Paul Osuyi, Asaba
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has congratulated Mr. Chris Isiguzo, the newly-elected president of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
Governor Okowa, in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, and made available to Sunday Sun, in Asaba, on Saturday, extolled the virtues of Isiguzo who was elected new president of the Pen Profession at the NUJ Sixth Delegates’ Conference held in Abeokuta, Ogun State from Wednesday to Friday.
“The election of Chris Isiguzo as the new President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists was not a surprise, following his antecedents as Vice President of NUJ, South East Zone. His emergence at this time is significant and momentous in view of the fact that Nigerians are desirous to enthrone a true democratic change in the way they are being governed,” the statement read.
The Governor urged the NUJ boss to key into the desire of Nigerians for real change and good governance, and lead the body of journalists to support the people’s wish.
“The NUJ should strive to change the negative narrative on the issue of welfare of journalists seriously by ensuring better conditions of service and remuneration for working journalists and even the retired ones.
“If the welfare needs of journalists who are watchmen against corruption in society are well taken care of, they would be better disposed to playing the critical roles expected of them as agents for good governance and accountability,” Okowa added.
He expressed optimism that Mr. Isiguzo would make a difference in this task given his wealth of experience and the positions he has occupied in the profession.
The Governor while assuring the new NUJ President and indeed the union of his support at all times, congratulated members of the NUJ for a successful conference.
He also commended the outgoing President of NUJ, Mr. Waheed Odusile, for his contributions to the development of the journalism profession while in office.