The chairman of Akwa Ibom State Civil Service Commissionhas described Veteran Journalists as the best of the best.
Mrs Ekerebong Umoh stated this on Friday during one of the activities for the State Information Chapel Week, titled, “Evening with the Doyens” which took place at the NUJ Press Centre, Information Drive, Uyo.
Umoh said, “You may think that the people you have seen here are mere colleagues of yours. They are not. They have gone through the various levels of journalism practice and having worked with them, I can attest that they are the best of the best.”
The chairman of Civil Service Commission, who was represented by the director of Information, Mrs. Blessing Urua, said Journalism is a profession she loves, noting that journalists have the opportunity of reaching out to people and being a voice to the voiceless.
She further stated that journalists have the opportunity to correct the wrongs in the society, contribute their quota to the development of the society and thus, remain relevant.
The State Civil Service chairman appealed to the veterans to share the experience they have gained over time with the information managers so as to enable them improve on their journalism practice.
The commissioner for Information and Strategy, Comrade Ini Ememobong, who was the chief host at the event, urged the information managers to invest in self-development which could catapult them into the apex of their career.
Ememobong also mentioned that his Ministry is making concerted efforts towards developing the workforce through seminars, workshops, courses and leadership training, which will help them to climb to the peak of their profession.
The commissioner, who was also represented by the director of Information, Mrs. Blessing Urua, thanked the State Information Chapel for organising the event.
In his remarks, the chairman, State Information Chapel, Comrade Effiong Edet, said the essence of the session with the Doyens of Journalism was to share in their wealth ofexperience and also tap from their mentorship, noting that it was an opportunity for information managers to drink from their reservoir of knowledge.
The Doyens of Journalism who participated in event were the general manager of Redemption FM, Comrade Comfort Umanah; Comrade Sunday Antai of Watchman Newspaper; the managing director of Straight Newspaper, Comrade Israel Umoh and the general manager, Comfort FM, Comrade Eddy Ekpenyong.