NBM 2016 Constitution

CONSTITUTION OF NBM OF AFRICA (NEO BLACK MOVEMENT OFAFRICA)

2014 (AS AMMENDED)

 

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

 

PART 1:

PRELIMINARY   (PREAMBLE)

 

PART 1

SECTION 1

(1)       Name of the Movement

Page 4

(2)       Supremacy of the Constitution

(3)        NBM of Africa(Neo Black Movement of Africa)

(4)       Zones and the National Headquarters of the Neo Black

Movement of Africa

 

PART 2:

FUNDAMENTAL OBJECTIVES AND DIRECTIVE PRINCIPLES OF ORGANIZATION POLICY

Page 5

SECTI ON 2        Fundamental Obligations of Officers of NBM of Africa

SECTI ON 3        Socio-Cultural andEconomic Objectives

 

 

PART3:

MEMBERSHIP

Page 6-7

SECTI ON 4        Qualifications for membership

SECTI ON 5        Forfeiture of Membership

SECTION 6         Implication of Forfeiture of Membership

 

 

PART4:

GOVERNMENT AND ORGANS OF THE ORGANIZATION

SECTION 7         Government and Organs of the Organization

Page 7-10

SECTION 8         National Executive Bodies

SECTION 9         Tenure

SECTION 10       Removal or suspension from office

SECTION 11       National Head and Other National Executive Officers and their Functions

 

 

 

 

PART 5:

NATIONAL COUNCIL OF ELDERS

SECTION12.

(1)     Composition

(2)     Election and Tenure of the Chairman

Page 10-12

(3)     Scribe of the Council

(4)     Meetings/Quorum

(5)     Powers/Functions

(6)     Disqualification/Removal of Members

 

 

NATIONAL CONVENTION

SECTION13.

 

  • Date
  • Venue
Page 12-13
  • Composition
  • Representation/proxy voting
  • Attendance
  • Convener/Organizer
  • Powers of theConvention
  • Non-Attendance of Convention

 

EXECUTIVE STANDING COMMITEES

 

SECTI ON 14.

(1)         Legal Committee

(2)       Welfare committee

(3)       Education, research and development committee

Page 13-16

(4)      Empowerment/Technical Aid Committee

(5)      Audit committee

(6)      Security committee

(7)      Publicity and media committee

(8)      Committee of Heads and National Exco members

(9)         Body of founders committee

 

REGIONAL STRUCTURE AND FUNCTIONS

Page 16-16

SECTION15

  1. Regional Structure
  2. Regional Heads and Functions

 

ZONES AND ZONAL EXECUTIVES

SECTION16

  1. Formation of Zone
  2. Membership ofZone
  3. Composition of Zonal Exco
Page17-20
  1. Tenure
  2. Duties/Function of zonal Exco
  3. Removal of Zonal Executive
  4. Ratification of removal by congress
  5. Resolution of removal by congress

 

 

 

 

 

 

PART 6:

ZONAL COUNCIL OF ELDERS

SECTION 17

  1. Composition
Page 21-22
  1. Election of Council Chairman
  2. Duties/Function
  3. Tenure

 

ELECTION/APPOINTMENTS INTO POSITIONS

 

SECTION18.

  1. Requirement/Qualification
Page 21-22
  1. Qualification into National Executive Body
  2. Disqualification
  3. Attestation by Zonal Head for contestant
  4. Conduct for election by Zones

 

 

FINANCE AND MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTABILITY

SECTION 19

  1. Account and Signatories
Page 22
  • Dues
  1. Statement of Account/Financial Report
  2. Zonal Account

 

PART 7:

 

MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

SECTION 20

  1. Magazine
Page 23
  • Membership/Ceremonial
  1. Procedures
  2. Jolly
  3. Code of Conduct

 

ORDER OF PRECEDENCE AND PRIVILEGES

 

 

SECTI ON 21.

Page24
  • Precedence
  1. Privileges

 

 

Page 24-25

SECTION 22

DEFINITION OF TERMS

 

Page 26

Section 23

AMENDMENT, CITATION, ADOPTION

 

 

PART 1: PREAMBLE

 

THE CONSTITUTION OF NBM OF AFRICA

 

WE THE MEMBERS of the NBM of Africa otherwise known and referred to as NEO BLACK MOVEMENT OF AFRICA  HAVING firmly and solemnly resolved TO FORM an organization to live in unity and harmony as one indivisible and indissoluble movement under God, dedicated to the promotion, protection and advancement of black solidarity, world peace, internal co-operation and understanding.

 

AND TO PROVIDE for a constitution for the purpose of promoting good relationship, interest and welfare of its members on the principle of freedom, equality and justice and for the purpose of consolidating the unity of its members DO HEREBY MAKE, ENDORSE AND GIVE TO OURSELVES THE FOLLOWING CONSTITUTION.

 

PART 1

SECTION 1.

