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New Anambra NUJ Exco marks 100 days in office



New Anambra NUJ Exco marks 100 days in office

By Nkechi Ikenwoke

NIGERIAN Union of Journalists (NUJ), Anambra State Council Executives, yesterday, marked 100 days in office. The event, which held at Godwin Ezeemo International Press Center, Awka, was graced by the Acting Managing Director of Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS), Awka, Mr Gab Okpalaeze,who was the  chairman of the occasion, the Special Adviser to Governor Chukwuma Soludo on Youth Empowerment Programme, Dr Nelson Omenugha, as Special Guest of Honor, former Anambra State Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Professor Stella Okunna, the MD/CEO of Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation (ANPC), Sir Chuka Nnabuife, among many others.

  Speaking during the event, the Chairman NUJ,   Anambra State Council,  Odogwu Emeka Odogwu thanked members for gracing the occasion and finding him worthy to serve the union, urging them to be respectful even as they carry themselves with high esteem in the profession. Dr Odogwu assured that the dignity of the union must be restored regardless of any challenges and thanked supporters immensely for their cordial relationship and love to move forward. 

  Dr Odogwu further recalled his administration’s achievements so far such as donation of a brand new bus for the union by the immediate past governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, plans to develop the NUJ Secretariat, surveying of the premises, among many others.

  He said, “we are glad the union is matching forward. It is for the betterment of the members. Today, we are marking our 100 days in office. It is very important that we restore the love for the union.   We are here as one body. I’m very grateful for the support of the union. Everything we do has been with cordiality.”    

“The journey has been wonderful. We have been able to unify the members of the union. Most importantly, members willingly attended the event without any special invitation to anyone. So far, we have attracted numerous goodwill including a brand new bus for the union donated to us by the former Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, attracted some developers who will brighten the face of our union. We are also asking God for grace to make it a successful one.”

  “I want the union to be strong. I want outsiders to respect us and for us to be number one in Anambra State thereby taking the lead and others will follow. NUJ is my passion as I want to take it to the next level so that those who will come after me will enjoy. I plead for continuous solidarity and support without backbiting or gossip from members. God will always be our strength.” 

    In his opening remarks, the chairman of the occasion, Mr Gab Okpalaeze, said it was a day set aside to mark the success story of the new administration and to look forward for more progress in the union. Also speaking, Dr Omenugha commended the executives for their diligence to work and success, even as he urged members to continuously support both in the union and Governor Soludo’s administration for a prosperous homeland.

    Archbishop, Ecclesiastical Province of the Niger and Anglican Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Reverend Alexander Ibezim, represented by Venerable Onyinye Ilione, congratulated the executive on their remarkable achievements and encouraged them to ensure more consistency for greater development of the union.

  Other newly elected officers of the council present were the Secretary, Mr Aloy Ofordile, Mrs Ngozi Obileri, Mr OgemdiO zoemenam, Mrs Ifeayinwa Iloanya, John Ndu and Mr Okechukwu Onuegbu. Highlight of the event include special recognition of  veterans, past and present leaders of the council and a minute silence for the peaceful repose of the soul of their fallen leaders. Many journalists from all chapels in the state were present to witness the event.

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