Comrade Emmanuel Ekebe (left), handing over the reins of office to the newly elected Chairman of Isoko Chapel, NUJ, Delta State. Comrade Michael llaya

The two terms progressive Chairman of Isoko Chapel of the Delta State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Comrade Elder Emmanuel Ekebe has successfully handed over the leadership of the Chapel to his outgone Secretary, Comrade Michael Ilaya.

The election which held today, Tuesday 31st August, 2021, at Oleh, headquarters of Isoko South LGA of the State, was keenly contested okbetween Comrades Mark Onoweme and Michael Ilaya for the Chairmanship position, and the latter won with a margin of two votes.

In his remark, the Chairman of the State Council, Comrade Michael Ikeogwu, ably represented by his Vice, Comrade Salvation Ogono appreciated Elder Ekebe for leading a peaceful Chapel while also maintaining a professionally stable Chapel.

He admonished the Chapel to begin to admit members who are qualified within the Isoko axis into the union, while also suggesting to the new leadership to be gender sensitive when filling in the vacant positions of Assistant Secretary, Treasurer and Auditor through by-election.

Earlier, while dissolving the Exco led by Elder Ekebe, the Secretary of the State Working Committee (SWC), Comrade Patrick Ochei, equally eulogized the sterling leadership qualities of Elder Ekebe, adding that the union had benefitted immensely from his wisdom and peaceful disposition.

Ochei implored the incoming Executive to endeavour to emulate the leadership charisma, candour and resourcefulness of Elder Ekebe for the purpose of doing well and sustaining his legacies.
Speaking further, the Secretary commended the Credentials Committee headed by Comrade Sam Uyeri for a job well done, maintaining that the Committee had distinguished itself by conducting an election reputed for its peaceful and convivial nature.

Furthermore, a stakeholder in the Chapel, Comrade Princess Ichofu also applauded the man Ekebe for being an astute leader whose mentorship had greatly impacted the Chapel.
Comrade Ekebe was reputed to have achieved milestones with legacies of a Secretariat, Isoko Nation publication, yearly training of amateur journalists from various higher institutions of learning and many more.

In his acceptance speech, the visibly elated Chairman, Comrade Michael Ilaya said, “It’s a thing of joy that l am found worthy to be elected as Chairman of our great chapel. l am grateful to God for making it possible for me to become Chairman of our great chapel. l do know the shoe l am stepping into is very big. On that note, l passionately appeal to our immediate past Chairman, Comrade Elder Emmanuel Ekebe, and the honourable members of our chapel to support me as l pilot the affairs of this great chapel.”

He continued, “the election was free and fair, and transparent. My intention to contest for this position is not personal, it’s for the general good of our union. I want to see our union grow from strength to strength, and l am confident of my capacity and strength to take our union to greater heights.”

Comrade llaya continued, “l will build on the achievements of our immediate past Chairman, just as l will aggressively “shop” for new members to grow our chapel. Most importantly, l will promote team work and galvanize support from the team of reformers that make up the just inaugurated new executive, to take our chapel to greater heights.”

Meanwhile, other elected members of the Chapel included the Vice Chairman, Comrade Johnbull Ekokoruwe, Secretary, Comrade Matthew Umueruno Unyove and Financial Secretary, Comrade Kelvin Ohoror.


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