BY INNOCENT OROK
Stakeholders who gathered at a Colloquium organized by Journalists in honour of a veteran Maritime Journalist, late Chief Ubon Jimmy Akpan have advice practicing journalists to engage themselves in life insurance policies to mitigate the hazards that are associated with the job.
The colloquium which was titled “The Nigerian Journalist and the Imperative for good Health” was put together to offer hearth talk and other tips that can prevent untimely death and early detection of life threatening ailments and finding solution to them.
Declaring the event open, the Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) Barr. Hassan Bello who was also the Co- host of the event urged Journalists to pay attention to their health due to dangers and high life risk kind of job they do.
Bello who described the late Ubon Akpan as a veteran and a friend urges maritime journalists to replicate such health talk in future to continuously remind themselves of life threatening ailments and how to prevent it.
He further said the gathering and other supports the journalists have given to the late Ubon is a testimony to the fact that he was loved by all and added that this oneness should continue.
In his remarks, Deputy Comptroller of Customs and DC Enforcement of the Tin Can Island Port Command, Dera Nnadi who is also a closed friend to the late Ubon Akpan thanked the media colleagues of the deceased for honoring the one he called ‘Man of God’ with the health colloquium.
DC Nnadi who described Ubon as a jolly good friend and thorough professional who died even when he was bold and strong in his sick bed never to depart so soon.
Nnadi also inform the gathering that the Nigeria Customs Service, Tin Can Island Command have a functional Clinic established three years ago that offers free medical services to all port stakeholders, adding that the clinic also carries out free medical tests and urges stakeholders to take advantage of the clinic free services.
He urged maritime Journalists to make the colloquium an annual event in memory of the late Ubon and to continuously educate the media on health issues.
In his tribute, president of the League of Maritime Editors, Kingsley Anaroke throw a challenge to all maritime Journalists to safeguard their lives and engage in life covers.
He said due to the dangerous and unthankful job which the journalist do, the League of Maritime Editors has led the way by starting a life Insurance policies for all its members.
Two Doctors lectures in the Colloquium. Dr Anselm Nwanze, the Deputy Director Medical Services of NIMASA talk on the ‘Regular Exercise as the key for healthy living .While Dr Rickets an, Assistant Director with the Nigerian Shippers’ Council lectured on the ‘Ignorance of the danger of cancer’.
The colloquium attracted attendance from maritime stakeholders, staff of NIMASA, NPA, NSC,children of the late Ubon Akpan, friends as well as Journalists and other stakeholders.
Chief Ubon Jimmy Akpan a veteran maritime Journalists of over three decades died recently of pancreatic cancer after being operated at the University of Lagos Teaching Hospital (LUTH).