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NITRA elects new Exco, as NUJ chairman urges collaboration - ITREALMS

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The Nigeria Information Technology Reporters’ Association (NITRA) has elected new officials to man its affairs for the next three years in a landmark election conducted through electronic voting (e-Voting) on Thursday, reports ITREALMS.
The election, which was conducted at the newly commissioned Nigeria Union of Journalist (NUJ) secretariat, was monitored by a delegation led by the Chairman, NUJ Lagos Council, Mr. Adeleye Ajayi, including the Secretary, Mr. Tunde Olalere and Ex-Officio, Mr. Olayide Awosanya.

The election also saw four of the six candidates elected unopposed except for the positions of the Vice Chairman and Financial Secretary.

Whereas the NITRA Chairman, Mr. Chike Onwuegbuchi (Communications Week) and General Secretary, Mr. Chidiebere Nwankwo (eBusiness Life Communication Limited) as well as the Treasurer, Mrs. Chioma Ezike (FRCN) were returned unopposed, while Ms Ugochi Emmanuel (Techlife Media & Communications) clinched the vacant position of Assistant Secretary/Welfare, Mr. Samson Akintaro (Nairametrics) replaced Mr. Isaiah Erhiawaren as the new Financial Secretary of NITRA.

However, the Electoral Committee could not declare result on the position of the Vice Chairman due to some technicalities in agreement with the general assembly resolution for a re-run election to be held subsequently.

Speaking on the election process, the Chairman of the Electoral Committee, Mr. Romanus Imah, noted that the Committee decided on the use of e-Voting system because the association should be at the forefront of promoting digital processes in Nigeria, also for the fact that it wants an all-inclusive election process.

According to the chairman, although there were challenges in the process, the use of e-Voting system proved to be the best process in this era of digitization as it ensured that no member, present or absent, was disenfranchised during the election.
NITRA elects new Exco, as NUJ chairman urges collaboration - ITREALMS
He thanked the Executive Committee and the entire membership of the Association for their cooperation through the period of the elections.

Also speaking, the newly elected chairman of the association, Mr. Chike Onwuegbuchi narrated the vision, aspirations and hopes of NITRA and challenged the entire membership to work with the exco to achieve the visions.

Mr. Onwuegbuchi noted that the task ahead is to build upon the achievements of the previous tenure.

While promising that all campaign promises by the new exco will be implemented, he called on members to come together to ensure that the Association takes its pride of place in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) ecosystem.

While inaugurating and leading the new exco members through the oath of office, chairman, NUJ Lagos Council, Mr. Adeleye Ajayi, spoke about the need for NITRA to collaborate with the parent body, the NUJ, to tap into the numerous benefits, which include trainings and representation.

He further encouraged the NITRA membership to be more active at the NUJ monthly congress.

The chairman assured the NITRA of his administration’s backing.

NITRA was inaugurated in 2014 to engender faster industry growth through collaboration with industry stakeholders on different fronts in and outside the country. 

The association was registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) in 2021.

The new exco has a three-year tenure that ends in 2026 before a new election will be conducted elects.

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