NUJ Urges Southern Governors To Back Open Grazing Ban With Legislation, Calls On FG To Equip Police

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NUJ President, Chris Isiguzo

By; MATTHEW UKACHUNWA, Lagos

Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Lagos State Council, has tasked governors of Southern Nigeria to pass a legislation to back their resolution banning open grazing of cattle.
The Lagos journalists expressed this view while supporting the decision of the southern Nigeria governors to ban open grazing of cattle in their respective states at a joint meeting they held recently.
The NUJ told the governors to emulate Benue State government by enacting a law to fortify their decision.
The Lagos journalists asked federal and state governments of Nigeria to provide the Nigeria Police with essential tools to enable it carry out its function effectively.
“Both the federal and state governments must take concrete steps towards tackling the prevalent security challenges across the country in order to ensure safety of lives and property.
“Both the governnent and the public must support the Nigeria Police in discharging its duties effectively in tackling kidnapping, banditry and other vices in the country,” Lagos NUJ said.
It stated this in a communique  issued at the end of its May 2021 congress which took place at Lagos Television (LTV) Station compound in Ikeja on Saturday.
The journalists told federal government to uphold Freedom of the Press as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution (as amended); they stressed that the media is a strong tool in any democratic setting.
“Government at all levels must grant the Press unfettered access to information so that journalists can disseminate information freely without any form of intimidation,” Lagos NUJ Council declared.

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