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Lagos NUJ Chairman Inaugurates PJAN’s New EXCO


The new executive committee of the Photojournalists Association of Nigeria, PJAN, has been inaugurated. The swearing-in oath was administered on the new officers by the Chairman of Nigeria Union of Journalists, Lagos State chapter, Adeleye Ajayi on Saturday, September 23, 2023 at the boardroom of the Ladi Lawal Press Center, Alausa, Ikeja. He was ably assisted by by the union’s Secretary, Olatunde Olalere.

The newly sworn-in PJAN executives is to be led by Alaba Igbaroola, who emerged chairman; thus taking over mantle of leadership from former chairman, Otunba Kolawole Olasupo, who is the Special Assistant to Lagos State Governor on Photojournalism.

The occasion also saw the emergence of David Adejo elected as vice chairman and Kazeem Bakenne, who will serve as the secretary of PJAN, Lagos chapter.

The new chairman, Alaba Igbaroola while delivering her acceptance speech enumerated her vision and commitment to serve PJAN with confidence reposed on her as the first female chairman of the association. She therefore promised not to let down the trust of the male dominated profession on her for the exalted seat.

The former photo editor of the Nigerian Tribune newspaper, who was also a former Special Assistant on Photography to the former governor of Oyo State, late Alao Akala, further promised to prioritize welfare of the members on her agenda.

The newly inaugurated chairman also stated to build on accountability, being the foundation upon which any organization, especially a professional body like PJAN could stand in order to be effective in work ethics and also to uphold the public trust.

She emphasized that membership Training and Development would not be relegated to the background but must be a vital aspect of drastic growth in the association.

“Our members are the lifeblood of PJAN, without your dedication and hard work, we would not be the influential body we are today, therefore, It is my commitment to prioritize membership welfare, as well as  ensuring that every member’s  rights and interests are protected.”, she emphasized.

Igbaroola further promised to explore opportunities for insurance coverage, access to legal support, and other benefits that would enhance member’s well-being.

Others who took oath of office include, Abiodun Omotosho (Assistant Secretary), Kolawole Aliu (Treasurer), Leke Adebanjo as Financial Secretary while Paul Timothy will serve as internal auditor respectively. The new executive committee will serve tenure of 3 years in the first instance.

The event was also witnessed by other members of NUJ from Lagos and Oyo states, publishers/editors, as well as some foundation members of PJAN.

PJAN as an association was inaugurated in April, 1993 to serve the interests of photojournalists and news photographers in the print and broadcast media. It also caters for the welfare of retired and veteran photojournalists in times of need and distress.

Group picture of the newly inaugurated PJAN executives with some PJAN veterans and NUJ executives
L-R: Ms. Alaba Igbaroola, the new chairman of PJAN, Mr. Adeleye Ajayi, chairman, Lagos NUJ and Olatunde Olalere, secretary, Lagos NUJ during the swearing in

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