The president of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Comrade Abdulwaheed Odusile has announced that the union has instituted special funds for widows and orphans of deceased members.
Comrade Odusile who made this known yesterday when he led the deputy national president, Comrade Mukhtar Gidado and the national secretary, Leman Shuaibu on a condolence visit to the union members in Benue council and the family of the late chairman of the union, Comrade David Ukuma also disclosed that Ukuma’s family will be the first to benefit from the scheme.
The NUJ president encouraged journalists in the country to key into the Life Insurance scheme instituted by the union and urged members to take the scheme seriously and called on friends of the union to fund the scheme.
Comrade Odusile while describing the late Ukuma as a vibrant young man who was determined to move the union forward said God has a reason for taking his life at this moment and prayed God to grant him eternal rest and the family the fortitude to bear the loss.
He assured that the union will continue to stand by the family and advised the Benue State council of the union to implement the programmes the late Ukuma initiated and pledged continuous assistance to the family even after the burial.
In his remarks, the acting chairman of the union, Comrade Kajo Martins while coming the president and his team commended the national secretariat of the union for the show of concern and urged assistance to the Ukuma family to alleviate the burden of training the children he left behind.
The NUJ acting chairman announced plans by the union to offer scholarship to one of Ukuma’s children to alleviate the training burden on the family.
Responding, wife of the deceased, Mrs. Patience Ukuma who expressed appreciation to the national president of the union and the state council for their show of concern said she was consoled by their visits and appealed to the union to always include the Ukuma family in their prayers.
The NUJ vice presidents of zones C and D, Comrades Chris Isiguzo and Chief Wilson Bako had earlier paid similar visits to the Benue council and the deceased family where they consoled the family and union members.