CHAIRMAN, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Anambra State Council, Odogwu Emeka Odogwu has appealed to the Anambra State Government, corporate bodies and public-spirited individuals to kindly assist the council financially to enable her complete her water project which he said will cost about N10 million.
Dr. Odogwu, who made the appeal in Awka, while granting an exclusive interview to our correspondent, said the council has drilled a water borehole but yet to construct the overhead tank and other accessories.
He also said that the council was yet to reticulate it and that the whole project was capital intensive which would require external support and assistance to make it beneficial to the council and to the general public.
He said the council borrowed money to begin the project with hope that it would get a benefactor to help her carry on with the water project, adding that the council is earnestly seeking help from whomever it may concern that the project would be named after.
Odogwu also stated that apart from the water project, the council secretariat needed a bar and a restaurant for journalists to unwind, including sports complex for journalists to keep fit and that the entire building urgently needs a befitting look for journalists and visitors to be able to access it.
Chapel Chairman of the Department of Mass Communication, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Dr. Henry Chigozie Duru was equally of the opinion that the water project was a welcome development as it was something the council had lacked since inception many years ago.
Duru told our correspondent that the water project was a piece of evidence that Odogwu’s regime was a new era in the state council as he disclosed that the current leadership was working assiduously to put up structures and attract businesses that would provide services in the areas of refreshments, games and what have you, stressing that such things were needed so that journalists could have a place where they could combine work and pleasure.