The Press Week of Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Bayelsa state Council has kicked off in earnest with an awareness walk from the Samson Siasia Sports Complex to the Press Center at Azikoro Road, Ekeki Yenagoa, accompanied by the state commissioner of Information and Orientation Hon. Jonathan Obuebite.
A statement made available to newsmen by the secretary of the press week planning committee, Mr. Inabraton Preye showed that later in the day, the state council will embark on a facility tour to a privately owned health center at Enewari community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa.
The health centre is run by a former federal permanent Dr. Bolade Igali.
The health centre is known for giving out free medical services to people before today’s facility tour by the state council of the NUJ.
Other activities of the press week include a public lecture on the theme “4th Estate
the Realm or Wreck’ by Prof. Ralph Akifelaye from University of Lagos and another one on ‘Government and Media Relationship”- a case study by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Dickson of Bayelsa state Mr. Daniel Iworiso Markson, indoor games like Chess, Table Tennis, Scrabble, Draft, free medical test; registration of national ID to journalists by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), facility tour to state owned Gas Turbine and private agricultural firm owned by George Turner at Kolo community in Ogbia Local Government Area of the state, football match between the Bayelsa state police command and NUJ.
A dinner/award night will end the press week. Awards are expected to be presented to Governor Henry Seriake Dickson on culture and heritage and also a posthumous award for late Chief DSP Alamieyeseigha, extra ordinary leadership award to Senator David Mark.
Others to be given awards are the minority leader of the Senate, senator Godswill Akpabio, Senator Ben Morris Bruce, John Momoh and George Fente of Royal TV/FM.
The statement enjoined all practicing journalists of the state council and members of the public to attend.