Beginning from June 30th 2016, the political atmosphere at the Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria (ISPoN) would become charged as qualified members and executives would be vying for available positions to run the affairs of the institute.
This exercise which would be preceded by massive schemes and campaign activities is the first to be experienced after the institute got chartered exactly two years ago, when the Federal government signed her bills into law.
This process which entails the release of the electoral guideline and registrar’s release of an official circular calling on members and eligible fellows to compete for vacant positions is meant to commence six months before the institute’s Annual General Meeting.
From every indication, the ISPoN election will go down in the political history of the institute as the most controversial because of many issues surrounding the exercise. So far, aside from Delta and Rivers branch Chairmen, all other branch chairmen, the president, and the deputy-president respectively have indicated interests in purchasing the election form.
According to the electoral guideline, the following positions are open for the election: Positions to be contested for at the branche levels are: Branch Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Financial Secretary, and the Welfare Officer.
For the positions at National level, we have the President, Deputy President, four positions for Vice President Positions and ten positions for Governing Board Members.
The aspirants for the position of president includes; the incumbent President, Dr. Nnamdi Ilodiuba; his incumbent deputy, Mr. Yusuf Malgwi; the incumbent chairman of Delta state branch, Mr. Edward Uni Ajobo and Engr. Harriman Oyofo, a region vice president of the institute.
The controversy began with the agitation that the president and the branch chairmen who had spent their tenure, with additional two years for the period of the transition review as provided by the Act.
The claim that they have invariantly spent two tenures and still running for another, irrespective of the new provision of the Act, that has given them the constitutional right to, is not going well in some quarters, hence are putting all instruments to use to edge them out of office come November during the Election.
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