The Bauchi State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Thursday inaugurated some new executive members into the State Working Committee (SWC) of the council following the vacant positions created mostly as a result of the transfer of members outside the state.
The Chairman of the bye-elections committee, Mahmood Ibn Yakubu from NTA, said at the inauguration there were only four vacant slots whose contestants returned unopposed in the exercise that are the positions of vice chairman, treasurer, financial secretary and auditor respectively.
He told the event that those who indicated an interest in the positions are Ahmed Kaigama, from News Agency of Nigeria NAN as Vice Chairman, Danjuma Sarki Sale from BRC as Treasurer, Salisu Bala Halliru from BATV as Financial Secretary and Ismail Isyaka Wunti from Globe FM Radio Nigeria as Auditor.
Yakubu explained that the four contestants having satisfied all the elections requirements were elected and returned un-opposed.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Bauchi State NUJ chairman, Comrade Umar Saidu commended the committee for a job well done and a well-coordinated and very transparent process of elections.
Comrade Sa’idu used the occasion to commend the Bauchi state governor, Bala Mohammed for giving approval for the employment of casual workers in the state-owned media houses to replace those retired.
Sa’idu reiterated the commitment of the Bauchi state council of the union is holding its regular congresses, disclosing that the next congress meeting of the union would hold in the next couple of days.
While performing the swearing-in of the new executive members, NUJ national president, Chris Isiguzo, represented by the national secretary, North East “Zone E” Alh Sulaiman Baba Gimba congratulated the new members on their new posts and urged them to work hard in their new assignments.
Alhaji Sulaiman Gimba advised the new exco to use their wealth of experiences by putting keen interest towards uplifting and upgrading the State Council of the Bauchi NUJ and the nation at large.
Gimba commended the State Chairman and other executive members of the council for making a historic milestone achievement in the State.
Speaking on behalf of the newly inaugurated members, Ahmed Kaigama of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), thanked God Almighty Allah for witnessing the day and assured of new vigor, and style from his colleagues toward bringing new changes in the leadership of the council.