By Abuchi Onwumelu
The Anambra State Directorate of the National Orientation Agency, NOA, has solicited the support of media professionals in the state in publicizing its activities in all nooks and crannies of the state, especially in the grassroots.
NOA made the plea during a media chat organized by the agency in Awka. The event had in attendance both practicing and retired media strategists. They used the occasion to deliberate on issues of social imperatives and professional coexistence and proffer solutions where necessary.
In his keynote address, the State Director of NOA, Barrister Charles Nworji, said the event was meant to officially launch NOA activities and programmes mapped out for the year, part of which were the "Campus and out-of-school campaigns on cultism and drugs. He noted that the programme was specifically aimed at addressing the current deadly attacks and activities of cultists in the state. He maintained that the job of sensitizing the populace remained paramount and called for a continued synergy and collaboration with media organizations in Anambra State for the good of the people and government of the state.
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the ABS, Nze Uche Nworah, who was represented by the Director, News and Current Affairs, Mr. Gab Okpalaeze, said the ABS was poised to work with agencies and organizations whose goals and ideologies were progressive and in the best interest of Ndi Anambra, adding that the presence of the ABS on multiple digital and social media platforms had strengthened the message value and dissemination channels.
Earlier in an opening remark, the chairman of the occasion, and a former Director, News and Current Affairs of the Anambra Broadcasting Service, ABS, Sir Uche Udedibia, described the press as a powerful agent of social change and called for cordiality between the news channels and the audience.
Other media experts who lent their voices to the discussion, including the state chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Sir Emmanuel Ifesinachi; the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation, producers of the National Light Newspapers, Sir Chuka Nnabuife; the General Manager, Radio Nigeria, Purity FM, Awka, Mr Gregory Odiakaosa; Editor-in-Chief of Fides Newspaper, Hon. Jude Atupulazi, represented by Abuchi Onwumelu, among others, spoke on diverse issues affecting both groups and called for a unique work method among the agencies.