A chairmanship aspirant into Ikpoba Okha Local Government Council of Edo State, Massydon Osaigbovo Osunde, has charged leadership of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, to open a special distress bank account for all practising journalists due to hazards associated with the journalism profession.
Osunde who gave the charge while sympathising with Edo NUJ and and the family of late Ezekiel Isesele, Edo State correspondent, Champion newspaper, said such distress bank account becomes necessary inorder to take care of emergency needs.
Late Isele died suddenly last Saturday without any sign of ailment.
The chairmanship aspirant who encouraged journalists and the family members to take heart and move further, expressed optimism that the late media practitioner is sitting on the right arm of God.
Osunde who described late Isele as easy-going, jovial and friend to all, noted that his adherence to balancing reports as enshrined in the code of the journalism profession made him a thorough breed journalists.
“Yes, Ezekiel is no more physically in our midst but in the spirit he is still here with us. As such, his family members must not let his ideals to leave with him.
“Ezekiel would be remembered for his relentless efforts in getting his reports well packaged and giving ample opportunity for all subjects to be heard (read of) no matter how tough the situation presents itself,” he said.
He commended the Roland Osakue-led leadership of the NUJ in Edo for standing firm and purposefully in attending to issues regarding the sudden death of their colleague.
Osunde also extended his thank you note to some individuals who have devoted part of their busy schedule to finding a common ground for a befitting burial for the departed journalist.