By Agnes Nworie
Three members of Nigerian Union of Journalists Ebonyi state chapter have made the state governor’s list as nominees for positions as board members of the state owned radio and television stations – Ebonyi Broadcasting Corporation (EBBC).
The three practicing journalists are, Mr. Benjamin Nworie who is currently the state correspondent of “This Day” newspaper, Mr. Felix Ukah the state Correspondent of “Daily Independent” and Mr. Obinna Ogbonnaya who represents the “Leadership” newspaper.
Nworie is also the Vice Chairman of the state council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) while Ukah is an ex-officio member.
In a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Kenneth Ugbala, the EBBC governing board was inaugurated on 2nd July at a venue and time to be communicated later.
The statement said Dr. Emmanuel Offor Okorie, who was dropped as Chief of Staff to the Governor, is to serve as Chairman of the governing board while the Director-General of the Corporation, Engr. Timothy Nwachi is to serve as Secretary.
The statement read thus: “His Excellency, the Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. Dr. David Nweze Umahi FNSE, FNATE, has approved the re-constitution of the Ebonyi State Broadcasting Corporation (EBBC) Board with members as follows:
Chief Dr. Emmanuel Offor Okorie as Chairman, Engr. Timothy Nwachi – Secretary, while the members are Mr. Felix Uka, Sir Christopher Ajali, Mr. Sunny B Akpagu, Mr. Daniel Ogbuzuru, Mr. Ben Nworie and Mr. Obinna Ogbonna.
Reacting to the development, the state chairman of NUJ, Mr. Tony Nwizi whose joy knew no bounds thanked Governor Umahi for being press friendly, saying it is one of the greatest feat of his administration and as Oliver Twist, he asked for more friendly gestures to the council members.
“I feel so happy, I feel so great. It is in fact one of my administration’s greatest feat. I am so grateful to the Governor, he made the promise that he has a lot of packages for journalists and people were so eager for him to make pronouncements but he said it will be coming gradually. I am so happy about it and we are expecting more. We are very grateful to governor, he is a lover of journalists and he has demonstrated that in several occasions. We thank him and expect so more like Oliver Twist,” Comrade Nwizi