The Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalist (NUJ), Ebonyi State chapter, Comrade Tony Nwizi, during the Annual Press Week held at Dr. Sam Egwu Press Centre Abakaliki/Enugu Expressway on 5th December 2019 tabled five requests to the Governor of Ebonyi State on matters that will grow the union.
The requests include Land for Journalists’ Estate in the state capital, restructuring and renovation of the union’s press centre, especially where there is suspected structural defect, quarterly interaction with journalists, annual pilgrimage to the holy land and mobility, pointing out that the current NUJ bus has lasted for 10 years and had traveled the 36 states of the country.
The NUJ Chairman who had been full of encomium for the great developmental strides of the governor in the state had equally thanked him for activities of the Governor for which journalists in the state were beneficiaries but like Oliver Twist, they “always want some more”.
Comrade Nwizi told the Governor that if he would be able to carry the union along in these areas of her request, it would aid journalism to grow faster in the state and even supersede what is obtained in older states and that would go down history that it was in the time of Chief Dr. David Umahi that men of the pen profession were so fairly treated.
He congratulated His Excellency Engr. David Umahi on his landmark achievements which have placed Ebonyi State on the same lane with other developing states of Nigeria, ultra-modern worship center, the international shopping mall and other unique infrastructure in the state.
He said that the goals of the annual meeting as a means of bringing together journalists to chart a common goal for the union, through sports, almsgiving and social events.
The press week was also used to recognize those who had excelled in their various fields of endeavor, thus justifying the theme of this year’s press week entitled “Development and Responsible Journalism in Nigeria”.
He added that this year’s press week was a special one as they would be recognizing stakeholders who had carried out their duties effectively both in the private and public sectors.
Giving some of his stewardship, he said that since his assumption of the leadership of the council, so many policies have been put in place to restructure the union to be favorably in line with strides of the government of Ebonyi state and which gave rise to the promotion of developmental journalism to curb fake news and negative reportage.
He stated that the purpose of journalism was to keep the public informed and to report the news on all sectors of the country which must be accurate, fair and thorough, and to achieve these, a journalist must act with integrity in his practice.
He regarded journalism as the fourth arm of government.
“As the term Fourth Estate of the Realm implies, we weigh significant societal influence, though not fully recognized in government, he called on the President of Nigeria and National Assembly to come as a way of resolution and make real the appellation of the Fourth Estate of the Realm in governmental affair through legislation.
He thanked the Governor, ably represented by the Commissioner for Information, Barr. Uchenna Orji, the national officials of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, the guest speaker, Rev. Fr. Dr. Abraham Nwali and others who traveled from far and near to honor the invitation.
Some of the people that received awards from NUJ for their effective contribution to the union and in carrying out their duties, include the Commissioner of Police, Awotunde Awoshola, the Vice-Chancellor of Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Prof. Chinedu Nwajiuba represented by Prof. Phillip Onueke, the Chairman of Ivo LGA, Hon. Ogbonna Ogbanta, the Chief Medical Director of Alex Ekueme Teaching Hospital, Dr. Emeka Onwe Ogah, Princess Chinyere Iyioku, and a host of others