Okowa will continue to encourage press freedom, Ukah assures
By Jon Egie
The Okowa led administration in Delta State will continue to encourage freedom of the press and ensure media synergy regarding propagation of the DTSG’s policies and achievements.
Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr Patrick Ukah gave the assurance during the occasion of the Thanksgiving service held in honour of Comrade Michael Ikeogwu’s electoral victory as Chairman of the Delta State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), held at the Liberation Model Parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Warri last Sunday..
The Information Commissioner challenged journalists in the state to rise to the occasion in using their reports to promote unity rather than disaffection in the society and urged them to keep supporting the administration of the state governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa.
He reassured members of the NUJ that the governor was indeed committed to bequeathing a prosperous and adequately developed state at the end of his tenure in office.
Mr. Ukah congratulated the State Executive Council of the NUJ on their successful election and swearing in of the elected officials of the union saying that the decision of the new Chairman to appreciate God for the victory was a right decision that will invite God fully into the administration of the union.
While parleying with journalists during the reception held at the Secretariat of the Correspondents’ Chapel, Warri; the Commissioner solicited the support of every media practitioner in the state in promoting the gains of the SMART Agenda in the last two years.
He said that the early completion of the ongoing new NUJ Press Centre in Asaba was dear to the state government and assured them that the challenges facing the Warri chapel will be looked into as soon as the economy of the state improved.
Earlier in a sermon titled ‘more than a conqueror’, the guest Preacher, Pastor Michael Tobi, said anyone that put God first was capable of surmounting obstacles and advised the celebrant and the congregation to always surrender to Christ for them to achieve their set goals.
The man of God posited that it was better to submit to God and be a more than conqueror as such humble person would need not fight, “for God always take the battle from you and fight the fight” stressing that all one needed to do was to obey the voice of God.
The cleric recognized the fact that the new NUJ chairman handed the election to God and God took over the battle and gave him victory and hence commended Comrade Ikeogwu for returning thanks to God.
The Chairman Warri Correspondent’s Chapel of the NUJ, Comrade Akpokona Omafuaire, said that the visit, which was the first by any Commissioner for Information in the state, will strengthen the bond of unity between it and the state government.
Speaking during the occasion, the Chairman of Warri Correspondents Chapel, Comrade Akpokona Omafuaire noted that visit of the Information Commissioner was the first ever in the history of the chapel.
He appealed to the state government to assist in the building of its Secretariat, provide vehicle for movement and other things that will enhance the performance of journalists in the area.
The well attended event recorded the presence of two past State Council Chairmen of the NUJ, Comrades Osita Biose and Norbert Chiazor; the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) National President, Barr. Oweilaemi Pereotubo Roland, the DPO B Division Warri, CSP Anietie Eyoh, among others.