The National President, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Chris Isiguzo, has called on the three tiers of government to expedite action in road construction and rehabilitation across the country to save lives.
Isiguzo, who made the call at the annual National Executive Council Meeting of the NUJ in Lokoja, Kogi State on Thursday, decried the dilapidated state of roads across in many parts of the country.
He noted that most of the delegates to the NEC meeting, the highest decision-making body of the union, were held up on Auchi-Okene, Okene-Lokoja and Itobe-Ajaokuta-Lokoja roads due to their deplorable condition.
The NUJ president said a lot of federal and state roads in the country were in bad shape and in urgent need of rehabilitation.
He said: “The roads are in terrible condition and it is making life on the roads a nightmare.
“Therefore, government across board should rise to the occasion.”
Isiguzo commended Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State for changing the narratives of the state with what he described as “uncommon achievements” in the areas of security and provision of infrastructure.
Chief Edward Onoja, the state Deputy Governor, who declared the meeting open, said the administration had surmounted ethnicity, religious and social barriers that hitherto bedeviled the state.
He said there was harmony in the state now, adding that 95 per cent of people serving in the present administration were children of “nobody.”
Onoja said Ankpa township roads: Ejule-Umomi-Ugwolawo-Ajaka-Idah road and Ife-Olukotun, would all be inaugurated before the end of 2019.
He expressed the readiness of Bello to partner with journalists to move the state forward.
Earlier in his address of welcome, Alhaji Adeiza Momoh-Jimoh, the Chairman, NUJ, Kogi State Council, commended the state government for facilitating the successful hosting of the meeting, but called on it to fulfill its promises to the council.