By Joy Odor
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) FCT Council has concluded plans to hold a town hall meeting with relevant stakeholders and residents, following the widespread complaints by motorists alleging abuse, extortion, intimidation and sometimes physical abuse by operatives and officials of the Abuja Municipal Area Council AMAC Taskforce abd Marshal.
This was contained in a press statement, jointly signed by the Secretary of Council, Mr Ochiaka Ugwu and Chairman of the Planning Committee, Mr Omeiza Ajayi, respectively on Sunday in Abuja.
According to the statement, based on the Constitutional guarantee in Chapter 22 of the 1999 Constitution (As Amended) the NUJ FCT views it as expedient to organize a town hall meeting to review the strategies of the AMAC Taskforce, marshal and develop interventions to ensure that key stakeholders are engaged and informed on their activities.
It said is also aimed at finding answers to burning issues which if not properly addressed and timely, too, could adversely impact on the fragile security situation in the territory.
“It is important to state that interfacing with stakeholders is essential in ensuring that citizens’ rights are protected while assisting the taskforce to carry out its assignment within the ambit of the law” the statement noted.
The statement stressed that NUJ remain committed as ever to ensuring that any act to suppress or infringe on peoples’ right will pass neither unnoticed nor unquestioned.
“We are confident that as a watchdog we will systematically monitor the conduct of government at all levels and set agenda for good governance.”
“This issue affects everyone. Many journalists had fallen victims before now and the bail is usually ₦10,000. While we may have used our power to secure their release without a dime, it is not so for other members of the society” it stressed.