Journalists Association of The Gambia (SJAG) Saturday re-elected Musa Sise of
Afri-radio as their President for second consecutive term at a congress held at
the Independence Stadium Board Room in Bakau.
The congress show SJAG members re-elect back all its previous executive members to serve them again for the next four years. They were all re-elected unopposed.
Uthman A.N. Jeng was elected first vice president; Baboucarr Sey as second vice president; Alieu Ceesay as secretary general; Modou Bah as assistant secretary general; Kaddy Cham as treasurer; John Mendy as assistant treasurer and Mariama Bojang, Sally Jeng, Omar Jarju and Essa Sowe as co-opted members.
Speaking at the congress, SJAG Honorary Life President Pap Saine urged members to work hard for the development of sports in the country, noting that sports journalists should not be bias in promoting and covering sports. “Journalists should not be bias in the way they cover sports and football in particular. It is the duty of sports journalists to cover all sports because we have about 25 sporting disciplines in the country,” he said.
Mr. Saine commended the outgoing executive for their remarkable job with the annual award of Athletes and sports administration. He appealed to the government and business community to support SJAG for their initiative to continue awarding athletes. He also called on the GPU to work closely SJAG for the development of sports journalism in the country.
Ebou Secka of National Sports Council commended SJAG for calling its members to review and work on the development of the association, adding that journalists are very important pillars in a country, which helps in the development of any country.
President Musa Sise said electing them into office is a sign of trust bestowed on them, noting that he will continue to work for the development of the association. He added that leadership is all about sacrifice.
“We will try everything to do what is expected of them, noting that the commitments of people towards the association is very disappointing over years, saying few people will come when meetings is been upon.”
Sheriff Bojang Junior, President of GPU commended the SJAG for gathering its members to work on the development of the association, adding that it is very important for the association members to come forward and work on the development of the country.
Secretary General Alieu Ceesay noted that the fundamental mission and vision of the Sports journalists’ Association is to enhance and develop Sports Journalism in The Gambia to the highest level possible. The association and cooperate and work with all Sporting Association and other stakeholders in the Gambia to attaining this goal.
The ultimate aim and objective of SJAG shall be to develop sport journalism in The Gambia to the highest standard attainable, noting that SJAG aim is to develop the professional standard of its members.
SJAG shall not associate its self with any act that seeks to put at risk the development of sports in The Gambia.
The association’s financial status remains a hindrance to the implementation its planned activities, adding that members commitment is not as expected, while hoping that members will show much commitment to the body.
Assistant treasurer Kaddy Cham said SJAG generated funds from the forms which, she said is the monthly subscription, membership fees and the income generated during the yearly award. “Income in the form of support or partnership and the purchase of dinner tables raised the sum of D240, 000 from 7 companies during the 9th edition of the National Sport award, D4, 000 membership fee for this year’s and D18, 600 for the monthly contribution.”
She added that during the 9th edition of the award a total of D590, 498 was spent, noting that at the 8th edition of the award SJAG incurred a debt of D60, 000 to the hotel which had been duly paid.
She noted that the SJAG executive deems it necessary to build the capacity of its members, noting that currently they have eight (8) students that are enrolled at Media Academy for Journalism and Communication (MAJaC).