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Orient Daily chapel elects new EXCO, O’star Eze emerges chairman

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ORIENT Daily Chapel of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), on Friday, elected new exco that will pilot the affairs of the chapel for the next three years. The election was held at the supervision of the NUJ chairman of the state, Comrade Emma Ifesinachi and his entourage, among whom is the secretary of NUJ, Comrade Emma Udeagha.

Speaking to our correspondent in an exclusive interview, immediate past chairman of the chapel, Comrade Francis Ekpone ,express his satisfaction on the successful handover to the new chairman. According to him “success without a successor is in vain. I have been looking forward to these day, having led this chapel for the past six years .

“I am happy to handover to the new EXCO that will pilot the affairs of the chapel for the next three years. It is not easy having lead for two tenures. The task of leading such a chapel that has some senior colleagues in the profession can be intimidating”, he confessed.

Speaking on his achievement, Comrade Francis said “Orient Chapel now has a football team. We have also successes in organizing seminars, functions and activities”. He advised the new EXCO to work hard in maintaining the standard already on ground. It is not easy to be an exco in this chapel. they should carry all members and staff of the chapel along.

On his part, newly elected chairman of Orient Daily Chapel, Mr. O’star Stanley Okechukwu Eze, while answering questions from press men said “I feel blessed. I feel humbled. I feel challenged. It is an honour to chair such a highly revered chapel with so many highly educated and widely exposed personalities as members. I feel grateful to God for such a lofty call to service. “In the next three years of my administration, I will focus more on issues bordering about the welfare of members of our chapel, as well as on getting them to professionalize their practice. I have several good reporters with potentials as members but who do not have the requisite journalistic academic qualification. So, top of my agenda would be to get these ones to engage in the on-going one year professional diploma programme on journalism at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.

Secondly, my team and I shall organize more frequent in-house training sessions for reporters which shall acquaint them with the art and skill of journalistic writing, news gathering and how to do business as writers with out going against the ethics of the profession.
“We shall also cash into some of the provisions made by the NUJ constitution to create revenue windows for ourselves as a chapel so that every member will become more financially stable.

“We shall also start inter-phasing with the publishers and other administrators of our establishment to see how we can mutually improve on the business side of our paper, as well as our remuneration.

“My administration shall continue from where the past administration stopped and even expand our coast in addressing the welfare of our members as it concerns promotion of good governance, social justice and rule of law

Other elected officers of Orient Daily chapel are Okechukwu Christopher Onuegbu, Vice Chairman, Gabriel Chy Alonta, Secretary, Uchenna Ezeadigwe, Financial Secretary, Chinelo Nwangene, Treasurer, Ijeoma Ekwowusi, Assistant Secretary .

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