It was celebration galore at the Press Centre of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, in Port Harcourt, as the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, Rivers State chapter, held her get together and first congress of the year, 2022.
During the event which featured an interactive session, cutting of chairperson’s birthday cake, dance, group photograph and rededication of the organization to God Almighty, the executives of NAWOJ presented awards to some members they described as more dedicated, punctual and contributed to the progress of the organization, last year.
According to the chairperson of the group, Susan Serekara-Nwikhana, who spoke with TNN in an exclusive interview, “the essence of this gift is to appreciate those who have truly, selflessly shown dedicated, commitment, last year, to say thank you to them. Also to encourage them to continue in this their might and even do more. It also serves as a wakeup call to others.
“I don’t call it an award, or reward, because to me, it’s nothing compared to their sacrifices in the areas of transporting themselves from their various media houses, homes to this place for meetings, their financial contributions, and time. So, if you look at all these sacrifices they made, you will know that this thing I and my executives gave today is nothing.”
The NAWOJ boss further requested, “I want to on-behalf of the excos appeal to members to endeavour to pay their dues, if we all pay our dues, then we won’t have issues visiting members who are sick, having their wedding, child dedication and other things. We give them cash and other gifts to show them that they are loved, cared for, and that they have a family in NAWOJ, Rivers State.”