“All Diplomatic Beats are prestigious by all standards. All journalists covering diplomatic beats and the association needs to do, is, put on their thinking cap.
“Proper synergy between beat associations and NUJ is a catalyst for a well rounded, rubost and profitable journalism carrier.” The forgoing statement by Comrade Emmanuel Ogbeche, the chairman of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, set the tone for the commencement of election of excos of the Diplomatic Correspondent Association of Nigeria DICAN, in Abuja, Friday.
Comrade Ogbeche urged the incoming excos to improvise by coming up with innovations that will swell the association’s purse and boost the prestige of members for collective benefits.
Earlier, while welcoming members, the outgoing chairperson of the association, Victoria Ojeme of the Vanguard Newspaper, thanked members for the unalloyed support given to the association under her leadership in the last four years. She pledged to continue to serve the association in whatever capacity necessary towards the success of the new excos.
In his acceptance speech, the newly elected chairman of the association, Mr Amadin Uyi, the Abuja Bureau Chief of Plus TV Africa, , thanked members for finding him worthy to serve the great DICAN. He listed increased member’s welfare, inclusiveness, tight and rubost engagements with members of the diplomatic community… etc., as some of thw focus of his administration.
He showered encomiums on the outgoing excos for the solid foundation they have laid for the association, while promising to consolidate on the gains made.
Meanwhile, before commencement of voting, Mr Frederick Idehai of CNA, who served as the chairman of the electoral committee, urge contestants to take the outcome of the election in good fate, reminding members that it is not a do or die affair as members contribute to the growth of the association in many other meaningful ways.
After a well coordinated and rancour-free process, Mr Amadin Uyi of Plus TV Africa was elected chairman, while Dr Bridget Onochie of the Guardian Newspaper emerged the vice president. The former secretary general of the association, Mr Raphael Oni of Diplomats Extra retained his seat after a keen contest with Mr Emeka Amakor of TV 360. Favour Egbuta of Arm Forces Radio, emerged unopposed as the assistant secretary general. To take charge of welfare, Punari Fehintola was unanimously elected.
DICAN, an association of journalists, who covers foreign related beats was formed to further the interest and welfare of members.