August 10, 2022

Reporters’ Diary

Factual Reportage

NUJ Urges FG, ASUU, SSANU, NASU To Negotiate For Quick Resolution Industrial Dispute

By: Edem Archibong, Calabar

The Nigeria Union of Journalist (NUJ), Cross River State Council, resolved in their first state Congress since after the emergence of the new State Executive Committee of the Fourth Estate of Rhyme (as the society’s watch dog) have summoned the Federal Government under the leadership of President Mohammedu Buhari, the Leaders of the various University Unions in the country to urgently resume on negotiation table and resolve the over five months labour crisis which resulted into the closure of institutions of learning across the country without further delay.
This information is contained in the five point’s communiqué of the professional watch dog Union as a measure to help reduce the untold hardship and frustration meted on both the students and members of staff in the country’s institutions of learning.
The Professional body also frowned in their second points on the “constant Naira devaluation in the global money market occasioned primarily by a non-productive economy and other ancillary factors resulting in high level economic strangulations across the country”, they observed.
For the point number three, the Nsa Gill led professional Union in the state expressed concern “on the current wave of insecurity across the nation, characterized by insurgency, banditry and kidnapping, the congress urges the Federal government to demonstrate greater commitment and political will by deploying all security apparatus at its disposal for the protections of lives and property of the citizenry”.
On the fourth point by the union, they commended the “Federal government for the comprehensive renovations and facility upgrade at the Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital in Calabar” which was affected by the 24th October, 2020 mass protest in the country while appealing for the replication of such efforts in other health care institutions at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels to ensure more improve quality health care delivery in the country.
In the fifth point of the communiqué, the Union extols Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State for unfolding plans to re-organize the Carnival Calabar in December, 2022 christened “Affrica’s Biggest Street Party” which was suspended due to the outbreak of covid-19 in Nigeria while appealing for an improvement from the previous editions.
For the economic turn around in the country, the Union proffers that the Federal should urgently consider for the convening of an Economic Summit that will target on how to rejig the nation’s economic policies before the general elections to reduce the high cost of living on Nigerians.