Award: Oyo Christian Journalists Chairman Showers Encomium On Vice, Describes Him Dependable And Reliable Ally
The Chairman, Nigeria Association of Christian Journalists, Oyo State, Lekan Shobo Shobowale has described the Association Vice Chairman, Henry Odeh as dependable and reliable friend.
The Chairman, NACJ stated this at Jogor event center, venue of the 21st International anniversary luncheon and award ceremony where Henry Odeh was also honoured with “Young Media Achievers Award.”
The Chairman who was represented at the by the Director of Protocol and Mobilization, NACJ, Oyo State Prince Tunji Fabode said it was a good thing that Journalist like Odeh was singled out for honour when many have lost confidence in media for many reasons.
He said “Journalists remains the true conscience of the nation even though many pretending to be journalists but are not, only using the platforms to extort and cheat others even their colleagues in the profession.
I commend the organiser for finding our Vice Chairman worthy of honour and we will continue to play our part in making sure all is well in our society and nations as a whole.”
Presenting the award to Odeh and other eminent personalities who also received awards in different categories in Ibadan on Saturday, the Convener and Executive Director of the organization, Pastor Tunji Agboola, said, the awardees have made their great impacts in their various endeavors and were therefore, deserving of the coveted award.
Speaking on the theme of the event, Pastor Agboola, who was also the Convener, noted that environmental factors that have continued to threaten healthy growth of Nigerian youths were becoming alarming calling on parent’s and families to wake up to their primary responsibilities on their wards.
He lamented the failure of agents of socialization expected to properly mould and build adolescents into responsible adults describing it as a serious threat on the future generation.
While speaking with journalists shortly after the event, Odeh who dedicated his award to all Nigerian youths who have refused to give up on their hopes and dreams despite the myriad of challenges bedeviling the country, expressed gratitude to the organizers of the event for the recognition adding that the award was a clear indication that the little efforts individuals make in individual capacities towards nation building were being noticed and felt by critical stakeholders.
“I was not expecting it when I was contacted by the organizers that I’ve been nominated for an award in recognition of my contribution in the media industry to nation building. This award means alot to me and I cherish it with all of my emotional energy because I wasn’t expecting it.
“I believe that we as Nigerians may feel terrible about our level of development in the face of abundant human and natural resources, but regardless of how we hurt, Nigeria is the only country we own and can call ours so, just like other developed countries of the world, I believe this is a transitional phase, it can always get better over time.” Odeh said.
Notable personalities who also bagged awards in different categories include Late Chief Bode Akindele (post humors), Architect Muyiwa Ige, Professor Jide Owoeye, Mrs. Toyin Balogun, Oloye Lekan Alabi, Ambassador Romoke Ayinde, Hon. Demola Ojo, Justice Badejoko Adeniji, Hon. Williams Akin Funmilayo, Professor Musibau Babatunde, Dr Tony Marinho, and others.
Odeh is Oyo State Governor’s Office and House of Assembly Correspondent as well as the Vice Chairman of Oyo NACJ, whose works exemplifies passion for national development in line with constitutional democracy and good governance.