by crossriverwatch admin
The Association of Cross River Online Journalists, ACROJ has finally secured corporate registration with the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC the statutory body saddled with the responsibility of incorporating all organizations and businesses in Nigeria.
In Certificate of Incorporation of the Incorporated Trustees of ACROJ number CAC/IT/NO 70863, the Registrar General of the CAC, Bello Mahmud, certified that, Agba Jalingo Justin, Iwara Usani Iwara, Hope Obeten John, Jeremiah Archibong Ojanga, Emmanuel Unah are duly appointed trustees of the Association of Cross River Online Journalists, ACROJ and that the association from July 10, 2014 has been registered as a corporate body in Nigeria.
In the reaction of one of the trustees, Mr. Agba Jalingo, he told our reporter that, “We are all delighted about the registration. If you remember, we had earlier opened our website, acrojonline.org, we have had several meetings and we really thought that for us to embark on the necessary activity blast that we plan; we will have to acquire this registration to give us the legal teeth to pursue our goals. We have crossed the quagmire and I think we are going into action full swing.
“We want to do a delegates election before the end of the year to properly get a leadership that will steer the affairs of the group. Credit must go to other trustees for having confidence in this idea and for giving all the support that helped to get it registered. We have only collectively sown a seed whose seedlings will amaze even those of us who started it.
When prodded on what he feels the reaction of the NUJ in the state will be following the initial misgivings that trailed the relationship between the state NUJ and the online platforms, he said: “For our comrades in the NUJ in Cross River State, we are asking for their support and solidarity, this is not a rival organization, it is a sub sect of the NUJ just like the NAWOJ, SWAN, Labor Writers Union, Human Rights Writers Union etc. We see a gap in information dissemination in our state and we want to help to fill a quota of the gap. I have personally taken time to privately explain our motives and aspirations to the State NUJ Chair, Pastor Ndoma Akpet and the National President of the NUJ, Mr. Garba Muhammed and I think they have a full grasp of the situation and I have no doubt that they appreciate this effort and will support us as we set out.”
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