NUJ declares three days mourning for Benue council chairman

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has declared three days of national mourning for the late chairman of the union in Benue State Victoria Asher.

NUJ national president Chris Isiguzo made the declaration in a statement signed by the assistant national secretary Midat Joseph on Saturday in Abuja.

Mr Isiguzo said the national secretariat of the union received with sadness, the news of Mrs Asher’s sudden death, which occurred on Saturday morning at the Federal Medical Centre, Makurdi, from childbirth complications.

“To this end, we have declared three days national mourning, starting from Monday, February 1 in honour of the deceased.

“The state councils are advised to suspend all activities within the period in honour of Asher.

“The late chairman will be remembered for her dedication, hard work and unwavering commitment to the journalism profession.

“While mourning the passing of our dear colleague, we pray for God to comfort her family, the media community as well as the Benue council,” Isiguzo said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)  recalls that Asher, who worked with the state-owned radio station,  became the NUJ chairperson, Benue council in December 2018 following the death of David Ukuma, who held the post for two months before he died.