By Mokwugwo Solomon, Awka
The Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Thursday, praised candidates of different political parties gunning for different elective positions for the 2023 general elections in Anambra State for their display of maturity in addressing issues as against name-calling and intimidation of opponents.
This is contained in a communiqué issued by the Anambra state council of the union at the end of its monthly congress held in Awka.
The council informed the electorate that the February 25 and March 11, 2023 elections are history beckoning, hence, they should toe the part of peace and ensure that hitch-free elections hold across the country.
It also urged the youths to shun violence, and to use their votes to ensure that credible leadership is enthroned.
The union, which also decried naira note scarcity and high cost of petroleum products, which have translated into high cost of transportation and high cost of living, urged the government to find solutions to them.
It said, “President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) should restore normalcy, and make petroleum products available, and at affordable prices before the presidential polls.
“It is also worrisome that citizens have monies in their various bank accounts but do not have access to them in financial institutions, Points of Services (POS), and ATMs. So, we use this medium to call on relevant authorities to reverse the situation in order to ameliorate people’s suffering.”
While commending the Anambra state government for interventions on roads across the state, the union called on the state government to do well to offset arrears of leave allowances owed some ministries and parastatals.