By Ndahi Marama
MAIDUGURI â€” THE Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Borno State Council has elected its new executive members who are to run the affairs of the union for three years.
The union at its 3rd triennial delegates conference at the International Conference Centre, Musa Usman Secretariat, Maiduguri yesterday saw the emergence of Alhaji Abba Kakami of Borno Radio Television (BRTV) as Chairman who scored 71 votes, while Ibrahim Gwamna Msellizzah and Alfa Mohammed of New Democrats newspapers and BRTV who also contested the chairmanship position got 41 and 29 votes respectively.
Other winners include Mohammed Tahir of state Information who contested the position of the secretary and scored 77 votes ahead of his opponents Miss Mada Kajal of the state Information who garnered 62 votes, while Mallam Yuguda of BRTV emerged the Treasurer with 79 votes against Mrs. Fati.
Presiding over the elections which was described as the most peaceful and fair in the history of NUJ elections in Borno State, National President of the NUJ, Mr Mahommed Garba, enjoined the new exco to carry every other chapels along in the cause of discharging their responsibilities.
He directed the new leadership to conduct a by-election for the positions of the financial secretary and the assistant secretary which are still vacant as enshrined in the NUJ constitution.
Soon after the swearing â€“in of the new Excos, the newly elected chairman Alhaji Abba Kakami in his acceptance speech, thanked all the entire working Journalists in the state for giving him the mandate to serve them in the next three years, promising that he will carry everybody irrespective of any background or which media they are representing, so that the government and the governed will be adequately informed, enlightened and educated through the media organizations in the state.
He as well stated that training and re-training of journalists and their welfare will become the most of his priority attention so as to move the union forward.