(1)     The organization shall be known, called and addressed as NBM of Africa or otherwise as NEO BLACK MOVEMENT of AFRICA

(2)     This Constitution is supreme and its provisions shall bind all members and overrides any bye law, rules, decrees, orders, pronouncements, regulations or enactments that may be drawn by any organ,  committee, council or authority established by this Constitution. Whereby any bye law, rules, decrees, orders, pronouncements, regulations or enactments referred to in section 1 (2) above is inconsistent with the provisions of this constitution, this constitution shall prevail, and the  bye law, rules, decrees, orders, pronouncements, regulations or enactments shall to the extent of its inconsistency be null and void.

 

(3)   The NBM of Africa otherwise known and referred to as NEO BLACK MOVEMENT of AFRICA is one indivisible and indissoluble organization.

 

(4) (1)     The NBM of Africa shall be an organization consisting of regions, zones, and

Sub-zones throughout the world. All Regions, zones and sub-zones remain      integral part of the organization and  the movable/immoveable  property of any region, zone and sub-zone  shall remain the property of the national body to be

held in trust for the national body by the region,zone,and subzone that acquired it. No part of such moveable or immovable property shall be transferred or sold by the region, zone or sub-zone  without the express permission of the national  body

(2)     The National Headquarters shall situate in Benin City, Edo State of Nigeria. However, for administrative purpose the national executive of the organization may establish a national secretariat in any such states within the federal republic of Nigeria.

 

 

 

 

PART 2

 

SECTION 2.FUNDAMENTAL OBJECTIVES AND DIRECTIVE PRINCIPLES OF ORGANIZATION POLICY

 

It shall be the duty and the responsibility of all organs,  authorities and persons exercising  executive, legislative, or judicial powers, to conform to, observe and apply the provisions of section 3of this constitution as stated hereto .

 

 

SECTION 3.

(1)      The NBM shall be an organization based on the principles of democracy, equality and social justice.

 

(2)     It shall be the cardinal policy of the organization to cooperate and exchange ideas with other related organizations whose aims and objectives are in harmony with hers’.

 

(3)     It is hereby accordingly declared that the organization belongs to all members (i.e. congress/convention) of  NBM of Africa from whom the various bodies established by this constitution derive their powers and authority.

 

 

.                            (4)     The NBM of Africa is a non-partisan, non-religious

and non tribal organization.

(5)     The motto of the organization shall be “Social Justice and Equality for All”

(6)     The organization shall inculcate a deep sense of belonging and patriotism among members.

(7)     The organization shall protect, defend and propagate the interest and welfare of members.

(8)     The organization shall strive to eradicate all forms of oppression, intimidation, corruption, neo-colonialism and other vices from society.

(9)     The organization shall dedicate its resources to promoting, defending and advancing black solidarity (Blackism), culture and world peace.

(10)   The organization shall promote and protect fundamental human rights of all persons irrespective of race, social status, religion and gender in accordance with international covenant of civil and political rights of the United Nation as well as the African charter on human and peoples’ rights.

 

 

 

 

PART 3

MEMBERSHIP

 

SECTION 4: Qualifications for membership   

  • Membership shall be opened to interested qualified candidates provided

That such persons shall:

 

  • Share the vision of world equality and social justice
  • Be a graduate or matriculated undergraduate of an institution of higher learning
  • Be sponsored by three dedicated Lords
  • Be of good character and not convicted of a criminal offence

Considered inimical to the organization and the public in general by the Council of Elders

  • Be screened and approved for membership by the National Council of Elders.

 

  • Undergo the process of initiation organized and conducted by the National Executive Council at theregions or the convention or as may be directed by the National Executive Council /National Council of Elders in accordance with the membership procedure of the organization.

 

(2)     No person shall be qualified as a member except he has taken the oath of membership as contained in the membership procedure of the organization.

 

(3)     No member shall be addressed as a Black Lord except he has been inducted as such in accordance with the membership procedure of the organization or he is so sworn in as a Black Lord while taking up a position at the zone or region or at the National organ of the organization.

 

(4)     Only graduate members shall be inducted as Black Lords.

 

(5)     A list of those initiated as members or inducted as Black Lords shall be forwarded to all zones, regions and the National body.

 

SECTION 5:  FORFEITURE OF MEMBERSHIP

A person shall forfeit his membership of the organization if:

(1)     He acquires membership of any organization which is in conflict with N.B.M of Africa as determined by the National Council of Elders. An organization shall be deemed to be in conflict with NBM of Africa if such organization is an occult religious, demonic, fetish or terrorist organization.

(2)     The Council of Elders breaks his axe (de-axed) by excommunicating such member permanently.

(3)     He is suspended for a term certain or indefinitely for misconduct at the instance of the national head/zonal head.

(4)     He is suspended by the Council of Elders upon complaint brought by a member or zone or region.

 

 

SECTION 6:   IMPLICATION OF FORFEITURE OF MEMBERSHIP

 

  • Suspension means temporal forfeiture of membership for a term certain namely in days, weeks, months or indefinitely but not exceeding two years. However, before the expiration of a suspension term, the Executive Council or Council of Elders (depending on which organ exercised its powers in suspending a member), may reverse, revoke, cancel, and/or rescind its decision sou motu or upon plea by the suspended member to the organ that exercised such power. However where the suspension is by the Executive Council,the suspended member if dissatisfied with the suspension may appeal to the Council of Elders to review the decision of his suspension.
  • Breaking of axe (de-axed) means permanent forfeiture of membership except the National Council of Elders upon appeal by a de-axed member reverses its decision and recalls the de-axed member.

