Ogun NAWOJ Inaugurates New Excos, as Salam-Opebiyi of VON Becomes Chairperson

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The Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) Ogun state chapter has inaugurated newly elected Exco, as Mrs. Sekinat Salam-Opebiyi of Voice of Nigeria, VON, became the chairperson.

At the inauguration ceremony held on Thursday 7th of September, 2023 at NUJ Secretariat, Iwe-Iroyin, Okelewo, Abeokuta, Ogun State.

The National Vice President ( B Zone) of the Association, Comrade Omobola Akingbeyin, appreciated all members for making the event a reality, stressing that the new Exco cannot do it alone without their support.

She lauded the past Exco of the Association for the good job they did during their tenure and enjoined them to support the new Exco.

She also implored the new Exco to forget any things that might have happen before they become the leaders of the Association.

“I want to thank all NAWOJ leaders and members in ogun state for their cooperation and support for the success of this program. I want to imploy you to support the incoming chairperson.

“I want to thank the past Exco for good works they have done. If you have not done it well, nobody will come to succeed you. May God continue to be with every one of you. Please don’t leave the Association for incoming Exco. You can’t sit down and shut your eyes to this administration because it is your project.

“To incoming Exco, forget whatever that might have happened; I want you to forget it because you have a lot of challenges ahead to face, so forget the past issues. Determine to move forward, let your programs professionally based. This profession can take you to many places, if you see yourself as an important person in the society. Try to identify people that will have impact in NAWOJ and bring them in, for the progress of the Association.

“We don’t prepare for leadership but we prepare for challenges that we will face, that will eventually propelled us to leadership position. Nobody can place you in leadership position, it will show in you, if you have it. I’m so passionate about Ogun state Nawoj, because it is the only state that accorded respect and support as the association VP for B Zone, no other state has matched them; they also speak in one voice” Akingbehin said.

She however, urged the newly inaugurated Chairperson to conduct bye-election as soon as possible to fill all vacant positions before the Association’s National Election.

In his address, the chairman, Nigeria Union of journalists (NUJ) Ogun state council, Comrade Wale Olanrewaju congratulated the new Exco and explained what God has used him and his exco to do in the council.

He advised the new Exco to unite and improve the image of the Association, given it a new and  worthy face.

“I want to congratulate the new Exco, I want them to prepare for the work ahead. When we assumed office as new  council exco of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) we met council divided but with the support of Almighty God and good leaders we were able to unite the council.

“I want to implore the new Exco to forget and forego all that might have happened during the process that brought you in and move on to the next level. Do it with passion because it is a thankless job; nobody will thank you. I want a Nawoj that I will rely on and please carry everybody along. I pray to God to support you and I wish you a successful tenure”, Ogun NUJ chairman said.

In her acceptance speech, the new chairperson of the Association, Comrade Sekinat Salam-Opebiyi appreciated the leaders and other members of the Association for their support, saying that, it is a new task for her to unite and bring lovely relationship to the Association.

She pledged to make the members to feel among and respected in their choosing profession.

She however appreciated those in one way or the other participated in the success of the process that brought the new Exco on board, most especially the NUJ Executives led by Comrade Wale Olanrewaju.

“I feel so honored and humbled to be elected for this esteemed post in NAWOJ. It’s indeed a call to service. Today is not for a lengthy speech, but to celebrate our NAWOJ’s oneness, unity, love and beginning of a new era in Ogun State chapter.

“An era, where every woman journalist in the state will share in the pride and be fulfilled as member of this wonderful, glamorous and ever eloquent association called NAWOJ.

“Posterity will not judge me well, if I fail to specially recognize and appreciate the unprecedented supports, love and encouragements this newly birthed leadership of NAWOJ enjoyed all through the birthing processes from our parent body in the state, OGUN NUJ, ably led by my friend and brother Comrade Wale Olanrewaju. While I sincerely appeal for the continued supports of our parent body (OGUN NUJ), be rest assured of the total corporation of this largely populated subset of our dear NUJ always all ways”, She said.

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