By Chris Akhabue
The Edo State chapter of National Association of Auctioneers (NAA) inaugurates a new executive officers to pilot the affairs of the association for the next four years.
Speaking at the event which was held at the Central Hotel in Benin City, the Edo State capital recently, the Chairman, Board Of Trustee of the association, Alhaji Sule Musa, admonished the newly elected Chairman and his exco to remain focused and diligent in the discharge of their duties, stressing that the Auctioneering business has been in existence for the past 70 years, adding that the body is purely for business of helping the federal, state and local government in enhancing internally generated revenue through auctioning items the government would want to dispose of.
He said the association is devoid of tribal, religious nor cults affiliation and advised the new EXCO to continually educate the government functionaries they interface with on the laws and principles guiding the Auctioneering business.
Alhaji Musa said that he have no doubt in the ability of the new EXCO to pilot the affairs of the association, stressing that the newly elected Chairman and his men are people of proven track record of integrity and transparent honesty and therefore advice them to be the good ambassadors of the association which they have always been known for.
In his address, the national secretary of the association, Engineer Isibor Abhulimen, on behalf of the national President, Alhaji Aliyu Kiliya commended the out- going executive for deligently piloting the affairs of the association for the past years and for helping the government at the local, State and the federal government in boosting and enhancing the internally generated revenue.
In his speech, Engineer Abhulimen said,” I must Commend the out- going Exco for a job well done for piloting the affairs of the association and also for electing credible people to lead the association.”
On his part, the Edo State commissioner of Police represented by the DCP, Mr Dahiru Muhammed, congratulated the newly elected Chairman and other elected officers of the association.
In his words, he said,” I bring you greetings from the Edo State Commissioner of Police, CP Abutu Yaro. I want to use the opportunity to congratulate the newly elected Chairman, Elder Anthony Orukpe Ebhoteme, whom I have known for a long time now, to be a perfect gentleman, a transparent, accountable and honest man to the core, a man you can count on and I want to say that I am sure his tenure will no doubt translate to greater progress for the association. I want to let you know that the CP congratulates you on your elections and promises to continue to relate with you as usual and wish you all success in your endeavours.”
In his inaugural speech, the newly elected Chairman of the association, Elder Anthony Orukpe Ebhoteme, thanked the Edo State governor, His Excellency, Mr Godwin Obaseki, who was ably represented by Engineer Clement Ogieva, the Director of works at the Edo State Ministry of Works and the Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corp, CC Henry Banamaisia who was represented by the Sector Legal officer, SRC Bala Sarki and all present for finding time to come to rejoice with the members of the association on the auspicious occasion of the inauguration of the new leadership of the association.
He said, “haven served all the past association chairmen since1984, I have tapped much experience needed to prepare me for the task of piloting the affairs of the association,”
He further added that, “I will carry everyone along in the discharge of my constitutional mandates. I am going to be firm but fair to all and I will use my office to unite every member of the association more than ever before and my expectation is that by this time next year, we shall have our own secretariat.”
He assured that he would make sure that there are no factions in the body of the association but rather, he would ensure there is unity among the members of the association as an indivisible entity he stated.
Other officers inaugurated at the occasion include the Publicity Secretary, Chief Eddy Ogbomon, Nosa Ehijiator as the Assistant Secretary, Major Nwosu, the Auditor amongst others.