The Akwa Ibom State Chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) has commended the state government for intervening in the repair of the Ntak Inyang axis of Calabar/Itu Highway.

The NUJ gave the commendation at the last state congress of the Union held on Friday November 29, at the council secretariat in Uyo.

According to a communique issued at the end of the congress, the NUJ called on  the Federal Government to look into the Ikot Ekpene-Aba Road, Ikot Ekpene – Umuahia Road, Azumini-Ukanafun-Ika Road and Ikot Ekpene – Itu – Odupani Road to ease the suffering of the people and also open the state up for economic and social activities.

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The “congress also commended the wife of the governor, Dr. Mrs. Martha Udom Emmanuel for her concerted efforts at ensuring the safety of the girl child and her passion towards eliminating gender-based violence, especially rape through her pet project FEYReP”.

“While strongly condemning the increase in reported cases of rape in the State, the congress expressed the readiness of the Union to join forces with Mrs. Emmanuel in the advocacy against violent abuse of the girl-child through public enlightenment and Campaigns”.

It was also resolved that the magistrate sitting at the Sanitation Court in Uyo, Margaret Ekpedoho, would not be spared of her action against one of its member, Mary Ekere, adding that more petitions would be sent to appropriate quarters against her.

The Congress however expressed gratitude to the commissioner for finance, Mr. Linus Nkan, who was present, for identifying with the Union through the visit and for being the first finance commissioner to address the state congress.

They reiterated the Council’s readiness to support and cooperate with the government to achieve the completion agenda of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s administration.

They stressed that the era of an all-comer journalism practice in the State was long gone as the Union was committed to ensuring that only qualified journalists are allowed to practice in the State.

In his remarks, the Commissioner acknowledged the contributions of journalists as watchdogs in the society as watchdogs and noted that the media has an important role to play in any society.

The commissioner called on members to continue to stand by the government to ensure the success of all its policies and programmes.