Bauchi Governor tasks NUJ to key into campaign against Gender Based Violence as he hosts NUJ North East Zonal Meeting
Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed of Bauchi State on Wednesday urged the National leadership of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) to participate fully in the campaign against all forms of rape and gender based violence in the country.
The Governor made this known at the North East Zonal Meeting of the NUJ held at the NUJ Press Centre , Bauchi.
Governor Bala Mohammed said journalists as watch dog of the society, have a role to play in reducing the number of rape cases and other gender based violence in the society.
According to him, there is need for journalists in the country to assist and support security agencies and other relevant stakeholders to overcome insecurity challenges facing the country.
“We have an issues in our front banner as journalists, that is the issue of rape and other gender based violence against women and I want to challenge my colleagues to contribute in fighting this menace.”
“Our current NUJ President is a vibrant President and is very proactive in leadership . I want to say that, in Governor Bala Mohammed your colleague and our leader, you have a noble partner that will help in uplifting the NUJ to greater highs.
Represented by the Chief of Staff, Government House Bauchi, Dr Ladan Salihu, the Governor pledged continued support to the NUJ for the welfare and wellbeing of members in the state.
Dr Ladan Salihu who enumerated the achievements recorded by the present administration in the areas of infrastructure, agriculture, health and education, said the administration of Governor Bala Mohammed is working assiduously to ensure effective service delivery in all the sectors of the state economy .
In a key note adrress, the NUJ National President, Mr. Chris Isiguzo expressed gratitude to Governor Bala Mohammed for the support extended to journalists not only in the state, but across the country.
The NUJ boss however appealed to the Governor to provide hecters of land to NUJ in the state to construct housing units for its members so as to overcome their housing needs.
“Your Excellency, each time we gather like this, it affords us the opportunity to look around and see what is going on as enshrined in the constitution to hold government accountable. We have inspected and we have seen the projects that have direct bearing on the lives of the people of the state embarked upon by your administration.”
“We appreciate what you are doing in Bauchi and for the support extended to journalists across the Nigeria’ Your Excellency, we remain grateful for that.”
The Senior Special Assistant on Media to the Governor, Comrade Mukhtar Gidado had earlier alongside National officers of the NUJ inspected projects of Governor Bala Mohammed within Bauchi metropolis.
Comrade Mukhtar Gidado reiterated the commitment of the present administration in the state to continue to provide citizens of the state with the required services in order to improve their living conditions.