Ebonyi-The Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, has assured Ebonyi State Government that the Union would remain partners in progress towards the development of the State.
The NUJ President, Mr. Christopher Isiguzo stated this during the Ebonyi State Government Budget Preparation and Public Participation (Citizens Input and consultation) held at the Ecumenical Centre, Abakaliki.
According to him: “What is going on today is in line with democratic requirements, a unique feature of democratic governance is people’s participation in decision making. And what you have done today is very very appropriate because the budget substantially describes the way of life of the people and today you have congregated the people from different sectors to make their contributions.
“Your Excellency, this is quite commendable, making the people to be part of the system of governance. Your Excellency, yesterday (Tuesday, 23-06-2020) when we arrived the state, I must make this very clear, the media is not just about criticizing the government, it is also in our lifestyle to do so constructively and objectively. We are of course the institutional partners. We are not antagonists to ourselves.
“I must make this observation. Last night, when I arrived the State with my team, I don’t know if it was by intelligent design; we just went around the State, the Chairman (NUJ, Ebonyi State Council, Tony Nwizi) led us around the State capital, I must say I saw a new Ebonyi State very clearly. Going around the bridges, the flyovers and of course, the nightlife it was if somebody was in Beijing or somewhere in London or perhaps, in Dubai.
“I must say you have done very well. You made important reference to infrastructural development and that shows clearly that you have so much invested in that regard and I can tell you that in spite of the fact that when you look at the federal allocation from the rear, Ebonyi State takes the lead from the list of those who receive the poorest allocation. “
But I can tell you from what I have seen because I have had the opportunity of interacting and staying very close to your colleagues (other Governors) across the states. I can tell you, you have substantially done well in the areas I have mentioned and the people of Ebonyi State have not made any mistake in having you as their leader at this particular point in time.
“I want to assure you that the support of the Nigerian Union of Journalists and I am speaking on behalf of over 50,000 members of NUJ in Nigeria. I want to assure you of our support and the support of our people in Ebonyi State and we will continue to be partners in progress”