NSUKKA Journalists Foundation, has called on to high level of professionalism in their duties.
The call came through the Group’s newly elected Chairman, Chijioke Amu-Nnadi during its annual convention held in Nsukka, Enugu State.
In an election held as part of events during the convention, the newly elected Chairman Amu-Nnadi called on members of the organisation as well as media practioners outside the body to always conduct themselves in the most professional manner while engaging in their duties as journalists.
According to Amu-Nnadi, the media practice has gone some notches high with social media pushing for dominance in the space; a wake-up call for practioners to rise up in matching the trend.
“We are going to ensure that every member of this foundation is effectively carried along. We can use NJF to attract a lot of developments to our people and to our cultural zone.”
Amu-Nnadi who polled 51 votes beat Prof. Nick Idoko with 2 votes. Amaka Ukwuaba of NTA emerged as the Vice Chairman of the foundation.
The election which produced Amu-Nnadi saw him poll 51 votes out of 53 votes cast to beat his opponent Prof. Nick Idoko to the chairmanship position.
The foundation also unanimously appointed Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State as its grand patron, citing his “unwavering commitment to building the foundation and developing Nsukka cultural zone and entire Enugu State.”
In his acceptance speech, Amu-Nnadi expressed optimism on the capacity of the group to affect humanity positively and commended members of NJF for finding him and his team worthy of piloting the affairs of the foundation.
“By the grace of God, we have elected a new leadership to actualise our vision of building a new pathway to a better foundation and a better Nsukka, for ourselves and our people.
“We promise to make our affairs open and transparent. You will know what is coming in and what is going out. We are going to ensure that every member of this foundation is effectively carried along. ” He stated.
The chairman also thanked Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for his support to NJF and for bringing peace and security to Enugu State, promising that his administration will continue to reach out to the governor and chairmen of different local government councils in Nsukka cultural zone, in order to bring attention of government to areas of development needed in Nsukka.
In his contribution, the spokesperson to Ohanaeze Ndigbo President General, Chief Emeka Attamah, stated that the foundation has come to stay, adding that all that transpired before and after the election indicated that the foundation was making progress.
The Chairman of the foundation’s Board of Trustees and media adviser to People’s Democratic Party’s National Chairman, Ike Abonyi, blamed the challenges experienced by the foundation on the members. “We are all liable to whatever good or bad that has happened to this foundation and the only thing required of us now is to come together to move this noble foundation forward.”
Contributing, first non-elected vice chairman and member, BOT of the Foundation, Harrison Ogara challenged the new executive to commit to quality and selfless services to the people.
“The power of NJF lies with the members. If the new executive committee fails to render quality and people oriented service, we will take back our mandate from them.” Ogara stated.
The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Anambra State, James Eze on his part, urged the executive committee to work towards the actualisation of the objectives of the Foundation, maintaining that “whatever that transpired during and after the elections should not be allowed to drag the foundation backward.”
Hgh point of the event was inauguration of the new executive committee.