The Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria (ISPON) has introduced new policy guidelines proscribing election into executive positions at the state level.

National Spokesman of ISPON, Engr. Timothy Iwuagwu disclosed this in a chat with Safety Record on Saturday.

Iwuagwu, who is also the Lagos State Branch Chairman, said that the Governing Board of the institute will now appoint branch chairmen at the state level.

According to him, the Act establishing the institute empowers the board to issue policy guidelines for the smooth running of the institute.

Safety Record can report that Section 5(1) of the ISPON Act 2014 states, “There is established for the Institute a Governing Board (hereinafter in this Act referred to as the “Board”) which shall provide general policy guidelines for the effective administration of the Institute.”

He said that the governing board of the institute chaired by Dr. Nnamdi Ilodiuba had informed the branch chairmen of the change in their status in line with the newly-introduced guidelines.

Iwuagwu added that all the chairmen were on Friday, October 25 appointed by the board.

“The Act has said that the board shall administer the institute,” the institute’s spokesman said.

“You know it used to be election at the state. It is now the prerogative of the board to appoint because the Act did not recognise any election at state level. It is about statutory issues.”

Iwuagwu admitted that the leadership crisis facing the institute necessitated the introduction of the guideline.

He added, “That’s the advantage of this crisis. The crisis has compelled us to look into the pages and lines of the law. Because that issue of election at state level was a carry-over from the constitution of the Board of Trustee. It’s totally non-existent on the inception of the Act.”

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