The Association of Kano Online Journalists, ASKOJ, has elected new Vice Chairman, Financial Secretary and Assistant Secretary to fill the leadership vacuum that has stalled the activies of the association for a long time.
The new officials are DAILY COMMERCE Managing Editor, Yusuf Issa An-Nuphawi, as Assistant Secretary, Salisu Kabuga as Vice Chairman and Abdulbaki Ali Ahmad as Financial Secretary.
The new officials were elected on Saturday during a Congress meeting held in Kano.
Further, ASKOJ members confirmed Abbas Yusha’u the substantive Secretary as Aliyu Dangida was elected Ex-Officio of the association.
Meanwhile, ASKOJ has tasked its members to upholding the ethics of journalism in their professional dealings amid rising numbers impostors in the industry.
In a statement on Saturday, the Chairman of the association, Mr. Yakubu Salisu, underscored objectivity, fairness and credibility in news reportage as litmus test for identifying journalists from quackes.
Salisu, Who has just been confirmed the subtantive Chairman of ASKOJ, assured the public of credibility of news stories published by the members of the association who are well respected journalists.
He said, ”the Association shall continue to train and retrain it’s members on new skills which will further help in the course of their jobs.”
Salisu further challenged the Kano State Government under the watch of Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf and corporate bodies to fighting the tide of quackery in the field by identifying with ASKOJ and not with bloggers who have no journalistic experience.
Furthermore, he called on those without any form of training or certificate in the field to stop parading themselves as journalists, bringing bad names to the field.
He advised those who are interested in journalism career to enroll for various programmes and certifications.