By; FUNMI ADERINTO, Kaduna
Comrade Aisha K. Bura of the Ministry of Information on Saturday, emerged National President of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) during the Association 11th Triennial Delegates Conference for the next three years.
The election, which took place in Abuja, was keenly contested with Comrade Aisha K. Bura polling 498 votes to beat the former President Ladi Bala 381 respectively.
A joyful Aisha K. Bura thanked God Almighty for the victory, while calling on all members to ”mend fences and close gaps”, now that the elections were over
Other elected members of the executive included, Zone F. Vice President, Stella Macaulay 86 votes,. Zone E. VP Comfort Mukolo 46 votes to Dorcas 54 votes, Zone A. Zonal Secretary, Daharatu Aliyu Ahmed 76 votes to Naomi Paul 46 votes, National Auditor Jemila Chinwe Abubakar 542 votes to Joyce Haruna 318 votes, Deputy National President Dr Lilian Okonkwo 521 votes to Folake 313 votes and National Secretary Wasila 437 votes to Helen 423 votes.
The NEC, in session, recalled that at its previous online meeting on September 16, 2023, it was resolved that the Triennial National Delegates Conference should hold in the last weekend of November 2023.
This followed information during the meeting, that Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi states would be having their governorship elections on November 11, 2023, in addition to concerns about security and logistic challenges.
After careful deliberation on the issue, the Chairperson of Oyo State Chapter of NAWOJ, Jadesola Ajibola, moved a motion that: “the Triennial National Delegates Conference of NAWOJ be shifted from November 15, 2023, by nine days, to November 24-26, 2023, to give ample time for States to mobilize, prepare and also get logistics to transport delegates to the Conference”.
The motion was duly seconded by the Chairperson of Gombe State Chapter of NAWOJ, Bome Samutar.
The NEC in Session also discussed the issue of a suitable and convenient venue for the conference and it was resolved through a motion by the Chairperson of Adamawa State Chapter, Rose Elishama, that “the forthcoming Triennial National Delegates Conference of NAWOJ be held in Abuja at Maryam Babangida Women Development Centre.”
The motion was duly seconded by the Chairperson of Rivers State Chapter of NAWOJ, Susan Serekara-Nwikhana.
Considering the fact that the NEC in session had shifted the date for the Delegates Conference by nine days, the NEC in its wisdom, saw the need to unanimously and legally extend the tenure of the current Central Working Committee (CWC) of the Association.