 

PART 4

 

 

SECTION 7.GOVERNMENT AND ORGANS OF THE ORGANIZATION

(1)    There shall be a National Executive Council which shall be the highest administrative and executive organ of the organization.

 

(2)     There shall be the National Council of Elders which shall be the highest legislative and judicial organ of the organization.

 

 

(3) There shall be a regional structure under the leadership of a regional head whom shall be the highest administrative and executive authority over the region.

(4)     There shall be the zonal executive council which shall have the highest administrative and executive powers within the zone

 

(5)     There shall be a Zonal Council of Elders which shall be the highest Legislative and judicial organ within the zone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECTION 8. NATIONAL EXECUTIVE BODY

(1)     The National Executive Council shall be composed of the National

Head, National  Chief Priest, National Eye , Assistant National Eye, National Butcher, National Ihaza, National Crier, , Assistant National Crier  and National Legal Officer.

(2)     The National Executive Council shall only consist of Black Lords of the NBM.

 

(3).    The National Executive Council shall meet from time to time to ensure the effective administration of the organization.

(4)     Every National Executive Council member shall be liable to perform

duties assigned to his office in accordance with the provisions of this constitution.

(5)     The National Executive Body shall have power to deal with issues

bothering on administration, emergencies, publicities, security, discipline, welfare, etc for good governance of the organization

 

 

SECTION 9. TENURE

(1)     The Tenure of the National Executive Council shall be two   years from the date of inauguration and subject to re-election for another two years term.

 

SECTION 10.  REMOVAL OR SUSPENSION FROM OFFICE

(2)     In the event that any executive officer of the organization is found wanting in the discharge of his duties or of gross misconduct, he shall stand removed from office by two-third majority resolution of the NationalCouncil of Elders/Zonal Council of Elders as the case may bepresent in the meeting where the issue was resolved after the said Executive officer has been given the opportunity to defend himself.

(3)     Removal from office is a permanent forfeiture of position in the Executive Council while suspension from office is a temporal forfeiture of office in the Executive Council for a term certain.

 

SECTI ON 11.    NATIONAL HEAD AND OTHER NATIONAL EXECUTIVE                               OFFICERS AND THEIR FUNCTONS

 

(1)     The National Head shall be the Chief Executive/President of the organization.

 

(2)     FUNCTIONS OF THE NATIONAL HEAD

The National Head shall:-

(a)     Co-ordinate activities and preside over meetings of the National Executive Council.

(b)     Supervise all aspect of the organization’s activities.

(c)      Perform any other function that may be assigned to his office by any     other section of this constitution or the convention.

(d)     Discipline any member of the organization

(e)      Make statement and pronouncement on behalf of the organization

(f)      Prepare and submit National statement of Accounts with bank statement to the National Auditor at the NCOE Preceding the convention

(3)     The National Chief Priest shall:-

(a)     Be the vice president/deputy to the national head i.e. the president of   the organization and shall so act in the absence of the National head/president.

(b)     Be the principal custodian of the organization’s paraphernalia

(c)      Be the sole person to prepare Kokoma

(d)     Lead procession during Jollification ceremonies

(e)      Perform any other function that may be assigned to him by any

Other provision of this constitution or the National head.

(f)      Be the chief welfare officer of the organization hence shall be responsible for the welfare of members

 

 

(4)     The National Eye shall:

(a)     Be the Secretary-General of the organization

(b)     Prepare and keep records of proceedings of National Executive meetings and the National Convention

(c)      Be in charge of the organization’s Secretariat

(d)     Be a member of the organization magazine editorial board

(e)      Ensure proper accreditation of participants in the National Conventions, conferences, workshops and seminars organized by the National body

(f)      Perform any other function that may be assigned to him by the National Head or any other provision of this constitution.

 

(5)     The Assistant National Eye shall:

  • Shall be the assistant of National Eye.
  • shall perform functions of National Eye asmay be delegated to him by the National Head or the National Eye.

 

(6)     The National Butcher shall:

(a)    Be the National Provost and or Security Officer of the organization

(b)    Discipline any erring member on the orders of the appropriate

Authorities (Head)

(c)   Maintain discipline and orderliness during organization’s functions and ceremonies

(d)   Ensure due protocol in all organization activities at all levels

(e)   Carry out directives from the National Head with dispatch

(f)    Assist the National Ihaza with the collection of monies due the National body.

(g)   Provide security advice to the National Head

(h)   Perform any other function that may be assigned to him by any other provisions of this constitution

(7)     The National Ihaza shall:

(a)   Be the treasurer of the organization

(b)   Keep all financial records of the National account

(c)   Collect dues from Zones as approved by the NCOE in accordance with the provisions of this constitution

(d)   Prepare and present financial report of the Organization to the National Executive Council every quarter of the NBM of Africa year

(e)   Perform any other function that may be assigned to him by any other National authority or other provisions of this constitution.

