The joy of every Civil Servant is to serve and retire honorably either having served for 35 years or having reached the age of 60 which are both constitutionaly prescribed conditions for retirement from the Civil Service.
It is in this regard that the TSBS NUJ family rolled out their drums to honour two of their own that have served the State for Thirty Five years as Journalists of the Taraba State Broadcasting Service, TSBS, Jalingo.
It was a rather nostalgic moment as Journalists cramped up in the newsroom of the TSBS Jalingo to pay tributes to Hajiya Jumai Rakiya Hamza and Elder Uka’a Ukondo as they both hang up their mics to begin a fresh chapter of the rest of their lives.
The two veterans who started out over Thirty Five years ago as Public Relations Officer, PRO, and field reporter respectively have both toiled meritoriously for the State and retired as Directors of the News and Current Affairs department of the prestigious Taraba Radio House.
In his tributes to the duo who had in their times being the mainstay of the News and Current Affairs department of the corporation he now heads, Mr. Liberty Andrew described them as “ outstanding leaders whose immense contributions to the department can never be forgotten in a hurry”.
Eulogizing the veterans who had risen through the ranks to retire as directors, Mr Andrew recalled the early days of working with the celebrants in the then defunct Gongola State.
He further reminisce on times when reporters had to work at rather unbelievable speed to ensure the news bulletins were ready right on time under an intense pressure from Hajiya Jumai Hamza.
In his farewell speech to the retirees, the Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ, Comrade Solomon Ajiduku hailed the pioneer Journalists as “senior citizens in the journalism profession” who had made their mark and deserve to retire well.
He commended Lydia Wilson, Chairman of the TSBS Chapel for the heartwarming sendforth celebration, saying that, it was the first of such honour to be accorded to any journalist in the State.
On her part, Lydia Wilson who is the Chairman TSBS Chapel, showered encomiums on the two retired journalists and appreciated their contributions and said she would remain grateful to them for their hard work, professionalism and dedication to duty which has helped greatly in molding the younger generation of reporters.
She appreciated the Taraba State Government for training staff of the TSBS at the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, FRCN, training school. The tutelage she said has improved staff performance and has equipped them to compete favorably with their counterpart anywhere in the world.