By Raymond Ozoji, Awka
The Chairman Nigeria Union of Journalists Anambra State Council, Dr. Odogwu Emeka Odogwu, has declared that journalists in the state will not fight the government of Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo but instead will support and help his administration to succeed through their reportage.
Odogwu who made the declaration during an exclusive interview with our correspondent shortly after the council’s August congress at the Godwin Ezeemo International Press Centre Awka yesterday. He maintained that journalists in the state would partner the present state government in order to realise the vision of a liveable, lovable and prosperous homeland habitable for all and sundry.
He said, “NUJ has no need to fight this government of Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo because it is a new government and there is no need yet to fight because we don’t enjoy fighting our brothers and our friends. But what we will do is critical analysis of Soludo’s government.
“He is still new in the office. We don’t have basis yet to critically analyse his government but we can draw his attention to where he is not doing right and also commend him where he is doing right. We will observe his government constructively because we are not ready to fight him because we are a responsible union. NUJ is a responsible union. We are not ready to be associated with motor park touts and miscreants.
“We will support his government to enable him to actualise his dreams, aims and objectives for Anambra state. His government will support NUJ to help her achieve her aims and objectives too. We will support the genuine efforts of his government to making Anambra a Taiwan-Dubai economy.
“Let it not be because of our criticisms or our reportage that he is not focusing on what he is doing. We will give him all the support he needs from us to enable him to focus on what he is doing so that he can actualise his dreams for Anambra state and for the union.”
The Anambra NUJ chairman noted that the union required the assistance and support of government and private individuals to replicate the efforts of an indigenous industrialist Mr. Godwin Ezeemo who built the press centre.
He said that the Anambra state council of the NUJ as the fourth estate of the realm required subventions from the government to run her affairs especially as it concerns fencing the NUJ secretariat complex coupled with other facilities needed at the secretariat to give it a semblance of what obtains in other states of the federation.
Odogwu said, “There was no water in the secretariat for many years but now there is water. We need the support of the government to make it better. We need to fence our secretariat. Government can support us by fencing this place for us.
“Ordinarily, Enugu, Ebonyi, Imo and other Southeast states NUJ secretariats were built by government but government didn’t build Anambra NUJ secretariat. Government can give us grants to refurbish our secretariat complex and everything will be working here.
“Our secretariat complex was built by a private individual Mr. Godwin Ezeemo. So apart from government, other private individuals can come and help us make our secretariat a befitting office complex. We are pleading for support and sponsorship. We don’t have any income-generating ventures. We are indeed begging for support from government, corporate bodies and private individuals.”