The Association Meets In Ibadan
This year’s Annual General Meeting took place at First Bank Building of Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ibadan as against the agreed Abuja venue on March 23 and 24, 2021. It was a two day event and a hybrid of physical and virtual participation. The event had in discussion the road to the amendment of the long awaited proposed Association’s Constitution, with the addition of expanded Constitution Review committee members coming from representatives of each State Chapters. The meeting was chaired by Dr Sansi Jolaade, the Chairman, Oyo State Chapter of the Association, during her welcome address, she welcomed all from far and near and enjoined participants to enjoy Oyo State and Ibadan environment. Participants represented states such as Lagos, Abuja, Anambra, Ibadan, Delta, Akwa Ibom, Taraba, Kwara, Ebonyi, Osun, Ogun from both virtual and physical attendances.
Prof. V. I Olowe, in his Presidential address gave an overview of the of the 10 points agenda, the progress reports and the efforts made in ensuring mandates are fulfilled. He added that there is a new project (KCOA) sponsored by GIZ the Association is anchoring. There were series of suggestions and opinions harvested at both media (virtual and physical). The following decisions were taken at the event:
- The supposed electoral process was put on hold as a result of the need to perfect the contents of the present Constitution, they are to help pilot the course of the amendment before handing over to new hands, there is need for a working document as the election is hinged on it.
- Present members of the Executive Committee were agreed to proceed with their tenure for a period of one year pending the amendment of the Constitution, Mrs Oluyinka Odukoya, the General Secretary stepped down, making Dr. Jude C. Obi the nee General Secretary .
- The Constitution Review Committee is to be enlarged and this will contain representatives from each State Chapter, the ultimatum given was a month and in six from the time of the decision was given, the Association’s Constitution ought to have been in good shape afterwards.
- It was agreed that all State Chapters remit the proceeds from membership registration to the national, the National Finance officer will then do the proper remittance in the appropriate sharing formula.
- It was also debated and agreed that membership annual due for the student membership category be reviewed, #1000 levy was suggested and agreed.
- On the need to intensify advocacy on organic agriculture, it was agreed that Radio as a media platform be used in this course, as massive advocacy is needed.
- On IJOARD, the committee was dissolved, the new members of the committee will be constituted in due course.
- A motion to take the presentation of organic certification back to the review committee to work on was adopted.
- It was agreed that the next Annual General Meetings will hold at Abuja and Anambra State, par adventure Abuja is not able to host, Anambra will be the next point of call but both States are to follow that sequence.
It however evident that the Association is taking its quantum leap and also on the road to greater expansion and growth, this is as a result of the cooperative efforts of the Board of Trustee, Executive Committee, members of the Association at all categories willing to serve and members of staff of the Association at the National and State levels working in various capacities. New members are registering in their numbers and existing members paying their dues and making themselves available when their attentions are needed. A virtual participant, Dr Vide Adedayo reminded of the need to have conflicting opinions but it is only important that all see it as a road to development, Dr Jude C. Obi while taking the vote of thanks corroborate this by saying that rift should be translated into constructive argument and be seen as a way of building strength.