(f)    The National Ihaza shall be a trained person in accounting/financial related discipline.

(8)     The National Crier shall;

(a)   Be the public relations officer of the organization

(b)   Be the Editor-in- Chief of the organization’s magazine

(c)   Ensure the management of the organization’s website in line with the aims and objectives of the organization

(d)   Be responsible for organizing conferences, seminars, and workshops at the National level.

(e)   Perform any other function that may be assigned to him by the National Head or any other provisions of this constitution.

 

(9)       The Assistant National Crier shall;

  1. a) Be the assistant public relations officer of the organization
  2. b) Perform functions of the National crier as may be delegated to him by the National

Head or National Crier.

 

(10)   The National Legal Officer shall:

(a)     Be a trained legal practitioner with at least five years post call-to-bar experience and shall be the Legal Adviser of the organization. And shall be responsible for interpretation of the constitution at the instance of any of the national organs.

(b)     Be the Chairman of the National Legal Committee/ National Legal Aids Council.

(c)      Perform any other function that may be assigned to him by the National Head, NCOE or any other provisions of this constitution.

 

 

PART 5

 

SECTION 12: NATIONAL COUNCIL OF ELDERS

 

1        The National Council of Elders shall be made up of the following:

(a)     Chairman

(b)     National Head

(c)      National Chief Priest

(d)      National O/C Legal

(e)      Regional Heads

(f)      Zonal Heads of accredited zones

(g)      Zonal chairmen of accredited zones

(h)     Former National Heads

(i)      Former Chairmen of National Council of Elders

(j)     Two representatives each of accredited zones to be referred to as National

 

Elders- such persons  must have attained ten  years  of membership,must be dues paying member of his zone,must be attending meetings regularly at his zone and must have attended three (3)NCOE preceding  his appointment and/ or election  as national elder.

(k)     Founding Fathers

(l)      National Auditor

2        Permanent members of the council shall include former national heads, former chairmen of NCOE and founding fathers and board of trustee members.

 

         

3        COMPOSITION, STRUCTURE AND TENURE OF THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF ELDERS

 

  • The Council shall be headed by a Chairman elected amongst members

Provided such person so elected is not a member of the National/Zonal Executive.

 

 

(b)     The NCOE chairman shall be elected by the members of the council from among themselves at the first Council meeting after the Convention.

(c)      The first Council meeting shall be convened by the outgoing Chairman of the NCOE within sixty days from the date of the convention. And at the said NCOE the zones shall represent their representatives for inauguration of the NCOE. Thereafter the outgoing chairman shall step aside for the newly constituted NCOE to elect their chairman among themselves.

(d)     The tenure of office of the Council Chairman and the council shall be two years from the day of inauguration.

(e)      The scribe shall be elected among members of the Council.

(f)      Upon election of the Scribe of the NCOE, he becomes a member of the council and his tenure shall elapse with the council.

(g)     A meeting of the National Council of Elders shall be summoned by the           Chairman.

(h)     A quorum of the Council meeting shall comprise of twenty five members present at each council meeting.

(i)      A member of the NCOE must have attended the NCOE meeting at least three times in the life time of the council as an observer or a member before being appointed as member in the council.

 

  1. FUNCTIONS OF THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF ELDERS

(a)     The National Council of Elders shall act as a check on the National

Executive council.

(b)     The NCOE shall act as an advisory council to the National Executive council.

(c)      It shall be the Council’s duty to scrutinize and approve the National budget proposed by the National Executive council.

(d)     The Council shall determine the composition of delegates at the National sConvention.

(e)      The Council shall deal with cases of appeals referred to it by any member/organs or committee of the organization.

(f)      The National Council of elders shall suspend or dissolve a  region, regional head,  zonal executive or Council of Elders at the instance of the National Executive council, if found wanting in the discharge of its duties, and a caretaker committee shall be set up to run the region or zone for a period not exceeding three months. With respect to suspension of a region, regional head, zone or zonal Executive or zonal COE, the national head may make such pronouncement before bringing the issue of the suspension to NCOE for ratification which could be declined and the suspension revoked by the NCOE. While it is only the NCOE that can exercise the powers of dissolution of a region, regional head, zone or zonal Exco or zonal COE at the instance of the National Exco.

(g)     The National Council of Elders shall perform any other functions assigned to it by any other provisions of this constitution or the convention.

(h)      The NCOE shall be the custodian of NBM constitution

 

  1. (a) Any member of the National Council of Elders who becomes a member by           virtue of his office shall cease to become a member of the Council when he           ceases to hold such office.

(b)     Any National or zonal Head/ Chairman indicted or who for any reason abandoned his tenure shall not be qualified to be a member of the National Council of Elders as former Head/Chairman. However, where a national head or chairman voluntarily resigns his position on health grounds. upon acceptance of his resignation, he shall be deemed to have served his short tenure meritoriously and shall enjoy all the rights and privileges of a former head or chairman.

  1. In the event that any member of the Council of Elders (National/Zonal) is found wanting in the discharge of his duties or gross misconduct, he shall be removed from office by two third majority of the members present at a meeting where the issue was discussed/resolved.

