Factional President, Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria (ISPON), Dr Nnamdi Ilodiuba has been re-elected for another two-year term at the helms of the institute.
Eleven other members of the institute’s 13-member governing board were also elected at the Annual General Meeting of the faction which held at the ISPON National Secretariat, Ikotun, Lagos on October 28.
The AGM is coming despite the leadership and other crises that have seen the institute divided along two factional lines, with the other faction led by erstwhile Deputy President, Mr Malgwi Yusuf Haruna.
The newly-constituted factional governing board members include: Dr Nnamdi Ilodiuba (President), Mr Evaristus Uzamere (Deputy President), Mr Bola Aborode (Registrar), Mr Dominic Aigbogun, Chief Chris Adigo, and Chief Innocent Okunamiri.
Others are: Dr (Mrs) Ifeoma Igweze-Anyanwutaku, Dr Reginald Anyanwu, Mr Sani Ahmed, Mr Tony Odigbo, Mr. Banjo Rotimi, and Dr (Mrs) Esther Williams.
Safety Record Newspaper could not verify the identity of the thirteenth member of the board.
According to the Chairman, ISPON Electoral Committee, Chief Innocent Okunamiri, the governing board of the institute was constituted in accordance with Section 5 & 6 of the ISPON Act, 2014.
He further stated that the ISPON Act 2014 made provision for the election of twelve members to join the Registrar, who is a permanent member of the governing board and is not elected.
The electoral committee chairman declared that Ilodiuba and Uzamere were the only individuals who indicated interest in occupying the positions of president and deputy president respectively, and were therefore returned unopposed.
Also, the institute’s electoral committee revealed that 150 members of the institute were accredited for the election that ushered in the new governing board.
Safety Record Newspaper observed that the election of the new governing board was conducted after a delegate, Dr Dike Martins, moved a motion for the dissolution of the last board, a motion seconded by the Bayelsa State ISPON Branch Chairman, Dr Realman Obele.
Earlier, the President of the institute, Ilodiuba, disclosed that the Council of Life Members of the institute would equally be constituted.
He stated that the council, which is made up of the elders of the institute, would be able to exercise its responsibilities as necessary for moving the institute forward.
Subsequently, pioneer President of the institute, Mr Dominic Aigbogun inducted Ilodiuba and Uzamere into the Council of Life Members “for their numerous contributions towards the advancement of the institute.”
Ilodiuba, who constituted the 12-member Council, appointed Aigbogun as its Chairman and Okunamiri as its Secretary.
Furthermore, some members of the institute, including Director, Occupational Safety and Health, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Dr (Mrs) Ifeoma Igweze-Anyanwutaku, were conferred with the fellowship of the institute by the president.
Ilodiuba said, “A regular and important feature at these annual conferences is the conferment of the prestigious Fellowship of the Institute to worthy and deserving citizens of this nation.
“It is our own way of recognising and appreciating their distinguished service to the nation which in some way directly or indirectly impact positively on safety.”
The president added that the selected personalities were people of proven integrity and unquestionable track record of service and achievement that were chosen after due and careful consideration.
Other notable individuals conferred with the Fellowship of the institute include, Managing Director, Future Concerns Nigeria Ltd, Engr. Anthony Oguike; Managing Director, Toplines Oil and Gas Servicing Company, Engr. Chinedu Maduakoh; HSE Manager, UNICEM, Calabar, Mrs Barong Ita; Chairperson, Oyo State ISPON, Mrs Ibironke Ajayi; and Professor of Health and Safety Education, University of Port Harcourt, Prof Ernest Achalu.
In the same vein, Ilodiuba relieved Chief Okunamiri of the post of ISPON Electoral Committee Chairman and appointed Lagos State ISPON Branch Chairman, Engr. Timothy Iwuagwu to head the three-member committee.
Oyo State ISPON Branch Chairperson, Mrs Ibironke Ajayi was appointed Vice Chairman and factional ISPON Registrar, Mr Bola Aborode was appointed the third member of the committee.
Meanwhile, factional Registrar of the institute, Mr Benson Adam-Otite filed a Motion on Notice before the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court seeking, among others, an interlocutory injunction restraining factional President, Mr Nnamdi Ilodiuba and factional Registrar, Mr Bola Aborode or their agents from holding the AGM.
In the suit no: FHC/L/CS/1611/2017 filed through his lawyers A.O Oru & Co, the applicant is also seeking an interlocutory injunction restraining the respondents from parading themselves as president and registrar of the institute respectively pending the determination of the action.
The court has fixed November 3, 2017 for hearing of the Motion on Notice.