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NUJ Felicitates With Imo On Xmas

My dear colleagues, as the year is finally winding up with the usual Christmas and New year festivities, I want to thank God who has been our shield and defender since the beginning of the year. The year 2020 has been very challenging. The Corona Virus crippled a lot of activities.

 The #EndSARS Protests and now the second wave of Covid-19 is already taking its toll on society. As media professionals, it has not really been easy to do what we are trained to do. Government, organizations, and even private individuals have not assisted journalists much in carrying out their responsibilities. I understand the constraints in our profession added to the fact that a lot of journalists practicing in Imo are not being paid as and when due.

Many are not even paid at all. Our colleagues work without the necessary tools and equipment. Even with the ravaging and rampaging Covid-19, yet journalists are not provided with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), thereby exposing them to the risk of infection. However, despite all these towering challenges, God has been faithful and has kept His watchful eyes over us all. The NUJ Legacy Awards has come and gone with its sweet memories. I thank you all for your support to make it a huge success. Imo successfully hosted the SouthEast Zonal Executive Committee (ZEC) Meeting of NUJ. Hopefully, we shall engage in more activities next year. I know that there has been bickering among some. It is normal with human beings. I urge us all to eschew bitterness and rancor with peace and an open mind.

We are all colleagues and united by one profession. We wish to most sincerely express our gratitude to Imo citizens for their support to the NUJ and journalists in Imo and urge them to continue in their support. As we all celebrate Christmas and New Year, may we celebrate with moderation and caution. It is good we obey and inform society on the need to adhere strictly to the Covid-19 protocols to stem the tide of the second wave. I pray to God to continue to guide and guard each of us and to make the year 2021 a better one for us all. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year in advance.

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