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Ogun NUJ Federated Chapel Gets New Executives



The Federated Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Ogun State, after three years of internal strife, inaugurated its new executive members on Monday.

The inauguration ceremony took place at the Council’s secretariat in Abeokuta, the state capital, following an uncontested election.

The new Chairman, Juwon Opayemi, was sworn in alongside other executives, including Vice Chairman Jaji Olamilekan and Auditor Fatai Sobande.

In his inaugural address, the newly inaugurated Chairman Juwon Opayemi pledged to enhance unity within the chapel and ensure effective and equitable leadership.

In his inaugural address, the newly inaugurated Chairman Juwon Opayemi pledged to enhance unity within the chapel and ensure effective and equitable leadership.

He said: “My primary motivation and ambition to become Chairman-Federated Chapel, Ogun NUJ is my desire to bring renewed Hope and Faith of a better tomorrow and thereby putting smiles back on the faces of the members of the Federated Chapel.

“It is our great belief that leadership should entail compassion , humility, selflessness, persistence, commitment and dedication.

“Let me from onset assure you that as the Chairman of Federated Chapel Ogun NUJ, I and my Executive members will run an all-inclusive administration.

“We will maintain an open door policy which affords easy accessibility on issues and challenges as related to the welfare and progress of our esteemed members.

“It is now time to put all our endowed human and material resources together towards the progress and advancement of our Chapel. In the light of the above, I hereby present to you my programmes as the Chairman of the Federated Chapel.”

The NUJ Chairman, Ogun State Council, Comrade Wale Olanrewaju, urged the new chairman to further foster unity in the chapel.

He said: “I want to congratulate the new executives of the Federated Chapel of Nigeria Union of Journalists, Ogun State Council.

“I urge you to further foster unity in the chapel and ensure that you work together to promote the interest of every member of the chapel.”

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National Association of Ogun State Students (NAOSS) Elects Comrade Kehinde Thomas, others as executive members




Nominees for the post of National President of NAOSS

The National Association of Ogun State Students (NAOSS) has elected a new executive to lead the national body. The congress which brought in the new executive was held at the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) hall in Leme, Abeokuta on Saturday. The congress that ushered the new executive was peaceful and witnessed by former student leaders who cut across Ogun State.

Several Student Leaders (Senators) from various institutions in the state were present to cast their votes during the congress. The congress was declared open, and the election process began in earnest.

A total of three candidates emerged from the election process. At the end of the day, Comrade Kehinde Thomas was elected as the National President of NAOSS.

Casting of votes

Comrade Thomas emerged victorious with 75 votes, while Ajayi Stephen Oluwafemi and James Ola Lawson had 51 and ten votes, respectively. One vote was considered void.

The newly elected executive of NAOSS is made up of vibrant and dynamic student leaders. Other elected officials included Comrade Femi Ajayi Castro as VP 1, and Comrade Ola Muse James as VP 2.

Comrade Kehinde Thomas being announced is NAOSS President

Others include Comrade TFK who became Welfare Director, Comrade Abiodun Olamilekan Opeyemi as PRO 1, and Comrade Abiodun Korede as Social Director. Comrade Folarin Isreal emerged as Treasurer, with Comrade Binta Akinsola as Clerk and Comrade Quadri Yussuf as the Chief Whip. Comrade Badrudeen Oluwasegun won the position of Sports Director amongst others.

The newly elected executive expressed profound gratitude to all those who participated in the election process. They assured NAOSS members of their commitment to the ideals and overall objectives of the association. Also, they promised to work hard to ensure that the voice of Ogun State students will be heard and respected.

The election process was hailed as a success, and the peaceful conduct demonstrated the credibility and maturity of the students. NAOSS members and stakeholders are optimistic that this new executive will bring in a new chapter of growth and development for the association.

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Alliance of Frontline PR Professionals Endorses Nkechi Ali-Balogun for NIPR National President




Nkechi Ali-Balogun

[Nigeria, August 18, 2023] – A coalition of seasoned and respected Public Relations (PR) professionals representing a diverse spectrum of industries have come together to endorse Nkechi Ali-Balogun (NAB) as the quintessential candidate for the position of National President of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR). 

With a collective vision for the future of PR in Nigeria, this alliance firmly believes in Nkechi Ali-Balogun’s transformative leadership and her capacity to drive positive change within the industry, especially as the first woman in Nigeria in the running to lead the umbrella body for PR professionals in Nigeria. Having held the esteemed position of leading the Lagos State Chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, Nkechi has demonstrated her unwavering commitment to advancing the field.

