By Martha Agas
Jos, – The Plateau Chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has called on the Federal Government to release the N10 billion grant it promised for the resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) affected by communal attacks in Plateau.
The Union made the plea on Thursday in Jos in a communique signed by Mr Peter Amine, the secretary of the council, at the end of its congress meeting.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in 2018 promised a N10 billion grant for the rehabilitation of farming communities and resettlements of IDPs in the state.
The union pointed out that the gesture would fast track the restoration of activities in the agrarian communities and help students have stability in academic activities.
The Congress called on government to address isolated attacks and communal clashes in some villages in Bassa, Kanke and Riyom Local Government Areas (LGAs) to avert escalation.
“We call on Gov. Simon Lalong to as a matter of urgency make appointments particularly in the area of media and publicity and to appoint seasoned journalists as his media aides, ” the document read.
The Union urged the state government to ensure the state owned publications, ‘The Standard Newspaper” received government intervention through improving the quality of materials and resuscitate it from its present state of low performance.
The union also expressed worry on the indiscriminate use of NUJ car stickers on vehicles of non members saying disclaimer notice would soon be issued to the public and security agencies to address the anomaly.