By Abuchi Onwumelu
The State Working Committee members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Anambra State Council, recently visited the Head of Service, Anambra State, Barr Harry Udu, in his office at Jerome Udoji Secretariat Complex, Awka.
The SWC members were led on the courtesy visit by the Chairman of the Council, Sir Emma Ifesinachi.
Addressing his guests, Barr. Udu appealed to media practitioners to be sensitive over issues they reported on, urging them to remain agents of development and eschew reporting hazy issues that could be detrimental to the masses.
He assured them that Anambra State Government would continue to support the development of the media in the state, including the welfare of its members.
The civil service boss said that Anambra State Broadcasting Service had been digitalized by Governor Willie Obiano, whom he said, was making efforts to secure a channel for ABS on the DSTV Cable Network, now nearing completion. He added that the Anambra State Government had offset pensions and gratuities of NUJ members, which he described as a demonstration of support.
He assured them of government’s continued support, promising them synergized relationship and transformations with the state’s print media, National Light Newspapers.
Earlier, the Chairman, NUJ, Anambra State Chapter, Mr. Emmanuel Ifesinachi, described Governor Obiano as the most media friendly governor in the country, considering his immense effort at transforming the state media.
He also recounted the payment of media workers’ salaries and offsetting of pensioners’ arrears.
The State Chairman, while assuring government of their continued loyalty, pleaded that digitilization of operations of the ABS be replicated at the National Light.
Names of the NUJ State Working Committee at the visit included, Sir Emma Ifesinachi, Chairman; Comrade Francis Ekpone, Vice Chairman; Comrade Emma Udeagha, Secretary; Comrade Abuchi Onwumelu, Treasurer; Comrade Ogemdi Ozoemenam, Financial Secretary; Comrade Okechukwu Onuegbu, Internal Auditor; Comrade Betty Onuchukwu, Ex-Officio member, and Comrade Uche Nworah, Ex-Officio member.