IWD: Rivers NAWOJ Pays Visit To Mrs onyia Of NTA
As part of activities to kick-starts the 2021 International Women’s Day celebrations with the theme: ‘#ChooseToChallenge, the, Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) Rivers state chapter visited Mrs Chidiebere Onyia, who was kidnapped on February 9 and was released on February 14, 2021.
Onyia, a journalist with NTA was whisked away by gunmen on her back from work on that fateful day as she narrates her ordeal in the hands of her abductors but expressed joy over the visit by members of her association, NAWOJ, stating that the visit gave her encouragement and a sense of belonging.
She gave thanks to God that regardless of the kidnap incident , God granted her freedom from the hands of her abductors.
Similarly, she appreciated the Honourable Commissioner for Information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim and the Rivers State commissioner of Police for all their efforts, while extending her appreciation to media houses that made the news of her kidnapped viral on social media, Tabloids and main News Mediums.
Responding, The chairperson, of Rivers State Chapter of NAWOJ Mrs Susan Serekara-Nwikhana thanked God for her release,
stated that there seems to be a conspiracy against the women folks, who are greatly contributing to the success and building of the nation by kidnappers. She said
“We are indeed grateful to God for your release and we are here to encourage you as an association which is one of our mandates as an association.
We have observed over time that there seems to be a conspiracy against the women folks by bandits, kidnappers, and hired assassins nation wide to make women their soft targets. If not
“Why should a female Journalists, who are contributing positively to the growth and development of the society and nation at large becomes kidnappers targets?
“While thanking the Rivers State Police Command for taking proactive steps that ensures her released, she also called on other relevant authorities to do all it takes to achieve a peaceful and secure environment to ensure the interest of Nigeria citizens are protected,”
The NAWOJ Chairperson encouraged our member Chidiebere to brace up and get ready to continue to do her job as a journalist, noting that although the incident is traumatic, charged her to try as much as possible to forget about the whole incident and move on.
Highlight of the visit was the presentation of a token by the Chairperson as part of the association’s practical support to its members and to give them a sense of belonging.
Others in attendance include Vice Chairperson, Daba Benebo; Secretary Doris Morrison; a staff of Rythm 93.7 FM Anita Ogona and a Staff of Inside Eleme Newspaper, Baridomale Benneth.