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Leading Gambian Online Publisher Elected YJAG Secretary General
(The Gambia News Online)An
association of young journalists in The Gambia had unanimously elected,
Lamin Jahateh, editor and publisher of Gambia News Online, an online
blog, as their secretary general.
It was the second biennial congress of the Young Journalists of The Gambia (YJAG) which also marks the 4th
year anniversary of the association and held at the Kanifing Municipal
Council Multi-purpose Centre along Jimpex Road in Kanifing, on
Saturday. During the congress, members of the association elected new
executive members to steer the affairs of the association for the next
theme for this year’s anniversary was ‘the role of journalists in
elections’, because the presidential election of The Gambia, slated for
November 24th this year, is fast approaching.
publisher of the online blog, which is dedicated to providing
up-to-date happenings with particular emphasis on business news,
features and analysis, was elected unopposed for the position of
secretary general as members of the association are aware of his
dedication and commitment to the development of the association.
Jahateh, also the deputy news editor of MarketPlace Magazine, was
elected alongside seven other members to replace the Assan Sallah led
executive who were at the helm of affairs of the association for the
past two years.
congress, which brought together members of the association, was graced
by media chiefs in the country, president of the Gambia Press Union as
well the Hon Minister of Interior, Ousman Sonko.
election, presided over by the president of Gambia Press Union, Emil
Touray and Pa Modou Faal of Daily Observer, goes as follows.
S. Joof was nominated by the Mamadou Edrisa Njie as the new president
and seconded by Lamin Jahateh. Mr Joof was unopposed, therefore the
election officials declared him president. Bekai Njie was nominated as
candidate for the position of 1st vice president by Fatou
Jallow and seconded by Nfamara Jawneh former president of the
association. Bekai was also unopposed. Mariam Saine was proposed by
Haddija Jawara for the position of 2nd Vice president and
seconded by Fatoumata Tambedou. Ms Saine was also unopposed. Lamin
Jahateh was unopposed as the secretary general after his nomination was
proposed by Assan Sallah and seconded by Sulayman Ceesay.
congress was heated as the election officials opened nomination for the
position of assistant secretary general. Momodou S. Jallow and Bekai
Njie proposed and seconded respectively the nomination of Yaya Baldeh
for the position. Amadou Wuyeh Manga was also nominated and seconded by
Aminata Sanneh and Lamin Jahateh respectively.
nomination for the position was closed, the election officials, after
consultation with the outgoing treasurer, announced that Yaya Baldeh is
not qualified to stand for any executive position as he has not been
paying his monthly contribution for the past two years. The
constitution of YJAG states that any member who owes a single dalasi
(Gambian currency) to the association shall not vote or be voted for.
Baldeh made an earnest plea that the congress should give him chance to
contest. He said he is very capable for the position of assistant
secretary general since he has vast knowledge of youth association
matters. He explained that he is in many youth organizations most of
which he holds an executive position. He said members of the
association should not look into his size rather they should consider
his capabilities saying he have the capability of linking the
association to some international organizations. At this stage, many
members of the association were heard murmuring how can Mr Baldeh do all
these he said when he is not a commitment member because he has not
been paying his monthly dues which is one of the ways the association
derives fund for its activities.
after his plea, Nfamara Jawneh, founding president of the association
told the election officials to give him and the immediate past
president, Assan Sallah, five minutes to have side discussions with the
two potential candidates. His request was granted and they have a five
minute discussions outside the congress hall. After the discussion, Yaya
announced that he is willing to step down voluntarily “in the interest
of peace”. The election officials, therefore, declared Amadou Manga ,
assistant secretary general of YJAG.
Omar Wally was unopposed for the position of Auditor after he was nominated by Sulayman Ceesay and seconded by Momodou S Jallow.
Ceesay was declared Treasurer of the association after two of his
contestant all declined the position. Haddija Jawara, nominated by
Aminata Sanneh and seconded by Lamin Jahateh, and Nyima Jadama,
nominated by Mariam Saine and seconded by Fatou Jallow, all declined.
position of Public Relations Officer was contested by Fatou Jallow and
Amat Jeng. Fatou Jallow was nominated by Assan Sallah and seconded by
Nyima Jadama; Amat Jeng was nominated by Momodou S Jallow and Seconded
by Aminata Sanneh. After the election, Fatou Jallow has 12 votes and
Amat Jeng 8 votes. Four of the 24 qualified voters didn’t vote. Fatou
Group picture at the congress
of the new executive are: president, Modou S Joof, news editor of The
Voice Newspaper; Bekai Njie, senior reporter of the pro-government
newspaper, Daily Observer; Mariam Saine, senior reporter of Today
Newspaper; secretary general, Lamin Jahateh; assistant secretary
general, Amadou Wuyeh Manga, head of news desk as well as sports
producer at Unique FM; public relations officer, Fatou Jallow also of
the Daily Observer; treasurer, Sulayman Ceesay, senior report of The
Voice Newspaper; auditor, Omar Wally also of the pro government
Members of the former executive were: president, Assan Sallah news editor of Daily Observer; 1st vice president, Aminata Sanneh; 2nd
vice president, Mamadou Edrisa Njie, editorial assistant and newsroom coordinator at News
& Report Magazine; public relations officer, Demba Kandeh of Today
Newspaper; secretary general, Abdurahman Sallah of The Point Newspaper;
assistant secretary, Modou S. Joof who is now elected as president;
treasurer, Haddija Jawara of the MaketPlace Magazine; auditor, Mama
Faal; co-opted member, Lamin Jahateh who is now elected as secretary
general; another co-opted member, Musa Ndow of the Daily Observer.