“If you abandon me, I will fail, I want you not just to help me, but to teach me what I can do to succeed.”
Chinwe Ugele, Umuahia.
As the newly inaugurated governments in Nigeria settle for the business of governance, appointments of aides for crucial offices are being made.
In Abia state, the governor, Okezie Ikpeazu has appointed some key officers to help steer the ship of his second tenure.
The Attorney General and commissioner for Justice, Barr. Uche Ihediwa, the Secretary to the state Government, Barr. Chris Ezem and the Chief Press Secretary, Barr. Onyebuchi Ememanka are the ones who have either been sworn into office or resumed duty as their office entail.
For the new Chief Press Secretary of the governor, Barr. Onyebuchi Ememanka, it is a call to service which requires that he must have the cooperation of the media in order to succeed in a rather difficult turf.
His meeting with the members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists in Abia state on Thursday was one of his initial moves to redeem a seemingly sour relationship that existed between the media and the state government in his principal’s first tenure.
Although a lawyer by profession, he has been assigned with the onerous task of being the image maker or manager of the governor, dealing with journalists all the time. It is in realisation of this fact that the new press secretary is soliciting for the support of the men of the pen.
“Information management and dissemination is the job of some people, any head who wants to succeed must appreciate those who do the work,” he said.
The chief press secretary continued, “I came to meet the journalists in humility, honesty and sincerity, I came to beg to be helped in the discharge of my duty.
“If you abandon me, I will fail, I want you not just to help me but to teach me what I can do to succeed, it is a very serious responsibility and it won’t work if you don’t help me.”
Ememanka who described himself as an open naturally, teachable personality,” said he is aware that his appointment can be terminated at any point in time and so the need to make an impact and create an impression while serving.
He concluded by saying “I am giving this job and you people every attention, as a body, I will support the NUJ.
The chairman of the state council, Mr. John Emejor, assured the governor’s image maker that journalists in the state will never be pushed to unprofessional conduct of maligning the governor or his office.
He said the journalists are ever ready to cooperate with him bearing in mind that they will be carried along.
Before his present appointment as the Chief Press Secretary, Ememanka was Special Assistant to the governor on Public Communication and also sought the candidacy of his party the PDP for Osisioma/ Ugwunagbo Federal constituency in the last elections which he lost to the incumbent Solomon Adaelu.

Chinwe Ugele

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