Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has said no to the Federal Government’s decision to regulate social media operators in the country.
It National Executive Council stated this Thursday during its INEC meeting held at Riverton Hotels Lokoja.
National Secretary of the NUJ, Shuaibu Usman Lemon, Buba Abdullahi, Victoria Asher and Leke Adegbite signed the issued communique.
“NEC rejects in its entirety a step by the Federal Government to regulate social media operators in the country.
”We call on the Minister of Information, Alh Lai Mohammed not to succumb to the temptation of restricting the social media.
”Restricting the social media can easily lead to gagging the media,” the communique issued after the meeting stated.
Declaration of State of Emergency on Federal Roads
The NUJ also said President Muhammadu Buhari should declare state of emergency on federal roads across the country.
“NEC calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare state of emergency on deplorable Federal Roads across the country. ”Especially Ajaokuta – Itobe road which links the South East and South-South to the FCT.”
NUJ seeks free, fair election in Kogi, Bayelsa States
NEC-NUJ said there must be free and fair elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States.
“Federal Government, INEC, security agencies and political gladiators should ensure hitch-free electoral processes before, during and after elections.”
We reject governors move to pay different minimum wage – NUJ
On minimum wage, NEC said it rejects governors attempts to introduced state new minimum wage different from the federal government.
NEC said; ”We also reject Nigeria Governor’s Forum position to pay new minimum wage according to states financial standing.
”We urge them to implement the Federal Government’s template as agreed upon with the NLC.”
The NUJ, however, commends the federal government decision in closing our national borders. It urged the Federal Government to prevail on marketers and local producers not to hike prices of goods and services.