On 6th of February 2016, The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Adamawa State Chapter has elected its new Executives to handle the mantle of leadership of the Union for three (3) consecutive years during the State Triennial Delegates Conference conducted at the NUJ Press Center here in the state capital. The exercise has resulted to the emergence of comrade Salihu Abubakar of Adamawa State Television (ATV) as State Chairman and Alhaji Umar Dankano of the People’s Daily Newspaper as Vice Chairman. The two were unopposed.
Others that made the leadership list includes; Zare Baba of the Adamawa Press Limited (APL), Alhaji Shekarau yerima of Gotel Radio Yola and Madam Tina Valdo of the Adamawa Television Yola (ATV) who were returned unopposed as State Secretary, Financial Secretary and State Auditor respectively.
However, Mary Adamu of NTA Yola scored 83 votes to emerge the council’s Treasurer defeating her two contendants; Mallam Isah Tukur of Adamawa Broadcasting Cooperation (ABC) who scored 67 votes while Mr. Anthony Taru of State Ministry of Information Chapel who got 12 votes.
On the other hand, Muhammad Lawal Paris of State Ministry of Information Chapel clinched the office of Assistant Secretary by scoring 86 votes to defeat his only contendant Mr. Emmanuel Njaprim of the Taraba Sunrise Newspapers who scored 74 votes.
Addressing the new Executives and members of the Union both the Zonal Vice President in charge of zone E, Hajiya Aishatu Ibrahim kwaya and the Zonal Secretary, zone E, Alhaji Suleiman Ibrahim Abubakar charged all to observe the professional code of Ethics and use the Union’s constitution as guiding principles in handling union matters noting that it will go a long way in addressing issues that may crop up simultaneously.
They also advised the newly elected executives to from the bottom of their hearts bear that they are under oath of offices which will subject them to be Accountable of their actions not only before the congress members but Almighty God saying “Fear God in making decisions concerning your teaming members always” they emphasized.
Similarly, the Adamawa State Government has called on the leadership of the Nigerian Union of Journalists to rise up against Members casualization by some media owners who are out to exploit them. The State Commissioner of Information, Comrade Ahmad Sajoh, made the call at the inauguration of the newly elected Executive. He urged the union to save the noble profession from derailing from its constitutional role of being the watch dog of the society.