Bauchi NUJ makes case adequate funding of LGs to stem rural – urban migration

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Executive Chairman of Bogoro LGC, Hon Iliya Habila (left) with the Chairman of Bauchi State NUJ, Comrade Umar Said

By Akanji Alowolodu, Bauchi

Bauchi State Government has been urged to ensure prompt release funds to local government councils in the state particularly those that are doing well in the area of rural development. 
The appeal was made by the Chairman of Bauchi State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Comrade Umar Said while addressing a press conference on Monday at the Conference Hall of Bogoro LGC to mark the commencement of the 2020 Press Week. 
Umar Said observed that the LGCs need to be supported by the government to enable them embark on developmental projects saying that the bulk of the development is in the rural areas of the state. 
The NUJ Chairman further made case for the focused attention on the local government areas in order to check rural – urban migration which said has over the years made the urban centers over populated thereby overstretching the facilities. 
He commended the Executive Chairman of Bogoro LGC, Iliya Habila for embarking on people oriented projects since his election saying that what is needed at  the grassroots is focus on supporting rural dwellers with empowerment materials that will support their peasant activities. 
On the 2020 Press Week, he explained that it is to assess the performance of the members and recognize those that have excelled in their professional functions and conduct stressing that it will also afford members the opportunity to socialize and interact with each other under a friendly atmosphere. 
The Chairman urged members to focus their attention on rural reporting in order to expose the abundant resources at the rural areas to attract attention from development partners who are interested in developing the third tier of governance. 

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