By Ibrahim Akawu

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Head of Service of Niger state, Yabagi Alhaji Sule

The Head of Service of Niger state, Yabagi Alhaji Sule has expressed surprise why senior directors in the information sector were yet to get permanent secretary position despite the fact that almost all cadres have representatives in the nomenclature.

The Head of Service made the assertion when the newly constituted State Working Committee of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Niger State Council paid him a courtesy call.

Alhaji Sule urged the union members to advise those at the directorate cadre to take retreat serious as only those who passed the retreat are considered for the position of permanent secretary.

He promised that all the demands the union executives presented which reflect the needs of their members would be looked into, adding that journalists should eschew reporting stories that has not been substantiated.

He said the administration of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello would continue to work closely with journalists in the state, dispelling the perception that the government is not media friendly.

The Head of Service said only lazy journalists would not cross check information given to them, saying the image of the profession was at stake until something urgent was done.

He then thanked his guests, saying his doors were always open for any enquiries or advise, warning the new executives to carry every of their members along in order to build confidence.

Earlier, the chairman of the NUJ, Malam Abdul Idris said the union members were in the HOS office as part of their familiarization visits.

He said senior directors in the state civil service working in the information sector have been left behind in the promotion to permanent secretary position.

He said so many of them were denied the opportunity to participate in retreats that will qualify them for appointments into permanent secretary position.

He also told the HoS that hazard allowance have not been implemented, pleading with the HoS to kindly intervene to boost the working conditions of journalists in the state.

He thanked the HoS for the reception and disclosed that the visit would be a continuous exercise.