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COMMUNICATION DIRECTORS URGED NOT TO RELENT IN MAKING THE APOSTOLATE MORE VIBRANT
Apr 07, 2020








UYO, NIGERIA -

The Director of Social Communications at the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN), Rev. Fr. Chris Anyanwu has called on members of the Diocesan/Religious Directors of Communications association, not to relent in their efforts at making the communication apostolate of the Church in Nigeria more vibrant and  compliant with the objectives of the universal Church; as well as being the role model for the practice of the profession of Journalism in the country.

Making this admonition in his address at the first plenary meeting of the association for the year 2020, in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom State; Fr. Anyanwu, in what could be termed a valedictory speech, stated that the national office in collaboration with the Centre for the Study of African Culture and Communications (CESACC) at the Catholic Institute of West Africa (CIWA), Port Harcourt, Rivers State; has put in place a Code of Ethics for Catholic Journalists in the country to enable the directors and other Catholic media practitioners attain the required standard in the practice of the profession and stimulate the Church’s communications apostolate to a higher level. 

While expressing his gratitude to the CESACC team for putting the Code of Ethics together, Fr. Anyanwu called on all Catholic Journalists and media practitioners to make the publication their mobile companion and be guided by what is contained in it in the discharge of their duties.

Fr. Anyanwu who completed his two-term tenure as the director of Social Communications at the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN), went down memory lane on the progress made at the directorate under his leadership, noting that the giant strides of the six years were made possible by the cooperation and collaboration of the directors and members of other affiliate bodies of Signis Nigeria. He thanked the directors for helping him to move the directorate to a higher level than he met it, and expressed optimism that they would extend the same hand of fellowship to his successor to take the communication apostolate of the Church in Nigeria to the next level.

Fr Anyanwu, while expressing concern over the inability of some members of the association to attend the meeting, as a result of fear over the Corona Virus pandemic ravaging the world;  averred that in a world fraught with dangers and challenges, keeping away from statutory responsibilities like the plenary is not the best approach for discharging official and professional responsibilities in the field of communication and journalism. 

He thanked all those who braved the supposed dangers to attend his valedictory meeting with the association, adding that, they would forever remain indelible in his records of life as real heroes of the Church communications apostolate in the country. He thanked the President, the executives and entire members of the association for their cooperation and support in making his tenure memorable and achievements loaded.

Fr. Anyanwu also expressed his gratitude to the Communications’ Directorate Bishop Chairmen he  worked  during his tenure – Most Rev. Emmanuel Badejo of Oyo; Most Rev. Godfrey Onah of Nsukka and the incumbent, Most Rev. Denis Isizoh, Auxiliary Bishop of Onitsha saying: “It has been a wonderful experience for me to work at the CSN for nearly 7 year with their Excellencies as my chairmen”. He added: “More importantly, I will forever remain grateful to my Bishop, Most Rev. Camillus Etokudoh for giving me the opportunity to contribute my quota in the service of the CBCN.”


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