its logistic challenges, particularly in the area of transportation to help secure election materials when they are conveyed, and also advised against use of commercial vehicles in conveying election materials to polling units in subsequent elections.
Speaking on the excesses of some reporters, the Union advised politicians and public office holders to appoint qualified journalists as their media officers when the need arises, to avail them of good, professional services in information management, media relations and public engagements.
Finally, it encouraged the State government to thrive to complete the numerous on-going projects already initiated before embarking on new ones.
While encouraging members to participate in the 2019 Workers’ Day on Wednesday, May 1, the Union announced that the Council’s 2019 thanksgiving will be held on Sunday, May 5, at the Mount Zion Light House Full Gospel Church, Etoi Assembly, Uyo.