Festus Alenkhe and his reconstruction of ideals in Edo NUJ


Festus Alenkhe and his reconstruction of ideals in Edo NUJ

By Isaac Eranga, PhD, CPM

With the victory of Festus Alenkhe as Chairman in the just concluded election of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Edo State chapter, the Edo NUJ has taken a new shape, thereby revealing the ideals that informed his participation in the election. Members of the union are now singing praises which is synonymous with the scriptural injunction that “when the righteous rule, the people rejoice”. These praises are not farfetched because activities at the Edo NUJ has been moribund prior to when Alenkhe assumed office. The ideal has been that of ‘anything can go’. To Alenkhe, that ideal is dysfunctional.

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Barely one week of his resumption as Chairman of the Union, Festus Alenkhe inaugurated a strategic team for the development of Edo NUJ, and it’s being led by a veteran journalist, scholar and astute administrator- Tony Abolo. Other members include formal Chairman of Edo NUJ- Otunba Mike Aladenika, formal Chief Press Secretary to Speaker of Edo State House of Assembly and a Senior Lecturer at the International Institute of Journalism- Mr. Dada Ayokhai, the Station Head of AIT, Benin- Mrs Bisi Akpaide, the Secretary of the Council, who doubles as the secretary of the strategic team- Comrade Andy Egbon. To Festus Alenkhe, it’s not business as usual.

As promised in his electioneering campaign, the State Secretariat has been installed with 24 hours internet service to aid journalists in sending their reports to their various media houses. The ideal behind this initiative is to reduce the cost of posting news reports by journalists in the state, thereby promoting speed as a watchword.

Edo NUJ Secretariat has also been installed with a CCTV camera to help secure journalists and friends of journalists who come to the Press Center to relax and fraternize with each other. This is a feat that has never existed in Edo NUJ. This innovation will help promote business growth in the premises of the Secretariat.

In ensuring that Edo journalists are relaxed and focused in writing and sending their reports, an e-library has also been opened by Festus Alenkhe led administration. Edo journalists has been looking for a time like this. Festus Alenkhe is indeed a square peg in a square hole.

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