D-day for YJAG
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
The Young Journalists' Association of The Gambia (YJAG), formed on the 16th September, 2007 will today hold its bi-annual congress, which coincided with the 2nd anniversary of the association.
The event to be held at the GPU conference room in Bakau, will start with a seminar in the morning and the congress will be held in the afternoon. As a constitutional requirement in YJAG, the current executive are expected to step down after serving the association for two years and allow a new executive to take charge of the affairs of the association. Established by young journalists, YJAG aims, among other things to promote their welfare in the profession, as well as to encourage the aspiring journalists to become responsible journalists.
In an interview with Musa Ndow, the 1st vice president of YJAG, he thanked God for witnessing yet another anniversary of the association. He said YJAG has registered tremendous achievements since its inception, such as capacity building for its members, promoting the welfare of young journalists, the celebration of the 1st anniversary accompanied by a symposium and talks on different issues relating to media work, among others.
Ndow cited the series of engagement that his association has undergone such as courtesy calls on stakeholders, government officials, members of the diplomatic mission in the country. He expressed optimism that the incoming executive will take the affairs of the association from where his executive stopped, to a higher height. "However, those members who have registered and paid their monthly dues are eligible to vote and be voted for, but also those members who did not pay, can pay their dues before going to the congress to qualify them to vote and be voted for," the outgoing YJAG vice president noted.
He called on all the young journalists and those aspiring ones to join the association. He however thanked the members of the diplomatic missions in The Gambia; such as the US embassy, Taiwanese embassy, British High Commission; and also the minister of Interior, Ousman Sonko, and all other individuals who supported them in one way or the other.
Author: by Alieu Ceesay & Asanatou Bajang