Monday 24th July, 2017
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Governor Dave Umahi and Emmanuel Uzor: The way to go

Governor Dave Umahi and Emmanuel Uzor: The way to go

Anambra state Corre­spondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists led by Emma Ndu­kauba is happy with Gover­nor Dave Umahi for elevat­ing one of our own Mr Emma Uzor as his Chief Press Sec­retary. To God be thy Glory!
It is ridiculous that Anam­bra state has no CPS in the last three and half years under Governor Willie Obiano and the over 20 member media team were just a bunch of ‘dis­cordant’ tones primed for eye service for filthy lucre? Often preventing members of the fourth estate from doing their constitutional responsibilities. They have created more en­emies than Obiano should have.
Despite the high number of appointments, Obiano made none is a journalist from Cor­respondents Chapel where we have likes of Chuks Ilozue, Tony Nwafor-Okafor and 45 others in active journalism. Never in history of Journalism in Anambra has members com­plained of lackadaisical attitude of government information managers like now. No infor­mation, no food, no nothing? Just gossip against one another for selfish waaaaaaah from the Governor, if you understand.
I await for November 2017 for these packs of SA’s to vanish, Obiano or no Obiano, because should Obiano return, a differ­ent surugede would happened as he has learnt that the number of appointments done simply to win election in itself was a prob­lem and the fewer the better. And win or lose, the team must be sacked for a new breadth.
Like him or hate him, Mr Emma Uzor is diligent to his calling. He rattled Onitsha es­pecially hardworking Peter Obi’s administration with his ‘strange’ headlines to the cha­grin of other practitioners. He confessed to me one Nweke Nweke, a journalist and Pub­lisher of Third Eye Magazine, also from Ebonyi was his pillar in Onitsha in his early days as he knows about every crime spot.
How he does that remains a mystery but you can go home with any information from him in spite of his biases. I met Nweke before Uzor but didn’t give him attention but later confirmed that he is an investigator par ex­cellence no matter what anyone has against him. He always has all the sides. If it is in a civilized society, he would have been taken by the security agents as Independent Investigator. He is only comparable to another wizard Independent Investiga­tor, Bonaventure Mokwe, try him and get lost. He has all the dossier on everybody, no mat­ter how lowly or highly placed.
When Senator Emmanuel Onwe announced Uzor , I said ‘Daniel has come to judgment’. He is my friend if there is any­thing like friend in my diary because everybody is my friend and my enemy, depending on the circumstance at hand. He is equally my colleague and mem­ber of Correspondents Chapel.
I had reasons to reprimand Mr Emma Anya, former CPS for some unwarranted press statements he issued in the past bringing ridicule to the Umahi led administration. Emma was discovered as a Sub-Editor in Punch by Leo Sobechi Onyeka­chukwu now Political Editor of Guardian Newspaper from Udi, Enugu state. He also recom­mended Uzor and two others to his friend Senator Onwe for this job and Uzor came tops for his gods were not asleep at the time of decision taking. Leo has a friend in Umahi and his com­missioner Senator Onwe who always fall for Emma in his ap­pointments. I like his swag. So­bechi is an unsung kingmaker in Ebonyi Politics and would have been the CPS in Ebonyi or more if he had wanted but he prefers Ebonyi man to be there. He can’t be everywhere. He knows what he wanted in life and understands that God determines the reward of just dealing. Leo is a man of the people at the corridors of power, yet he hasn’t all the riches himself and is yet to be discovered by his own people probably because of his no non­sense stance. He fears no power but respects authority but the greatest, he has the garb of the profession 100 percent less one. He is a man I have come to respect and admire but can I ever write like him with swag?
When Governor Umahi was a government contractor with­out any ambition of sorts in politics, Leo and co used the power of the media to throw him up as PDP Acting Chair­man and later he became chairman and Deputy Gover­nor. A story for another day.
Anya rather than marry his colleagues with a proactive stance, descended to a com­bative stance even poking stick into the eyes of Sobechi for a report he could not fault. In fact the issue of 7 day ultimatum for the return of 15 year old girl Uzoamaka Chukwu stripped by her tormentors pitched me with Umahi but this appoint­ment is a soothing balm to us as correspondents. Let more come to correspondents please.
Uzor had two callings, Priest­hood and Journalism but he missed being a priest but did not miss being a journalist. He studied Mass Communica­tion in University of Ibadan and Nnamdi Azikiwe Univer­sity, then, Philosophy, from the Pontificate University, Urban Rome as well as his Latin Diplo­ma from St Joseph University Rome. What a combination!
Uzor was in Ebonyi state briefly before coming to An­ambra to represent The Sun in 2010 and challenged me seri­ously with his exclusives on crime and had no problems with his colleagues and because of one or two ‘street habits’ he engages in, he was attracted by already established guru’s with such habit. And since the me­dium, is the message, he tow­ered like a colossus in his Onit­sha jurisdiction for long before making fora into other zones.
He left Anambra in 2015 to Ebonyi state back as the State Correspondent shortly serving the Correspond­ents’ Chapel as Secretary.
He did his job well and crossed some lines but in truth and fairness was doing the real duties of a journalist. Of course, the uninitiated won’t like him but those who view journal­ism as defenders of truth , societal gadfly and moral ba­rometer fell in love with him.
The attacks came, the lies came but he stood on the truth and today his steadfastness is valued and now he is indeed up­lifted to add value based on his training and standing as a pro people journalist. Please Uzor, before now, you were hunting for news but today you are be­ing hunted but one rule is sac­rosanct, proactive engagement based on mutual understand­ing with your former colleagues and superiors makes your job easier than combative approach that would ruin your sojourn.
Before he left Anambra to Ebonyi, Distinguished Senator Uche Ekwunife had discovered his doggedness and took cogni­zance. He worked for Iyom of­fline until it was cemented and he was her legislative Aide Me­dia and off to Abuja with all the bile in some quarters, he with­ered the storm yet remained focused and with eyes on the ball. Today shall we stand for one of our own, Emma Uzor, Ikenga Ndigbo, CPS to Gov­ernor Umahi of Ebonyi State.
 

 

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