The former Assistant Editor of the Concord Newspaper, Mr. Richard Igie who is battling with disease associated with “kidney failure” and “prostrate cancer” has sent an SOS to the Delta State Governmen.
The journalists is seeking for financial assistance to enable him seek proper medical treatment within Nigeria or outside the Country.
Ogie is also appealing to the government to help with the payment of the school fees of his four children, as well as his house rent.
Ogie made the appeal when the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Delta State Council led by Comrade Michael Ikeogwu and other senior members of the profession paid him a visit in Warri.
Ogie stated that he had spent close to three million naira on drugs.
He noted that there were lots of debt hanging on his neck as a result of the money he borrowed just to seek medication.
Ogie stated that the illness started with irregular urination from his male organ as well as excreta stressing that,”I have been down for close to three months now.”
“I need the State Government to give me help because this has gone beyond my capacity.
“I need State Government’s efforts to help me financially by either taking me to a renowned hospital for treatment within or outside the country and also help me with my children’s school fees and my accommodation,” he pleaded.
Mr. Richard Ogie started his journalism career over thirty years ago.
He worked with the Concord Newspaper where he rosed to become Editor of Business Concord.
Ogie later moved to the Mid-Week Concord where he became Assistant News-Editor from where he joined the Diet purportedly owned by a former Delta State Governor as its Bureau Chief in Warri.
Ogie also worked as Editor of the Reflector Newspaper in Warri. Because of the numerous challenges in the media profession, he joined the Niger Delta Standard Newspaper where he last worked as Editor for five years in Port-Harcourt,Rivers State before he fell ill.