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Kaduna businessman sympathizes with journalists in Nigeria

…Pledges support to Union.

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, CEO, EDI-JEN Group of Companies, Chief Dr. Benjamin Omale, has expressed sympathy with Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, correspondent chapel, Kaduna state.

The chairman, who made the remarks, while receiving Award of Excellence as Philanthropist of the Year 2019/2020, in his office, in Kaduna, said his company will look into the challenges facing members of NUJ correspondent chapel, Kaduna, with a view to assist them.

Chief Omale, who was given the award, based on merit, said as voice of the voiceless people in the society, he’s not surprised that the Union would have challenges, especially because of their stands on the truth in the face of glaring corruptions in the country.

He said even though, journalism is a cherished profession by all, especially in Western world, corruptions made them and government to always be at conflicts in Nigeria because of their constitutional responsibility of holding government accountable to the people.

According to him, “It’s not possible to be ‘the voice of the voiceless’ and stand on the truth and be rich in the kind of corrupt system and governance we have in Nigeria.

“I am greatly honored and very pleased to receive your most prestigious award. Journalists everywhere are the voice of the voiceless; they represent and bridge the gap between the authority and the people of this country,” he said.

He also said “I have, for a long time, hold high respect for them because without journalists, we cannot just stand up and know what is happening around us and our lives. They speak the truth and stand for the truth. 

“You know, when someone stands up and speaks the truth, people take him to be a poor man. You know, you can never be rich when you don’t behave abnormal. If you want to be poor, you have to be truthful in the country.

“So, I am not surprised when you make your requests during your speech about your structure and some of your needs, which you are really in need of them.

“In a well standard economy, journalism should be socially valued because government promotes them for what they are doing, but the government disconnects itself from journalists in Nigeria because they don’t want to do what is right; and so, they become enmity with government and, therefore, they loose their prime right they are supposed to get with the government.

“So, you represent us; where we are voiceless, you voice us, and that is why I take your case very important one and great union,” he said.

Dr. Omale said one other thing that impressed him most was monetary devaluation and ability to investigate and gather information about somebody’s good works in the society, from the grassroots, even when such personalities have not interacted with them.

“Because I have not seen any of you before, neither interacted with you before, but on your own, you have seen me worthy through your investigation from the grassroots where you got your information concerning me.

Earlier, the NUJ correspondent chapel chairman, Mr Midat Joseph, said the NUJ award anywhere in the world is not monetary but for those, who have torched the lives of the society positively, like Chief Omale, going by the information available to journalists. 

The chairman also said the award is part of the lecture and award series organized and giving to deserving Nigerians by the chapel, in Kaduna state.

“Also, awards of this kinds have been given to other people in the society, too. Example, some traffic warders, politicians, even members of NUJ, who have done very well during their practice,” saying, “four personalities have benefited the award.”

EDI-JEN said he sincerely thanked God Almighty and the correspondent chapel of NUJ for bestowing him with the prestigious award, on behalf of his family and his management team.

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