Sidelines has overheard some wags posit that Captain Iheanacho Ebubeogu’s deployment from the Public Affairs Department of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) is good news for the greatest good of the NPA, the media, and the maritime industry.
During his tenure at the helms of NPA Public Affairs, the master master, according to these wags, did not bring to bear on the position whatever experience he might have garnered from having served as the Publicity Secretary of the Nigerian Association of Master Mariners (NAMM).
Most journalists in the maritime sector are sorely disappointed by the former NAMM Publicity Secretary’s crabby disposition towards members of the media, except the bootlicking species, bearing in mind that seafarers, particularly veterans like himself, are generally jolly good fellows.
Ebubeogu was also criticised for allegedly failing woefully to practicalise whatever knowledge he might have gleaned from the numerous books on media practice that he filled his office with and was constantly seen to be reading by visiting journalists.
Notably, in an era of relentless advancements in information communications technology (ICT), which has expanded media frontiers immeasurably, spawning new vistas of media, except for those he considered as his veritable lapdogs among the body of journalists, Ebubeogu was insufferably negligent about responding to telephone calls, telephone text messages, and emails by all other journalists seeking clarifications on issues concerning the NPA, no matter what.
Consequently, public affairs of the NPA had degraded under Ebubeogu as General Manager, Public Affairs, particularly with a centralised system that domiciles the responsibilities of receiving and responding to all enquiries from journalists on the blue-chip organisation in the office of the General Manager, Public Affairs.