 

SECTION 13 NATIONAL CONVENTION

(1)     The National Convention shall be held annually on the weekendof Sharpeville Memorial Day (being the 21st day March) or the weekend immediately following where the 21st day of March falls on a week day or any other day that may be determined by the NCOE.

(2)     The venue of the convention shall be decided by the National Council of Elders.

(3)     The National Convention shall be composed of the following:

(a)     National Head

(b)     Other members of the National Executive council

(c)      Chairman, National Council of Elders

(d)     Other accredited members of N.C.O.E

(e)      Regional Heads of accredited regions

(f)      Zonal Heads of accredited zones

(g)     Chairmen Council of Elders, accredited zones

(h)     Former National Heads

(i)      Former Chairmen National Council of Elders

(j)      Trustees of the organization

(k)     Other delegates as may be invited/accredited from the zones by the National Body.

 

(l)      Founding fathers

 

(4)     All zones shall be represented at the Convention except zones and regions in diasporas that by this constitution are exempted to vote by proxy in accordance with the provisions of this constitution and any guide line that may be approved by the national body of this organization and such guideline must reflect transparency and true democracy. The  proxy vote of zones in diaspora  shall be  exercised in the  following  manner;

(a) if  a diaspora  zone  is  not represented at the convention such  a  zone  shall be  entitled to one  vote.

(b) if  a diaspora   zone  is  represented  by  one  representative such a zone  shall be entitled to one  proxy  vote which  is  the vote  of the representative.

(c) if  the diaspora  zone  is  represented by  four representatives  or such  numbers  of  persons prescribed to vote at the convention, the diaspora zone will only  be entitled to the vote of the representatives .

 

 

(5)     Notwithstanding the provisions of section 13(3a – l) above, all Lords are mandated by this constitution to attend the National Convention.

 

(6)  (a) The National Convention shall be convened, organized and executed

by the National Executive Council.

(b)  The National Head shall preside over the National Convention.

 

(c)    The National Eye shall be the secretary to the convention

 

(7) (a) The convention shall receive written reports from the National Executive Council and zones.

(b) The supreme authority of the Movement shall be vested on the National convention which shall ratify policies, constitutional amendments, reports, disciplinary measures, committees, sanctions, projects and reform as may affect the overall interest of the organization.

(c)  The National convention shall deal with other matters as may be referred to it by other organs of the organization.

 

(8)       Any zone not represented at the National Convention shall be liable to a fine

which shall be determined by the National Executive Council.

 

 

SECTION 14:EXECUTIVE STANDING COMMITTEE

There shall be the following standing committees to be inaugurated by the national head or the zonal head as the case may be after the committees are constituted by prescribed persons

 

 

 

 

 

in accordance with this constitution at the instance of the national or zonal head (as the case may be).

 

 

 

 (1) LEGAL COMMITTEE

(a)     There shall be a Legal Committee for the National Body/Zone of the organization.

(b)     The legal Committee at the National and Zonal levels shall not be less than five members. The National O/C legal or the zonal O/C legal shall constitute this committee where applicable. The legal committee shall be made of legal practitioners and such number of non-lawyer member of the organization (to be

appointed by the chairman of the committee) with good knowledge of the

culture, tradition and the constitution of organization.

(c)      The Legal Committee shall be headed by National/zonal O/C legal as Chairman.

(d)     The Legal Committee shall assist the National/zonal O/C legal in discharge of his duties as legal adviser to the organization.

(e)      The Legal Committee shall assist the National/zonal O/C legal to perform and handle all Legal issues concerning the organization.

(f)      Any member of the organization desiring legal assistance may forward his request to the legal Committee through the National Head or Zonal Head. In this regard, the legal committee shall function as legal aid council.

(g)     The legal committee shall function as the legal head council to provide legal aid to members in accordance with the provision of the constitution or guidelines or rules to be made by the National/zonal O/C legal and ratified by the NCOE.

(h)     The appointment of members of the legal committee as constituted by the National/zonal O/C legal shall be ratified by the National Council of Elders/Zonal Council of Elders as the case may be.

(i)      In the appointment of members of the legal committee,competence and geophysical spread must be taken into consideration.

(2)  WELFARE COMMITTEE

(a)  The welfare committee shall be headed by the chief priest that is the vice president

of the organization. It shall be the responsibility of the welfare committee to

provide for the welfare of members of the organization

(b) The welfare committee shall equally organize welfare programs for non members

of the organization in form of charity as may be directed by the national or zonal

Executive Council.

(c) Appointment of the members shall be ratified by the NCOE/ZCOE.

 

(3) EDUCATION, RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

 

  • This committee is to be constituted by the national or zonal Executive as the case may be.
  • The committee is to assist the organization in educational, socio-cultural and scientific research for national development and the development of the entire human race.
  • Appointment of the members shall be ratified by the NCOE/ZCOE.

(4) EMPOWERMENT/TECHNICAL AID COMMITTEE

 

  • This committee is to be constituted by the national or zonal Executive as the case may be with the responsibility of providing skill acquisition and other forms of empowerment for less privilege members of the society and the unemployed with a view of reducing unemployment in our society.
  • This committee is also responsible for assembling technical experts to support the government or any of its agencies and any international organization e.g. red cross in any area of human endeavor were technical aid is required.

