A clergy from Rivers State, Rev Prince Samuel Richards has tasked the Rivers State Government and other public-spirited individuals to ensure that journalists operating in the state get a befitting secretariat.
Rev Richards gave the challenge during a sermon at a special prayer session tagged “NUJ Prays” organised by the state council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Port Harcourt, yesterday.
The man of God observed that it was unfortunate that journalists who serve as social catalysts in the society could be abandoned without a befitting secretariat to house them since after the old one was destroyed by storm early this year.
Rev Richard said society could not function properly without the contribution of journalists, hence the need for them to be appropriately treated by both government and individuals.
The General Overseer of Souls Ablaze Ministries, Port Harcourt quoting from the Book of Ezra, chapters Four and Five, declared that the NUJ was passing through a rebuilding phase and would soon get its rightful place in the society.
He urged members of the union to remain prayerful, focused and cohesive in their pursuit for professionalism and upliftment of the polity.
In his remarks, chairman of NUJ, Mr Opaka Dokubo recalled that the first session of the programme was held two years ago, pointing out that the prayer session remains the bedrock of the union.
Henceforth, he declared that the prayer session would be an annual activity as a way of rejuvenating journalists spiritually.
As the election period draws near, he remarked that journalists need divine protection the more because of their role in improving the polity.
Earlier in his speech, chairman of the organising committee, Mr Henry Chukwurah said journalists need to take their problems to God in order to make meaningful contribution to society.
Mr Chukwurah expressed the belief that after the prayer session, NUJ would regain its rightful place amongst professionals, since the future belongs to God.