Emir tasks Journalists on national economy

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The Emir of Fika, Alhaji Muhammadu Ibn Abali, on Wednesday urged the media to sensitize Nigerians on the nation’s economic challenges.

The emir, who is also the Chairman, Yobe Council of Chiefs, made the appeal when he received officials of the state council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) at his palace in Potiskum.

Abali said the public need to be enlightened to appreciate the impact of the global economic recession and fall in price of oil on the nation’s economy.

“There is a global economic recession. It has also affected Nigeria because of the mono economy, with over dependence on oil, whose price has collapsed in the international market.

“The challenge before the media includes propagating the good efforts of the Federal Government to salvage the situation,” he said.

The emir said traditional institutions in the state were working closely with security operatives to ensure peace and stability across the state.

“We appreciate government efforts in ensuring peace and security in the North east, normalcy is gradually returning,  but wish to call for more assistance to the Internally Displaced Persons in the state.

“We are also working in partnership with healthcare providers and non-governmental organizations for successful immunization coverage in the state.”

Abali lauded the media for working under risky environment and enduring the six-year Boko Haram onslaught in the state.

Malam Yusuf Isa, the Yobe NUJ chairman, pleaded for the support and cooperation of the emir toward enhancing the working conditions of journalists in the state.

He commended the traditional rulers for their massive contributions to security and development of the state. (NAN)

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