The Plateau State Chapter of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, has elected and sworn in new executives to pilot the association affairs for a 3 year term.
The election and subsequent inauguration of the new Excos was held at the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ Secretariat following the expiration of the tenure of the former Excos who have served for two terms of six years.
All the positions were unopposed as there was no contest hence, all the female journalists unanimously affirmed them to lead the association as announced by the National Vice President of the association, representing zone D, Mrs. Jamila Abubakar.
Mrs. Nene Dung is to Chair the new Leadership, to be assisted by Grace Akwe Gotip, Mwuese Adem is to serve as secretary while Yuonne Ishola is the assistant secretary. Others are Eunice Agabas (Treasurer), Patience Aliyu (Financial Secretary) and Janet Jinawa (Auditor).
Barrister Mary Izam, the Plateau State chairperson of the Federation of Women Lawyers ,FIDA, administered oath of office to the new Excos.
In her acceptance speech, the new Chairman of NAWOJ, Mrs. Nene Dung while thanking God and members of the association for the confidence repose on her, appealed for cooperation among members to take the association to greater heights.
She solicited support from her predecessor and other past leaders of the association to enable her discharge the task with ease as she promised more connection and to create a NAWOJ website for easy accessibility of the association activities in Plateau State and the world.
Earlier, the Electoral Committee Chairman, Mrs. Esther Nasara in her welcome address assured that they had screened all those aspiring for the positions to ensure they present credible leaders for the great Association.
The National Vice President of NAWOJ, zone D, Mrs. Jamila Abubakar appreciated the outgoing Chairperson, Mrs. Jennifer Yerima for her doggedness and leadership style that saw the association to this level, especially how she fought for the less privileged, orphans and stood as a voice to the voiceless in the society.
She prayed God for grace upon the new Excos to enable them succeed but urged them to be committed in making sacrifices for the association, as they know that NAWOJ is not a money making Association.
The out-gone Chairman, Mrs. Jennifer Yerima, thanked God for seeing her and all her team throughout their tenure and also appreciated the support she enjoyed from members and friends of NAWOJ and she also appealed for more support to the new leadership.
There were good will messages from Plateau State Commissioner for Information ,Dan Manjang who was represented by a Director in the Ministry, Mrs. Theodora Damulak, Plateau State NUJ Chairman, Mr. Paul Jatau, Mr. Mark Agagwu, the Assistant Director News, NTA Jos zonal office among others.