The 2021 Press Week of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Lagos Council has come to an end.
Lagos Council members were led by the leadership of the Union to the Chapel of Christ The Light, Ikeja, for a Thanksgiving service to mark the end of the week-long event in Lagos.
The Thanksgiving Service was attended by the NUJ President; Chief Chris Isiguzo, Executive members of Lagos Council ably led by the Chairman, Mr Adeleye Ajayi, Press Week Committee members under the leadership of Mr.Wale Akodu, and some committed Council members.
It was a time to reflect on grooming future leaders in every sphere of life as the Parish Chaplain; Rev. (Dr). Dele Ajayi’s sermon centered on Mentorship, citing Exodus Chapter 18 verses 19-27 as the Bible text.
The Cleric urged people especially the youths and young adults to take their destiny in their own hands rather than living life the way it comes.
“I had a very rough upbringing and as a result, there was no one to impact my life positively because i had no one to groom me.
“My uncle who sent me to school stopped because of some issues confrontng the family. So, I became helpless.
“At some point, I concluded that I didn’t find anyone to mentor me because I was not teachable,” he said.
Reverend Ajayi urged parents to be fully involved in the upbringing of their children or wards as most of them now lived their lives according to what they read, watch or see on the social media.
“Mentorship is very crucial because it helps a nation to grow at a fast pace.
“I want to appeal all of us seated here to contribute to the society by looking out for helpless individuals who have hidden talents and commitment deposited in them and mentor them rightly.
“I will also appeal to those who seek mentorship from others not to ask them for money as doing so was likely to damage the relationship,” the cleric added.
Speaking on the sideline of the event, Lagos NUJ Chairman, Ajayi said it was necessary to return all glory to God for a successful Press Week.
“I want to specially thank God for making the Press Week a dream come through. We have proven to the world that with God, nothing shall be impossible.
“I sincerely want to thank the Press Week Committee, and all members of the Council for believing in us.
“Be rest assured of better days ahead and this administration will do all within its reach to take Lagos Council to that rightful place it deserves,”; Ajayi said.
The just concluded Press Week is one that members will never forget in a hurry as series of activities took the centre stage.
Lagos Council members filed out in their numbers and danced to the altar as the Lagos Council Choir dished out soul-lifting danceable songs to appreciate God for the grace to witness the end of the Press Week.
Just like a play written by William Shakespeare, published in the First Folio in 1623 has it, we say “All’s well That Ends Well”.