Information Chapel Gets New Exco
19 Aug 2009
The Commissioner for Information and Social Re-Orientation Mr. Aniekan Umanah has assured the newly constituted Executive Committee of the State Information Chapel of Nigeria Union of Journalists of his support in whatever measure and capacity in the discharge of its responsibilities.
Mr. Umanah who gave the assurance during the swearing in of the newly constituted executive members of the chapel in the Ministry commended the Union for conducting the election in an orderly manner devoid of in-fighting and rancour.
He advised the new executive to lay emphasis on training, noting that as information officers, training and equipping of oneself will aid in the discharge of their statutory ministerial responsibilities.
He commended the new chairman for his seven points programme and advised other members of the executive to work together for the growth of the Chapel, the Union and the State.
Mr. Umanah charged them to embark on self discovery, hold their position in high esteem and make the best use of what they have to move the chapel to attain greater heights.
The Commissioner disclosed that a training programme will soon be organized for information officers to meet up with the current method of writing of news release, speeches and ways of conducting interviews among others.
In the same vein the Director of Information and Chairman of the occasion, Mr. Victor Ekpo in his opening remarks, expressed delight for the chapel to scale through all the huddles encountered in conducting the election and thanked the State Council of NUJ for giving the necessary support for the successful conduct of the election and subsequent swearing in.
He advised the new executive to face the challenges ahead of them with determination.
The State Chairman of NUJ Elder Ephraim Etti represented by the Vice Chairman Mr. Friday Umoh also congratulated the Information Chapel for the bold step taken to move the Union forward.
He advised the chapel executive to always attend congress meeting and charged other chapels to emulate the Information chapel by constituting their own Executive and ensure prompt payment of Union dues.
The outgoing Chairman of the chapel Mr. Ini Nkantion in his remarks said that his tenure elapsed in 2007 but encountered a major huddle which deterred his administration from handing over on time.
He however congratulated the new Executive members for having a front line journalist as a commissioner and advised the chapel to embrace the concept of re-branding, urging them to participate in activities of the state council and lay emphasis on sensitization of the public to take advantage of government policies.
The newly sworn-in Chairman Mr.Joseph Robert stated that he has a seven point agenda for the chapel which include; high level of productivity, training and empowerment of members of the chapel.
He thanked the Honorable Commissioner for Information and members of the State NUJ Council for their support. Other members of the executive sworn-in were; Mrs. Ime Wilson Udokpan, Vice Chairman; Mr. Uwem Ben, Secretary; Mrs. Jayne Edet Bassey, Assistant Secretary; Mr. Nse-Abasi Anwana, Treasurer; Mrs. Uduak Ekott, Financial Secretary.