The Enugu State commissioner for information, Mr. Ogbuagu Anikwe, has assured the newly elected executive committee members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists’ Correspondents Chapel, Enugu council, of his ministry’s support.
He gave the assurance recently during a courtesy visit to his office by officials of the chapel. Anikwe said the state government would continue to partner the media to engender even development and good governance in the state, describing the press as “a frontline partner”. He added that the state government appreciates the roles of the press in the democratic process.
The state’s information chief was saddened by the crisis that rocked the correspondents chapel in the past, describing it as “an avoidable leadership crisis”. He commended the role played by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi in resolving the crisis, noting that his “fatherly intervention” was fueled by his firm belief in peace and unity and the fact that he holds the media in high esteem. “We appreciate the tremendous efforts put in by the governor to ensure there is peace in your chapel and we believe that peace must reign in the state,” Mr. Anikwe said.
He noted further that the state government will work with the chapel to ensure an even dissemination of information. “I am very much pleased with the calibre of the people here. So whatever I’m going to do is an extension of what His Excellency had done. I also assure you that the ministry of information and the state government will support you,” he added.
Earlier, the vice president of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, South-East zone, Comrade Chris Isiguzo, had while introducing the officials expressed appreciation for the governor’s timely intervention that led to the resolution of the contentious issues.
It was necessary to introduce members of the new executive to the commissioner to ensure a good working relationship, Isiguzo explained. The executives include Emma Ezeja – chairman, Ifeoma Aka – vice chairman, Emma Acha, secretary, Ralph Edeh, Treasurer, Maureen Ikpeama – financial secretary, and Cletus Obi – auditor. “This is the team we are working with, we are 37 out of 40 members. We are going to give them our support.
“The NUJ chairman is with us, the NUJ zonal secretary is with us and the team is in support of Governor Ugwuanyi who has equally done a whole lot for the chapel. He is doing well in Enugu State and we will continue to support him,” he said.
Speaking in a similar vein, chairman of the Correspondents Chapel, Comrade Emma Ezeja, thanked the commissioner for receiving the team. “We are not autocratic, we will work with our members,” he said, pledging to work as partners with the government if given the necessary cooperation.