By OBAJI AKPET
Afraid that some shady deals may be changing hands the Cross River chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) have urged the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mr. Muhammadu Buhari to follow already established protocol and expedite the confirmation of Justice Walter Onnoghen as Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).
The Cross River wing of the NUJ made this call in a communiqué issued at the end of State Congress of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Cross River State Council held recently at the Ernest Etim Press Center, Calabar.
Members of the communiqué drafting committee were Ndoma Akpet of Cross River Broadcasting Corporation, who was chairman; Obaji Akpet of Daily Champion as Secretary; and Marta Ewa of Federal Radio Corporation was member to the committee.
The Congress while commending the Federal Government for the appointment of Justice Walter Onnoghen as the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) appealed to Mr President to follow already established protocol in the confirmation of the appointment of the substantive CJN within the stipulated period.
The Congress which was presided over by the State Chairman, Comrade Victor Udu, also deliberated on the state of the Nation, even as it commended The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) for the rehabilitation of the Calabar-Itu road, NUJ however, called on the Federal Government/ NDDC to extend the rehabilitation work to Calabar-Ikom-Ogoja Federal Highway.
Congress noted that, the condition of the road which serves as major economic route for the Cross River State and neighboring states has become increasingly deplorable.
On the state of affairs in Cross River, the Congress observed that intra-city roads within the Calabar Metropolis are becoming littered with portholes thereby obstructing free flow of traffic in the city and called on the State Government to direct relevant agencies responsible for maintaining the roads to do the needful to give the state capital its desirable look ahead of the Carnival.
NUJ, while commending the efforts of the State Government for keeping Calabar clean and green, urged the government to do more as some areas within the city are still far from being clean and green.
On the foreign scene, the Congress commended the level of maturity displayed by the two leading presidential candidates in the just concluded US elections, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and urged politicians in Nigeria to emulate them in order to minimize rancour and unnecessary waste of time at the tribunals.