Mohammed Garba, the President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, was on Sunday elected the new President of the Federation of African Journalists (FAJ).
This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday and signed by Joseph Mutah, the Press Secretary to the Minister of Information.
The statement said the election took place at the third Congress of the Federation, which ended in Casablanca, Morocco, on Sunday.
``Garba had earlier been elected into the nine-member Steering Committee of the continental body, which unanimously elected him to lead the group for the next three years,’’ it said.
The statement said Louisa Rogerio from Angola was elected the Vice President, while Stanislas Nkundiye from the Democratic Republic of Congo bagged the post of Treasurer.
It said that 73 delegates from 28 countries voted during the election.
The statement quoted Mr Gbenga Onayiga, the Chairman of the Electoral Committee of the Federation of African Journalists, as saying that the election was observed by the President, and Secretary General of the International Federation of Journalists.
It said that Garba, who is also the President of the West African Journalists Association (WAJA), thanked delegates for the confidence reposed in him.
``He assured the delegates of his determination to take the association to greater heights,’’ the statement added.
It also said that a Nigerian, Fatimah Abdulkareem, was elected as the Vice Chairman of the newly formed ``Pan-African Gender Council’’.
NAN recalls that FAJ was formed at a meeting of journalists from African countries in Abuja in 2007.