By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Social Workers across Nigeria at the weekend elected new national officers to pilot the affairs of the association for the next four years.
The election held on Friday in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital was part of the activities for the association’s 34th annual general meeting/national conference themed “Promoting community and environmental sustainability”.
At the election, Alhaji M.B. Mustapha defeated Mr. Olu Jacob to emerge as National President, Mr. Abubakar Alhassan Bichi, defeated Mr. S.M. Aladesuyi to emerge as Deputy President, Dr. Olukunle Balogun defeated Mr. Johnson Nwopotu to emerge as General Secretary, Mrs. Oluwatoni Adeleke defeated Tireng Retshit to emerge as Assistant General Secretary, Kande Useni defeated Afolabi Adegboyega to emerge as Treasurer and Pius Akah defeated Abdul Ahmed to emerge as Auditor.
Other newly elected officers included the DAILY POST Correspondent in Oyo State, Musliudeen Adebayo who was returned unopposed as Public Relations Officer, Promise Fubara also returned unopposed as Financial Secretary, Jamilu Musa was returned unopposed to emerge as Vice President for North West, Sabina Izuora who returned unopposed to emerge as Vice President for South East, Omoyajo Noah who returned unopposed to emerge as Vice President for South West, Gabriel Apaingolo who returned unopposed to emerge as Vice President for South South.
The rest are Hadijah Ladi Umar who defeated Felicity Gurumyen to emerge as Vice President for North Central, Abdullahi Aliyu Wankai who defeated Babangida Maigari to emerge as Vice President for North East, Brownson Barbara who defeated Aliyu Ahmed to emerge as Welfare Officer and Christian Oseghale who defeated Jamal Ahmed to emerge as Program Officer.
In his acceptance speech, the association’s new President, Mustapha promised to ensure the actualisation of the Social Work professionalisation bill, reclamation of social development as an independent ministry and strengthening of the association to prevent exploitation.
He also used the medium to announce the Chairman of the electoral committee, Professor Takim Ojua as Editor in Chief and Barrister Tayo Ayoade as Legal Adviser.
“First and foremost, I want to take NASoW to the next level, I am coming on a three-point agenda, the actualisation of the bill on professionalisation, reclamation of social development as an independent ministry to promote professionalisation and strengthening of NASoW to prevent exploitation.
“This executive is going to be an executive of togetherness with sense of we felling devoid of I am syndrome, it is going to be government of collectivism and carry everybody along. The executive will determine the future of Social Work profession in Nigeria. To the students, we are going to carry them along, there will be synergy between the experience of the old and the energy of the youth. We have won, it is a victory to all of us, it is not a victory to me alone”.