The National Vice Chairman of the NUJ, South-East, Zone C, Mr Chris Isiguso, has described the Anambra Council election as the most peaceful ever witnessed since he assumed office. Isiguso made the observation in Awka during the Fifth Triennial Conference and election of new executive officers into the Anambra council of the union on Thursday.
"This is about the most peaceful election I have seen since I became a national officer three and half years ago. He charged the newly-elected members to ensure that they makd probity, accountability and high integrity their watch words.
He further urged the members to upport to the new executive to succeed. "The outgone executive remain the best NUJ in the South East and we will not appreciate a situation where we will come down from that high level that leadership has put us.
"We expect the new leadership to surpass the achievements that were made by the immediate past administration. In his acceptance speech, the newly-elected Chairman of the council, Mr Henry Nwasike of the Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS), promised to work for the interest of the union.
Nwasike called for the support of members to achieve an overall good administration. He commended members of the past executive committee and the union, saying that their support brought him victory. He urged candidates who lost in the election and aggrieved members to bury their hatchets and accept his hand of fellowship for the greatness of the union.
Earlier, the immediate past state Chairman of the council, Mrs Tochukwu Omelu, commended the state government, Mr Godwin Ezeemo and Mr Ifeanyi Ubah, among other philanthropists, for contributing to the ongoing construction of the council's secretariat.
Omelu further commended media executives for their wise counsel that ensured the success of her administration. She noted that the outgone executive which came into office in 2009, was able to kick-start the construction of the state secretariat of the union which is nearing completion.
Omelu also noted that her tenure organised capacity training and workshops for members and encouraged relationship with members of the public.
"As part of our achievements, we hosted the National Executive Council Congress of the NUJ which had never taken place in the South East for the past 25 years. "All our aim is to lift the state council to the next level in the activities of the NUJ throughout the country," she stated.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that other members who emerged victorious in the election include Mr Okey Obenta, Vice Chairman, Ms Ifeoma Anumba,Secretary and Mrs Ngozi Obichukwuma as Financial Secretary. Others are Mr Arthur Obiora, Assistant Secretary, Mr Emeka Odogwu, Treasurer and Mrs Stella Obi as the union's Auditor.