The Press Union of Liberia will today, Wednesday, 11 January open a book of condolence for fallen Journalist Martin Kerkula, Sr. Mr. Kerkula died in Monrovia on Sunday, 25 December 2016 after a period of illness.
The signing ceremony will be led by the President and members of the Press Union of Liberia, family and the public. The family has informed the Union of activities aligned with the home-going of Mr. Martin Kerkula, Sr. to include: lying in State at the Capitol Building and a night of wake keeping in Salala, Lower Bong County.
The remains of Mr. Kerkula will be removed at 10am Friday, January 13, 2017 from the AB Robert Funeral Home in Gardnersville and taken to the Capitol Building. Interment follows on Saturday after funeral service in Salala, Bong County.
Mr. Kerkula started his journalism career with the Sun Times Newspaper in 1986, Daily Observer Newspaper (1988-1989) and became senior reporter with the Liberia Post in 1990.He also reported for the Patriot Newspaper between 1996 and 1997.
Kerkula rose to serve as coordinator of News at Radio Liberia International/LNC and Member of the Grievance and Ethics Committee, Press Union of Liberia. In 1997, he was elected to the House of Representatives for Salala District until 2003.
Before his unfortunate death, Kerkula offered many consultancies with several entities, including the Liberia Media Center and the Liberia Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (LEITI), respectively. Press Union of Liberia President Charles Coffey described Martin Kerkula, Sr. as a giant of upright observance of journalism standards.
The PUL is meanwhile calling on all journalists, members of the Press Union of Liberia and the Kerkula Family to converge on the Headquarters of the Union at 11 am today to honor their fallen colleague and relation.