By Solomon Ebipade, Abuja
Following the recent vacancy notice calling for competent journalists nationwide, the Publisher Wednesday announced names of shortlisted members of the editorial board who will automatically take over management of the Newspaper.
The publisher/Editor-in-Chief Mr. Cletus Opukeme, a Niger Delta activist and controversial journalist disclosed in a statement made available to newsmen, said. ‘‘After a painstaking rigorous screening/evaluation process, the following successful applicants which were drawn from all the geo-political regions were shortlisted to manage the newspaper’’
He charged them to display a high sense of judgment and professionalism by making Daily Watch a leading Newspaper in the country in few years to come.
He said , they should publish news without fear or favour or having no interest on any side as the motto of the Newspaper ” We tell both sides of the story’’ which means publish only balanced news.
According to the Ijaw born publisher, ‘This is the first in the history of the country where a national newspaper comes from the oil rich but, abject poor people from the creeks of Niger Delta to tell their own stories by themselves. Especially, criminal injustice meant on the oil bearing communities by multi-nationals in connivance with the Nigerian government, leaving the environment devastated with oil/ Gas pollution, environmental degradation, frequent outbreak of epidemic as a result of pollution in the local communities in the creek.
‘‘We will not carry guns to pursue this injustice and oppression any more. But we will use a different approach which I think will add momentum by recruiting a team of formidable reporters to report environmental pollution, injustice against the people to draw both federal government and international community attention to change the narrative in Niger Delta.’’
Members of the high powered editorial board include,
1.Cletus Opukeme, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief
2. Alfred Egbegi, Deputy Editor in-Chief
3. Mazino Dickson -Chairman Editorial Board
4. Lucky Ojigbo – Managing Editor
5.Henry Ovie- News Editor
6. Ayodele Oni- Deputy news Editor
7.Oise-Oghaede Raymond-Features Editor
8. Idris Yusuf- Political Editor
9. Innocent Onoja- Deputy political Editor/Foreign desk
10 Clarkson Ogo -Sports Editor
11, Saheed Ibrahim – Deputy Sports Editor
He appealed to the public, especially Ijaw top politicians and business class as well as entire Niger Delta to rally round this vision to make it come to pass which will be a big weapon to the oppressed people in Niger Delta and other regions to fight injustice of all forms to make the society a better place.