Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, and former state Commissioner for Information, Chike Ogeah, were honoured with special awards by the state council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) as part of activities marking the Press Week of the NUJ in Asaba.
Okowa was given an award of excellence in wealth creation through agriculture, while Ogeah received an award of excellence in capacity building and media management for his sterling relationship with the media during his time as information commissioner.
Ogeah who was information commissioner in Governor Emmanuel Uduaghanâ€™s second term facilitated the training of over 32 journalists practicing in the state, including non-indigenes, at Reuters Institute in London, generally seen as the Harvard of journalism, over a two-year period.
The state Chairman of the council, Michael Ikeogwu, said the activities for the press week was preceded by a public lecture delivered by human rights activist, anti-corruption crusader and founder of Women Arise, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin.
She spoke on â€˜The Role of the Press in Managing the Lessons of Recession for a Wealthier Delta Stateâ€™ with Ogeah as Chairman. Governor Okowa who was the special guest of honour, declared the lecture open.
Activities for the Press Week also included a novelty football match between the NUJ and members of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) as well as a visit to sick members of the NUJ.
The activities would be rounded off with the gala night and awards where the national president of the NUJ, Comrade Waheed Odusile, is the chief host alongside Mr. Patrick Ukah, the state Commissioner of Information.