By Moses Akarhan
The remains of the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Benue State council, Comrade Victoria Asher, have been laid to rest at her country home, Tse-Maave, Ugber-Tongov, Katsina-Ala Local Government Area, Benue State.
Governor Samuel Ortom, in a funeral oration said he was saddened by the death of Mrs Asher who, he noted, was doing well in uplifting the affairs of the union.
Represented by his Principal Special Assistant on Media, Mr Nathaniel Ikyur, Governnor Ortom commended the stakeholders of Sankera and security agents for ensuring that relative peace is maintained in the axis for people to go about their normal businesses.
Acting Chairman of NUJ in Benue State, Comrade Martins Kajo, stated that the death of Comrade Asher, has created a vacuum that would be difficult to fill, given the tremendous work she started in the union, such as upgrade of the NUJ Pen Nursery and Primary School, as well as extension of water system at the Union’s secretariat.
Mr Kajo lamented that within a space of three years, two NUJ chairmen from Sankera have been buried and prayed God to protect the children Mrs Asher left behind.
He appreciated Governor Ortom for the financial support rendered to the NUJ while they were in the hospital and to the point of burial.
The District Head of Tiir-Tongov, Chief Johnson Boi, thanked the union for taking the pains of bringing the body of their wife home and assured that their security in the area was guaranteed.
Responding on behalf of the family, Mr Ashir Maave, appreciated the NUJ, Radio Benue, and the State Government for honour done to their wife, Mrs Victoria Asher and appealed for support to enable them cater for the twins she left behind.
Earlier, Pastor Ortwev Gwatse, stated that the time for Mrs Victoria Asher on earth was ripe and urged the family, NUJ and entire people of Benue State not to worry too much for she is resting in the bosom of God.