Gambia Press Union (GPU) newly elected President has called on the members of the country’s press body to remain, making it very clear that there are no loosers or winners in the just concluded XI Triennial Congress.
Sheriff Bojang Jnr was speaking shortly after he was voted into office as he was flanked on both sides by seven other Executive members bestowed with the mandate of presiding over the destiny of media practitioners in the tiny West African nation.
From September 7-8, GPU delegates gathered at the Baha’i Center in Fajara for a post-Jammeh Congress.The two-day event brought together participants from various media outlets, and provided an opportunity for delegates to not only adopt a new Constitution but also to elect a new executive that would steer the affairs of the union for the next three years.
Bojang said GPU is there for everyone, and seized the opportunity to assure delegates that the new executive will not turn a deaf ear to suggestions, criticisms and all ideas geared towards moving the union to higher heights.
He expressed hope the new found unity will uplift the standard of journalism, and help improve the welfare of Gambian journalists.
“We have a huge task lying ahead. The past administration made a lot of achievements, and so many things to celebrate,” he added.”There is a lot work that remains to be done. Our job is to keep the hope of people alive.”
Asked about his plans to engage Gambia government over some draconian laws that are yet to be repealed, GPU President clearly stated that the new executive will not relent on these issues.
“We are not going to be complacent. We are going to fight,” he shouted out.
Over the past three years, GPU in tandem with its various partners were able to run projects that were funded to tune of 18, 259,402 dalasis. But the welfare of Gambian journalists continue to be a matter of serious concerns, leaving many journalists trapped into the culture of per diems.
Sheriff Bojang Jnr vowed to put the welfare of journalists at the centre of their work, saying they will spare no efforts to engage media chiefs on the issue.
Many voices warned the executive against turning GPU into an island of prosperity surrounded by an ocean of poverty.
Bojang promised to reverse this disturbing trend in making sure that transparency prevails when it comes to financial matters.
“The GPU I am going to preside will communicate every penny that comes in. We will have to improve greatly on communication,” he remarked.
Other members of the union include Mustapha K. Darboe (Vice-president), Mariatou Ngum Saidy (Treasurer), Pa Modou Faal, Mustapha Mbye, Fatou Sowe, Kebba Jephang and Sarjo Camara Signateh.
Saikou Jammeh continues to hold the position of GPU Secretary General.
Written by Abdoulie JOHN
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