Members of the League of Airports and Aviation Correspondents (LAAC) have elected new officials that will pilot the affairs of the association for the next three years.
Mr. Olusegun Koiki of Independent Newspaper was elected as the new chairman of the league with other six executive members in various capacities.
The election was conducted at the league’s new office, Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association (ATSSSAN) secretariat at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos yesterday with participation from members and observers.
Other executive members Mr. Anthony Omoh (Vice Chairman), Mr. Abel Orukpe (Secretary), Mr. Suleiman Idris(Asst. Secretary), Mr. Tony Eguaye (Financial Secretary),Olapeju Olubi (Treasurer) and Mr. Adekunle Williams emerged as the Auditor of the league.
In his speech, the Chairman of the Electoral Committee, Mr. Lawani Mukairu while announcing the results of the election said that the committee decided to adopt the open-secret ballot system in order to ensure transparency, which he said was achieved by the team.
Besides, the immediate past Chairman of the league, Mr. Chuks Iwelunmo, congratulated the new executive members and urged them to work as a team.
Iwelunmo lauded all participants for not playing politics of bitterness throughout the campaign period and called on the Nigerian government to learn from the successful conduct of the election of the league.
He promised to continue to render his services to the new executive members when the need arises, saying that: “I am always available to assist you whenever I am called upon to do so. No man is an Island, you cannot do it alone. In my personal capacity, I will ensure that you do not fail.”
He further called on all members of the League to support the new executives, stressing that with their unalloyed supports; the entire league would benefit more from the industry.
An observer, Engr. Shery Kiyari, commended the electoral committee for conducting a free, fair and transparent election and also lauded the contestants for conducting themselves in a manner that portrays professionalism, stressing that Nigeria could borrow a leaf from the league on how to conduct open and fair elections.
He charged all the elected executives to carry all the members along in a bid to achieve success.
In his acceptance speech, Koiki, promised to entrench professionalism among his members and promised to ensure transparency in the piloting of the affairs of the association.
He called on members to work as a team, stressing that with this, success would be achieved.
Also, present to monitor the keenly contested election were officials from the Public Affairs Department of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency(NAMA).