National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Umar Ganduje has appointed veteran journalist, Oliver Okpala as Senior Special Assistant, Public Enlightenment.
Ganduje also appointed former president of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Mallam Muhammed Garba as his Chief of Staff.
This is coming as the Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ has insisted that media and image making political appointments should be strictly accorded journalists to maintain the standards in the industry and in line with best global practices.
The Federal Capital Territory council of the NUJ canvassed the position while commending the National Chairman of the APC, Dr. Umar Ganduje for the appointments.
In a statement, the Secretary of the Council, Comrade Ochiaka Ugwu emphasized that the appointment of Chief Okpala was well deserved owing to his wealth of experience
and competences spanning over forty years in the media industry.
“Sir, we noticed a trend in the political recompose where vital image managing positions were given to non journalists, but having given this important appointment to a versatile and cerebral journalist like Chief Okpala. It shows your commitment in reversing the ugly drift for better to enhance professionalism.
“Recall that you also appointed former NUJ President, Mallam Muhammed Garba as your Chief of Staff and now Chief Oliver, it shows readiness to work with thoroughbred practitioners with the aim of promoting professionalism.”
He expressed optimism that Chief Okpala, who previously served Governors and other top politicians in the same capacity would run issue based media activities with his intellectual depth.
“It should be known that as an ace broadcaster in different media organizations, Okpala raised the bar in areas of performance, integrity and credibility rating of Nigerian media.
“We have no doubt that Chief Okpala will leave up to expectation given his track record as a thoroughbred professional and an innovative broadcaster who has spent over four decades in information dissemination, we believe that APC will greatly benefit from his spine of knowledge and experience gained over the years.
Comrade Ochiaka eulogised the APC national chairman, Dr. Ganduje for the action, saying that it was an indication of his commitment to excellence and determination to take the party to the next level.
“Moreover, the naming of Okpala, who previously served Governors and other top political office holders in the same capacity and ran an issue based unrivaled media activities shows clearly the intellectual depth of Umar Ganduje”.
Comrade Ochaika said the NUJ would continue to partner with the APC national chairman to deepen the nation’s democracy.
“As a Union, we place high premium on the goodwill we received from proactive individuals like Ganduje, and hope this will evolve into a long term mutually beneficial relationship as we consider you our friend and partner in progress.
“We fervently pray that the robust relationship between you and the NUJ FCT Council shall continue to grow in leaps and bounds” the statement concluded.