2016 National President JCIN Amb. Tunji Oyeyemi Signs Out
Dear Active Citizens of JCI Nigeria,
Compliments of this glorious season and sustainable impact greetings from JCI Nigeria Secretariat Lagos, the center of excellence.
Dear Members, kindly permit me to start this farewell message on a very solemn note. Yesterday, the news broke of the sudden demise of our member, Jc Benedicta Zangzee of JCIN Federal Polytechnic Bauchi who died in a ghastly motor accident. I met her over a year ago during the 2015 Northern Conference in Makurdi. She was with us at 2015 National Convention, 2016 South South/South East Conference, Northern Conference and National Convention. She was a complete active citizen who dedicated her life for service to humanity. It is really a sad one for all of us as an organization. May Her Soul Rest in Peace and may we never have any cause to mourn again. God will grant the family strength and fortitude to bear the irreplaceable lost. ADIEU BENNY
About 365 days ago, you trusted us with the mandate to pilot the affairs of our noble organization for the good of all. I must sincerely thank everyone for the confidence, support, sacrifice and strong-will that you gave us to fulfil our promises and mandate in 2016.
As we bow out of office tonight, we have delivered on our promises of:
(1) Organization Development through Sustainable Administrative structure for the growth and development of our organization,
(2) Human Capacity Development through Sustainable Partnerships and
(3) Community Development through our sustainable programs and Projects.
Our National Secretariat is now at the heart of all our activities with dedicated Executive Secretary JCI Senator Folakemi Olajiga, staff and volunteers working diligently as the engine room of our organization.
Membership services have improved greatly and more timely, our secretariat hosted many activities this year while we have also added some equipment to ease the working of our staffs. We have also invested in no small way to the growth and development of our secretariat and staffs.
The accounting process managed by the secretariat is up to date and comprehensive and we hope it can only get better. My deepest gratitude to everyone who donated generously to the development of our secretariat.
As an organization that unites all sectors of the society, we brought in some new partners at different levels while sustaining the existing ones during the course of the year. NIPPON, ANPA, ACCA, MICROSOFT, NYSC, CISCO, Ministry of Youth and Sport and Office of the SSA to the President of Nigeria on SDGs. All documentations plus accounting records to keep this partnership striving are domicile at the National Secretariat.
Laying this solid foundation with clear documentations and working documents with benefits to our organization and members is not lost on us. I am sure the assigned directors in 2017 will keep nurturing these partnerships, keep proper records and implement all agreements as expected.
Our Local Organization sustained the pace of available records this year with over 150 sustainable and impactful projects and programs across the country. All these projects are well documented at the secretariat and fits into JCI Active Citizens framework and SDGs.
I am greatly appreciative of all distinguish and amiable Local Presidents (City and Collegiate), their board and members for wonderful impacts made in our various communities.
Your projects and programs gave our National Organization so much publicity across all media networks and our brand was enhanced in various ways. The collective efforts also won us three awards at the 2016 Africa and Middle East Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa. We won award as the Best National Growth and Development Program, “Better Life with Water” by JCI Nigeria Obafemi Awolowo University, Best Long term Local Community Program and Most Outstanding Local Project for “Say No to Hunger” by JCI Nigeria Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta.
I also want to personally thank all Local Organizations that participated in our Peace is Possible and Lassa fever national campaign. Both campaigns brought out the best in us. We must keep the momentum going and beat this record in 2017.
During the year under review, we called on everyone to join us to save our member through SAVE DAMILOLA PROJECT. I must appreciate everyone for the financial support received so far but we are still far from the target. Every week, the National Secretariat disburses funds from the project account to damilola’s account for his weekly dialysis but this is not sustainable but a temporary measure to keep damilola stable which may be short lived as the funds diminishes. I am pleading with everyone to rise up and support SAVE DAMI Project for his transplant. Members should kindly reach out to the National Secretariat. We can do this! Dami must live. Damilola can be reached on 07036710671 directly.
For the second year running many of our members could not attend the 2016 JCI World Congress held in Canada due to late approval of visa or outright denial. The DIA team led by Rasheed Balogun worked tirelessly with National Secretariat to get all applications submitted in good time. We also reached out to Canadian embassy both in Lagos, Abuja, Ghana and Canada but many National Organizations in Africa (Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Comoros, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Rwanda, South Africa, Togo, Zambia) could not get visas for their Presidents and Members. As JCI President Pascal Dike rightly noted during the Africa and Middle East Presidents meeting, this is nothing but discrimination.
