Tunde Bolaji – , Minna.
The Niger State Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists ( NUJ) has elected new officers to pilot its affairs for the next three years.
Correspondent of the Peoples Daily Newspaper, Alhaji Yakubu Mustapha Bina emerged unopposed as the new chairman of Chapel .
Also Abdul Mohd Isa of Voice Of Nigeria emerged as the Vice Chairman while Mr Daniel Atori of New Telegraph Newspapers was eleced as the Secretary of chapel. He defeated Emperor Simon of the Channels Television by 17 to 12 voted with two vote voided.
Other Executives include Mathew Jwantu of Standard Newspapers who clinched the position of the Treasurer unopposed.
Mrs Priscilla Dennis became the new Financial Secretary by defeating Matthew Samson of AIT with 17 votes to 10.
Certificates of returns were presented to the new executives by the Council Secretary Mallam Abu Nnmade who stood in for the Chairman, Mallam Abdul idrees.
Consequently, the position of Assistant Secretary and Auditor were not contested for and remain vacant for a possible by- election soon.
Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Alhaji Mohammed Sani Idris represented by his Technical Adviser, Comrade Iliya Garba appealed for the sustainable partnership with state government and advised media practitioners to uphold the professionalism and ethics of the profession in their reportage.
In his post election speech the newly elected Chairman of Correspondents’ chapel Alhaji Yakubu Mustapha Bina promised to accord priority to the welfare and protection of all members.
Comrade Mustapha Bina than pledged to operate an open door policy however solicited for the support of members to succeed in office.
In his remarks after inauguration of new Chairman of NUJ Niger state Council Comrade Abdul Idris who was represented by Secretary of NUJ Comrade Abu Nmodu stressed the need for members to continue to work as a team to enhance rapid development of Journalism profession.
They were sworn in by Secretary of NUJ Comrade Abu Nmodu of Leadership Newspapers