Ebonyi commissioner, others win NUJ state awards

Ebonyi state Commissioner for Project Monitoring and Evaluation, Chief Oluchukwu Ukie Ezeali (P.Noble), has been honoured with the award of Excellence in Human Empowerment by the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Ebonyi state council.

The award ceremony, which held Thursday in Abakaliki, was part of the grand finale of NUJ Ebonyi state council 2019 press week, with theme “towards developmental and responsible journalism in Nigeria”.

The event had in attendance Ebonyi state governor, Engr. David Umahi, who was represented by the Commissioner for Information, Barr. Orji Uchenna Orji,

Speaker of Ebonyi state House of Assembly, Chief Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru, Chairman Christian Association of Nigeria Ebonyi state chapter and Senior Special Adviser to the governor on Religious and Welfare Matters, Very Rev. Dr. Abraham Nwali, NUJ national president, Comrade Chris Isiguzo, NUJ Ebonyi state council chairman, Comrade Toni Nwizi, among others.

Other awardees include, the state commissioner of police, Mr Awosola Awotunde, who was honoured with an award of excellence in Intelligence Gathering Methodology and Proactive Security, the Vice Chancellor of Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-alike, Ikwo, Ebonyi state, Prof. Chinedum Nwajiuba, chairman of Afikpo North local government area, Hon Ogbonnia Oko Enyim and seven other LGA chairmen.

In an exclusive interview with Blueprint Weekend, Chief Ezeali, who was represented by his media aide, Hon. Ogbonnia Nwachi, thanked the NUJ for finding him worthy for conferment of the award and assured the union that it was an inspiration for him to do more for humanity and the state.

He equally extolled the state governor for his good works in Ebonyi state and for the opportunity given him to serve as Commissioner for Project Monitoring and Evaluation.

He said: “I am grateful to the NUJ for this mind-lifting award. It means a lot to me. I am also grateful to His Excellency, Engr. Dr. David Nweze Umahi, Fnse, Fnate, the Akubaraoha of Ebonyi state, for finding me worthy to serve the state in my capacity as Commissioner for Project Monitoring and Evaluation. I sincerely pledge my commitment to the logical execution of Akubaraoha’s transformation agenda and the infrastructural development of Ebonyi state.

“My aim is to work tirelessly in tandem with Akubaraoha to ensure that the present government leaves Ebonyi state better than it met it. His Excellency, the workaholic governor, is doing so well in every area. When you look round the state, you will see massive evidence of his transformation touch. This is the first of its kind in our annals. To me, the governor’s uncommon infrastructural development of Ebonyi state is unparalleled. This is why I am following his footsteps. I will continue to work in demonstration of my gratitude to him for finding me worthy to serve as a member of the state executive council.”

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