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NIPSS Alumni Association reschedules meeting over security concerns

By Clarkson Voke Eberu
29 April 2023   |   3:33 am
National Executive of Alumni Association of National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (AANI) has rescheduled its 43rd yearly general meeting (AGM), citing security concerns.

National Executive of Alumni Association of National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (AANI) has rescheduled its 43rd yearly general meeting (AGM), citing security concerns. 
The gathering and general elections, earlier scheduled for April 29, 2023 in Jos, Plateau State, are to hold on May 13 in Abuja.

A statement by the Publicity Secretary of AANI, Brigadier General SK. Usman (rtd), explained that the decision followed a review of the security situation in the Tin City and safety of members who would travel by road.

The statement reads: “The postponement came amid worries over prevailing insecurity in Nigeria and most especially in the northern part of the country irrespective of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration’s claim that security challenges have been addressed.

“Phone calls were made to various security agencies, but they were not definite about the security situation and could not guarantee the safety of those travelling to Jos by road and after due deliberation and consultation, the President was emphatic that AANI’s 43rd AGM should (not) hold in NIPSS Kuru as scheduled, but however, considering the position of majority of the state chapters and NEC (National Executive Council) present at the meeting, as well as the security which is unpredictable as confirmed by various security agencies, the meeting decided to postpone for two weeks.
“Consequently, the president called for an emergency meeting of the Executive Committee and in view of the importance of the issues at hand, the meeting was attended by members of NEC and following decisions were reached after exhaustive deliberations and consultations with chapters from Lagos, Borno, Ebonyi, Enugu, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Plateau, Sokoto and Zamfara. Out of all the states consulted, nine of them wanted a postponement and opted for the meeting to hold Abuja while three chapters, namely FCT, Lagos and Plateau, wanted the meeting to go on as scheduled, even as two others, namely Borno and Kaduna, said they were ready to go by NEC’s decision.”
Usman added: “The meeting takes into consideration the need to avoid disenfranchising many members, who will not be able to make it to Jos for the AGM because of the prevailing security situation, and consequently agreed to reschedule the 43rd AANI AGM to now hold on the 13th of May, 2023 in Abuja.”