*By Kazeem Awojoodu, Ibadan.
Makinde’s Chief Media Officer Mr. Ismail Fasasi has emerged chairman of the NUJ Information Chapel.
SWIndependentmews.com.ng reports that the Information Officer attached to the office of the Oyo State Governor, Mr. Ismail Fasasi on Tuesday, emerged the Chairman of Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Oyo State Ministry of Information Chapel.
Mr. Fasasi, who emerged as consensus candidate, was elected and inaugurated alongside other five members by the chairman, NUJ, Oyo State Coubcil, Mr Ademola Babalola.
While delivering his acceptance speech at the Conference Room, Ministry of Information, Mr. Fasasi noted that his administration will rest on four major programmes, which include restoration of the vibrance that has been the pride of the chapel; improved welfare packages for the members, capacity building and training for members as well as promotion of collective responsibility, integrity and accountability.
His words: “It is with honour and humility that today I accept to be the Chairman of the NUJ, Information Chapel (NUJIC). My dear comrades, it gladdens my heart to see you all buying into my candidature and to have also nurtured this love to this level for me. Profoundly and heartily, I thank you all.”
“It is a known fact, that the decision of the members of this chapel is a pointer that you all craved for change and are eager to take our Chapel to the desired next level. It is indeed my heartfelt joy.
“I like to let you know that this victory is neither my own nor my cabinet members’ efforts but the victory for you the members for believing in us. With your collective support, we will translate our chapel to an enviable one that we can individually and collectively be proud of.
“By my evaluation of your resolve, I see dedication, commitment, service, resilience, resourcefulness, success, above all, I see the drive needed in transforming our chapel into a strong and purposefully structured one.
“On behalf of all my executive members, I want to pledge our readiness to run an all-inclusive administration with the view of taking the union to greater heights. It is a known fact that the election has come and gone, we are one big family in NUJIC, I, therefore, implore all members of this Chapel to cooperate with us, as your contributions would go a long way in repositioning NUJIC.
“At this juncture, let me appreciate our colleagues for giving us a good fight and putting us on our toes, like I did say, we are all members of a big family. I’m assuring you that there is no victor, no vanquished! Your support is also necessary for collective success.
“I still want to reiterate that Our administration will rest on four major programmes, which include restoration of the vibrance, that has been the pride of our chapel, improved welfare packages for the members, capacity building and training for members as well as promotion of collective responsibility, integrity and accountability.
On his part, the Chairman, NUJ Oyo State Council, Mr. Ademola Babalola congratulated the new executives and charged them to uphold the ethics of the union.
He admonished them to see their mandate as a call to service, adding that “you should always think of posterity in all you do.”
Mr. Babalola encouraged them to gear up activities of the union at state and chapel levels and ensure that welfare of members is paramount on their minds.
Other executive members inaugurated include; Folake Bamgbose as Vice- chairman, Olamide Adeniji, Secretary, Ibikunle Bukola, Assistant Secretary, Amina Buasari Adeleke, Treasurer and Adeola Adewole, Financial Secretary.
The event was attended by the Commissioner For Information Culture and Tourism, Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun; Special Assistant on Print Media, Mr. Moses Alao; Special Assistant on Broadcast, Mrs. Bosede Sodiq, Special Assistant on Photography, Mr. Dare Aleshinloye and Technical Assistant on New Media, Mr. Mayowa Okekale among others.