By Cletus Opukeme, Warri
National cordinatior of the Center of the peace and environmental justice, Comdrade Amb. Comrade Sheriff Mulade has pledged deepened media relations and thanked the media for the support over the years with CEPEJ activities.
Amb. Sheriff made the the disclosure today during a media in his chat in his office, said,l “The Board, Patrons, Management and Staff of Center for Peace and Environmental Justice (CEPEJ), want to sincerely welcome all of us here present and your colleagues to the year 2020 who couldn’t make it to CEPEJ’s office today and I also want to thank all the media practitioners for gracing and this important meeting and sharing with us your experiences and opinions.
“A big thank to the media.We appreciate you deeply for your tireless efforts and contributions by visiting the riverine communities several times to capture and confirm the good works this NGO has done and is doing in those difficult geographical terrains. The Press has helped us in publicising our call to the Delta State Government to create a Coastal Areas Development Agency, CADA, that will pilot a blue print for the development of the riverine communities. We commend the expertise and professionalism with which the media have communicated CEPEJ’s messages to a large audience far and near.” He said.
Continuing “We are impressed by the interventionist roles played by the Press in peace building towards sustainable development in Nigeria and other parts of Africa. The way you informed, educated and entertained the people, helped to influence the way people think and make decisions.
” I want to use this medium to charge all media practitioners to expose the challenges facing the riverine communities, the many sufferings of our people in terms of lack of good and accessible roads, lack of drinkable water, lack of electricity supply, quality education, health facilities and other infrastructural facilities, silting Rivers due to lack of dredging, air and water pollution from oil spills, poor maintenance of the few available facilities, and lack of community funding amongst others.
“We appeal to all media outfits to continue with the good work to affect lives positively directly and indirectly, speak out and to tell the world only the truth about issues in and around Nigeria at all times, and shun fake and hate news to avoid over heating the polity.” He noted.
On their part, Chairman of Nigerian Union (NUJ) Delta State Chairman, Comrade Michael Ikeogwu, General Manager, comrade ((Pastor) Malcolm Oteri expresesed excitement.and satisfaction for the display of love and synergy with the media.
They pledged to always support the activities of the CEPEJ for promoting environmental protection and peace in Nigeria.