NITRA Conducts Successful e-voting Election * Winners emerge as Chike leads EXCO

The Nigeria Information Technology Reporters Association, (NITRA) at the week end successfully conducted e-voting election leading to the emergence of a new EXCO led by Mr. Chike Onwuegbuchi, deputy editor-in-chief of Nigerian CommunicationsWeek Media.
Mr. Onwuegbuchi pulled 92.6 per cent of the total vote cast in the election that was conducted through e-Voting platform – DigitVote, believed to have been developed by DigitalSENSE Africa Media team.
Onwuegbuchi takes over from Mr. Emma Okonji, whom he had the privilege of being his deputy in the last three years.

•L-R: Chidiebere Nwankwo (Secretary; Chioma Ezike as (Treasurer); Chike Onwuegbuchi (Chairman) Ms Bukola Olanrewaju, Assistant Secretary and Justus Adejumoh (Fin. Sec) during oath taking as conducted by Peter Jones Ailuorio, Managing Editor of New Sentinel News Media

He was elected alongside Chidiebere Nwankwo as Secretary, Ms Bukola Olanrewaju as Assistant Secretary, Chioma Ezike as Treasurer and Justus Adejumoh joining the executive committee of NITRA as the Financial Secretary.
Announcing the result, Mr. Aaron Ukodie, chairman of the 2020 NITRA Election Committee, disclosed that Onwuegbuchi scored 92.6 per cent of the total votes casted during the exercise to emerge winner.
He said that Nwankwo, scored 70.4 per cent; Olanrewaju had 92.6 per cent; Ezike got 96.3 per cent and Adejumoh had 88.9 per cent to emerge respectively as the Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer and Financial Secretary in that order.

•L-r: Chidiebere Nwankwo (Secretary; Chioma Ezike as (Treasurer); Chike Onwuegbuchi (Chairman) Ms Bukola Olanrewaju, Assistant Secretary and Justus Adejumoh (Fin. Sec) with their certificates of return as presented by the EC

Mr. Ukodie commended members for orderly conduct of the exercise and urged other industry association to emulate NITRA by introducing the electronic voting, especially the DigitVote developed by DigitalSENSE Africa Media.

According to Ukodie, Nigeria has hope only if “we can imbibe the culture of transparency as evident in evoting platform by DigitVote.”

Also speaking, Mr. Okonji applauded the exercise as transparent and enjoined the new exco to take the activities and achievements of NITRA under his administration to the next level.

•NITRA: new Chairman (l) and the immediate past chairman

He pointed out that after being the founding interim chairman which later got the mandate for a term of three years, he know the dynamic of leadership and is glad that his former vice chairman, Onwuegbuchi emerged the new chair.

He congratulated the Onwuegbuchi-led executive committee and promised to always make himself available to ensure good counsel is offered to new exco.

In his acceptance speech after being sworn-in by Mr. Peter Jones Ailuorio of New Sentinel News Media, the new chairman, Mr. Onwuegbuchi promised to take the welfare of members seriously, whilst soliciting for support among bonafide members to ensure their expectations are met.

“I will continue some of the achievements recorded and improve on others such as our Group life insurance policy initiative, collapsing of our quarterly forum into yearly conference with expanded participation by companies among others,” he said, assuring on accountability and prudent management of resources.
Meanwhile the 2020 NITRA Election Committee led by Ukodie and comprised of Remmy Nweke as Secretary, Patrick Aigbekan as Assistant Secretary and Louisa Olaniyi as Treasurer, has been applauded for the transparent and innovative exercise in addition to gaining the mandate to organize a bye election for the office of the Vice Chairman and Internal Auditor within the next two weeks.


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