Ovedhe Hezekiah

Correspondents’ chapel of Nigeria Union of Journalists in Warri, Delta State Council, on Tuesday 25th February 2020, elected new executive to pilot the affairs of the chapel within the next three years.

The exco has, Mr. Okies Veeky, Chairman, Mr. Dele Fasan, Secretary, Mr. Odeya Ogbetuo, Treasurer, Mr. Edeki Igafe, Financial Secretary, and Mr. Francis Sadhere, Auditor, respectively emerged “unopposed” in a peaceful election conducted.

The newly elected executives were sworn-in by the Secretary of the NUJ Delta State Council, Comrade Churchill Oyowe in the presence of Comrade Michael Ikeogwu, Chairman of NUJ Delta Council and other members of the State Council.

In an acceptance speech, the newly sworn-in Chairman of the NUJ Warri Correspondents’ Chapel, Mr. Okies Veeky said, “I am most delighted to be given the honour to serve these people, Warri Correspondents’ Chapel again. No doubts, with the cooperation and support of all, we will get to the next level.”

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He noted that the NUJ Warri Chapel used to be known for its vibrancy, Mr. Okies said, “For some time now, it has gone down but thanks to God that with this election so far and with the support of all, we will take the chapel to a higher height.

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While pointing out that about 90% of members of the NUJ Warri are qualified, Mr. Okies said his administration will ensure that dues are paid as at and when due, adding that, the welfare of members will uppermost in the hearts of members of his exco within the next three Years.

According to him; “The welfare of members will e taken care of. We will run an all inclusive administration. We have some Berlin walls here before. With this election, those walls are almost broken down to the barest level.

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“We will ensure that the walls are all collapsed so that we will all be speaking with one voice and all members taken to a higher height by the grace of God.

“This is a rented apartment; God helping us, one of our targets is to ensure that we get a permanent site. Am not saying it with my power but with the power of God and the cooperation of all members, we will achieve it.”

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Mr. Okies also urged stakeholders to criticise his Exco constructively so as to enable it achieve its set goals.

Also in his remarks, the Chairman of the NUJ Delta State Council, Comrade Michael Ikeogwu congratulated the newly sworn-in exco just as he charged them to make the NUJ Constitution their watch word.

Comrade Ikeogwu stressed, “Most members do not know what is expected of them”, adding that the new exco should display professionalism, discipline as well as uphold the ethics of the journalism profession to take the Union to higher height.