Abuja — The Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, has called on the Federal Government to step up efforts at reducing insecurity in the country in 2013 and procure more sophisticated weapons to combat the menace.
The union also asked President Goodluck Jonathan to urgently address the issue of scarcity of petroleum products in major cities of the country.
NUJ National President, Malam Garba Mohammed, who spoke while addressing newsmen in Abuja weekend, noted that the increasing cases of insecurity in Nigeria was denting the image of the country, adding that such a situation had discouraged foreign investors from coming in.
He said: "This issue of insecurity in the country, as far as we are concerned, is gradually denting the image of this country, thereby preventing quite a number of foreign investors to come down here in Nigeria to invest.
"Again, if you look at the rating of Nigeria in terms of crime, it has become so high in the year 2012.
"If you read the pages of newspaper as am talking to you today, you will consistently be reading fresh stories of bombing, increasing cases of Kidnap armed robbery, assassination, etc.
"This problem as far as we are concern is so worrisome that some Nigerians don't travel to avoid being victims."
He called for the purchase of more sophisticated equipment for security personnel as well as their training and retraining, especially in the area of intelligence gathering, to prevent most of the unfortunate incidents that had taken place in the country.
The NUJ president frowned on the prevailing fuel scarcity in the country and the attendant high price of petroleum, despite the fact that the country was one of the sixth largest producers of crude oil in the world.