PMAN Sacks Kelvin Luciano, Inaugurates New Caretaker Committee
It’s no longer news that the umbrella body of Nigerian musicians has suffered negative and unprogressive politics for several years, and if on-going activities are anything to go by, then the comatose Performing Musician Association of Nigerian (PMAN) would bounced back soon.
Members of the 45-man committee instituted by the trade union have been battling hard to save PMAN from the factional groups which have left the union redundant for years now.
However, penultimate Monday, April 6, 2015, the committee which represents members from the different fractional groups of PMAN met at Planet One, Ikeja, Lagos, in order to forge a way forward and bring back the lost glory of the musicicians’ union. In attendance were Charly Boy Oputa, Felix Duke, Alex O, Jazman Olofin, Coupa Victory, Ochonma, Brown Bread, and many others.
After a successful and peaceful meeting, PMAN stakeholders expressed dissatisfaction with the current leadership under Mr. Kelvin Luciano and casted a vote of no confidence on for not achieving its mandate after two years.
The communiqué issued after the unanimous decisions of members of the caretaker committee stated that: “The mandate of the committee was to reconcile the warring factions and organise a credible election, which did not happen in two years.
There were series of financial improprieties, as expenses were never receipted for; apart from his (Kelvin Luciano) personal expenditure, he never accounted for all monies collected in the name of PMAN. “Committee members were never carried along as there was no reference to committee member for approvals.
The designation of the head was ‘Chairman’ but Kelvin Luciano went ahead parading himself as president. He lacked civility and proper conduct of a leader; he never convened an executive meeting of the committee.
It is based on the above points that a vote of no confidence was passed on Kelvin Luciano and Mr. Chris Mba who was his accomplice. By this vote of no confidence Luciano ceases to function as chairman of PMAN Caretaker Commttee with effect from today April 6, 2015. In his place, Mr. Innocent Ochonma has been appointed as the chairman of the committee.
Interestingly, the newly inaugurated caretaker committee unanimously proposed Charly Boy, ex- PMAN president as Chairman but the controversial showbiz maverick rejected the offer hence the adoption of Mr. Innocent Ochonma as the new chairman of PMAN caretaker committee”.
Amongst the resolution reached was an urgent and timely need to restructure PMAN and ensure that all the stakeholders benefit from the association under a new leadership.