By: COLLINS AMADI
The Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Imo State Council, Ifeanyi Nwanguma has promised to run an all-inclusive administration.
Nwanguma made the promise on Monday, March 6 during the official handover of baton of leadership of the council to him.
The ceremony held at the NUJ Secretariat located in New Owerri, Imo State capital.
He expressed his readiness to work in synergy with members of his executive and to carry along the members of the union during his tenure.
He effusively thanked his predecessors namely Chief Chris Akaraonye and Sir Innocent Igwe for their positive remarks about him and assured he would not disappoint them.
Earlier, the immediate past Chairman of the Council, Chris Akaraonye advised the new chairman to work in harmony with his executive in order to achieve success.
Akaraonye reeled out his achievements to include maintaining a cordial working relationship with the police and government in power, leasing old secretariat to a competent developer, building a befitting canteen for the union and handing over a sound Hummer bus to the new executive.
He expressed his profound gratitude to the state governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma and the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Hon Declan Emelumba for supporting his administration.
Akaraonye equally lauded the Credentials Committee for a job well done.
In his remarks, the former Chairman of the Council and member of the Board of Trustees of the union, Sir Innocent Igwe urged the new executive to work in harmony.
Igwe also enjoined members of the executive to accord the chairman of the council due respect irrespective of his age.
The former chairman equally commended Akaraonye for vindicating him on allegation bordering on non-compliance to NUJ statutory norms.
Recall that Ifeanyi Nwanguma emerged the new chairman of the NUJ, Imo State Council after Akaraonye stepped down during the chairmanship election held on November 19, 2022.
Elections into the council had been scheduled to hold on May 27, 2022 but were stopped by the National Industrial Court, Owerri Division following a motion brought by aggrieved members of the union led by Lambert Ojukwu.
Shortly after the judgement, the court was shut down and is yet to sit again in Imo State necessitating the President of the NUJ, Chris Isiguzo ordering the conduct of polls into the Imo Council on November 19, 2022.
The Zonal Secretary of NUJ, Eze Adiuku; Chairperson, Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) in the state, Dr Dorothy Nnaji and Bartholomew Kalakiya as well as members of the credentials committee were present at the handover ceremony.