NIDO Europe holds a marathon extra – ordinary general meeting and the election of a new board of trustees in Paris. The event had in attendance over one hundred delegates representing 11 chapters from various parts of Europe.
The event also attracted high profile attendance from Ambassador M Y Katagun, Nigerian Ambassador and permanant Delegate to UNESCO-Paris -France, who was represented by Ambassador Adewale Kehinde. Ambassador Felix Awanbor, Nigerian Ambassador to Belgiun, Luxembourg and to the European Union brought a good will message which was delivered by his representative at the event, Ambassador Ibrahim Rabor. Nigeria’s Ambassador to Spain, Ambassador Bianca Odumegwu-Ojukwu also sent a Ministrerial representative to the event.
The Key note address was delivered by Dr Dalhatu Tafida, OFR, CFR, the Nigerian High Commission to the court of St James, United Kingdon.
Dr Tafida in his no holds barred address, expressed his concern for the organisations inability to create a credible platform of operation since its inception. He added that the bane of Nidoe has been self service rather than National service. he stated that “with the oportunities that abound in Europe and with the expertise you all have individually acquired, your role in the advancement of Nigeria should be automatic”. He further stress that “Our effort in Nigeria uniquely has been to encourage the harnessing and ploughing of expertise of our diasporans to contribute to the development of our country in all its facets”. In the conclusion of his address he raised some points of advised;
1) there was a need for a new constitution for Nido Europe as the current one is defective.
2) The role of the BOT should remain advisory not executive.
3) Should the group not be able to reach a concensors on the election, the election should not hold. He however pledged his support for the group to work out there differences.
Ambassador Hakeem O Sulaiman, Nigerian’s Ambassador to France in his welcome address encouraged Nido members to harness their capacity and participate more in the development of Nigeria.
The day also saw representation from various Government organisations such as the Federal Mortgage Bank, the Bank of industry and the Nigerian Export promotion council, who presented various opportunities and possible areas of contribution for the development of Nigeria to the group.
The group agreed to move forward with the election taking on board the candid fatherly advise of His Excellency Dr Tafida. After the lengthy, tedious sessions of discussions, disagreements and clarifications, the elections was held and winners emerged that will form the BOT for Nido Europe.
Ambassador Hakeem Sulaiman remained through the day as an observer. In his closing remark congratulated the electorial committe for the deligence with which the election was conducted. He applauded the group for what he described as their sense of maturity and patrotism, declaring that the election was free fair and desciplined. He said he noticed a spirit of sportsmanship amongst the players “I didn’t see rancour and bad blood” and asked that the victors remain magnanomous as it is a sign of nobility.
EU Relation – Dr Wilson Obonna scored 154 elected, PRO – Mr Adeleke Ogunkoya Holland scored 218 votes out of 258.
IT Director – Anthony Ugochukwu Ireland Chapter scored 252. Legal Adviser/officer – Sir chibuzor Ubochi – UK South scored 246 votes. Social Welfare and Event – Dr. Camillus Konkwo -Austria scored 194 votes. Treasurer – 1. Kalu Okoroafor scored 254 votes and Dr Chike 4 votes. Finance Director – Vilsen Naser scored 230 votes – UK North, Gen Secretary – Ogunsakin 127, Ikenna Igwu. Scored 133 elected, Asst. General Secretary -Ogunsakin elected from UK North,
Vice Chairman – Dr Bashir Obasekolascored 256 votes elected.
Dr George Manuwuikwefrom Ukraine scored 250 votes emerging as the New BOT chairman.
Dr George Manuwuikwe said the “victory was for all of us, give me three months and if i don’t perform you have the power to recall”. He went on to say that he will be reaching out to every chapter as he intended to create an enablying environment. Dr George said Nido will make money and operate as a corporate entity with short, medium and long term goals. The organisation will raise money that will be used to help the less priviledged within the village communities through Nigeria. He employed the group to seek for greater accountability from those elected.