THE PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURAL ADDRESS AT THE CENTRAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL (CEC) MEETING OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIAN COMMUNITIES (NANC) IN THE UNITED KINGDOM. Held on 11 May 2019 at the Sophia House, 19 Antil Road (off Broad Lane) Tottenham. London. N15 4AQ
Distinguished branch presidents, chairmen/chairpersons, the entire members of the NANC Executives, our patrons here present, dynamic branch representatives and delegates, observer participants, distinguished ladies and gentlemen.
I am delighted to stand before this noble house today as the President of this great Association. Foremost I will like to commend the effort and good works of our predecessors toward the progress and development of this Association. There is no doubt that the reason why we are all here today is because of their great ideas, thoughts and dedication of many years. And
infact, you will all agree with me that their resourcefulness has impacted and contributed immensely to the growth of NANC as we have it today. To you our past leaders and elders, we say we appreciate you and we are thanking you.
The story so far. On the 16th March 2019, I was elected as the President, along with other executive indefatigable and dynamic executive members to continue the sail of the ship of NANC to the destination land. I can confirm that in just two months today, we have come and we have seen and we have strong believe that we will and must conquer so that in the next two years, we will all have the good course to say, truly we have made it.
Distinguished ladies and gentlemen. As part of my manifestos for the next two years, include reviewing and drafting a new constitution that will reflect what NANC stands for. In other words, a constitution that is fit for purpose, an instrument that will empower us as an organization to impact more in the lives of not only our members, but also the entire Nigerians that are residing in the United Kingdom. I strongly believe and share in the thoughts of some of our members that NANC must become a registered entity. So, in this mood, I have placed it as a significant task that must be achieved in few months’ time. I strongly believe that with the supports of everyone in this room today, that objective will be achieved by God’s grace.
Secondly, as part of our objectives in the next two years, is to evaluate and enhance the leadership structure and style of governance of NANC. We believe in a team work and spirit of “belonginess”. NANC is our baby, so everyone in this room today is a leader and that is why you are here. Therefore, your voice is important and must be given optimum and reasonable consideration at all time. So, please note that for this administration to be successful, your input as leaders is paramount. So, on behalf of the Executive arm, I am seeking for your indulgence and cooperation at least for the next two years.
It is our dream to encourage and improve on NANC’s accountability, especially in terms of finances and projects executions. We will organize from time to time lectures and seminars on how to generate funds to NANC and how such funds can be managed and/or utilised more effectively for the benefit of our Association and our communities at large.