The Rivers Commissioner of Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim probably didn’t know how practicing journalists who belong to his immediate constituency view him.

But Monday 24th, 2022, the date of his birth was more or less an eye opener.

He received streams of goodwill messages from all who know him, but Insiders say none of the messages he got on the occasion of his birthday touched him more than those which came from his journalism colleagues.

The Port Harcourt Telegraph has all day kept an eye on different social media platforms in order to monitor reactions.

Paulinus Nsirim, Rivers Information and Communications Commissioner 

While some journalists reflected on his contributions as an administrator, State Information Commissioner and a practicing  journalist, others pray for prosperity, good health and God’s guidance and protection upon him.

The State Council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, said while felicitating with Nsirim, “You have proved to us that you are a rare breed and worthy example in leadership.

In a statement signed by Stanley Job, State Chairman and Ike Wigodo, State Secretary, the union stated, “The NUJ in Rivers State will never forget your contributions to the Union, just as your outstanding stewardship as a former permanent secretary and now commissioner will forever remain enduring in our minds.

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“As you celebrate your birthday, we pray to God to grant you good health, more wisdom and long life to serve our state and humanity in greater capacity.”

Dan Abia who writes from Port Harcourt for The Independent had this to say, “I celebrate with you this day of your joy. Indeed, as you look back and begin to count God’s blessings on your life, you will definitely miss alot of it because they are too many.

“But more of such blessings are coming your way. I therefore congratulate you heartily this day. May God continue to keep you in good health and prosperity.”

“Happy Birthday Sir” Emeka Amaefule of City People noted in a post, “May God Almighty continue to use you as His instrument in the service of mankind.”

For Ignatius Chukwu who controls South South and South East operations of BusinessDay, Nsirim is a blessing and a shining light.

“Waooo! Happy birthday, Hon Commissioner. When the list of heroes is drawn, the top see hall bear your imprint”, Chukwu who just won an award remarked.

Closely on the heels of Chukwu, Kelechi Sam Esogwa, State Correspondent of BusinessDay revealed, “Since mounting the saddle of your honorable office, you have demonstrated excellence and proven to be one of the greatest wordsmith of this  millennium.”

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As Nsirim celebrates, journalists who are rejoicing over the birth of a new leadership in the NUJ are not unmindful of the role he played to resolve the impasse in the union.

” Let me join my colleagues”, Chief Ogbonna Nwuke remarked, “in celebrating the Hon Commissioner for Information and Communications who marks his birthday.”

“Your contributions to the advancement of the ethics of our profession remain indelible. May the Lord bless, guide and strengthen you as you serve your State”, Nwuke added.

While Ernest Chinwo, General Manager of the Tide Newspaper wished the Commissioner, “More years of celebration and great service to our state and nation”, Tony John stated, “God’s grace and mercy will be sufficient for you.”

Sampson Fiberesima, General Manager of RSBC prayed that “heaven’s perfect gift of good health and prosperity” would continually be the portion of the Commissioner while congratulating him on the occasion of his birthday

Nelson Chukwudi had this to say, “May His mercy and grace overwhelm you. May His favour and blessings be your portion always.”

Chuwudi may have captured the mood of most journalists when he added a line of prayer which said, “May He (God) intercede for you at your moment of need.”

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Victor rapped it all up, saying, “Happy birthday to my Hon. Commissioner. May celebration never cease in your life.”

Governor Nyesom Wike 

Governor Nyesom Wike may perhaps, be celebrating his decision to pick Nsirim, a former Permanent Secretary as Government’s Spokesman.

Testimonies from the media suggest Nsirim is doing well. It is a birthday gift that he would cherish, particularly if it is coming from critics in the press who keep society on its toes.
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