‘Unprofessional Conduct’: ISPON Issues Stern Warning to Erring Membe

…approves sacking of registrar

The Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria (ISPON) has vowed to suspend or expel any member of the body engaging in acts of “unprofessional conduct”.

The warning was contained in a communique issued at the end of the institute’s Extraordinary General Meeting which held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state on April 26 and signed by its President, Dr Nnamdi Ilodiuba and Acting Registrar, Mr. Bola Aborode.

According to the communique obtained by Safety Record Newspaper, acts constituting unprofessional conduct include “hate campaigns, negative publications, and any falsehood against the institute.”

“Any member of the institute shall be punishable with suspension/expulsion of the perpetrator(s),” the communique read in part.

Before the adoption of the resolutions, the communique quoted the delegates as having “appreciated the efforts of the President and Governing Board at ensuring that peace returned to the institute.

“The delegates in the same vein condemned the unruly and unprofessional attitude of some members, especially the newly admitted members of the institute who were really out to dent the image of the institute…”

Furthermore, the EGM passed a vote of confidence on the institute’s President and Governing Board “as presently constituted” and extended their tenure for two years commencing from November 2016.

The communique further read in part, “A vote of confidence was passed on the president and the board as presently constituted.

“(A)The President and the Board to continue in the management of affairs of the institute for two (2) years starting from the date of the botched last AGM in Awka, Anambra state.

“(B) Changes may be made upon the conclusion of pending court cases or at the next AGM.”

It will be recalled that the institute’s 35th Professional Development Conference/AGM was scheduled to be held at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka in November 2016, but the AGM was called off in controversial circumstances by the institute’s national leadership.

According to the communique, the EGM had more than 100 delegates in attendance.

Furthermore, the institute warned members against taking any matters concerning the institute to court without first exhausting internal conflict resolution mechanisms.

Members were also warned against disrespecting and disobeying senior members of the institute as doing so would be deemed a professional offence.

According to the communique, other decisions taken at the EGM include expressing support for the national leadership’s drive to recover proceeds of alleged multi-million dollar Chevron contracts, and handing of letter of reprimand to the Rivers state branch executive for failing to “remit all monies due the national since December, 2016 till date and to place back the picture of the president on the institute’s building walls.”

The branch was warned to desist from further acts of “misconducts” which could “attract appropriate disciplinary actions, including dissolution of the executive.”

“All state branches not remitting accruable funds to the institute shall have the sitting chairman and the branch executive answerable to the (institute’s governing) board on her demand,” the communique read.

Meanwhile, the EGM also threw its support behind the purported suspension of substantive Registrar of the institute, Mr. Benson Adam-Otite in a controversial Governing Board meeting of February 7, 2017 and recommended the termination of his appointment.

“The EGM is in support of the suspension of the former Registrar; Mr Benson Adam-Otite and his appointment should be terminated forthwith and a new registrar should be formally engaged,” the communique further read.