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Governor Okorocha tasked NUJ on investigative journalism – As NUJ ends press week

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Activities marking the 2013 press week of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Imo State have ended at the NUJ Press Centre, PH Road Owerri on Friday, December 6.

Speaking during the occasion, the Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha praised Imo State journalists for their objectivity in reporting and urged them to increase the creativity of their writing and also practice investigative journalism.

He said he wants to establish a good relationship with the NUJ and work with them for a better tomorrow.  He pledged the sum of 5 million Naira to help in the renovation of the NUJ Centre complex.

The National President Garba Mohammed represented by Deacon Chris Isiguzo, NUJ Vice-President, Zone C (South-East) and the Chairman of the occasion, Hon. Dr. Eddic Mbadiwe congratulated the Imo Council of NUJ for organizing the press week and it’s essence.  Emphases were laid on the job of the press being information dissemination, objective journalism and critics.  Deacon Chris Isiguzo commended the governor for his achievements on the state and pleaded with him to continue his good works.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Chairman of NUJ Imo State Council, Chief Sir Innocent Igwe said “Journalists are among the few groups of professionals that work 24 hours a day to service society and in the process are compelled to sacrifice comfort, welfare and security just for public good.

The press week is therefore the prime time to beam the searchlight on ourselves, stock take, review our performances do some professional and ethical rebouncing as well as set new agenda and follow the trend.

Today, we are here to round off in a good style and more importantly raises fund to complete the ongoing renovation of the NUP Press Centre Complex and Imo NUJ Welfare Scheme and also prevent the highly revered and prestigious NUJ Award to some eminent persons”.

He commended the Rescue Mission Government in Imo State for the numerous monumental infrastructural projects and the free education programme being delivered simultaneously within a very short time.  He urged them to closely supervise and monitor these projects to guarantee high quality and ensure that the good intentions of government are truly delivered to the people.

He said that their greatest challenge is completion of the ongoing renovation of the NUJ Press Centre complex which is far beyond their means, as the council gets neither impress nor subvention.  “There is dire need of an ICT Centre here at the NUJ Press Centre to facilitate media research work and assist journalists not only in their duties but also for training purposes and income generation”.

Speaking during the lecture with the theme: The Press as watch dog of the society, the guest speaker, Dr. Casmir Anyanwu, emphasised on some burning issues in the nation, that deserved special and continuous attention by the press.  Issues such as government budgets, responsibility and responsiveness by state Assembly appointees and other pressing issues.  He said that vigilance should be their watch word and ensure checks and balances for effective governance.

The prestigious NUJ awards were given to His Excellency, Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha, Executive Governor Imo State, Rt. Hon. Benjamin Uwajumogu, H.E. Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, CON, KSM, Deputy Speaker House of Representatives, HRH Eze Joel Udenkwo, MD/CEO Udekingdom Investment Ltd, D.C. Dimka, VD, FSI, the CAC Nigerian Custom Service FOU, Zone C, Owerri, Prof. Viola Onwuliri, Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. (Engr.) Patrick Chinwuba Ndubueze, Prof. Sam Ohaegbulam CMD Memphis Specialist Hospital Enugu, Dr. Gregory Ibe Gregory University, Uturu Abia State, Chief Chuka Udom, Mr. M.M. Katsina, Commissioner of Police Imo State, Chief Uche Best Mbanaso, Senator Chris Anyanwu, Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar, Chief Lawrence Okobo Ndifon, Very Rev. Prof Emmanuel Edeh, Dr. Stanley Nwachukwu, EA to Governor on Disabled Matters, Mr. Gab Osuagwu Iheukwumere, post-humous (ex-staff IBC) and the A.C. Christian Chikeziri, Nigerian Customs Service.

 

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USAID begins Covid-19 testing in Imo rural areas

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The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has begun Covid-19 testing in the 27 Local Government Areas of Imo State, “in a bid to reduce the impact of community spread of the virus in the rural areas of the state.

The Imo State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Chief Declan Mbadiwe Emelumba disclosed this in Owerri while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the Weekly Executive Council meeting presided over by Governor Hope Uzodimma on Wednesday.

Chief Emelumba said so far, the USAID officials have carried out reasonable number of testing in Njaba LGA and reported that all those tested came out negative and that the council prayed that the result from other Local Government Areas will be the same.

He announced that the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC) has approved the take off of the Imo State University for Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Umuagwo in October this year.

According to him, the approval underscores the efforts which the Imo State Government ably led by Governor Hope Uzodinma has made towards the establishment of a second university for the state.

Recently, the NUC panel was in Imo State to carry out the necessary verification exercises on the state facilities, human and physical infrastructures.

Mr. Declan Emelumba, who was flanked by the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Bernard Ikegwuoha, Commissioner for Health Dr. Damaris Osunkwo and the Chief Press Secretary/Media Adviser to the Governor Mr. Oguwike Nwachuku, informed that the Executive Council is happy that something new is happening in the Education Sector of the State.

