NUJ DELTA HOHOURS PRINCE NED NWOKO.
By Frank Iroroh
The Nigerian Union of Journalist (NUJ), Delta State Council has on Saturday, 12th May 2018, invested Prince Ned Nwoko as patron of the union.
The investiture ceremony was performed by the Executive of the Union, led by its chairman, comrade Michael Ikeogwu, at Mount Ned Nwoko Tourist Resorts, Idumuje Ugboko, Delta State.
The NUJ Delta State Chairman, further said that Hon. Prince Ned Nwoko was considered for the appointment as Patron of the Union amongst many other individuals because of his sparkling qualities which he outlined to include; his integrity, honesty, accessibility, humility, incorruptibility philanthropic touched to the people and his selfless services to humanity.
Comrade Ikeogwu recalled their association with Prince Ned Nwoko which he said did not start today or because of politics but that it followed their meeting with him after the inauguration of the new Executive of the State Council in July 2017.
He noted that Prince Ned Nwoko, was amongst the personalities the Council approached for partnership to run some of her programmes, whereby a proposal for the Sponsorship of Nduka Odizor memorial Veteran Tennis Championship, to honour and Immortalized, Nduka Odizor, one of Nigeria greatest Tennis exports, was present to Prince Ned Nwoko.
He further said that, Prince Ned Nwoko, true to his promise, sponsored the Championship, tagged, NUJ/NED NWOKO TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP, which was held on 22nd to 23rd, December 2017, at the Tennis Centre of Mount Ned Nwoko Tourist Resorts.
While describing Prince Ned Nwoko as a promise keeper, he also acknowledged the patriotic roles Prince Ned Nwoko played in securing the Paris Club Refunds, which helped states all over the country to meet their obligations to workers, pensioners and local contractors.
Comrade Ikeogwu, maintained that the Refunds helped immensely to stemmed the economic meltdown in the country.
He concluded that such act of heroic patriotism coupled with his sterling qualities endeared Prince Ned Nwoko to the Union, hence he was considered for the appointment as Patron of the Union.
In his response, Prince Ned Nwoko commended the Council for the honour bestowed on him, he reminded them that he was a writer before he ventured into fulltime law practice and that he has written several articles published in BBC Magazine as well as featured in BBC Radio and TV interviews and that he has also authored several books, – Some of the books he authored are;
Early Missionary Activities in Midwest of Nigeria, 1991.
You, the Police and Criminal Law Procedure, England and Wales, 1991.
Nigeria: Time for all hands to be on Deck, 1999 and
Mount of Delta, 2012 –
While acknowledging the harsh environment Journalists in the country are operating under, he charged them to strive to remain focus in exposing the ills of the society and urged Journalists, as members of the fourth estate of the realm to always expose corrupt practices, maintaining that they should keep the heat on criminals even if the other organs of Government failed to punish such individuals and added that criminals should pay for their crimes to serve as deterrent to those who would be tempted to toll such nefarious part.
Prince Ned Nwoko in conclusion, advised the Union to always perform their duties according to the tenets of their profession.
His words, “I want to advise you, as the fourth estate of the realm, to strive to expose corruption and other ills of the society, even if the other organs of government have failed to punish criminals, you the media should put the heat on such evils in the society. You must however maintain the standard expected of your profession.
Now that I am part of you, I will be available at anytime for us to discuss problems affecting the Union,” he concluded.
Amongst the Executive of the Union who were present at the investiture ceremony were;
Comrades Michael Ikeogwu, Chairman, NUJ Delta State Council,
Patrick Ochei, Vice Chairman;
Churchill Oyowe, Secretary;
Celestine Afokobah, Assistant Secretary; Salvation Ogono, Auditor; Patricia Gbemudu, NAWOJ Chairman and other members from various chapels in the State.