By Patrick Ochei
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Zone F, comprising the entire South-South States with headquarters in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, has honoured the Chancellor of the SPORTS University, Idumuje-Ugboko and Senatorial candidate of the PDP for Delta North, Prince Ned Nwoko as Patron.
The adoption of Prince Ned Nwoko as patron of the NUJ, followed a courtesy visit of the Zonal leadership of the Union to the renowned business man and politician at his country home, Idumuje-Ugboko in Aniocha North LGA of Delta State, on Sunday 20th November, 2022.
The delegation which was led by the NUJ Vice President, Zone F, Comrade Opaka Dokubo, discussed several partnership proposals with the Star Prince for which the appointment of Patron was prominent.
According to the VP, “Ned Nwoko apart from being a known philanthropist, has remained a shining star connecting people of different races and colours. We have searched for a suitable individual to make our Patron and having come in contact with Ned Nwoko, we are satisfied he truly fits into our choice.
“We are an indispensable segment of the society which must of necessity establish cordial working relationship with the Prince, aimed at helping in propagating his good natured ideals and leadership towards human and societal developments.
“We are proud of the person you have been to Nigeria in terms of your accomplishments on the Paris Club Refund, Malaria Eradication Project, Sports Development and more.
“Your ambition to represent your people at the Senate is most welcomed, and we will give you the needed support to actualize your dreams of becoming the next Senator to represent Delta North Senatorial District. We are proud of you and you deserve all the support as the rightful candidate for such exalted office”, the NUJ VP said.
In his response, the Prince of the Nwoko dynasty, said he wholeheartedly accepted the offer to be Patron of NUJ Zone F.
Prince Nwoko commended the Union leaders for finding him worthy to occupy such office, promising eventful engagement with NUJ.
He assured the NUJ leaders that he would support the training of journalists from the Zone after the 2023 general elections, to build the capacity of media practitioners within the South-South Zone.
Present at the meeting were the Zonal President, Comrade Opaka Dokubo, Zonal Secretary, Comrade John Angese, National Ex-Officio, Comrade Chief Festus Ahon, Delta Council Chairman, Comrade Michael Ikeogwu, State Secretary, Comrade Patrick Ochei and Former Delta Council Chairman and Executive Assistant Media to Ggovernor Okowa, Comrade Norbert Chiazor.