Moves to Seal Lagos ISPoN Truncated By Failed Reconciliation Meeting

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

Through:

The Registrar,

Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria,

 

Dear Sirs,

 

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:

  1. That the leaders of the Institute are in no moral shape to reform the branch; hence, the prolonged silence;
  2. 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;
  3. 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;
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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,

  1. Lucky Oderhohwo
  2. Monica Nwosu
  3. Harold Echendu
  4. Julius Akpong
  5. Rachael Ogbe
  6. Sola Ogunleye
  7. Hassan B. Hassan
  8. Adebukola Echendu
  9. Hannah Akpong
  10. Abass Adeleke
  11. Ekpo Friday
  12. Jamiu Badmus
  13. Kehinde Ologuntoye
  14. Adesoji Peter
  15. Kamalu Jason
  16. Dapo Omolade
  17. Umar Abdulahi
  18. Kabir Odunlami
  19. Akpa Providence
  20. Helen Nwachukwu
  21. Aliu Isaiah
  22. Obanefe Desire
  23. Olusola Ayorinde
  24. Harrison Ibekwe
  25. Obe Taiwo Hassan
  26. Samuel Ifekwuna
  27. Etc. Etc. Etc.

 

For;

 

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.