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Nigeria Union of Journalists to Honour Nigeria's High Commissioner to the UK, Amb Sarafa Tunji Isola

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Nigeria Union of Journalists to Honour Nigeria's High Commissioner to the UK, Amb Sarafa Tunji Isola
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) is set to honor Amb Sarafa Tunji Isola, Nigeria's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, for his exemplary coordination, promotion, and protection of the country's interests and its people in the UK. NUJ President, Chris Isiguzo, commended Isola for his transformative efforts at the High Commission, which have resolved passport and immigration challenges faced by Nigerians. Isiguzo highlighted the importance of recognizing Isola's achievements and called for the celebration to motivate other envoys. In response, Isola praised the leadership of Isiguzo and emphasized the significance of lifelong learning and self-development in a changing world.

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) is set to honor Amb Sarafa Tunji Isola, Nigeria's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, for his outstanding performance in coordinating, promoting, and protecting the interest of the nation and its people in the UK.

NUJ President, Chris Isiguzo, led a delegation of other national officers of the union on a courtesy visit to the office of the Nigerian envoy to the UK, where he commended Isola for transforming activities and operations at the High Commission. Isola's efforts have not only contributed immensely to the enhancement of Nigeria's security, socio-economic prosperity, and healthy international relations but have also resolved the hitherto passport and immigration challenges Nigerians used to contend with.

During the courtesy visit, Isiguzo briefed the High Commissioner on the programme that brought him and his team to the UK and revealed the appreciation of Nigerians in the European country for Isola's style of leadership and achievements so far.

The NUJ President emphasized the necessity of the honor to celebrate and acknowledge the achievements of the Commission and to motivate other envoys.

"There is no way we can come here without paying our courtesies," said Isiguzo. "When you enter a town, you present yourself to the king, and when you are leaving, you inform the king. In keeping with that age-long practice, we decided to pay a courtesy visit to you. We have had so many wonderful things about you (Isola) and how you have contributed immensely to transforming activities in the Nigeria House."

Isiguzo also highlighted the positive impact of Isola's leadership, citing the resolution of immigration issues and passport challenges faced by Nigerians. He expressed the gratitude of Nigerians in the UK who have experienced the seamless services provided by the High Commission.

Describing the media as the oxygen of democracy, Isiguzo discussed the role of the NUJ in deepening democracy and tackling the menace of fake news. He acknowledged that the advent of new media and social media had contributed to the dissemination of fake news and misinformation.

"Since we came on board, we have tried to expose journalists to international best practices and how these things are done without pulling down the structure of governance. We did that by introducing what we call Development Journalism. It is clear that the advent of new media and social media appears to have immensely contributed to the dissemination of fake news, disinformation, misinformation, and all manners of negative propaganda. These put together are not helping us, but we are also determined to ensure that we reduce it to the barest minimum," Isiguzo stated.

In response, Isola commended Isiguzo for his worthy leadership and urged his team to continue supporting his efforts at revamping the media.

"You know one of the challenges we have in our country is leadership, and the way you (Isiguzo) are leading your union, I see that you have earned much respect among your colleagues. That shows that your leadership is well accepted," Isola said.

He also emphasized the importance of continuous learning and self-development in a dynamic world.

"Learning is a lifelong process. President Obasanjo got his PhD in his 80s, and many of us are still interested in going back to school. And that you have decided to come to the UK for your Master's program is commendable and should be sustained because we live in a dynamic world where things change," Isola added.

Isola concluded by calling for the cooperation and support of the delegation, urging them to put into practice the knowledge acquired during their visit to the UK and to sustain their loyalty to the union and its leadership.

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