By Lere Olayinka
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Ekiti State Governor, Engr. Segun Oni has condoled with journalists in the State over the death of one of their colleagues; Mr. Dipo Okunmuyide, describing the death as shocking and painful.

Reacting to Okunmuyide's death through his Chief Press Secretary, Wale Ojo Lanre, Governor Oni, who said he was shocked when he received the news, urged the journalists and family of the deceased to take solace in the fact that “death is the end of all mortals and it will come when it must come.”

The governor, who reiterated his call for an Endowment Fund for journalists called on leaders of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) and the Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN) to put heads together with a view to working out modalities for the endowment fund.

He frown at situation whereby journalists, who labour everyday to inform the public always have to run around for help in moments of distress, adding that Dependants of journalists, who died on duty, must not be allowed to suffer.

His words; “I received with shock the death of Dipo and all that I can say now is that God will strengthen his colleagues and family members because I know that his death will be a pain too much to bear.

“On behalf of my family, Government and people of Ekiti State, I express our heartfelt condolence for the loss of such a promising young man and wish the entire family the continued support and guidance of the Almighty God.

“My prayer is that God in His infinite mercies will grant his family, especially his aged mother, wife and children the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.”