 

 

(5) AUDIT COMMITTEE

The audit committee shall be constituted by the NCOE at the national or ZCOE at the zonal level. The national auditor shall be the chairman of the audit committee. The committee shall be responsible for auditing the financial records of the national or zonal body of the organization. The national auditor shall be a trained chartered accountant or financial professional with at least five years past training experience.

 

           (6)SECURITY COMMITTEE

This committee is to be constituted by the national or zonal Provost as the case may be. This committee shall provide security at all national or zonal events of the organization. The committee shall work and co-operate with all security agencies on security matters.

 

(7)PUBLICITY AND MEDIA COMMITTEE

This committee is to be constituted by the national or zonal public relation officer that is P.R.O as the case may be. It shall be the responsibility of this committee to formulate programs that will assist in effective dissemination of information and projection of the image of the organization through its charity programs.

 

(8)     COMMITTEE OF HEADS AND NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL           MEMBERS

(a) This committee shall consist of all regional heads, zonal heads, and

national executive council  members.

(b) It shall be presided over by the national head

(c)  It shall provide a frame work for execution of the policies of the

national executive council

(d) It shall serve as an advisory body to the national executive council in

its policy Implementation

 

(9)     BODY OF FOUNDERS COMMITTEE

(a)    There shall be established for the movement a body of founder (BOF)

which shall be resource persons for the movement?

(b)    The body shall be composed of founding fathers and pioneer members from 1977-1979

(c)    They shall have a chairman appointed amongst the members

(d)    The body shall conduct research on the movement ideology and its

applications

(e)    The body shall meet at least once in a year

(f)     The body shall be responsible to the national council of elders

(g)    The body shall perform other duties assigned it by the NCOE or

any other provision of this constitution

SECTION 15: REGIONAL STRUCTURE

(1).

  • There shall be a Regional Structure in the Organization under the leadership of a regional head. The National Executive Council shall constitute or group zones within close geographical proximity into regions and this shall be ratified by the NCOE.The zones shall retain their independent structure within the region.
  • The Regional Head shall be elected by the zonal heads of the Zones within a region, Chairmen of zonal council of elders of zones within a region and the members of the National Council ofElders resident within the region.
  • The Regional heads election shall be by secret ballots in an election to be conducted by the Regional head. Where the Regional Head is participating as a candidate in the said regional headship election, the National Executive Council shall appoint a National Officer or any other member of the organization the National Executive council deem fit to conduct the said election in such a manner that will reflect true democracy, transparency and fair play to all concerned.
  • The Regional head shall operate solely without an Executive Council and Council of Elders but may delegate any zonal head within his region to carry out any function of the various offices within the Executive Council of the organization.
  • The Regional head shall be removed by the two third majority of the NCOE where the petition for his removal is discussed after the regional head must have being given an opportunity to defend himself in such council meeting where the case is determined.
  • The zone within the region shall finance the activities of the regional head
  • The Regional head shall be a member of the national council of elders NCOE

 

 

(2)     FUNCTIONS OF A REGIONAL HEAD

  • Regional Heads are responsible for maintaining closer links between the National Body and Zones.
  • Regional Heads are required to act as focal point for initiating collective cooperation between zones within their region and ensuring effective administrative practices, regional programmes designed for the benefit of the organization and its members.
  • They are responsible for coordinating information relating to strategies and priority needs of zones within their jurisdiction for the attention of the National Executive Council.
  • It is their responsibility to ensure that these strategies and priority needs are positively linked to the bigger initiative of NBM of Africa, including any relevant partners so as to give impetus to NBM of Africa initiatives and objectives.
  • Develop and maintain links with other national and regional societies within their region in other to strengthen NBM of Africa collaboration with these partners.
  • Ensure efficient transfer and implementation of national directives to zones within their region.
  • The regional head has powers under this constitution to convene a regional meeting every quarter of the year or any emergency meeting where the need arises.
  • The Regional head meetings shall determine matters within the region. The meeting shall consist of all zonal heads, zonal COE chairmen within the region and any such persons as may be invited by the regional head.
  • The NEXCO or the NCOE might delegate duties to the regional head and the regional head shall endeavor to perform such duties to the best of his ability
  • The Regional head shall submit through NEXCO to the NCOE names of intending members screened by the zonal council of elders after the Regional head must have ensure compliance with initiation qualification as may be prescribed by the constitution or the national body. Such names are subject to final screening by the national body.
  • The regional head shall exercise the highest administrative and executive powers

within the region

 

SECTION 16: ZONES AND ZONAL EXECUTIVE

(1)     (a)     There shall be established zones which shall be branch of the organization in           any part of the world in accordance with geographical proximity and not ethnic           constitution.

(b)    The formation of a new Zone shall be at the discretion of the National Executive Council. The National Executive Council shall bring such formation of a new zone to the notice of the national council of elders for ratification.

(c)      The Zones shall have Executive appointed amongst its registered members.

