By Wole Adedoyin
THE Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), the apex body of writers in the country, has re-elected Camillus Ukah as president for a second term from 2021 – 2023. This was at the Annual Business Meeting of the association held on November 6, 2021 at the Mamman Vatsa Writers Village, Mpape, Abuja.
A joint statement signed by the duo of ANA PRO North, Yogiza Umar Jr. and ANA PRO South, Isaiah Ebhodaghe said ANA on Saturday returned Camillus Chimah Ukah for another two years term as its National President.
Ukah, Farida Muhammed, Maik Ortserga, Freeman Okosun, Chimankpa Ogbueri, Mathew Taiwo, Umar Yogiza Jr, Bentex Torlafia and Odono Mathew all retained their positions as President, Vice President, General Secretary, Financial Secretary, Auditor, PRO North, Legal Adviser and Ex-Officio 1 respectively of the association. Ukah who emerged through a consensus arrangement as he returned with majority of his 15-member Exco unopposed.
However, the positions of National Treasurer, PRO South and ex-officio were contested. But the result of the election produced Isaiah Ebhodaghe as National PRO South, Lois Otse Adams as National Treasurer while Wole Adedoyin and Greg Mbarjiorgu emerged as ex-officio members.
While addressing ANA members and the newly elected NEC after the conduct of the election, Chairman of the Election Planning Committee, Prof. Idris Amali, urged them not to be distracted by the antics of some miscreants who tried to scuttle the convention, noting that the consensus arrangement showed ANA was united.
Speaking after the election that was held through an affirmative vote, Ukah thanked ANA members, Board of Trustees, Advisory Council and ANA Elders for the role they played in ensuring peace and unity in the association. He also assured that his leadership would provide a level playing field for all members to participate actively for the general good of the association.
Other members of the electoral committee led by Prof. Idris Amali were Mr. Miesoinum Miral Ima JP Secretary and Prof. May Nwoye as member.