Journalists Urged To Create Time For Leisure
Journalists must create time to unwind and interact informally among themselves and with members of the public to enhance their productivity.
A commissioner-designate and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Communication, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim made the assertion at an Happy Hour Party organized by the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Rivers State Council, at the Earnest Ikoli Press Centre, Moscow Road, Port Harcourt.
Represented by a Director in the Ministry, Elder Dango Oruwari, Pastor Nsirim said Journalists in Rivers State have done a lot for the state as the mirror of the society.
He used the forum to call on everybody living or doing business in the state to feel free as the Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike is doing his best in ensuring a peaceful society for all.
According to him, there is every reason to appreciate the lofty developmental programme, including the ministry’s “Our State Our Responsibility” initiative as it was geared towards changing the narrative by some individuals whose stock in trade had been to demarket the state before the public.
In his speech, the Chairman of Eleme local government area, Bar. Philip Okwaraji enjoined union member to sustain the happy-hour as it would bring journalists together to interact and promised to support them at all times.
Okwaraji, who is also a journalists called on members of the profession to cherish it, and that after his tenure as council chairman, he would still come back to practice the profession.
He opined that as one of the best local government chairman in the country, he would continue to do his best for journalists’ and the people of Eleme Local Government Area, and called on the NUJ to sustain the tempo.
Also speaking, the Rivera State Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, Mr. David Mendie who was represented by the Public Enlightenment Officer, John Michael also commended journalists for their role in the society and charged them to join hands with the command to ensure crash-free Christmas celebration.
He said the public should regard zero crash as their focus as road safety is a shared responsibility, and enjoined all to carry the message to all nooks and crannies, promising that the sector will continue to partner with journalists in the state as they inform, educate and entertain.
In their separate speeches, the chairman of NUJ, Rivers State Council, Mr. Stanley Job Stanley and the Chairman, organizing committee of the Happy Hour Party 2019, Dr. Ijioma Tubosia thanked all for making the occasion a great event asit was aimed to refresh journalists, have fun and interact as a therapy to ease-off tension after their professional duties.