Why we underscore communication and transparency, by Nnamani
March 21, 2006
Governor Chimaroke Nnamani says his administration is pursuing a policy of communication and transparency, which he noted are effective tools for good governance.

He stated this when he received the new executive of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Enugu State Chapter, at the Government House, Enugu.

The governor said that his administration recognized the role of effective and efficient communication in the sustenance of public confidence in our democracy.

"Enugu State is committed to communication and transparency. I believe that communication and transparency are the areas that will clearly revive our relationship with our journalists", he said.

Governor Nnamani re-stated the commitment of his government to continue the provision of democracy dividends to the citizenry, as well as maintaining law and order and a peaceful environment which he said are germane to members of the practice of journalism and other professions in the state.

The State Chief Executive used the occasion to congratulate the new executive members of the Union on their election and urged them to work hard to fulfill their mandate and pilot the affairs of the organization successfully.

He assured them that government was interested, willing and able to carry them along in the process of the administration of the state, so as to ensure the effective performance of their duties and meet their obligations to their members.

Earlier in his speech, the new chairman of the NUJ in the state, Mr. Ossy Rockfeller Ogboso, had told the governor that he and other executive members were in his office to get him acquainted with the union’s plan of action for journalists in the state.

The NUJ chairman said that the union had set up two committees on projects, Press Centre Development and Implementation, and the other on rehabilitation of the dilapidated sections of the union's office.

Mr. Ogboso admitted some mistakes made by the past executive of the union and accepted wholly the responsibility for the mistakes, pointing out that the new executive was prepared to partner with the state government through developmental, constructive and progressive journalism.

The union chairman further listed their plans of action for the betterment of the polity, a programme he called ‘stewardship’, which he said would give public office holders the opportunity to explain how they run government before the press. He said that the union plans to establish a monument at the Press Center that would be named “Ebeano Hall of Fame" in honour and recognition of the governor's landmark achievements and as the best performing governor in the country. He also solicited for regular interactions between government and NUJ in the state.

Mr. Ogboso used the occasion to complain to the governor about encroachment into the Press Centre by unauthorized persons and appealed to him to help them look into the matter.

He also appealed to the governor for the donation of a bus and a car to the union, while soliciting the governor’s consideration for a monthly subvention and settlement of the union’s N300,000 indebtedness to the Power Holding Company Nigeria Plc.

The governor promised to look into the catalogue of demands by the NUJ and get back to the union as soon as possible.


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