The Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Zone F, South-South, has conferred on the Commissioner for Works, Akwa Ibom State, Mr Ephraim Inyang-Eyen, the award of Grand Patron of the union.
The conferment, which took place in Uyo, was part of the highlights of the Zonal conference of the NUJ.
In his address at the occasion, Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Udom Emmanuel, charged journalists to uphold the tenets of the profession and consolidate their status as partners in the development process.
Emmanuel, who was represented by the deputy governor of the state, Mr Moses Ekpo, congratulated Inyang-Eyen on the award and encouraged him to see the honour as a call to serve the state better.
Speaking to newsmen at the end of the conference, Inyang-Eyen appreciated the NUJ for the honour and confessed that it came to him as a pleasant surprise.