By Lucky Uto


Comrade Michael Ikeogwu assisted by other members of Council presenting a token cash gift to Chief Gabriel Awodeha during the visit.

Veteran journalist and member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Chief Gabriel Awodeha has charged the Chairman of the Delta State Council of NUJ, Comrade Michael Ikeogwu to keep the flag of the union flying and to protect the image of the union.

Chief Awodeha gave the charge when the State Council led by Comrade Michael Ikeogwu paid a courtesy visit to him in his Ughelli residence, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019; as part of the activities marking the 2019 NUJ Press Week in Delta State.

He commended the union for its care for members that are facing one challenge or the other and used the opportunity to express gratitude to the Delta State governor, Sen Dr Ifeanyi Okowa for his prompt financial assistance through the NUJ when issue of his health challenge came to the governor’s notice.

Chief Awodeha stressed the need for the union to remain united and focus so as to check undue external influence saying that it was his pleasure to witness the 2019 NUJ Press Week and asked God to enable him witness more of such celebrations.

“Your administration has kept the flag of the union flying, you have stood to defend the sanctity of the union and I charge you to continue to keep the flag flying and resist any external influence. I commend you for your achievements so far and in my opinion I say you do not change a winning team and therefore pass a vote of confidence in you and your entire executive as a measure of encouragement for you to do more.

Earlier, Council Chairman, Comrade Michael Ikeogwu said as part of the activities marking the 2019 NUJ Press Week, the union was visiting its members that face health challenges and used the opportunity to brief Chief Awodeha of the lineup of activities for the press week celebration praying that Chief Awodeha got well quickly so that he could return actively to his beat.

“As a veteran and leader of the union, we are here to brief you of the press week activities and to seek your prayers, support and advice.” Ikeogwu said.

The union gave a token cash gift to help Chief Awodeha keep afloat.