Consolidated chapel of Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, on Sunday held a Thanksgiving service in honour of the newly elected chairman of the Union, Comrade Amos Etuk at the Apostolic Church, Ikot Annung Assembly in Ibesikpo/Asutan local government area to thank God for one of their own emerging as NUJ chairman in the state
Preaching on the theme “Mending the broken wall of NUJ”, the area superintendent of Okop Ndua Erong, Apostle Okon Udo Okon charged the NUJ chairman to go back home and rebuild NUJ in Akwa Ibom state to be an example of good leadership where accountability, empowerment, transparency and honesty could prevail.
The area superintendent who took his bible reading from 1Kings 18:25-38, centred his homily on the biblical allusion of the victory of Elijah over Baal prophets because Elijah mended the broken relationship between Israel and Judah before making offering to God which made God to answer his prayer with divine flame from above.
He urged the NUJ chairman to put aside all political antics by others during the election and see himself as a father having emerged victorious in order to receive more power from God.
The man of God admonished the NUJ chairman to be weary of false and fake prophets who would now floor his office to prophesy all sort of things to him so as to garner his favour,saying that those are prophets who go round deceiving people in positions of authority in order to have something to eat.
” Do not listen to false prophets, they are many and they would start coming to your office with all kinds of prophecy and do not keep and service any prophets because they won’t see vision again due to your closeness with them.
“Do not love one chapel more than others, treat all the fourteen chapels equally in order to give all of them a sense of belonging; let other unions in the state copy leadership style of transparency, giving, empowerment, accountability and honesty from you”.
In his speech, the NUJ chairman, Comrade Amos Etuk thanked the church for standing by him in prayers throughout the election period and assured the congregation of his willingness to run open and all embracing union where every member would feel a sense of belonging.
Comrade Etuk said he decided to come to the church for Thanksgiving having received prophecy from the same church that he would win the election no matter the situation and promised not to disappoint the church and the union members in his new position.
He stressed that his administration would change the narrative of the union where he has decided to surrender himself to every journalists in the state and to be available at all times for them.
Others who testified the glory of God upon the young chapel include the chairman, Comrade Sammy Charles, deputy vice President of SWAN,south south, Comrade Bonny Nyong,representative of commissioner of information, Mr. Godwin Ibok among others.
The Thanksgiving service featured prayer for the state governor, journalists, Nigeria and information ministry.
Among those who graced the occasion include chairman, Nsit Atai LGA,Ms Emem Ibanga, CEO of Eminence Oil, Mr. Emmanuel Okon,PDP vice chairman,Ikot Ekpene senatorial district, Pastor Cletus Eshiet, NUJ SEC and chapel chairmen.
Meanwhile the commissioner for science and technology, Dr. Iniobong Essien has charged journalists in the state to practice the profession with good conduct of truth and fairness in order to free their conscience.
Dr. Essien who stated this during the thanksgiving reception of consolidated chapel in honour of the NUJ chairman, Comrade Amos Etuk at Press Centre, Information Drive, Uyo on Sunday said anybody who does something good sleeps with two eyes closed because his conscience is clear and charged journalists in the state to practise with good conscience.
He said that practising with good conscience does not mean that journalists should not criticize government but should do so constructively.
The Commissioner congratulated Comrade Amos Etuk for his victory at the poll and appealed to all journalists in the state to give him support in order to succeed.
By Akaninyene Oton