· As union commences Press Week
The Nigeria Union of Journalists, Imo State Council will on Friday, December 17, 2021 honour fore-most journalist and erstwhile chairman of Imo NUJ under whose watch the union’s secretariat at Port Hacourt road was acquired, Chief Ben Osuagwu, as the most outstanding NUJ chairman.
The union will also on that day honour veteran journalist Comrade Anthony Okoroigwe as the Oldest Pen while the former chairman, Association of Retired Permanent Secretaries who is presently the Patron of the association, Comrade F.I. Agba will be honoured for his unrelenting advocacy for good governance.
According to the Chairman of the 2021 Press week planning committee, Comrade Afam Echi, Chief Ben Osuagwu, who presently works at Special Adviser (Media) to Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, (Ahaeji aga Mba ndi Igbo) will be honoured for his numerous contributions to the growth of the journalism profession, especially for attracting the magnificient edifice which is adjudged as the best NUJ secretariat in the country.
In the same vein, Chief Okoroigwe’s award is premised on the fact that despite his age, he is still in active practice and participates actively in the activities of the union. “The benefit of being the oldest pen will be made public on that day”.
Comrade Fabian Agba on his part will be honoured in recognition of his consistent and uncompromising advocacy for good governance without minding whose ox is gored.”
The awards of honour is aimed at encouraging and appreciating those who have in different ways contributed to the growth and progress of the journalism profession and the enhancement of the wellbeing of the people by speaking out against bad governance, subjecting the people to lack, hunger and deprivation occasioned by non-payment of pensions, salaries and other statutory entitlements.