Cross River state governor, Professor Ben Ayade has congratulated the Voice of Nigeria Correspondent in Calabar, Mrs Eme Offiong on her emergence as the new chairperson of the Correspondents Chapel of the state’s chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ.
The Governor also congratulate other newly elected officials of the chapel.
In a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Mr Christian Ita, Ayade described Mrs Offiong’s emergence as fitting, deserving and historic.
“On behalf of the government and people of Cross River state, I heartily felicitate with and congratulate you on your victory.
“There is no doubt that your emergence is a refreshing dawn for our dear state and for the journalism profession.
“It is fitting because you are a thorough breed media professional who has paid her dues, deserving because you are eminently qualified for the job and historic because not only that you are the first female to attain this enviable height in the state, but also the first Cross Riverian to do so”, the governor said.
“The rise to the leadership pinnacle of your chapel, in a male-dominated profession, is indeed heartwarming; it is a product of doggedness and hard work. This is a momentous milestone and we are super proud of you”, he further remarked
While wishing Mrs Offiong and her colleagues a successful and fruitful tenure, the governor expressed optimism that “your administration will usher in a more robust, purposeful and exhilarating relationship between the chapel and the Cross River state government.
“I, therefore, fervently look forward to a strengthened and progressive working relationship with you.”
The governor charged the new chairperson and other newly elected officials of the chapel to ensure that members of the chapel at all times uphold the cherished tenets of journalism in their reportage.