A COMMUNIQUÉ OF THE ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIAN AUTHORS (ANA) RELEASED AFTER ITS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM) HELD IN ILORIN, KWARA STATE, ON SATURDAY 5TH DECEMBER, 2020
The Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) held its annual International Convention in Ilorin, Kwara State of Nigeria, from 3rd to 6th December, 2020. One of the key features of the convention was the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held, on the serene campus of the University of Ilorin, on Saturday, 5th December, 2020. The AGM enabled the congress to assess the state of the Association and to take decisions that will guide the Association.
The Congress made the following resolutions:
I. That the congress is pleased with the steadfastness of the Advisory Council, the Board of Trustees (BOT), and the elders who have ensured clarity in the leadership of the Association through adherence to the Constitution of the Association.
II. That the congress is pleased with the activities and service of the National Executive Council since it was elected by the congress in Makurdi (Benue State) on 17th July, 2020.
III. That the congress holds that there is only one ANA under the leadership of Mr. Camillus Ukah and his EXCO, and that any person who makes a contrary claim is false.
IV. That a committee should be set up to review the Association’s constitution to strengthen and/or amend its provisions where necessary, and to make it a better instrument of administration.
V. That the Association should henceforth streamline its membership by ensuring that every valid member is given an identification number and a certificate.
VI. That a committee should be set up to carry out regular membership screening/audit to ensure that only financial members who have attended conventions and have published works would be allowed to participate during elections.
VII. That a committee should be set up to work towards the hosting of the 2021 convention/celebration of ANA at 40 which is expected to be an international event.
VIII. That the National Executive Council should set up other relevant committees to enable it administer the Association effectively.
IX. That the congress affirms that the Association has a valid Board of Trustees (BOT) comprising its original members, Madam Mabel Segun and Mallam LaboYari; and it also reaffirms the decision taken by the AGM in Akure (2013) that Prof. Ernest Emenyonu and Prof. Kole Omotoso should be trustees and are worthy replacements for the late Prof. Chinua Achebe and Engnr. T. M. Aluko.
X. That Dr. Maria Ajima should be added to the BOT to increase female representation in the BOT.
XI. That the Association should improve its financial capacity to enable it execute its projects and programmes.
XII. That every member and/or chapter of the Association must work/operate within the rules, regulations, and conventions of the Association. That individuals and groups that violate the sanctity of the Association should be immediately brought under control or punished by the National Executive Council.
XIII. That the congress reaffirms the expulsion of Ahmed Maiwada, Ngozi Chuma-Udeh, Akogun Tai Oguntayo, Patrick Oguejiofor, Owupele Francis, Usho Smith Adawa, Banma Baba Suleiman, Dada Korede, Moses Joseph, Isa Ibrahim Dan Musa, Stanley Kavwam, and Isaac Attah Ogezi for repeatedly violating the constitution of the Association.
XIV. That no branch/chapter of the Association is allowed to conduct its election without the supervision of the National Executive Council, and that any election done without supervision is null and void.
XV. That ANA members nation-wide should continue to support and keep faith with the National Executive Council and all its programmes.
XVI. That the Association affirms its commitment to continually celebrate and honour worthy Nigerian writers such as the recently demised Prof. J.P Clark, engage in broad based collaborations and partnership with local and foreign institutions and agencies for literary development in Nigeria, and promote the power of literature for positive alternative narrative for the common good.
Camillus Ukah MaikOrtserga
President General Secretary