The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Anambra State Council, has cried to the state governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, over the bad condition of roads in the state.
The union stated this in a communiqué endorsed by its state Chairman, Dr. Odogwu Odogwu, and made available to journalists in Awka, the state capital, yesterday.
Stating that roads in the state were in terrible conditions, the union asked the governor to at least begin palliative works on roads in Awka and environs.
The communique reads in part: “NUJ condemns the existence of numerous potholes on major and adjoining roads in Awka, especially Nodu – Goodwill junction, Y-junction – UNIZIK, among many others, and urged the Soludo-led government to do the needful by carrying out palliative work on the damaged portions of the roads to save residents from further suffering.
“NUJ frowns at the continued gridlock on the River Niger Bridge due to the attitude of transporters picking up passengers on the Onitsha Bridge and called on the government to intervene to end the anomaly.”
The union urged the state government to strictly enforce the ban on roadside touting in the state, especially at Upper Iweka, Onitsha, where it said touts had devised various means of robbing and extorting unsuspecting victims.
While commending the state government’s efforts to reduce the crime rate in the state, the union expressed dismay over the threat posed by criminal gunmen to workers in some local council headquarters in the state, including some journalists who had got a series of threat messages from hoodlums and arsonists, notifying them of likely attacks on their stations.