The Edo State Chapter of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), has lauded the Deputy Governor of Edo, Mr Philip Shaibu, for sponsoring the surgical operation of a NAWOJ member,  Mrs Ijeoma Umeh.

The Chairperson of NAWOJ, Ms Floral Bossey, gave the commendation while speaking in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Benin.

Umeh, who underwent a thyroid operation recently, is a staff of the Nigerian Observer.

“We thank the deputy governor for paying the medical bill of one of our members, whose thyroid was removed in a successful operation,” Bossey said.

She expressed gratitude to Shaibu and prayed for God’s guidance for the present administration in Edo.

The chairperson said that the gesture had brought succor to the journalist, noting that Edo government had been paying medical bills of journalists, who had to undergo one form of surgical procedure or the other.

“l sincerely appreciate the deputy governor’s effort towards making life more meaningful to journalists and the people of the state in general.

“l want to also thank the deputy governor for sponsoring the training of all female journalists on how to report human trafficking, ” she said.

NAN recalls that Gov. Godwin Obaseki, had also paid the medical bill of Mr Gabriel Enogholase, the state correspondent of the Vanguard Newspaper.

A chieftain of the APC, Mr Charles Idahosa, had earlier announced that the Edo government had designated some doctors to visit hospitals and identify patients, who could not pay hospital bills.

The gesture was part of efforts to make life worth living for residents of Edo.