A reconciliatory meeting to resolve controversies surrounding the October 7 election of executives of the Lagos state branch of the Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria (ISPoN) has been shelved indefinitely, Safety Record Newspaper has learnt.
It was gathered that the meeting was called by the institute’s national leadership after a seven-day ultimatum letter signed by some aggrieved members of the branch.
Below is the letter as obtained by Safety Record Newspaper:
“December 2, 2016
The Governing Board
Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria,
Re: STATUS OF ISPON LAGOS STATE BRANCH
Whereas we, the concerned members of the Lagos state branch of this distinguished institute witnessed with utter disappointment an attempt by the Okunamiri led electoral committee to impose T. C. Iwuagwu on the branch, an attempt opposed by the generality of the Lagos state branch members;
Whereas; we were admonished by respected governing board members to suspend the pending court proceedings arising therefrom having reached a conclusion that governing board members were resolving the issues forthwith;
Whereas in the process of according honour to governing board members, our patience has been taken for granted and the former Chairman in the person of T. C. Iwuagwu has continued to run the affairs of the branch as if he was still a legitimate head without any advice to the contrary from the governing board;
Whereas the same complaint has been passed severally to the President who has only continued in placative insinuations of representative decorum, we have been compelled to resolve as follows:
- That the leaders of the Institute are in no moral shape to reform the branch; hence, the prolonged silence;
- That the president is cooking up plans to retain his friend as the Chairman of the Lagos state branch irrespective of the magnitude of disrepute which he has meted on the state branch as filed in a previous petition;
- That in 7 DAYS from the date of this letter, we shall pass a vote of NO CONFIDENCE on the president and governing board and mobilize other state branches to do same in the spirit of professional recovery for our respected Institute;
- That in the interim, we shall seal off the Lagos branch Office and collect the keys from the member who is currently parading himself falsely as the branch chairman.
- That we are privy to information that some people have vowed that the institute would not move forward unless they impose themselves on it, we have equally vowed that all such enemies of the institute would be expelled forthwith.
- Using Nigeria’s legislative instruments which established our chartered status and security/legal apparatuses within the nation, we are now efficiently positioned to reorganize the Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria to prevent the lofty vision from sinking in the visionlessness of an unscrupulous few.
We therefore implore our leaders (if they exist) to demonstrate their concern for the institute by their silence or otherwise as they deem fit.
Copies of this letter would be spread across major Police and relevant legal/security outfit prior to the commencement of our actions in a couple of days.
Yours in the service of man,
- Lucky Oderhohwo
- Monica Nwosu
- Harold Echendu
- Julius Akpong
- Rachael Ogbe
- Sola Ogunleye
- Hassan B. Hassan
- Adebukola Echendu
- Hannah Akpong
- Abass Adeleke
- Ekpo Friday
- Jamiu Badmus
- Kehinde Ologuntoye
- Adesoji Peter
- Kamalu Jason
- Dapo Omolade
- Umar Abdulahi
- Kabir Odunlami
- Akpa Providence
- Helen Nwachukwu
- Aliu Isaiah
- Obanefe Desire
- Olusola Ayorinde
- Harrison Ibekwe
- Obe Taiwo Hassan
- Samuel Ifekwuna
- Etc. Etc. Etc.
Concerned Lagos State Branch Members.”
The meeting scheduled for Friday, December 16 was expected to bring embattled chairman of the branch, Engr. Timothy Iwuagwu together with aggrieved members who insist that he vacate the position.
The warring parties were scheduled to meet the national leadership of the institute led by its President, Dr Nnamdi Ilodiuba before the cancellation.
A member of ISPoN Governing Board, Mr Evaristus Uzamere, told our reporter in a brief encounter on Saturday, December 17 that, “There was no such meeting.”
One of the leaders of the aggrieved members, Mr Julius Akpong also corroborated the information, saying that his group pulled out of the meeting due to unfavourable pre-conditions set by the institute’s president.
However, he refused to name the conditions and said that doing so might jeopardise a “grand plan” to be orchestrated by the aggrieved members.