The National Association of Judicial Correspondent, NAJUC, Ikeja at the weekend elected a new executive council to replace the Mr. Henry Ojelu-led executive whose tenure elapsed.
The new EXCO is led by Mr. Wahab Akinlade of Radio Nigeria as Chairman, Moji Eniola of News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, as Vice Chairman, Yetunde Ojo of the Guardian newspaper as Secretary, Stephen Aya of Royal Times as the Treasurer and Ayo Olalere as the Financial Secretary.
They were unanimously elected by all the members present during the election and were sworn in by Barrister Wahab Abdullah, a former Chairman of the association.
Speaking after the election, the new chairman, Mr. Wahab Akinlade emphasized the need to work together. He said there are some issues on the ground that needs to be corrected.
“We shall work together to lift the association, and the quality of judicial reporting. I encourage everybody to show some commitment by going to court regularly. It is when we show active reporting that people will take us seriously. We will work together in unity. I will be transparent and accountable at all times. Let’s work together as one big family”, he said.
He said he is proposing stipends for members who are active in coming to court to feed others with reports. “We will bring to the floor policy that will unite all of us”, he said.
Also speaking, Ayo Olalere said he will work in line with the way things are done every other beats. “The strong will carry the week, every member will benefit from this administration and I look forward to a good working relationship with all”, he said.
Also speaking, the Vice Chairman, Moji Eniola called for synergy, feedback from members, and criticism. She blamed the weakness of the immediate past administration on backbiting and lack of transparency.
“Basically, it’s a partnership, we are here to serve not to lord over you. Speak up your mind and let us discuss it together. There should be constructive criticism.
“We will be accountable in all areas and we will work with the constitution. Every meeting, finance will be discussed, no matter how small. We have to tighten our belt to be financially buoyant”, she said.
Also speaking, Barrister Wahab Abdullah thanked the electoral committee for being able to hold the election. He urged the new administration to carry everyone along.
In his advice, the Publisher of the Gavel International, Mr. Mustapha Ogunsakin urged the new regime to bring back professionalism and integrity to the association.