By Bilkisu Adejoh

The Special Assistant, Media and Communication Strategy, to Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister Al Kassim Abdulkadir, has harp the need for media practitioners to engage constructively and proactively in diplomatic reporting to project the nation’s commitment to peacebuilding.
He gave the charge on Friday, February 23rd, 2024 at the swearing-in ceremony of the new officials of the Diplomatic Correspondents Association of Nigeria (DICAN) in Abuja.

Al-Kassim while pledging his unwavering support to correspondents said,

Under the new exco, I expect the leadership to hit the ground running by fastracking the necessary steps needed for the association to be duly registered with relevant institutions.
In my capacity as the SA to the Minister, I will do everything possible within the powers of my office to ensure a seamless relationship between DICAN and the Minister.

Speaking on behalf of the elected officials, the Chairman of the DICAN Frederick Idehai, Senior Editor with Channel Network Afrique (CNA) vows to bring his wealth of experience with over 26 years of journalism to bear and pledges to unite the association and open new channels for its growth.

He further emphasizes the need to register the association and create a corporate account to improve transparency and attract support, even as he expressed gratitude for bestowing in him the privilege to lead and unite the association for transparency and increase collaboration with stakeholders.

As a man of my word, I will not renege on my campaign promises. My campaign philosophy is “winning together
My assurance to our members is that everybody will be carried along. This is a new era of DICAN, the chairman.

Other elected officials include Emeka Amakor of TV 360 (Secretary General), Fehintola Punarimam of Arise TV (Assistant Secretary General), Vincess Okushi of Quality Television (Treasurer), Joy Odor (Welfare Officer) and Princess Ekwi-Ajide (Financial Secretary). 

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