Ebonyi Governor donates bus to NUJ council

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From i-Turning Point, Abakaliki

Ebonyi State Governor Francis Nwifuru has donated a brand new bus to the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Ebonyi State Chapter.

Gov Nwifuru made the donation when the leadership of the council paid him a courtesy visit in his office at the Government House Centenary City in Abakaliki.

The Governor, who expressed happiness towards the way and manner in which the Journalists have been discharging their duties since he assumed office with objective reportage and effective coverage of government activities, assured that his administration will remain open and committed to improving the welfare of the people.

He however urged NUJ to remain independent partners so as to hold Government accountable to the people at all times.

“I think NUJ should endeavour to be independent; it is more important because if you depend on the government, you will not be able to discharge your responsibilities with professionalism and according to your conscience.

This is in the interest of the public when you hold Government accountable”.

Governor Nwifuru also approved the demand of the Union for a quarterly Media briefing to keep people abreast of government policies and programmes.

“As a leader, you must be accountable; you must have somebody who will curtail your excesses. If nobody curtails your excesses, it will be rough for the people

Earlier, the State Chairman of NUJ, Comrade Sampson Nwafor, said the steps so far taken by the Governor are a testament that his administration is anchored in human capital development.

“One of the greatest things you have done, Your Excellency, was make the youth the major fulcrum of your administration.

We thank you for rejigging our Health sector through the employment of health personnel. We commend you for lifting the embargo on the employment of more workers in our civil service to fill existing vacancies.

“We can’t thank you enough for remembering the agonies of our brothers and sisters displaced in some parts of the state, whom you have commenced construction of low-cost houses for.

“He assured that journalists practising in the state are bound to strictly adhere to regulations and ethics, adding that anyone found wanting will face union disciplinary action.”