Saturday, 21 September 2013


Newly elected YJAG Executive Committee: L-R: Standing: Momodou S. Jallow, Yaya B. Baldeh, and Musa Fatty. Seated: Sulayman Ceesay, Nyima Jadama, Nfamara Jawneh, Amie Faye, and Hally Omar Mendy (Photo Credit: Lamin Jahateh/YJAG/Globe-FPI/Gambia News Online)
The Young Journalists Association of The Gambia, YJAG, on Saturday elected a new Executive Committee to run the affairs of the association until 2016.
Various positions were elected unopposed. Nfamara Jawneh, a founding president of YJAG, was elected unopposed as the new YJAG President. Jawneh's intention to run for presidency following his nomination - show the withdrawal of Bekai Njie, the outgoing YJAG 1st Vice President. Mr Jawneh, a Deputy Editor of The Point was President of YJAG from 2007-2009. 
Nyima Jadama, former Public Relations Officer, PRO, of YJAG is elected 1st Vice President. She works at Star FM radio, Ms Amie Faye of News & Report Magazine is elected 2nd Vice President, The Voice Newspaper's Sulayman Ceesay, a former Treasurer of YJAG is now the new Secretary General.
Hally Omar Mendy, a teacher and freelance journalist was elected Assistant Secretary General, Musa Fatty formerly of MarketPlace Business newspaper is the new Treasurer, Yaya B. Baldeh of Today newspaper is now PRO, and Momodou S. Jallow, a YJAG member was elected Auditor. 
The new executive have a mandate to nominate two (2) co-opted members - one of whom must be a female according to the YJAG Constitution.

Earlier on, the Activity Report and Financial Report of YJAG were adopted by the members at the congress. The Constitution was also reviewed to extend the term of office of the executive from two years to three years. Members also amended a section of the constitution to raise the age limit of YJAG members from 18-30 to 35.

Following his election, Mr Jawneh promise to lead an "all-inclusive executive" which will in a sense involve all YJAG Members in its dealings and activities. He also pledges D2000 to start what he called "ground work" bearing in mind the financial predicaments facing the association.

We  will bring you more on the September 21, 2013 third congress and sixth anniversary of YJAG on Sunday - including statements made at the opening ceremony and a pictorial.  

Meanwhile the outgoing President's Statement is Here:   

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