By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
In consonance with the June 12 declaration as the Nigerian democracy day by the Buhari administration, the correspondents’ chapel of Bauchi state council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Tuesday held elections into the executives of the chapel.
The election into the chapel executives which is in consolidation of the Buhari June 12 declaration saw the emergence of Segun Awofadeji of This Day newspaper as chairman with Mohammed Kawu of New Nigerian Newspapers as secretary of the chapel.
Others elected executives are Adamu Imam Shehu of Liberty Television as vice chairman, Hafsat Adebayo of the Authority newspaper as treasurer, while Mu’azu Umar Hardawa of the Dandalkura Radio emerged as auditor of the chapel..
The posts of Assistant Secretary and Financial Secretary were not contested in the elections, but will hold in due course.
In the elections, Segun Awofadeji polled 13 votes to defeat his opponent, Titus Ezekiel of Daily Post who got 12 votes, Adamu Imam Shehu beat his opponent Ali Garba of the Guardian with 13 – 12 votes, while Mohammed Kawu clinched to the post of secretary with 14 votes against Armstrong Bakam of the Punch newspaper who polled 11 votes.
Hafsat Adebayo of The Authority newspaper and Mu’azu Umar Hardawa of Dandalkura radio were returned unopposed as Treasurer and Auditor who scored 24 votes each and one invalid vote each respectively.
Speaking shortly after the results announcement, the chairman of the Bauchi state council of the NUJ, Ibrahim Mohammed Malam Goje who supervised the elections assured of his council’s commitment towards the training of journalists in the state.
He explained that the national secretariat of the union in Abuja is organizing an international training for journalists with representation from the state council, and called for support from the chapel towards achieving the desired objectives of the union.
Alhaji Ibrahim Malam Goje congratulated the new executives of the chapel, describing the elections as keenly contested, and urged that all the hulabaloos of the past be bygone and forge ahead for the progress of the chapel in particular and the union in general.
According to him, the peaceful nature of the correspondents’ chapel is the successes of the state council of the union, saying “In any council in the country wherever you find crisis in the correspondents’ chapel of that state, you find that the state council is also in crisis”.
In his response the newly elected chairman of the council, Mr. Segun Awofadeji thanked executives of the state council, particularly malam Goje for the way and manner the chapel elections were handled in a peaceful atmosphere.
Mr. Awofadeji said that holding the election on June 12 is emblematic in consonance with the Buhari administration’s declaration as the democratic day to help the federal government stabilize the democracy in the country.
He called on the chapel members to embrace the spirit of togetherness, unity and brotherhood, and be tolerance of one another in the bid to take the noble profession of journalism to the next level.
Awofadeji assured of sanitizing the chapel against unethical and unprofessional practices that have in the past smeared the image of the chapel in the good looking eyes of the public.