Emelumba said that the Imo State University of Science and Environmental Sciences, Umuagwo will take off by October when other universities would be resuming for a new academic session.

In the same vein, the Council has approved the immediate relocation of Faculty of Engineering Imo State University Owerri to its permanent site at Okigwe, stressing that Government has put all processes and facilities on ground to ensure the immediate take–off of the faculty.

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Imo Governor’s aide visits Oziza FM Staff, Ogechi Iwu in hospital

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Imo Governor’s aide visits Oziza FM  Staff, Ogechi Iwu in hospital

The Chief Press Secretary and Media Adviser to Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State, Mr. Oguwike Nwachuku has visited Mr. Ogechi Iwu, a journalist with Osiza FM.

The media man is hospitalized at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owerri over complications from diabetes that led to his right leg being amputated.

Mr. Nwachuku said the visit was to show solidarity on behalf of Governor Uzodimma to his professional colleague, assuring him of their prayers, particularly that of his principal, and the prayers of Mr. Iwu’s numerous friends and well wishers who are touched by his plight.

“I am here on behalf of my principal to associate with him in this time of health challenge and to encourage him not to see the sickness as a death sentence.”

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L-R: Chief Akaraonye, Mr. Oguwike Nwachuku with Ogechi Iwu during the visit

Mr. Nwachuku urged Mr. Iwu to continue in the high spirit he saw him and trust God for his total recovery “because healing is a thing of mind and when a sick person is in high spirit the patient gets recovered quickly.”

The spokesman of the Governor promised to bring the plight of the journalist to the attention of his principal, and assured that the Governor will, in his usual manner of one with milk of human sympathy, show concern over Iwu’s plight.

Earlier, Mr. Iwu thanked the CPS/Media Adviser, the State Chairman of NUJ, Imo State, Chief Christopher Akaraonye and other journalists who were on the entourage, for coming to identify with him on his sick bed, and assured that God in his infinite mercy will quicken his recovery.

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Bishop Ugorji heads IMSU Governing Council

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Bishop Ugorji heads IMSU Governing Council

Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma has inaugurated a new Governing Council, for the Imo State University, IMSU, Owerri.

At the inauguration ceremony on Monday, August 31, the governor named Most Rev. Lucius Ugorji as the Chairman of the Governing Council and Pro-Chancellor of the University.

Other members of the Council include: Chief Leo Stan Ekeh, Chief Tony Ezenna, Prof. (Ven.) Chinedu Nebo, Sir. Louis Ezeigwe, Chief Engr. Ernest Nwapa, Dr. (Mrs.) Uwandu Uzoma, Ugoeze Victoria Adaku Ekezie, Prof. Adaobi Obasi (Vice Chancellor) and others.

Speaking at the inauguration, Governor Uzodimma said the choice of the members is to infuse fresh air into the university because “It is in dire need to bounce back to reckoning.”
He added that the choice of the members was because they have carved a niche for themselves in their chosen fields of endeavour and that they have earned solid reputation as men and women of substance in their individual trade, indices that qualified them for the appointment.

He challenged the members to bring their reputation to bear on the University, bearing in mind the task for good quality scholarship in Imo State University as well as service to humanity.

The Governor urged the members to deploy their individual accomplishments, excellence, expertise, passion for service as effectively as necessary to actualize the dream of his administration of having a highly reputable University comparable to the best Universities in the World.

He also requested the Council to “restore in words and deeds the motto of Imo State University, which is Excellence in Service”.

“Imo State University currently is a classical example of a failed University,” Governor Uzodimma said but strongly believed that “with a star studded Governing Council such as the one inaugurated there is no doubt that Imo is on the track to realize the dreams of her founding fathers.”

He further enjoined the Council members to quickly hit the ground running and come up with policies and programmes that will reassure Imo people that the University that made them proud 20 years back is on track as he assured them of Government partnership in this regard.

In an acceptance speech, on behalf of the Council, the Chairman, Most Rev. Ugorji who is the Catholic Bishop of Umuahia thanked the Governor for the absolute confidence reposed in them by giving them the assignment and acknowledged that though the task is daunting he has a strong belief that with the calibre of members of the Council and support of the management, staff and students the University will be returned to a centre of excellence which was the dream of the founding fathers.

He said that Imo State University deserves the best and that he and his members as inaugurated will work acidulously to ensure that the target of the governor in making Imo State University one of the best universities in Africa is realised.

He congratulated fellow members and promised that God’s willing, they will not fail the government and people of Imo State.

Present at the inauguration were the Deputy Governor, Prof. Placid Njoku, the Speaker Imo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Chiji Collins, the Secretary to the State Government, Chief Cosmas Iwu, and other members of the expanded State Executive Council.

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