By TERYIMA ANDREW
Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state has promised to complete the ongoing remodeling project at the Secretariat of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Jos.
The governor who spoke through the commissioner of information and communication, Mr. Dam Manjang, on Friday while on a visit to the project site, said the project will not be abandoned.
Mr. Manjang told Journalists after he had inspected the building alongside officials of NUJ that the building is among top projects Plateau state government is given great priority.
It will be recalled that the remodeling of the NUJ house begun in December 2019 to be completed within 12 weeks, but work has stopped since three weeks ago, due to lack of funds.
The Plateau state government had approved the sum of 33 million Naira for the remoldeling of NUJ building during it weekly council meeting early December 2019.
The contractor who had commenced work, recently stop due to lack of funding.
Reacting to the development, the information commissioner said government will live up to it promise.
“We are not unaware of the promises that we have made to Journalists and the entire NUJ by extension.”
Mr. Manjang commanded quality of reportage by Journalists practicing in Plateau state.
“We have enjoyed the good will of the Journalists in the state.”
He however cautioned Journalists to report in accordance with ethics of the profession.
“Let us work with professionalism, the state belong to all of us. Governnent have no cause to complain about your reportage.
Earlier, Plateau state NUJ council chairman Mr. Paul Jatau, told the Commissioner that the work is about 30 percent completion, but work has stopped.
Mr. Jatau appealed to government to facilitated the release of the funds to enable completion of the building before raining season set in.