The Olu of Warri, Ogiame Ikenwoli has donated food items as palliatives to the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Warri Correspondent Chapel.
The items were presented to the chapel on Sunday at the palace of the traditional ruler.
They included: a cow; 40 bags of 10kg parboiled rice; 30 tubers of yam; a bag of beans (100kg), three 25 litres of vegetable oil and four cartons of tin tomato paste.
The monarch said that the gesture was to cushion the effect of the lockdown order occasioned by the COVID-19 global pandemic on the journalists.
The state government had ordered a lockdown with effect from April 1, as measure to tackle the spread of the global scourge.
The four weeks stay-at-home order was, however, relaxed on April 29.
The items were presented to members of the Fourth Estate of the Realm by Chief Eugene Ikomi, who is the Secretary, Palace Council of Chief, on behalf the monarch.
Ikenwoli commended journalists for their roles at educating and sensitising the public particularly at this trying times, adding that they needed to be appreciated.
He added that Journalists are also part of the frontline workers in the fight against COVID-19.
“It is the tradition of the palace to reach out to people across the kingdom, whether they are natives or not.
“This gesture is to appreciate the Warri Correspondents Chapel for their efforts in sensitising the people of Warri Kingdom during this period of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Accept this token, no matter how small it may be. The love for journalists working in this kingdom is paramount to us,” the monarch said.
The items were received by Mr Victor Okpomor, Chairman of the chapel, on behaalf of the members
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