ThisDay photo editor Abiodun Ajala has emerged the chairman of the Photo Journalists Association of Nigeria (PJAN) Lagos chapter.
Ajala emerged chairman alongside a new set of executives during an election on Saturday.
Other executives include vice chairman Pius Okeosisi (Businessday); secretary Odutayo Odusanya; assistant secretary Tony Eguaye (West Africa News); treasurer Akeem Salau (Vanguard); financial secretary Suleimani Huisseni (New Telegraph) and internal auditor Ayodele Adeniran (The Guardian).
The election which was conducted at the premises of Lagos Television had in attendance 26 members of PJAN with a member of the Nigerian Bar Association Folorunso Ogunekun on hand to conduct the swearing of oath by the officers into the various offices.
In his acceptance speech titled ‘The New Dawn’, the new chairman described the outcome of the election as a true expression of the members’ choice.
He assured that his administration would be built on professionalism, leadership, teamwork and transparency.
He said: “I am happy with the calibre of people that surround me, a new foundation is laid today as members will be treated like kings.
“I will organise a stakeholders meeting where the future of the association would be laid soon. We are determined to pursue accountability, professionalism, transparency, integrity and prudence.
“Our projection is to classify our programmes into short, medium and long term basis. The change we all desire would begin to manifest in no distant future. I appeal to members to join hands with us to build the association to that enviable height.
“This executive cannot do it alone and it is the duty of every member present here and those to join us to redeem the great image of our association .
“I appeal to us that we all come together to build PJAN as we have been robbed of everything that belong to us in terms of emoluments and royalties from our intellectual contributions.
“Our development is a function of our input as a group or association and we hope to involve all members to add value to our dear profession.”