YJAG 6th anniversary and congress slated for September 21
The Young Journalists Association of The Gambia (YJAG) clocks six years old on 16th September this year. This also marks the end of a two-year term of YJAG’s current executive committee which paves the way for the association’s 3rd Congress.
As such, YJAG will hold a day-long anniversary and congress at the new secretariat of the Gambia Press Union in Fajara on 21 September 2013.
A news release from the association has it that the theme of this year’s anniversary and congress is: “Towards greater press freedom and job security for young journalists in The Gambia”.
Speakers at the opening are expected to dilate on this crucial topic bearing in mind the closure of media houses and the job losses it caused to the young journalists.
Besides, as dictated by the constitution of the association, the Secretary General, Lamin Jahateh, will give a report on the activities of the association for the past two years; and the Treasurer, Sulayman Ceesay, will deliver a report on the state of the finances of the association in the same period.
All members of the association are urged to attend including the leaders of affiliate press clubs, particularly press clubs at The Gambia College, St. Augustine, Nustrat, and Kotu Senior Secondary schools. The programme starts by 09:00am sharp.
YJAG Treasurer, Sulayman Ceesay, encourages members to pay their dues in the build-up to the anniversary and congress.
“Members who have not been paying their dues or have paid only partly over the last two years are urged to fulfill their financial obligations to the association,” Ceesay said on Monday.
Only members who are up-to-date with their monthly payments to the association are eligible to vote or to be voted for, as indicated in the constitution of the association.
Diplomats, government officials, media chiefs, YJAG board members and other partners of the association are expected to grace this august occasion.
YJAG is an independent non-profit organisation legally registered in September 2007. Its membership is drawn from across media platforms (print and electronic) in The Gambia.
The objectives of the Association include promoting unity among young journalists, providing capacity building, and addressing the welfare of its members, amongst others.
YJAG has, in recent years, contributed tremendously to the development of The Gambia media industry, especially training of its members on news reportage which has greatly enhanced professionalism.
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