We achieved 100% successful visas approval for the Africa and Middle East Conference, in South Africa with over 130 delegates but the Canada experience was a bitter pill too much for us to swallow. We have received assurance from JCI headquarters that measures will be taken as part of the bidding process to ensure this issue is addressed in the future.
In the course of the year, I announced to members the NIPPON foundation grants approved for our National Organization. The National Secretariat coordinating with Director Programs and Projects and Director UN and International NGOs have implemented the programs outline as approved by JCI/NIPPON foundation to the latter. This project involves the production of a documentary, radio jingles and materials for massive reach out to the masses via media/digital campaigns on the eradication of stigmatization of individuals cured of Leprosy to encourage their integration back into the society as opposed to their living in isolated camps with limitations. We have completed the first half of the projects while the second half will run from January to March 2017.
It would have been a very tough and difficult year if not for the dedication and commitments of my board members who worked with me as a team, senior members, JCI Senators, Members of JCI noble house and all Local organizations without exception.
Working together with everyone helped us to achieve a lot of our set goals and commitments.
‘Seest thou a man diligent in his work, he shall stands before kings; he shall not stand before mean men’ this above quote is for 2016 JCI President JCI Senator Pascal Obinna Dike, our pride and strength. Mr. President I am truly humbled and privileged to be JCI Nigeria National President during your tenor as World President. Thank you so much for raising JCI Nigeria flag among committee of Nations, thanks for using your office to benefit JCI Nigeria in so many ways.
History will remember you for good. Welcome back home as an elder and statesman.
Dear JCI Nigeria Members, kindly grant me this privilege to appreciate my Local Organization JCI Akure for standing strong and very supportive all throughout the year. Senator Kolawole Murewa, JCI Amb Gbenga Ogunsola, JCI Amb Mike Ojo, JCI Senator Leke Salami, JCI Amb Chris Oluayo, President Bayo Aduloju and all members of JCI Akure. Thank you for standing by me.
While everyone shows us massive support all through 2016, let me place on record my deepest appreciation to the following individuals for standing out among the crowd with their commitments and support all through 2016. JCI Senator Babatunde Oshobi, JCI Senator Babatunde Agbeja, JCI Senator GWO Shoaga, JCI Senator Ibi Sofekun, JCI Senator Kalada Apiafi, JCI Senator Kunbi Wuraola, JCI Senator Jokotade Odebunmi, JCI Senator Moses Kadeer, JCI Senator Babatunde Anifowoshe Kelani, JCI Senator Jimoh Musa Yusuf, JCI Senator Ayo Abolusodun, JCI Senator David Eka, JCI Senator Bisi Aniso, JCI Senator Saheed Adegoke, JCI Senator Seun Osikalu, JCI Senator Rotimi Sadiq, JCI Senator Shina Adegunle, JCI Senator Olaide Oladebo, JCI Senator Kola Oredipe, JCI Senator Tunji Adekoya, JCI Senator Jide Adeyemi, JCI Senator Tola Sogbesan, JCI, Moruf Popoola, JCI Senator Dayo Idowu, JCI Senator Bayo Morakinyo, JCI Senator Charles Onyibe, JCI Senator Nneka Itabor, JCI Senator Esther Sampson, JCI Senator Gbalekuma, other too numerous to mention, members of JCI Nigeria Senate Association and most importantly, my JCI MAN OF THE YEAR, JCI Senator ROTIMI ADEWOLE.
As I round up this farewell message, I return all glory, honor and adoration to HIM alone, the God of gods, the KING of kings, the Almighty God for his protection, preservation and perfection over me and all JCI Nigeria members.
To my family members and trusted friends; AM INDEBTED TO YOU for the rest of my life.
To my sincere critics, thank you for bringing out the best in me and making me a better person.
To those I offended, kindly take this as my sincere apologies.
To those that offended me, I did not take it personal.
We are nothing but pencil in the hands of our creator.
Lastly, while I appreciate you once again for your solid support, I appeal to us all to rally round the incoming administration led by JCI Senator Richard Ojo and his team. We must work with him to achieve the Turning Point Agenda.
I wish you all a super Happy New Year and a TURNING POINT 2017 for JCI Nigeria.
2016 National President
Junior Chamber International, Nigeria
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