The Lagos State chapter of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, has commended Lagos State government of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode as well as the state House of Assembly under the leadership of Rt. Hon. Mudasiru Obasa on the various infrastructure development going on in the state. The group was particularly impressed with the establishment of the Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LNSC) which it noted, will improve community policing in the state.
NAWOJ however urged the state House of Assembly to pass a law that will rid the state of social miscreants and area boys. It also called on the executive arm to ensure strict enforcement of the law when passed by the Assembly.
The commendation and.advice were part of the communiqué issued at the April Congress of the Lagos NAWOJ signed by its Chairperson, Hajia Sekinah Lawal.
The group commended the strengthening of the Neiighbourhood Watch stating that it will boost security in the state.
“Apart from this, we also commend the state government on the modernised bus-stops but request that area boys be taken away from the bus-stops as they constitute nuisance to all,” the communique said.
The Lagos women journalists also called on the Senate to face the business of serious lawmaking for the benefits of the Nigerian masses.
Commending the judgement of killers of Cynthia Osokogu, the group noted that the pharmacist, Orji Osita, who was accused of dispensing Rohypnol to the convicts without a doctor’s prescription should also be punished in order to serve as deterrent to others, “as parents, we must always caution our children on the use of social media to avoid such occurrences”.
As World Health Day is being celebrated this April with the theme: “Depression”, NAWOJ appealed to all Nigerians to shun any act that can lead to depression to avoid untimely death.
On the issue of six Igbo traders who were murdered in Abuja in June 2005, the group stated that the judgment by Justice Ishaq Bello of the FCT High Court which sentenced to death two out of the six police officers, who were initially charged for their complicity in the killings was unfair.
“If Ezekiel Acheneje and Emmauel Baba can be sentenced to death for killing the traders, why not the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Danjuma Ibrahim, Othman Abdulsalami and Sadiq Salami, who allegedly gave the order? The group wondered.