As we enter the year 2022, it again avails the Publisher, Mr. Steve Ashien and family, the Members of Editorial Board Directors, staff, and Management of the Ika Weekly Newspaper, to felicitate with our numerous stakeholders-traditional institutions in Ika Land, advertisers, suppliers and contractors, public office holders at both State and Local Government levels, opinion writers, public affair analysts/commentators, civil society organizations(CSO), among other development and information management/dissemination partners.
We are thankful to God for the gift of a new year, the gift of survival, and most importantly use this medium to appreciate your unalloyed support to the Ika Weekly Newspaper.
As a news organization, we remember how we started, we remember the lessons we have learned on the course of this job. Also fresh in our memories is the opportunities your support has provided us and how we have lived according to those memories. Indeed, your support all these years has been critical.
As we celebrate the New Year, we must underline the fact that your commitment to our survival as a corporate organization in Ika land has today, earned us the most authoritative source of undiluted information in Ika nation and one of the best community newspapers in the State (Delta State).
With your support, we have to the admiration of all, seen the newspaper grow from mere conventional tabloid to a media giant in the State that today accommodates the realities of new media, especially on the digital platforms, such as online publication, alongside social media like Facebook, Tweeter, Instagram, youtube among others.
As we therefore celebrate, it will be vital that the Newspaper use this opportunity to remind you, our dear stakeholders, that like the ever-flowing waters of a river, life has its moments of drought and its moments of flood. Like the ever-changing cycle of the seasons, life has the soothing warmth of the summers and the piercing chill of its winters.
But through it all, God walks with us. Never forget that God is able to lift you from fatigue of despair to the buoyancy of hope, and transform dark and desolate valleys into sunlit paths of inner peace.
To our public office holders, we reaffirm our support and willingness to collaborate with you. But that is only if your actions are in line with the fundamental needs of the country, and, the positive purpose of the elected government if it will not in any way dent/obstruct the media’s primary responsibility to the masses in a democratic society which among others includes -inculcating and reinforcing positive political, cultural, social attitudes among the citizenries. Create a mood in which people become keen to acquire skills and disciplines of developed nations.
Again, we wish you all a wonderful celebration and a prosperous new year.