It is a black Wednesday for the Pioneer News paper Chapel of Nigeria Union of Journalists, Akwa Ibom State Council as four Staff of the press house are confirmed dead after an auto crash along airport road in Uyo.

The sad incident which occurred in the late hours of Tuesday (11/12/2019) has caused the State NUJ to cancel some activities to mark their 2019 press week. A statement released by NUJ, Akwa Ibom State and signed by the the state secretary, Dominic Akpan announced alterations in the press week plans. See the full text of the statement below :


Following the unfortunate accident on Airport Road this evening, in which some staff of Akwa Ibom Newspaper Corporation, publisher of Pioneer Newspaper are feared dead, while others are critically injured, the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Akwa Ibom State Council, has cancelled the football matches, scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 12.

The Union condoles with the Pioneer Chapel and staff of AKNC over the losses.

However, the Award/Dinner ceremony holds as scheduled on Friday, Dec.13, at Watbridge Hotel, Uyo.

Our heartfelt condolences.

Dominic Akpan
State Secretary