*Pledges new tide of leadership for Association
By Olajide Fashikun
Federal Capital Territory (FCT) chapter of the National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) at the weekend elected a new set officials to manage its affairs for another three years. Stella Okoh-Esene was elected the new Chairperson.
Stella Okoh-Esene defeated her rival in the election, Ronke Osundina by 105 to 38 votes. The other members of the FCT NAWOJ Exco who were elected and sworn-in are Joyce Babayeju – Vice chairperson, Grace Njoku as the Secretary, Sarah Odugbo as the Treasurer, Nkiru Nnoli as the Assistant Secretary, Oby Helen Chukwu as the Financial Secretary and Gloria Josiah as the Internal Auditor.
Barrister Esther Uzoma did the administration of the Oath of Office on the newly elected officials under the monitoring of the Council officials of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) led by the Secretary, Rafat Salami.
In her post election victory, Stella Okoh-Esene thanked everyone that participated in the election. With the election over, we all must rise and take our Association forward. I commend my sister, Ronke Osundina for her statemanliness. We have to work together to bid a greater future for NAWOJ.
There is no victor and there is no vanquished. As soon as we hold our inaugural meeting, we shall get to people our various committees with our members and each committee will be charged to work well. Once the committees are active, the difference will be marked.
Before the election, I had been discussing a viable and worthy partnership relationship with two former Nigerian international athletes on what we can do promote female athletes in the FCT. It is time to run that discussion to the tape so that the pride of place for women journalists will be higher.
There is also a seminar/training programme we have scheduled not just for our members but for all journalists in the FCT. We shall approach the FCT NUJ Council to partner us in the delivery. We are loaded. This is a rebirth of NAWOJ in the FCT and it is for the greater glory of women practitioners in the FCT.
Former FCT Council Chairman, Jacob Edi, who was present as an observer congratulated the new leadership saying, “they have to wake up the sleeping NAWOJ. I believe in the new leadership. Yes, we are not women but we shall also have to contribute ideas, make contacts and uplift the Association but they must take the lead while we follow. I am happy the election was conducted peacefully and with maturity.”