A female journalist from Voice of Nigeria (VON), Hajia Asma’u Halilu, on Monday emerged the first female to lead the Kaduna Union of Journalists (NUJ) Correspondents Chapel.
When presenting her acceptance speech, Halilu said they had collectively made history with her emergence as the first female chairperson of NUJ correspondent Chapel, not only in Kaduna, but the entire Northern Nigerian region.
She explained that the feat was made possible following everyone’s overwhelming support and encouragement.
” This support is an indication of the love you have for me to serve in this capacity, she said.
“As new leaders, we solicit for your continuous support to succeed in this task; we will always consult within the chapel, as well as with the State Council and other stakeholders to achieve giant strides.
“In our tenure, we shall prioritize the welfare of members, we will also collectively be like the mother hen who will be responsible for every member.”
She promised that every member would be properly taken care of, to the best of her ability.
“We will carry out journalism training and explore other capacity building opportunities for chapel members, this will be pursued to ensure ethics and standard practice of the profession is upheld.
“We will do our best not to over rely on individuals and organisations for income, in due course, we shall run businesses to sustain the income of the Chapel.
“We intend to introduce a vibrant cooperative where members can save money and as well access loans easily.
“We shall set up a system that will address cases of misunderstanding and address misgivings among members.”
She promised to reach out to aggrieved members if any, to forge a united body.
She expressed her gratitude to the National body, the State Council and the outgoing Chapel Exco for their support.
“I will not forget the women folk who rallied around me and added their voices to this clarion call, in Sha Allah, (Godwilling) I will make us proud”, Halilu said.
Also speaking at the occasion, the national ex-officio of the Nigerain Union of Journalists (NUJ), Comrade Garba Muhammad , commended the women folk for the giant stride.
He assured them of the national body’s support and urged them to work as a team in order to move the chapel to a higher level worthy of emulation.
Also speaking, the secretary of NUJ, Kaduna State Council, Mr Femi Adi, also called for unity amongst the chapel members.
“The counsel is ready at all times to support you” Adi said, while urging them to work hard and the congress members to inculcate the spirit of comradeship toward moving the chapel to a greater height.”
Also, two reporters from the News Agency of Nigeria, Moses Kolo and Stella Kabruk emerged as secretary and treasurer respectively.
Rahila Abdullahi of Leadership newspaper and Gambo Abubakar from Legacy newspaper also emerged as assistant Secretary and auditor respectively.
Source: Voice of Nigeria