…express full solidarity, co-operation an support of Chapel members
By Mfonobong Ukpong
The Sensor Newspaper Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Akwa Ibom State Council has expressed profound gratitude to Governor Udom Emmanuel for appointing a member of the chapel, Mr. Essien Ndueso as his Special Assistant on Media. The chapel conveyed it’s appreciation to the governor today(friday), when the leadership and members of the chapel paid a solidarity visit to Mr. Ndueso in his office at Government House Press Centre in Uyo.
In an address, Chairman of the Sensor Chapel, Comrade Asuquo Edem who described Mr. Essien as a sound Information Manager, thanked the Governor for finding him fit to serve in his administration.
“I cannot end this address without conveying our profound gratitude to the Governor of Akwa Ibom state, His Excellency, Deacon Udom Emmanuel for his discretion to have taken you over from the previous administration where you had performed excellently well and reabsorbed you into the present government as one of the soundest Information Managers who have given impetus to this mantra”.
“According to Vince Lombardi, an American footballer and coach, “The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavour “. “This is true of Mr. Essien Ndueso. Indeed, your present office is merely the opening has given impetus to this mantra”.
He said members of the chapel were excited over the Governor’s decision to retain one of their own who had served in the previous administration, and described his current office as the opening page to his future exploits’.
Congratulating the Governor’s aide on his appointment, Mr. Edem said “It is of immeasurable pleasure to me and the present crop of The Sensor Newspapers staff that we are in this lofty office today at the instance of one of us who has risen to the top to dine with royalties because of his professionalism, excellence, resilience, focus in life, and unwavering trust that with God everything is possible.
That you have come this far in a relatively short time is never a surprise to us, but rather a crystallization of your media expertise which has made you a factor right from your school days and service with the Sensor Newspapers. Need i therefore confess to you that your story and meteoric rise is a challenge to us today”.
Mr. Edem observed that Essien’s past record and present office are a testimony to his enviable professional credentials, describing it as ‘a mark of glory to The Sensor Newspapers and a pointer to a better and greater future opportunities.
“We decided to visit to you today to say thank you for being a worthy ambassador, a true professional and a paragon of excellence, and a patriotic servant in the service of Akwa Ibom state. On this sir, may i at his juncture convey the warmest greetings and highest regards of They Sensor management and nuclear family to you”.
“We are also in your office today to reaffirm our love and solidarity to you and to reassure you that you are not alone. Considering our strategic role in information dissemination, we know how much support you need from us and how much of same we also need from you for an inelastic symbiotic relationship”.
Responding, the Governor’s aide, Mr. Essien Ndueso said he was overwhelmed by the show of solidarity by members of his Chapel. He thanked them for the visit, and used the opportunity to enlighten his colleagues on some of the achievements of his boss, Governor Udom Emmanuel.
He lauded Sensor Newspaper for remaining the most credible private newspaper in the state, and pointed out the need to apply some innovation and creativity that would stand the newspaper out from the crowd.
Mr. Essien took members of the chapel down memory lane, giving account of his sojourn into the Sensor family back in 2003 when he joined the newspaper as Student attache, saying in 2006 he was formally absorbed as staff after he had completed university education. The Governor’s aide explained that Sensor Newspaper has shaped him and made him who he is today. He expressed gratitude to the Publisher of Sensor Newspaper, Arch. Ubok Utom Nyah for providing the platform which has shot him to limelight, and charged members of the chapel to imbibe diligence, and creativity in their various news beat, assuring of greater days ahead. Essien said he was appointed Acting Editor of the newspaper shortly before he left for national service saying “Sensor Newspaper provided a very strong platform to learn. I brought some innovation to the newspaper. When i became the House of Assembly correspondent for the newspaper, i started what was called the ‘Legislative Suite’. In 2008, i had a phone call from the then Commissioner for Information, Mr. Aniekan Umanah who said he was impressed with what i was doing and said he would like me to work with him as his Special Assistant on Media”.
He reminded that the main duty of a Journalist is to serve as as watchdog of the society, and charged members of the Sensor Chapel not to lose track of the role they are expected to play in the society. He said the government of Governor Udom Emmanuel is open to constructive criticism and reechoed the need for objectivity by media houses.
He appreciated members of the chapel for the visit and pledged to continue his quota for the growth of the Sensor Chapel.
Mr. Ndueso, a former Editor-in-Chief of Sensor Newspaper and Editor, Sensor PM, had served in the previous administration as Special Assistant to the then Commissioner for Information, Mr. Aniekan Umanah and later served former Governor Godswill Akpabio as his Media Aide. He was Pioneer Chairman, Sensor Chapel of the NUJ, before handing over to the current Chairman, Mr Newspaper made history as the first private media house in the state to be inaugurated by the NUJ as a Chapel.
The Governor’s aide later led in a prayer session where offered prayers for God’s manifold blessing and journey mercies on members of the chapel.
In attendance during the courtesy visit were, Chairman of Sensor chapel, Comrade . Asuquo Edem. , Secretary, Elder Edet Okpo, and Treasurer, Mr. Theophilus Yurika.
Others are, Mr. Abasiofiok Inyang, Mr. Substance Nature, Daniel Noah, Ime Ben, Joseph Umoh, Michael Ufot, Aniefiok Christopher, Deborah Ekanem, Ekaette Bassey, Uko Edet, and Etinyene Bassey.
Also present during the visit were, a Media aide to the House of Representative member for Etinan federal constituency, Mr. Otobong Nsekpong, Mr. Mfonobong Ukpong, Mr. Aniekan Eka of Wetting Happen.com and Enobong Ukpong of Global Pilot Media Group.