CHIEF OF STAFF BALARABEBy George Daniya

As the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) marks their 30th anniversary, Niger State Government House Chief of Staff (CoS), Alh. Ibrahim Balarabe has called for more women to join the journalism profession.

Alh. Balarabe disclosed this when the NAWOJ members paid him a courtesy call at the Government House, Minna as part of their 30th-anniversary celebration, Tuesday.

He said that though the state has a significant number of women journalists but emphasised the need to have an increased number of female media practitioners.

He congratulated the NAWOJ members for attaining their 30th anniversary, praying for a greater future for them.

Accepting to be their patron, he urged them to be patient with him due to his tight schedule but assuring to always give them all necessary attention.

He told them that Governor Abubakar Sani Bello was indeed happy with their chairperson, who is his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Mrs Mary Noel Berje as what she has brought to the table was speaking volume of her quality and professionalism.

Earlier on, Mrs Mary Noel Berje thanked Governor Bello who finds her worthy as a member of NAWOJ the first of its kind in the history of the state to be appointed as CPS to the governor which is a demonstration of the confidence the governor has for the womenfolk.

She said that along with her other women journalists they will not betray the confidence reposed on them.

According to her, their courtesy call will further solidify their existing relationship and that they will continue to partner with the government.

As part of their celebration, NAWOJ Niger State Chapter paid a visit to selected female schools where they interacted with them on the importance of girl-child-education.

They told the students to resist early marriage, premarital sex, teenage pregnancy which could lead to Vesicovaginal fistula (VVF).

They told the students that education was the key to their success and freedom and their path to greatness.

Among the schools they visited includes; Government Girls Secondary School (Old Airport), Minna and Maryam Babangida Girls Science College, Minna.

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