Nigeria Union of Journalists Kaduna has inaugurated new executive members that would steer it’s affairs for the period of three years.
Comrade Adamu Yusuf was re-elected unopposed as Council Chairman at the just concluded election held at the Kaduna Council Secretariat over the weekend. With him to steer the mantle of leadership were four other officers sworn in into various offices.
Hajiya Zainab Aliyu Usman was also returned unopposed as auditor while John Femi Adi was sworn in as Council Secretary; Noah Ebije as Financial Secretary,and Shindong Bala, Assistant Secretary.
However, two vacant positions, that of the Vice Chairman and Treasurer have been scheduled for bye-election which is to be announced in due course.
Adamu, after the dissolution of the house and the taking of oat which was administered by Barrister Baba Ahmed had in his acceptance speech promised to do all it takes together with his team of officers to reposition the council.
While appreciating members of the council for their understanding and support accorded him for the successful completion of the tenure inherited from the former Council Chairman, Garba Muhammed, he said it was an opportunity for him to have an insight on problems bedeviling the council.
He has described his coming back as a period for strategizing and working on the grey arrears with a view to taking NUJ Kaduna Council to a greater height.
“Today’s event as far as l am concerned is not for celebration. It is a gathering of professionals of Nigeria Union of Journalists to rethink on how to reposition the council.”
The Council,the chairman explained is faced with lots of problems due to financial constrain. The state government had not been fort-coming. He lamented.
However, the present financial status of the council notwithstanding, he had promised to see that all hands are on desk in order to find ways to salvaging the situation. Welfare of members Adamu said remains the council’s priority.
“Our priority is welfare, welfare and welfare. We would collaborate with development partners to train our members of which by January, we hope to commence. He assured.
With the general election at the corner, he stressed on the need for members to always adhere to the ethics of the profession while he urged them to remain united fora better tomorrow.
“United we stand. Divided we fall. I am optimistic that the newly elected members would try all within their reach to open up windows of opportunities for their members to excel.” He ended.
The NUJ Zonal Vice President, Comrade Yusuf Idris commending the efforts of the dissolved executives which he acknowledged worked under a tight financial condition had urged them not to rest on their owls for only then can they actualize the dream they have for the council. With capable hands in his team all he needed he advised is to harness their wealth of experience.
The secretariat he emphasized is the engine room and that with Femi Adi assuming the responsibility, he had no fear.
Speaking, the Zonal Secretary, Nigeria Union of Journalists, North-West Zone A, Abdullahi Izma Yamadi had in his speech called on every member of the council to embrace the spirit of oneness by extending the hand of fellowship to the newly elected executives “so that they can improve and consolidate on what is on ground”. He emphasized.
For any member to be elected, it is believed that such person has the ability to perform; adding that, Kaduna council is very important to north-west zone as such should remain an exemplary force.
While commending the peaceful manner with which the election was conducted, he had assured the council of his office’s readiness to carry the council along.
“Let me assure you that the Zonal office would not let you down”. He said.
Abdullahi however had expressed worries over the unhealthy relationship between the Council and State Government. Government he said cannot operate in isolation of the media.
It needs the media to disseminate its activities to the public and that whereby that robust relationship does not exist, the public would be deprived of vital information.
“Anywhere journalists and government are at log-ahead, the masses would suffer. Vital information would not reach the public. There is need to collaborate because both need each other.” He maintained.
Earlier during the congress, the Council’s outgoing Secretary Dauda Idris Doka on behalf of the council thanked the elders and all the members for their cooperation. The journey he said had not been all that easy.
The Nigerian Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) Kaduna early this month also witnessed the coming on board of new executives that would pilot the affairs of the Association.
Hajiya Fatima Aliyu of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) was elected the Chairperson of the association. The position of the Vice Chairperson went to Hajiya Safura Jibril Maidoki of the Kaduna State Media Corporation (KSMC) while Maureen Kafai of Freedom Radio was elected Secretary.
Others elected were:
Amina Anebi Samuel, of the Correspondent Chapel, as Assistant Secretary, Zainab Ibrahim Sodangi, Nagarta Radio, Financial Secretary, Helen Kafoi Federal Ministry of Information, Treasurer and Salamatu Abubakar, as Auditor.
The newly sworn in Chairperson had in her acceptance speech pledged commitment to work assiduously with her team to take the association to greater heights. She commended the efforts of her predecessor Juliet Oyoyo for the laudable programmes executed which she promised to consolidate upon while she initiates new ones that would add value to the association.
In their respective words of advice, a former two term Nawoj National Zone D, Vice President, Mrs. Salamtu Babatunde, past Zone A, National Secretary Hajiya Daharatu Ahmed, one time Council Vice Chairperson, Hajiya Jemila Garba all preached the words of peace.
Salamatu charged all the Nawojians to put behind them the election and face the challenges ahead. She enjoined the executive to develop the spirit of forgiveness and work as a team to move the association forward.
Contributing, Hajiya Zainab of the FRCN informed that to further enhance peace she was going to embark on a reconciliation tour of all the chapels.
Juliet Oyoyo, the immediate past NAWOJ Chairperson who took over from her predecessor Hajiya Farida who then was appointed Press Secretary to the wife of former governor of Kaduna state, Ramalan Yero had successfully steered the leadership of the association for over 4years.
In a brief interview with journalists she had expressed confidence in the newly sworn in executive who she said had cause to work with them.She prayed that they succeed in taking the association to another level.
The occasion was graced by the NUJ Zonal Vice President Comrade Yusuf Idris, the Council Chairman, Comrade Adamu Yusuf and some Exco members and elders of the council.
Also present were, one time Nawoj Chairperson, Jummai Yerima and Mrs Zhiroh Jairus Jatau the immediate Council Vice Chairperson.
The Council Chairman Adamu Yusuf in his speech gave kudos to the women for ensuring the conduct of a peaceful election while he assured them of the council’s continuous support.