The management of Radar Newspaper, yesterday, Friday 12, 2018, hosted the newly elected Zonal Secretary (Zone F) of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Elder Bassey Eyo to a Reception party in its corporate headquarters, Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital.
Dr. Bassey Eyo, a pioneer chairman of the Federal Information Chapel of Akwa Ibom State Council of NUJ, had emerged the new secretary of the zone in the just concluded 6th Triennial Delegates’ Conference of NUJ in Abeokuta, Ogun state. He had served the union in various capacities such as; state vice chairman, as an ex-officio and chairman of several standing committees of the union.
A former Zonal Vice President (Zone F) of NUJ and Director in the State Ministry of Information and Strategy, Mr. Sunday Antai, who served as chairman on the occasion, had while welcoming all the invited guests to the occasion, thanked the management of Radar Newspaper and its publisher, Otuekong Franklyn Isong, for honouring Bassey Eyo, a feat, he said, had never happened in the history of NUJ, Akwa Ibom State Council.
Antai, a former state chairman of NUJ in the state, thanked God for the emergence of Eyo as the zonal secretary of NUJ and prayed God to grant him the needed strength to carry out the function of his new assignment.
Also speaking, the State chairman of NUJ, Akwa Ibom state, Elder Patrick Albert, commended the Publisher of Radar newspaper, Franklyn Isong and the General Manager, Obonganwan Uduakobong Isong, for considering it worthwhile to host the zonal secretary.
Albert stated that the gesture of the Radar newspaper was laudable, noting that it would encourage and promote the culture of celebrating journalists in the state who have attain certain heights in their different endeavours. He called on members of NUJ in the state to unite and be supportive of one another, adding that in so doing, the union will emerge stronger and better. He attributed Eyo’s attainment to hard work, steadfastness and dedication, saying that God chose to reward Eyo with the zonal position because of his (Eyo’s) positive contributions to sustenance of the union and journalism profession in general.
A special guest at the event, Dr. Charles Obot, applauded the Radar newspaper for the thoughtfulness to honour Eyo.
Obot, a former state assistant secretary of NUJ and senior lecturer, department of Communication Arts, University of Uyo, advised the leadership of NUJ in the state to have a way of appreciating and rewarding members of the union who had contributed in one way or the other in the union and have later attained lofty heights in the society.
Also, the Manager, Comfort 95.1 FM, Uyo, Mr. Eddy Ekpenyong, thanked God for Eyo’s victory at the NUJ Triennial Conference. He joined in commending the Radar newspaper for organising the event in honour of Bassey Eyo.
A former state chairman of NUJ, Mr. Israel Umoh, while commending the management of Radar newspaper, paid glowing tributes to God for standing by Eyo throughout the NUJ delegates’ conference.
The Director, News and Current Affairs, Akwa Ibom Broadcasting Corporation (AKBC) Radio, Mr. Ekerete Udosen, commended Radar newspaper for celebrating Bassey Eyo, who, as a personal friend to him (Udosen) for a very long time has been a high flyer and recording successes in every endeavour of his life, saying that he is pleased that the gathering to honour Eyo by Radar Newspaper was not politically motivated but, associating with a colleague who has attained a noble height in the profession.
Other speakers at the event were; the chairman of Insight Newspaper Chapel of NUJ, Barr David Augustine; the Chairman of Federal Information Chapel of NUJ, Pastor Nse Benson; the Chairman of AKBC Radio chapel of NUJ, Mr Edet Ikotidem; the chairman of Sport Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Mr. Solomon Bassey.
Others were the publisher of The Evangelist Newspaper, Evangelist Solomon Okpo; a former Group Editor Pioneer newspaper, Barr. Okwong Otioro; a former SWAN Chairman, Ededem Akpan; a former two-time state secretary of NUJ, Comrade Joseph Robert among several others.
Earlier, the publisher of Radar newspaper, Otuekong Franklyn Isong, said that his newspaper decided to put up the event to thank God for preserving the lives of all delegates from Akwa Ibom state council of NUJ to the national conference in Abeokuta.
He noted that although Bassey Eyo is not the first Akwa Ibom journalist to have risen to the position of being a member of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of NUJ but, it was necessary for journalists in the state to begin the culture of promoting their own and preparing them for national assignments within and outside the NUJ.
Isong appreciated his (Isong’s) wife for supporting the idea of celebrating Eyo. He thanked all invited guests for turning out within a short notice to the event.
On his part, the celebrator, Bassey Eyo, who was full of gratitude to the management and staff of Radar newspaper, for honouring him, thanked all the guests for showing up at the event. He dedicated his emergence to God and to the members of NUJ in the state.
He presented his Certificate of Return as secretary zone F, to the state chairman of NUJ, Patrick Albert, saying that Albert made his emergence possible.
Guests at the event were treated to a huge entertainment by the Radar Newspaper.
It could be recalled that this position at the NEC of the union had not been occupied by any Akwa Ibom journalist for the past 10 years as such, Eyo’s emergence is a positive turn around for the state council that deserves celebration.
By Emmanuel UDOATTA/Manti IKPEME