The Nigeria Union of Journalists, Cross River State Council has decried the rising cases of kidnapping and other criminal activities in Calabar and environ.
The union said this on Thursday in a communiqué signed by the Chairman, Victor Udu, at the end of its February Congress in Calabar.
It urged the various security agencies in the state to redouble their efforts in order to ensure adequate protection of lives and property of citizens.
The union also called on the state government to live up to its constitutional responsibility of ensuring the safety of lives of her citizens.
It said: “The congress express deep concern at the increasing rate of kidnapping and other criminal activities in Calabar metropolis and called on the state government to step up efforts to ensure the protection of lives and property of citizens as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“The congress also called on the security agencies in the state to live up to their expectations as well as conduct a self-cleansing of their personnel to weed out those who compromise the security architecture of the state for selfish gains.”
The union expressed dismay at the continuous scarcity of potable water supply in Calabar and its environ.
It called on the State Water Board to do everything possible to restore water supply to the city.
It said: “Calabar cannot attain the desired environmental cleanliness without regular potable water supply for use by the people.”
The union also urged the state government through the relevant ministry to start work on filling of potholes to end traffic congestion and alleviate the hardship faced by motorists.