Highlights of the CENGOS 2015 Annual General Meeting (AGM)

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Highlights of the CENGOS 2015 Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Edwin Usang
National Program Officer, CENGOS

In line with the provisions of the Constitution of CENGOS 2002 (as amended), the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Coalition was held on 15 January 2016. In order to hold the meeting outside the constitutionally approved period within the year, the Coordinating Committee, at its meeting held on the 16th of December, 2015 passed a Resolution mandating Management to liaise with the Board of Trustees (BOT) to convene the 2015 AGM in January, 2016.

The AGM was held at the Nike Lake Hotels and Resort, Enugu on January 15, 2016. The Chairman of the BOT, Mr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN) was represented by a member of the Board, Professor Enock E Okpara. Eight out of the nine states that make up the coalition, namely, Abia, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Cross River, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo and Rivers, were in attendance. Only Bayelsa state was not represented at the AGM. Fifty participants attended the conference representing registered members NGOs / CBOs / FBOs. Participants at the conference were drawn from the BOT, Coordinating Committee (CC), member-NGOs from the eight states’ chapters, as well the Press.

The Chairman of the AGM Prof. E. E. Okpara, commended the National Coordinator for her commitment to ensuring that the Coalition continues its work as a leading voice for the promotion of the rights of citizens including women and children. He urged all the state coordinators to emulate the national coordinator’s commitment as they work in their various states to ensure that CENGOS provides direction and leadership for other civil society organizations advocating for a just society. The National Coordinator, Ms Oby Nwankwo informed delegates that Civil Resource Development and Documentation Centre (CIRDDOC) in collaboration with CENGOS has received a grant from AmplifyChange, to work on sexual and gender based violence as well as on sexual and reproductive health and rights. She therefore urged all State coordinators and members to ensure smooth implementation of the project.

The AGM received and discussed narrative and financial reports from states as well as from the National Programme Officer; adopted the quarterly work plans for 2016 as well as the annual work plan for the secretariat from December 2015 to November 2016. The budget for the second quarter of 2016 was also adopted. The AGM deliberated and adopted the eight (8) policies to guide its work at both the national and state level. These are the Accounting Policy; Management Policy; Anti-Corruption and Anti-Bribery Policy; Confidentiality Policy for Staff; Confidentiality Policy for Board; Conflict of Interest and Procurement Policy; Whistle-Blower Protection Policy and the Grievance Policy.

The next AGM was scheduled to hold in December, 2016 at a venue to be decided.