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NUJ Urges FG To Rehabilitate IDPs

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), on Sunday called on the Federal Government to to rehabilitate Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the country in order to address their social problems.

The call was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the union in Abuja.

The communiqué, signed by Mr Shuaibu Leman the National Secretary of the union, said, “NEC urged the Federal Government to intensify efforts towards rehabilitation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in order to address their social problems,” the statement said.

The union appealed to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to collaborate with security agencies to ensure conducive atmosphere for eligible IDPs to cast their votes.

While acknowledging the doggedness of Nigerian Army in curtailing the Boko Haram insurgents, the union cautioned politicians to desist from using abusive words that could incite violence ahead of 2015 elections.

The NUJ stressed the need for INEC and the security agencies to ensure synergy with journalists to ensure effective coverage of the polls.

It warned journalists to avoid any act that could lead to professional misconduct.

“NEC condemned the situation where journalists are still owed salaries and other allowances by their employers in spite of several persuasions by the NUJ to pay such by both private and government owned media”, it said.

The union called on regulatory agencies including the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to rise up to their responsibilities by checking unethical political adverts on Radio and Television stations nationwide.

The NEC ratified June 24 to June 27 as the dates for its National Delegate Conference billed to hold in Abuja.

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