By Ekemini Simon
The Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ Akwa Ibom State Council, and the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, ALGON in Akwa Ibom State have agreed to partner each other for the development of Local Government Areas in the State.
The partnership between the duo was sealed when the State Working Committee of NUJ yesterday paid a courtesy visit to ALGON in its office in Uyo.
The NUJ and ALGON agreed to work together to ensure more attention and importance is given to the administration of Local Government Areas in the State.
The Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Elder Patrick Albert had stated that there is an urgent need to give more attention to the administration of Local Governments for it to meet the concept of which it was designed.
He said “the concept of Local Government is to give meaningful life to rural areas. When Local Government administrators are empowered and they have the initiative, then the Local Government is in for development.
The NUJ helmsmen noted that the Union is ready to partner with the Local Administrators to highlight successes, expectations and challenges of the third tier of government.
Albert pointed out that for the role to be adequately carried out, It was imperative for a strong synergy to exist between the duo. He intimated the Local Government administrators of the Union’s plan to carry out a tour to ascertain the projects undertaken by them and the State Government coupled with bringing to the fore potentials begging to be explored.
While commending ALGON for the support it gave the Union during the 2016 Press Week, the NUJ Chairman urged ALGON to have a signature in the ongoing development of NUJ Secretariat Complex.
In his remark, the Chairman of ALGON and Transition Chairman of Eket LGA, Rt Hon Frank Archibong said the partnership between the duo will go a long way in adding value to government at the third tier, the reason ALGON treasures the partnership.
While describing journalists as agents of growth and development, the Chairman commended Patrick Albert’s administration for bringing to the barest minimum what he described as destructive criticism. He expressed ALGON’s readiness to have a signature at the ongoing development of the NUJ Secretariat complex.
Commenting about their performance, he added ” My colleagues are men with capacity. In this era of scarcity, we struggle to make our people happy. Some among us have provided over 300 market stalls among other live touching projects. These are men with hunger for delivery. We have positive competition among ourselves knowing that when the time comes, the people will reward us.”
Among Transition Chairmen present were: Mr David Umana – Ikot Ekpene,
Dr Edwin Okon – Uruan, Mr Itoro Columba – Ikono, Barr Mfon Ben- Uyo, Barr Paulinus Idio- Essien Udium,
Pastor Samuel Ekah – Ibiono Ibom,
Hon Cletus Ekpo- Etinan,
Mr Ubong Uquang – Ikot Abasi and Prince Ubong Idiong- Oruk Anam.