The annual AGM and conference of Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Europe, NIDOE, took place this year in the city of Athens, Greece and the subsequent elections of a new BOT. This year AGM, was hosted by the Greece chapter, who became a member organisation in 2014 over two days.
The first day of the conference, on the 11th of Nov witnessed the first ever Nigeria-Greece Business Summit held in the prestigious Athens Chambers of Commerce and Development tower building in the heart of the city.
The business summit, had in attendance representatives of the Greek business community, led by the President of the Hellenic-African Chamber of Commerce and Development, Amb. Sotiris Mousouris and the Greek-Nigerian Chamber of Commerce and Technology’s Chairman Mr. Ninos Yamakis; also present were the Nigerian Charge-de-Affairs to Greece, Amb. Usman Ari, the Chairperson House Committee on Diaspora Affairs, (House of Representatives), Hon. Barr. Rita Orji, the chairman NIDOE BOT, Dr George Manuekwe, the Nigerian business community in Greece and host of delegates from other NIDOE chapters of UK-South, France, Italy, UK-North, Holland, Ukraine, France, Portugal, Switzerland, Austria, Greece, Russia, Spain, Scotland and Germany.
The business summit was successful as NIDOE BOT through its chairman signed an MOU with the Hellenic-African chamber of commerce for mutual corporation and partnership especially between Greek wine producers and agriculture businesses with their Nigerian counter-parts having an interest in investing into the Nigerian agricultural sector.
The second day of the conference, 12th November, led by the BOT chairman, Dr George Manuekwe, the chairperson House Committee on Diaspora Affairs, Hon. Bar. Rita Orji, (was the keynote speaker), while the Nigerian Charge-de-Affairs to Greece Amb. Usman Ari was the chief host hosted the event and election of new executives.
Hon. Rita Orji, in her remarks said, “ the Speaker of the House’ Honourable. Dogara, has mandated me to attend the AGM and report the outcome“.
Hon. Barrister Rita Orji further charged the newly elected leadership to reach out to any remaining aggrieved members not present at the AGM to ensure that all hands are on deck in the new era of peacekeeping, unity and cooperation to jointly move the organisation forward for the development of our country Nigeria.
It was agreed by the General House and both dignitaries in attendance that the remaining positions that could not be occupied during the election shall be filled through co-option or possibly in a by election to be held at a later date.
She requested that NIDOE all should joined her to the organisation better for it to deliver its mandate as a platform for government to seek international support from her Diaspora as well as acting as platform to remedy challenges in the country.
The election was Chaired by Chief Iduh from Spain and monitored by Hon. Rita, who handled the matter with a legislative skill as well as dealing with the petitions on going forward of NIDOE.
The BOT Executive election 2016, took place with the following elected .
The newly elected members of the Central Executive Council are:
1) Hon. Kenneth GBANDI (Germany) – Chairman
2) Engr. Cornelius OBOT (Netherlands) – Vice Chairman
3) Engr. Abiodun OGUNSAKIN (UK North) – General Secretary
4) Sir. Chibuzo UBOCHI (UK South) – Legal Adviser
5) Engr. Adeyemi ADEMUYIWA (Germany) – Financial Officer
6) Megan ADAOBI Clement (UK South) – IT Officer
7) Dr. Camillus KONKWO (Austria) – Social, Welfare and Event Officer
The newly elected chairman Engr. Kenneth Gbandi, in his acceptance speech, thanked everyone for their support and faith in him. He will serve for the years. I will endeavour to carry everyone along by ensuring that information and communication reaches all members as well as making NIDOE play it developmental in Nigeria.
International Commandant of IM Corp, the Mentoring organisation, Mr. Alistair Soyode FCPA, who also was a former chairman of NIDOE, used the opportunity to decorate the Chairperson House Committee on Diaspora Affairs, Hon. Rita Orji, as an Honorary Mentor of NIDMECORP.
The Nigerian Charge-de-Affairs to Greece, Amb. Usman Ari commended the organisers for thorough packaging and well attended global Diaspora event. He enjoyed all to see themselves as good ambassadors where ever they are in order to make the country proud.
REPORT BY GODSON AZU