By Nwogha Ndubuisi, Abakaliki
The Executive Governor of Ebonyi State, Rt. Hon. Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru, and the National President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Chief Chris Isiguzo, are expected to attend the 2023 Press Week of Ebonyi State Council of NUJ, scheduled for Thursday, 16th November, 2023, at Dr Sam Egwu Press Centre, Abakaliki.
Other dignitaries expected at the event are the Speaker of Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Moses Ije Odunwa, the Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Chinedu Onah who is the Chairman of the occasion, all Federal and State Lawmakers of Ebonyi extraction, including the Senate Deputy Chief Whip and Senator representing, Ebonyi North Senatorial District, Senator Onyekachi Nwebonyi; the Senate Committee Chairman on Information and National Orientation, and Senator representing, Ebonyi Central Senatorial District, Senator Kenneth Eze; and the Member, representing Ezza South/Ikwo Federal Constituency, Hon Comrade Chinedu Ogah, are expected to grace the occasion.
Political Party leaders including the Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), Ebonyi State Chapter, Chief Stanley Okoro-Emegha is expected to be present at the event.
This is even as the National Vice President of NUJ, zone C, Chief Ifesinachi Emmanuel; the Zonal Secretary, Mr Ezenwa Adiuku, and all NUJ officials from the SouthEast zone shall all be in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital, on Thursday to be part of the event.
Also, Honourable Commissioners, SSAs, SAs as well as Principal Officers of Ebonyi State government, Media veterans, captions of industries and members of Academia as well as all friends of the Media both within and outside Ebonyi State have all been invited to the occasion.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Chairman of NUJ in Ebonyi State, Comrade Nwafor Samson, who noted that “press Wlweek is an annual event Members of NUJ observe across the 36 states of the federation and FCT, Abuja. It’s a period practicing Journalists take stock of their operations to know how we have faired in the year under review. It affords us the opportunity to underscore how our operations have impacted positively or otherwise on the society and brainstorm on how best to improve and move forward for the betterment of the society. It’s also a period we invite our friends from all walks of life to dine and wine with us, encourage and advise us where necessary.”
Speaking on the import of the theme of this year’s Press Week, titled,”Attitudinal Change and Responsible Journalism, Comrade Nwafor, said, “the choice of this topic was in view of the alarming decline of ethical Journalism amongst Media Practitioners. And the Council strongly believes that with Dr Odicha Ude, being the Keynote Speaker of this august gathering, tangible results would be achieved in the area of moral rejuvenation and revitalization of our attitudinal change for a better society.”
The Chairman assured that every preparation was on top gear to ensure that NUJ in the State holds one of the best Press Week in its history, and called on all lovers of the Media to be part of the event.