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Borno NUJ Raises Concern Over Attacks On Farmers, Urges Action By Security Agencies

The Borno State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), has raised concern over sustain attacks on farmers by suspected Boko Haram terrorists in parts of the state.

The concern is contained in a communique issued at the conclusion of the State Council Congress held on Saturday.

The communique signed by the Chairman of the Communique Drafting Committee, Mr Francis Okoye, urged security agencies and the State Government to intensify measures to contain the situation.

The communique also tasked the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, to release the research report on prevalence of kidney diseases in Borno which was funded to the tune of N50m by the Governor Babagana Zulum administration.

The communique which praised the Borno government for constructing additional mega schools and recruiting more teachers, urged the government to take decisive action in enrolling the large number of out-of-school children on the streets.

“Congress commended the Borno State government for implementing transport subsidies, which have helped citizens, civil servants, and the business community cope with the increased transportation costs due to fuel subsidy removal and pump price hikes.

“The Congress also urged the government to establish bus stops for the transport buses to prevent conflicts with commercial tricycle operators.

“The Congress also praised the government for distributing palliatives to citizens to mitigate the impact of fuel subsidy removal.

“However, it urged the government to monitor the distribution to prevent diversion by individuals and to ensure that the aid reaches citizens who have not yet benefited.”

The communique further commended the Borno government for reconstructing the burnt Maiduguri Monday Market, and urged the allocation committee to be fair and just in allocating the shops to beneficiaries.

It also lauded government’s efforts against the outbreak diphtheria and urged the government to increase public awareness campaigns on preventive measures against it and other diseases.

The communique thanked the state government for its sustain support to union and it’s operations in the state.

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