The alliance, which comprises leaders who have shaped the PR landscape through innovation and excellence, recognizes Nkechi Ali-Balogun as a visionary leader with a deep understanding of the profession’s challenges and opportunities. Her track record of accomplishments, strategic insights, and commitment to raising the standards of PR has earned her the unwavering support of this influential coalition.

NAB is a multi-talented luminary within Africa’s PR industry, boasting a wealth of experience spanning more than two decades across diverse facets of the Public Relations and Training Consultancy landscape. 

Commenting on behalf of the alliance, Odion Aleobua, the convener of the group, stated, “At this critical juncture in our industry’s development, we need a leader who not only understands the evolving dynamics of communication but is also dedicated to fostering collaboration, growth, and ethical standards in PR practice.” 

Her profound understanding of client and service perspectives and adeptness at delivering innovative solutions to managerial challenges has solidified her reputation as a trusted expert. Nkechi’s journey has led her to the helm of NECCI Consulting, where she serves as the Principal Consultant and CEO.

“Nkechi Ali-Balogun’s demonstrated passion for PR, her emphasis on continuous learning, and her inclusive approach make her the ideal candidate to lead NIPR into a new era of excellence,” said Israel Jaiye Opayemi, President Public Relations Consultants Association of Nigeria (PRCAN).

The alliance emphasizes Nkechi Ali-Balogun’s ability to bridge the gap between traditional and digital PR practices, ensuring that the profession remains relevant and effective in an ever-changing media landscape. Her commitment to nurturing emerging talents and her dedication to creating a more connected PR community align seamlessly with the coalition’s values.

“Nkechi Ali-Balogun’s leadership is a testament to her ability to inspire, innovate, and steer PR professionals toward achieving impactful results,” Rasheed Bolarinwa, President of the Association of Corporate Affairs Managers of Banks in Nigeria (ACAMB), said. 

Also commenting, Tolulope Olorundero, Founder and Chairperson of Nigerian Women in Public Relations, stated that “NAB’s vision for NIPR resonates with our collective aspirations for a stronger, more influential PR industry.”

Guided by a transformative mindset, Nkechi excels in converting obstacles into avenues of growth, drawing from her own experiences to provide insights and strategies that resonate. Her creative intuition and strategic acumen set her apart, contributing to her triumphant trajectory as a mentor, motivational speaker, and catalyst for industry evolution.

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Sikiru Adebari Adegbola Emerges National President of Sayedero Mini Tippers Drivers and Owners Association




Mr Adebari Adegbola – Newly Elected President

Sayedero Mini Tippers Drivers and Owners Association following a keenly contested election at Owode Yewa in Yewa South Local Government Area of Ogun State where the initiative started. The election, which was witnessed by the Tipper/Lorries Drivers Association of Nigeria Owode Yewa Branch Vice President Alhaji Shakirulai Abololore, saw delegates from different zones casting their votes for their preferred candidate.

The election was between Mr Fatai Alabi Aromire and Mr Sikiru Adebari Adegbola. Security officers were on ground to provide maximum security, and the election was adjudged fair and free by both contestants who agreed to work with whosoever emerges as the winner.

A total of four zones participated in the election, namely Owode Zone, Okeore Zone, Atan Zone, and Oja Oda Zone. There were 118 registered voters, with 109 accredited voters and 9 absentees.

Mr Fatai Alabi Aromire got 36 votes, while Mr Sikiru Adebari Adegbola emerged as the winner with 72 votes. There was only one void vote. The victory of Mr Adegbola was greeted with jubilation and congratulatory messages from friends, colleagues, and supporters who were present at the venue of the election.

Ballot Paper

In his acceptance speech, Mr Adegbola thanked the delegates for their support, promising to work tirelessly to ensure the growth and development of the Association. He acknowledged the efforts of Mr Aromire, stating that they both shared the same goals and would continue to work together to achieve them.

Mr Adegbola also assured members of the Association that he would prioritize their welfare and work towards improving their standards of living. He thanked everyone who contributed to the success of the election, including the security officers who ensured maximum security at the venue.

The Sayedero of Medium Tipper Drivers and Owners Association is an important body that represents the interests of medium tipper drivers and owners across Nigeria. With the emergence of Mr. Sikiru Adebari Adegbola as the National President, the Association is set to achieve greater heights and make significant contributions to the development of the country’s economy.

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