 

(2)     (a)     Zones shall comprise of only resident Black Lords within the Zones

(b)     Members of a Zone shall not be less than twenty five working Lords

(c)      It shall be the duty of a Zone to mobilize members of the organization within its

Jurisdiction towards achieving the aims and objectives of the organization.

(d)     The Zone shall be responsible to the National body.

(e)      A Zone shall have authority over all members of the organization within its jurisdiction.

(f)      A Zone shall have authority over the Temples of the Movement within its jurisdiction.

(g)     The focus of a Zone shall be on the social justice problems in its area of jurisdiction.

(h)     Zones shall maintain contact and cooperate with other similar organizations and agencies in project of social justice and integral development.

(i)      Zones shall organize and undertake projects which have practical use and economic value to the local community.

 

(3)               Zonal Executives shall consist of Zonal Head, Zonal Chief Priest, Zonal Eye,Assistant Zonal Eye, Zonal Butcher, Zonal Ihaza, Zonal Crier, Assistant Zonal crier and Zonal Legal Officer and shall perform such functions corresponding to similar office at the National level

 

(4)     The Tenure of Zonal Executive shall be two years which shall run concurrently with the National Executive Body.

 

(5)     (a)     It shall be the duty of the Zonal Executives to assist the National

Executive in procuring payments of dues from Black Lords within their Zones.

(b)     The Zonal Executive is the highest administrative organ of the organization at the zone.

 

 

(c)      The Zonal Executive shall appoint members of the Zonal Council of Elders other than members’ who are such by virtue of their position in the Zonal Executive Council and shall refer such appointments to the general house i.e. zonal congress for ratification.

 

(6)     In the event that any Executive Officer of the Zone is found wanting in the discharge of his duties or gross misconduct, he shall stand removed from office by two-third majority of the executive council or the Council of Elders present where the matter is being discussed. However, the removal shall be an interim/temporal removal pending ratification by two-third majority of the Zonal members present at the meeting where the issue shall be further resolved.

 

(7)     In the event that the zonal COE exercised its powers to remove an executive, it shall communicate to the congress through the zonal head (if the zonal head is not the affected person) the reason for the removal or suspension of such Exco member and any member of the congress may move a motion for the matter to be set down for further deliberation most especially if the affected officer has a complaint against his removal.

(8)     The affected officer shall further be given the opportunity to defend himself and the congress shall deliberate thereafter and the resolution of two-third majority of members present shall be reached to ratify his temporal removal from office. However, suspension from office shall not require any ratification by the congress.

 

(9)     DUTIES OF ZONAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL/OFFICERS

 

  1. There shall be a Zonal Executive Council, which shall be the administrative organ of the Zone.
  2. The functions of the Zonal Executive Council shall include day-to-day administration, management of available resources, mobilization of members and implementation of the duties assigned to the Zone under this constitution.
  3. The Zonal Executive Council shall consist of Members as stated in section 16 subsection (3) of this constitution.
  4. Each member of the Zonal Executive Council shall perform the duties assigned to his office as provided here-in-under:

 

  1. Zonal Head

 

The Zonal Head Shall:

  1. Be the Chief Executive Officer of the Movement at the Zonal level.
  2. Be the Chief Security Officer of the Zone.
  3. Provide leadership and co-ordinate other Zonal Executive Officers to carry out the duties of the Zone.
  4. Be committed to the Movement mission of defense and protection of the oppressed people.
  5. Run the administration of the Zone on day-to-day basis and preside over meetings of the Zonal Executive Council.
  6. Be accountable and responsible to the Zonal Council of Elders.
  7. Perform any other functions as may conferred on him by the Zonal Council of Elders or assigned to his office by any other section of this constitution.

 

  1. Zonal Chief Priest

 

The Zonal Chief Priest Shall:

  1. Be the deputy to the Zonal Head in the Zonal Executive hierarchy.
  2. Be the Chief Welfare Officer of the Zone
  3. Be the principle custodian of the Zone paraphernalia.
  4. Be responsible for the ceremonial and fraternal activities at the Zonal level.
  5. Assist the National Chief Priest to conduct research into social issues, African cultures and traditions.
  6. Assist the Zonal Head in the-to-day administration of the Movement.
  7. Preside over meetings of the Zonal Executive Council in the absence of the Zonal Head
  8. Perform any other function that may be assigned to him by the Zonal Head or any other provision of this constitution.

 

  1. Zonal Eye

 

The Zonal Eye Shall:

  1. Be the Secretary-General of the Zone.
  2. Prepare and keep records of proceedings of Zonal Executive meetings
  3. Be in charge of the Zonal Secretariat
  4. Ensure proper accreditation of members in the Zonal conferences, workshops and seminars organized by the Zone
  5. Perform any other function that may be assigned to him by the Zonal Head or any other provision of this constitution.

 

  1. Assistant Zonal Eye

 

The Assistant Zonal Eye Shall:

  1. Assist the Zonal Eye in all his assigned duties.
  2. Carry out duties that may be assigned to him by the Zonal Eye.
  3. Perform any other function that may be assigned to him by the Zonal Head or any other provisions of this constitution.

