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Finally, Kwara Correspondents Chapel get new leaders

by newshubmag

From Debra Ajulo, Ilorin

The lingering crisis rocking the Correspondents Chapel of Kwara NUJ was on Friday finally laid to rest as new executives were inaugurated News Hub Mag! reports.

The brief ceremony which held at the Chapel’s secretariat located at Muritala was attended by state and former national officials of the union.

In his opening address, the chairman of the Credential Committee, Mr. Jimoh Bashir disclosed that his committee consulted far and wide with stakeholder on both sides of the divide before arriving at a peaceful resolution of the crisis.

He gave kudos to Elder Kayode Adeyipo’s peace moves which he said gave birth to the credentials committee and made the assignment easier.

Bashir who is also the chairman, Kwara State Sports Writers Association (SWAN) also commended the State NUJ for the maturity displayed.

He thereafter called out the names and positions of cleared candidates and called for a voice vote. Thereafter the swearing-in was performed by Barrister Hammad Shehu Ajetunmobi.

The newly inaugurated executives are Mallam Abdulakeem Garba of Channels TV as chairman, Mallam Usman O. Aliyu of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) as vice chairman, and Mr. Kayode Abdulazeez of Nigerian Pilot as Secretary.

Others are Mr. Stephen Ajagbe of Alaroye as Assistant Secretary, Mr. Oyedeji Lukman of Channels TV as Financial Secretary while Mr. Kehinde Akinpelu of Daily Times as Treasurer and Mosunmola Ayobami of Western Post became the auditor. 

In his acceptance speech, Mallam Garuba who confessed that he is overwhelmed at the confidence reposed on him assured that he would be a servant-leader to all.

The chairman who said he is not the best among members of the Chapel expressed optimism that he could be the best with the cooperation, advise and constant constructive criticism of members.

Unveiling his plans, Mallam Garuba said his short term plans for the Chapel include an interactive session with intellectuals tagged hotseat, media tour, award for journalists and agriculture program for journalists.

He said his long term plan include a Bus and permanent secretariat for the Chapel.

Also speaking on the occasion an elder and veteran journalist, Alhaji Tunde Akanbi expressed joy at the occasion stressing that only peace and unity can make an association progress.

Recounting some of the process that went into the reconciliation, Alhaji Akanbi commended the Kayode Adeyipo led reconciliation committee for laying a solid foundation for the peace in the Chapel.

He expressed believe that after the dark moments experienced in the chapel happy and progressive moments.

Speaking through his deputy, the State Council chairman, Mallam Umar Adebayo AbdulWahab urged members of the Chapel to mend fences and forge ahead in peace and progress.

The State NUJ chairman also charged the new leaders of the Chapel to be proactive and lead by example. He urged them to close ranks and work for the progress of the Chapel in general.

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