BY: Alieu Ceesay
Incumbent President Musa Sise has been re-elected President of the Sports Journalists’ Association of The Gambia (SJAG) by members of the association at an elective congress on Saturday, 20th October 2018.
Sports journalists gathered at the Independence Stadium Board Room in Bakau to elect a new executive that will steer the affairs of the sports journalism body for the next four years. This is in fulfilment of the association’s Constitution.
Speaking at the elective congress, Pape Saine, Honorary Life President of SJAG lauded the achievements registered during the past years under the leadership of President Musa Sise.
The veteran sports journalist and co-publisher of The Point Newspaper said his role and honorary life president is to advice and guide the association.
He, therefore, calls for unity among the sports journalists for the betterment of all.
While applauding the association for prioritizing the capacity of its members, Saine urged on sports journalists to diversify in their daily reporting, saying football is not the only sport in the country.
He used the congress to encourage The Gambia Press Union to continue supporting the SJAG, as its most active affiliates over the years, most especially in the area of capacity building.
Sheriff Bojang Junior, President of The Gambia Press Union, commended the SJAG executive for gathering its members to elect its leaders.
He calls for members of SJAG to put aside their differences and come together to achieve the goal of promoting sports in the country.
At the GPU, Bojang said his executive is very much aware of the existence of SJAG and will continue to partner with the body in terms of providing trainings to sports journalists through the association.
He announced that effective next month, there will be a fully-equipped office at the GPU for affiliate members to hold meetings and do official work. This, he said, is part of the ongoing reforms initiated by his new executive.
Ebou Secka of the National Sports Council, said the NSC is very much aware of the immense contribution of the sports journalists’ association to sports development, while assuring of their collaboration at all times.
In presenting his activity report before the election, Alieu Ceesay, Secretary General of SJAG said 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, he said, will cooperate and work with all Sporting Associations and other stakeholders in The Gambia to attaining this goal.
Awards Night in April, 2018
“The association was able to organized its 9th Annual National Sports award in April, 2018 at the Djembeh Hotel. The awards ceremony is meant to celebrate and award past and present sports personalities who have done so much for this country.”
Ceesay thanked all the individuals, companies and institutions for the support in staging the 2018 event.
The association, he added, has also begun preparations for the 10th edition next year. “It has not been easy for the association over the years in mobilizing the resources needed to hold such an event. But with a committed executive headed by the President, we were able to raise the bar in staging the event.”
AIPS Congress in Brussels
Just as in previous years, he told delegates that SJAG was represented at the AIPS global congress in Brussels, Belgium in May, 2018. “At the congress, our President was elected into the executive committee of the AIPS Africa body.
This, we believe is very important for not only SJAG, but The Gambia. His inclusion into continental body is expected to add value to the association and Gambian sports Journalism.”
As a professional body committed to enhancing the capacity of its members to the highest level possible, Secretary General Alieu Ceesay said the SJAG has supported some of its members undergoing studies at the Media Academy for Journalism and Communication. These members are pursuing Foundation, Certificate, Diploma and Advance Diploma level.
SJAG Assistant Treasurer Kaddy Cham who presented the financial report of the association on behalf of Treasurer Namory Trawally who is currently out of the country, said, SJAG generate funds in three forms, which is the monthly subscription, membership fee and the income generated during the yearly award.
Both activity and financial reports were adopted by members after scrutiny.
During the election presided over by Ebou Secka, of the National Sports Council and Pape Saine, Veteran Sports Journalist, Musa Sise of Afri Radio was re-elected President for his second term. Mr. Uthman Jeng and Mr. Baboucarr Sey were elected as 1st and 2nd Vice Presidents.
Mr. Alieu Ceesay was re-elected unopposed as the association’s Secretary General, while Mr. Momodou Bah retained his assistant secretary general role.
Miss Kaddy Cham and Mr. John Mendy were elected as Treasurer and assistant treasurer. Other co-opted members are Mr. Essa Sowe, Mr. Omar Jarju, Miss Sally Jeng and Miss Mariama Bojang.
In his acceptance speech, President Musa Sise thanked the members for the trust and confidence bestowed on him and the new executive. He assured his readiness to sacrifice his time, resources and energy for the progress of the association.
He calls on members to be more committed to the association for the development of all members.
The ultimate aim and objective of SJAG is to develop sport journalism in The Gambia to the highest standard attainable; to develop the professional standard of its members; and provide trainings and other facilities to its members for proper and perfect practice among other things.