As the race to occupy the number one seat of the Delta State council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, (NUJ), gather momentum, the Government House Correspondent of The Pointer Newspaper, Comrade Fidelis Egugbo, has flagged off his campaign for the chairmanship position of the Union with a promise to turn around and uplift the union in all ramifications.
Addressing a crowd of Journalists from different chapels of the council, who gathered to witness the flag-off held in the newsroom of The Pointer Newspapers, Comrade Egugbo whose campaign is been spearheaded by a team known as “The Accountability Group”, said his victory will usher in a new dawn for the union.
Comrade Egugbo, a tested and trusted unionist, disclosed that his achievements as one time chapel chairman speaks volume of his capability to perform and give the union quality and focused leadership at the state level promising that he will ensure a monthly meeting of the union and programmes where members would be given opportunity to contribute meaningfully to the administration of the union even as he stressed that majority opinion will always be allowed to prevail.
Comrade Egugbo also revealed that he had plans to guarantee unity among members of the union and carry out projects that will positively impact on the welfare of members, adding that transparency and honesty will be his watch word.
The most vibrant and trustworthy chairmanship candidate also spoke on floating revolving loans for members, check quacks in the profession, assist the less privileged and institute a regular thanksgiving to appreciate God for His goodness to the union and members, saying they accountability and transparency will be his watch word as everybody will be carried along in the scheme of things.
“Dear Comrades, my dream NUJ, Delta State Council will start with a bustling Press Centre. With such, our dreams will start to come to fruition. Monthly meetings will not be compromised or else, how do you ensure transparency and accountability NUJ, Delta State Council’s Monthly Hot Seat, a must, we need to set agenda for the public; NUJ, Delta State Council’s monthly Gala night is a must, we need to unwind;
Training and retraining of Journalists naturally, we deserve to upgrade;
“Quackery, non professionals will be encouraged to get basic qualifications or they will be among the audience; NUJ, Delta State Council’s Football Championship exercise is good not just for health reasons, but to foster unity among members; Forum of former Chairmen/Elders, we must find ways to take care of our elders; Partnership with government and relevant stakeholders, a tree does not make a forest, NUJ cannot exist in isolation;
“Visit to hospitals/less privileged, NUJ should be their voice; thanksgiving, regular thanksgiving to appreciate Him for His blessings and many progressive activities to follow. We did most of these when I was the Chairman of the NUJ, The Pointer Chapel. We are experienced, we are not going to learn on the job.” adding that with God, it can only be better for the NUJ, Delta State Council as “I believe the first duty is to have a functional Press Centre, gathering point from May, 2017. May God bless you all.” Egugbo stated.
Earlier, the Director General of the Campaign Organisation, Comrade Okungbowa Aiwerie of the Correspondents’ Chapel, said they were confident that Comrade Egugbo is the man to lead the NUJ this time.
He mentioned his attributes and achievements as former chapel chairman and urged NUJ members to vote for Comrade Egugbo in the April 18 union elections.
Journalists and friends of the media, who spoke at the occasion, enjoined members to see Comrade Egugbo as the best among the equals and vote for him.
The campaign team also visited NTA Chapel and Indigenous Newspaper Chapel.