. . seeks stronger partnership with the legislature, public
By Michael-Jude Nwolisa
The Nigeria Union of Journalists, Anambra Council is set to hold its annual media summit on Thursday, September 12 and Friday, September 13, 2019 at the NUJ Secretariat, Awka.
The 2-day event themed ‘Media, Legislature and National Development’ will have 3 keynote lectures and is hoped to bring together journalists within and outside the state to deliberate on professional issues affecting the union and discuss a way forward, via a communiqué that will be raised at the end of the summit. The event is also aimed at providing a forum for an interaction between the legislature and the media.
Speaking to Fides in an exclusive interview, the Chairman of Nigerian Union of Journalists, Anambra Council, Sir Emma Ifesinachi revealed that the Anambra Media Summit was first held by the Union under his administration in 2017. He further noted that this year’s summit focuses more on the Legislature as an arm of government that needed to account to the people whom they were meant to represent. The Chairman stated that the summit will have all the lawmakers both at the national and state levels in attendance.
In his words ‘We will have a round table session with the lawmakers, both from the national and state levels. We are expecting our various Senators and House of Representatives to be there. We are also hoping that the 30-man legislature of the Anambra State House of Assembly will be there’.
‘The 3 arms of government are critical to the sustainability of democracy. But the centre piece of democracy rests on the legislature’.
Sir Emma Ifesinachi therefore noted that for the legislature to successfully function, the media needed to be carried along in most of their actions and deliberations, for it was through the media that the masses gauged the performance of their respective representatives in the legislature.
Sir Ifesinachi, who stated that non-media practitioners were also welcome to the summit, said it was an avenue for them to understand the role of the media in a functional democracy. He also made it known that the media executives at the national level, led by Chief Chris Isiguzo would be present at the media summit. The zonal officers of different state chapters were equally expected to be present at the summit.
The Secretary, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Anambra Council, Comrade Emma Udeagha, re-echoed the importance of the media summit, adding that the keynote speakers were well experienced in media and journalism. Comrade Udeagha further expressed the hope that the summit will result in a better relationship between the media and the legislature, for the sustainability of democracy in Nigeria.