IGALA ASSOCIATION U.S.A INC.
IGALA ASSOCIATION U.S.A INC.

Communique of the
Second National Symposium of the Igala Association, USA


As expected, the second Annual Symposium of Igala Association was held at the Ballroom of Quality Inn Hotel on Baltimore Avenue, College Park, Maryland on Labor Day weekend, September 1st and 2nd. Igala daughters and sons from Georgia, host Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas, Virginia and the District of Columbia were in attendance. We also had representation from Nigeria. Even from those who could not be physically present, messages of support and solidarity poured in. Such messages came from the homeland, Nigeria, Florida, Illinois, Philadelphia, Connecticut, Arizona, California and the United Kingdom.

After two days of very informed and successful deliberations,the symposium resolved to approach the problems besetting Igala land and her people on short and long term basis.

In the short term, which is a focussed action plan to be executed between now and the third symposium which comes up on Labor Day weekend of 2002, the association agreed to fund a RESOURCE CENTER/Library at Kogi State University, Ayangba. The project is estimated to cost ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

To this end, members of the association agreed to levy themselves as follows:

Married couples to pay a minimum of two hundred and fifty dollars ($250),but no maximum; 
Single members to pay a minimum of one hundred and fifty dollars ($150),with no maximum; 
Student members to pay one hundred dollars ($100), if able.

Additionally, members are encouraged to embark on aggressive books drive for the library. Such books could be from schools, publishers and other libraries, or organizations/agencies. The books should be fairly current and not outdated.

Talking about EDUCATION, the association resolved to actively participate in the Igala Education Summit which is being spearheaded by Professor Francis Idachaba. To this end, the symposium challenged members of the association to come up with ideas that can help the summit achieve its main objective, which is to sensitize awareness about the embarrassingly deplorable state of education in the land.

The symposium also recognized and commended the noble role being played by Igala Students' Association in the area of AIDS/HIV campaign. While the association wants the leadership of ISA to come up with concrete ways in which it wants to be assisted, the symposium resolved to research into available help from organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), which are committed
to AIDS/HIV awareness campaign.

In the long term, the symposium restated a commitment to the goals that were outlined from the inaugural symposium. These include:

Establishment of scholarships for Igala indigenes; 
Establishment of summer volunteer corps, whereby Igala indigenes in the diaspora can teach at home during summer vacations; 
Establishment of an exchange program to help bring outstanding students and teachers to the United states to study for a given period of time; 
Establishment of Education endowment fund to help upgrade equipment in our schools; 
Giving matching grants to villages and communities to dig wells for portable water; 
Support immunization awareness programs in Igala villages and communities; 
Establish/Support micro-credit programs targeted specifically at our women; 
Promote the culture of our people in areas such as music, festivals,arts/crafts, history and encouragement of children to speak the language, which has been identified as the surest way to ensure the survival of our values and culture, as a civilization; 
Develop and maintain historical landmarks across the land; 
Develop our natural resources into tourist and commercial centers.

It was also resolved that the Association should be portrayed at the National level henceforth, with opportunities for local branches. In concert with this resolution, a major highlight of the symposium was the election of the national executive body. The organization of the Annual Symposium from now on will be the responsibility of the National Executive Body, with the active participation of the hosting branch.

The officers who were elected to run the affairs of the association for the next two years, as provided for by the constitution, are:

1. President................................................ Samuel Alfa, Phd
2. Vice-President......................................... Joseph Attawodi
3. Financial Secretary ................................. Amade Abalaka
4. Publicity Secretary .................................. Pauline Baba
5. Treasurer ............................................... Achenyo Idachaba
6. Auditor ................................................... Aaron Baba, Ph.D.
7. Secretary General .................................. Abu Acheneje
8. Assistant Secretary General .................. Mohammed Ibrahim

It was also resolved during the action plan session that four committees be set up to carry out aspects of the affairs of the Association. The committees are: Youth, Project Implementation, Welfare and Symposium

Ms. Ojochide Idachaba was unanimously elected to coordinate youth programs, while one of our trustees, Dr. Momoh Yakubu instantly instituted an award/competition, with an annual prize of $100.00 (one hundred dollars) to challenge the creativity of our children.

When fully operational, the new executive committee is expected to fill other offices and committees, as needed.

SIGNED: 
Sam Alfa, Ph.D., President.

Abu Acheneje, Secretary General

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