By: Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kogi State council has commended President Muhammad Buhari and the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo for giving a voice to the State in the Federal Executive Council (FEC), by the inauguration of Professor Stephen Ocheni as a Minister.
In a statement signed by the Council Chairman, Alhaji Adeiza Momohjimoh and Secretary Ademu Seidu which was made available to newsmen in Lokoja, stated that the people of Kogi State are grateful.
According to the statement , the inauguration of the erudite scholar Professor Stephen Ocheni as a Minister of the Federal Republic is a restoration of the hope for Kogi people who have been denied of representation at the Federal Executive Council following the demise of Barrister James Ocholi .
The statement said further that the gesture of inaugurating Professor Ocheni who is the patron of the union in the state is a gift well cherished from the Federal Government.
The NUJ also described the new Minister as a rare academic and professional who would no doubt contribute positively to drive the change agenda of the Federal Government.
The statement however noted that the Minister has all its takes to make Kogi state and the entire country proud and wish him well in his new assignment.