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Plateau Faces Food Crisis, Nigerian Journalists Warn

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The Plateau State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) on Saturday decried wanton destruction of crops on farmlands in the state.

The union stated this in a communiqué issued by its Secretary, Mr Peter Amine, at the end of its congress held on Friday night in Jos.

The union said that the development might lead to shortage of food supply and hunger.

NUJ called on security agencies, particularly the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), to safeguard farmers and farmlands and avert looming food scarcity in Plateau State.

“There is an increasing rate of destruction of crops on farmlands and if nothing is urgently done, there may be food scarcity and serious hunger.

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“We want to call on government and security agencies, especially NSCDC to use its Agro Rangers to address the ugly trend,” it stated.

The union also called on government to regulate the activities of tricycle riders in Jos, stating that the means of transportation was being used to perpetrate crimes in the state.

“We call on government to regulate the operations of tricycle riders in Jos.

“Lots of crimes are being committed, using that means transportation; people are losing their lives and loved ones on daily basis.

“We advocate that their time of operation be reviewed backward to 6 pm. daily to ensure sanity on our roads and safety of lives and property,” it said.

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The union further noted, with deep concern, the increasing rate of cult activities and drug abuse among youths in the state, calling on security agencies to address the menace.

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