World press freedom day:Akwa Ibom NUJ honour Prof. Etukudoh.

Charge journalist towards professionalism

By Divine Sam

As part of the activities marking the 2024 world press freedom day with the theme for this year’s event ”A press for the planet: Journalism in the face of environmental crisis.” the Nigerian union of journalist Akwa Ibom state council under the leadership of comrade Amos Etuk honoured the Provost Federal School of Medical Laboratory Technology, Jos, Plateau state, Prof. Nkereuwem Etukudoh and other dignitaries to mark the years world press freedom day.

The NUJ state chairman Comr. Amos Etuk in his remarks, said the award bestowed on the deserving personalities is symbolically to applause their meaningful contributions in the society.

Comr. Etuk extolled the immense contributions of the Provost especially in the areas of employments and raising the younger people to the stand independently.

Responding to the award, prof. Etukudoh commended the leadership of NUJ in Akwa Ibom for their commitment to the tenets of the profession as they mark the 2024 World Press Freedom Day.

Prof. Etukudoh urged journalists to continue to uphold their role as watchdogs of the society and guardians of public interests while embracing the responsibilities that come with their profession.

The provost praised the sacrifices and contributions of media practitioners in deepening the democratic space.

“ I am proud to recognise the crucial role that journalists and the vibrant press play in holding those in power accountable and shedding light on the programmes and policies of the government in the way that the people need to be told,”

He added, “On this World Press Freedom Day, I honour the bravery of the men and women who have dedicated their lives to the pursuit of truth and transparency and promoting understanding in the democratic space.”

The academic don also expressed appreciation for the dedication of journalists in upholding the principles of their profession.

Calling on journalists to rededicate themselves to courageous and objective journalism,as saying that the theme of this year’s celebration, “A Press for the Planet: Journalism in the Face of the Environmental Crisis,” lends credence to the need for professionals to pay attention to the unconventional events that have confronted the environment, particularly climate change, across nations.

Prof. Etukudoh also donated trophies to the winning chapels competing in some activities to celebrate the day.