By Deborah Coker
A former President of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) of Nigeria, Mr Peter Esele, has congratulated Mr Silas Uzo-Nwoha, on his appointment as the new Editor-in-Chief (EIC) of News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Esele in a congratulatory message, he personally signed on Wednesday in Benin, described Uzo-Nwoha’s appointment as well-deserved.
He noted that NAN as a flagship media organisation that media houses sourced news from could not afford to have a person with less experience occupying the prime position of Editor-in-Chief.
Esele described Uzo-Nwoha as a diligent, steadfast and humble journalist who had demonstrated strength of character and uncommon commitment to his chosen profession.
According to the activist, the appointment has demonstrated that any worker can get to the peak of his career through determination, hard work and sense of purpose.
“I am happy that NAN management has recognised excellence, initiative and drive of this journalist who has made huge impact on various beats, including labour, education, foreign affairs and business reporting.”
Esele, however, implored the new EIC to bring his wealth of experience to bear in taking NAN to greater height in the task of building a new Nigeria.
“I congratulate you and wish you a robust and fruitful tenure, my dear friend,” Esele stated.
The Enugu State-born EIC was educated at Dennis Memorial Grammar School, Onitsha, and Christ the King College, Onitsha, where he sat for the Higher School Certificate in 1983.
He later proceed to the Lagos State University, Ojo, graduating in 1988 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English.
He holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Lagos, Akoka, as well as a postgraduate diploma in journalism from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Ogba, Ikeja.
Uzo-Nwoha is an alumnus of the Lagos Business School and the Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos. He is also a Bloomberg scholar.
Uzo-Nwoha’s appointment took effect from Nov. 23, following the retirement of the immediate past EIC, Mr Idonije Obakhedo, after attaining the mandatory retirement age of 60 on Nov. 22. (NAN)