By Moses Orjime, Abuja
Members of the Nigeria Association of Auctioneers (NAA) have elected a new executive that will administer the affairs of the association for the next two years.
The election, which was held at its 23rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) at Arewa House, Rabah Road, Kaduna, saw Alhaji Musa Kurra emerging national president of the the association, while Mr A. E. Nwankwo was elected the vice president. Others elected alongside the national president and vice president are Chief Olu Odeyemi, national general secretary; Hon. Alengo Japhet, assistant national secretary; Alhaji Abdullahi Uba, national treasurer; Rafiu Elegusi, financial secretary; Kanu Mike Kanu, welfare officer; public relations officer, Akindele Moshood; organizing secretary, Augustine Aliu and Auditor, Yusuf Zailani.
The newly elected national officers will run the affairs of the association for the next two years from November 24, 2017 to November 2019.
The 2-day event recorded a large turnout of members across the states of the federation, with the three registered trustees of the association in attendance.
In his acceptance speech, the new national president, Alhaji Kurra, promised to ensure a transparent NAA that would promote the welfare of members.
In his address after the election, the secretary of the association’s Board of Trustees, Chief Saibu Akan, charged members to support the newly elected executive, saying it is only through that that the association could witness real progress.
He thanked members of the caretaker committee for a job well done, saying they were able to conduct a credible, free and fair election.
Akan enjoined the new executive members to work hard in consolidating on the gains recorded during the one year of the leadership of the caretaker committee put in place after the cancellation of the November 2016 election.
He urged them to intensify efforts in uniting members of the association and move the NAA to greater heights.
The BoT scribe also hinted of ongoing plans to expand the board in order to reflect a balanced representation from all the geopolitical zones of the country.
He stressed the need for internal discipline among members of the NAA who had in the past flouted the association’s rules and regulations, even as he said efforts should be made to ensure that external disputes are settled through conflict resolution instead of resorting to legal process.
He however expressed hope that the legal action between the NAA and the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), which became inevitable would be resolved soon in order to ensure that the once harmonious relationship between the association and the agency is rekindled.