By Mercy Hill
The Radio, Television, Theatre and Arts Workers Union, RATTAWU, Anambra Broadcasting Service Chapter, has vowed to pursue professional excellence.
This decision was reached during the chapter's 2018 workshop with the theme, "Professionalism: hallmark of efficiency", held at the ABS Film Academy, Awka, Tuesday, December 11.
The workshop had in attendance dignitaries and members of the Union in and outside Awka, including the MD/CEO ABS, Nze Uche Nworah; Principal Secretary to the governor, Sir Willie Nwokoye; Editor-in-Chief Fides Newspaper, Hon Jude Atupulazi, among others.
In his remarks, the MD/CEO, ABS, Nze Uche Nworah commended the executive of the Union for organizing the workshop, but however urged them to imbibe professionalism in their general outlook to life.
He pointed out appearance as a factor for media practitioners.
Delivering his keynote address on a title "Professionalism and efficiency,'' the national chairman, NUJ, Mr. Ikeddy Isiguzo, pointed out certification, attitude, accountability, training among many others as key factors to be considered in professionalism.
Mr. Isiguzo advised practitioners who aimed to be efficient in the media to avoid excuses and all sorts of lackadaisical attitude, imbibe team spirit, embrace training and retraining workshops, time consciousness, as well as create networks for excellence.
In her Address of welcome, the chairman of the Union, ABS chapter, Mrs Maureen Stone Enujioke, said the workshop was aimed at cleansing the system of non- professionals through a training and retraining process as well as to create an avenue for its members to build familiarity and strengthen bonds .
Mrs Enujioke described the workshop as the best of its kind and said she was assured of its continuity to further foster team spirit and spur members to work towards achievable goals in the media profession.
Earlier while making his remarks, the chairman of the event, Hon Jude Atupulazi, editor-in-chief of Fides Newspaper, commended the leadership of RATTAWU, ABS, Chapter, for what he described as a well thought out theme.
Noting that professionals would likely be severely tested in this period of electioneering, Atupulazi urged them to remain steadfast and true to their callings, pointing out that such would determine the level of their professionalism in the face of pressures from the political class.
Other discussants present were the Controller of programmes, purity F.M. Dr. Adaora Arah, who noted that demeanor, competence, good etiquette and reliability were factors that built effectiveness, as well as Dr. Chigozie Henry Duru, who enjoined practitioners to synthesize cerebral ability and technology to achieve excellence.
Commending the chapter for her efforts in improving the lives of members, the vice president Southeast Region of RATTAWU, Mr. Prince Emeka Kalu, advised members to be undaunted, steadfast and focused to enable the Union reach greater heights.
Some participants present in the workshop included Mrs Franca Ononuju and Mrs Njide Onyejiaku, who both appreciated the Union for the rare opportunity and said the workshop made a positive impact on them.