— Laud Practitioners for Developmental Reportage
By Nwogha Ndubuisi Andy, Abakaliki
The Commissioner for Information and Orientaion Ebonyi State, Hon. Barr Uchenna Orji on Monday 15th March, paid an unscheduled coutesy visit on the National President of the NUJ, Comrade Chris Isiguzo at the National Secretariat, Abuja.
Speaking at the occasion, the August Visitor, Barr. Orji, said he came to thank the NUJ President and Journalists in Ebonyi State for their good work and support to the administration of His Excellency, Gov. David Umahi.
The Information Commissioner Barr. Orji stated that the role of the Media in Ebonyi and indeed Nigeria at large cannot be over emphasised, noting that the world may not have known the unprecedented transformations going on in the State since the 6years of governor Umahi in office without the media.
Barr Orji enumerated some of the achievements of Gov. Umahi to include,”the biggest Shopping mall in Africa, The Light Tunnel named after President Buhari, Ebonyi Water Fountain arena which can accomadate more than 2,000 persons, Ebonyi International Market, the biggest in South East Nigeria, Concrete Express Roads, first of its kind, 25 Kilometre roads in each of the 13 Local govt areas, the biggest Rice Milling Plant in subSahara Africa, and the mother of them all, the beautiful Flyovers and the ongoing International Airport which is a signature project of Gov. Dave Umahi, which was graciously approved by President Buhari.
The information Commissioner explained that the list is endless
He, however, commended the leaderdhip of the NUJ for their timely intervention during a media issue in the State, saying that the NUJ President has done very well so far within his period in office.
Barr Orji urged the Press, the people of Ebonyi State and Nigeria in general to key into the transformation strategies of Ebonyi government, saying that Gov. Umahi has all it takes to turn around the polity and fortunes of the country if given the support.
Responding, the NUJ President, Comrade Chris Isiguzo thanked the honourable Commissioner for finding time to visit the NUJ National Secretariat, saying it was very thoughtful of him.
The NUJ President commended the government of Gov. Dave Umahi’s quantum transformations in Ebonyi State, stating that no one would have believed that Abakaliki, the capital of Ebonyi is part of Nigeria compared to what it used to be.
Comrade Isigozo applauded Ebonyi Government for it’s recent Youth Empowerment Program which gulped about N3b appealing to other Sates and tiers of government in the Country to emulate the idea so as to check Youth restiveness and security situations in the Country.