 

  1. Zonal Ihaza

 

The Zonal Ihaza shall:

  1. Be the treasurer of the Zone.
  2. Keep all financial records of the Zone.
  3. Collect dues from Zonal members as approved by the ZCOE in accordance with the provisions of this constitution.
  4. Prepare and present financial report to the Zonal Executive in every quarter of the year.
  5. Perform any other function that may be assigned to him by any authority or other provision of this constitution.

 

  1. Zonal Butcher.

 

The Zonal Butcher shall:

Be the provost Officer of the Zone.

  1. Maintain discipline and orderliness at all Zonal functions and ceremonies.
  2. Ensure due protocol in all Movement activities at Zonal level.
  3. Carry out directives from the Zonal Head with dispatch.
  4. Assist the Zonal Ihaza with collection of monies due the Zone.
  5. Provide security advice to the Zonal Head.
  6. Perform any other function that may be assigned to him by any authority or other provisions of this constitution.

 

  1. Zonal Crier.

 

The National Crier shall:

  1. Be the Public Relations Officer of the Zone.
  2. Be responsible for all publications of the Zone.
  3. Ensure the dissemination and management of information to members of the Zone.
  4. Be responsible for organizing conferences, seminars, and workshops at the Zonal level
  5. Perform any other function that may be assigned to him by the Zonal Head or any other provision of this constitution.

 

  1. Assistant Zonal Crier

 

The Assistant Zonal Crier Shall:

Assist the Zonal Crier in all his assigned duties.

  1. Carry out duties that may be assigned to him by the Zonal Crier.
  2. Perform any other function that may be assigned to him by the Zonal Head or any other provisions of this constitution.

 

 

  1. Zonal Legal Officer

 

The Zonal Legal Officer shall:

  1. Be the legal adviser of the Zone.
  2. Be the Chairman of the Zonal Legal Aid Council or any Zonal legal committee.
  3. Perform any other function that may be assigned to him by any authority or other provisions of this constitution.

 

PART 6

 

SECTION 17: ZONAL COUNCIL OF ELDERS

 

(1)     The Council shall consist of the Chairman, Zonal Head, former Chairmen, former Zonal Head, Zonal Legal Officer and six other dedicated Lords of the Zone with not less than ten years of proven experience from the year of initiation. The Zonal Council of Elders shall be constituted by the Zonal Executive council. The Zonal Executive Council shall present the constituted members of the Zonal Council of Elders for ratification by the Zonal Congress. Any member of the constituted Council of Elder rejected by a motion passed by the congress shall be dropped by the Zonal Exco and the Zonal Exco shall exercise his power to replace the rejected council member and such a person shall be presented to the congress for ratification.

 

  1. The Council shall be headed by a Chairman elected amongst its members after ratification by the congress of all proposed members of the Zonal council of Elders. Except for those who are members of the council by virtue of the provisions of this constitution with respect to the offices they occupy at the Executive council, no member of the Council of Elders shall be a member of the Executive Council.

 

  1. (a) The Council shall screen candidates for the executive council of the

Zone subject to the approval of the Zonal members.

(b)     The Council shall perform similar duties assigned to the N.C.O.E at the Zonal level.

(c)      The Council shall perform any other function as may be provided by any other provision of this constitution.

 

  1. The tenure of Zonal Council of Elders shall be two years which shall run concurrently with the National Council of Elders.

         

SECTION 18: ELECTION/APPOINTMENT INTO POSITIONS

  • Candidates to be elected/appointed where applicable into any position in the organization must meet the following requirements and other    requirements as may be provided by any other provision of this constitution;
  • For national officers, they must be recommended by their respective zones at the convention before their election.

 

(2)     A candidate shall be qualified for election or an appointment into the

National Executive Office if:

  • He is a duly initiated member of NBM
  • He is a registered dues paying Lord of his Zone.
  • He has attained fifteen years membership in the organization, in the case of National Head/Chief Priest, and not less than ten years membership in other offices, and must have graduated from a higher institution of learning.

 

 

(3)     A Lord shall not be eligible for election into the National Executive Office if:

(a)     He has been found financially bankrupt

(b)     He has been convicted of a felony

(c)      He has been elected to same office at any two

Consecutive term.

(d)     He does any act, or suffers any disability that would have disqualified him by any provision of this constitution and a decision `reached to that effect.

(e)     Within the preceding seven years he has been removed as a member of any of the organs or committees of the organization on the grounds of misconduct.

(f)      He has been indicted and punished for gross indiscipline in his                          Zone

(g)     He belongs to any other organization whose membership is kept secret unless he so disclose it voluntarily.

(h)     Any person indicted and or found guilty of financial misappropriation in the organization shall not be eligible for election/appointment.

(i)    Any person once suspended or de-axed would first require a clearance of 2/3 members of his Zone and be subjected to extra-ordinary screening by the National C.O.E.

 

(4)     The Head of a Zone shall attest to the financial and social status of any person seeking election as a National Head, Chairman National Council of Elders.

 

(5)         save as otherwise expressly provided for by any other section of this constitution,

The Zone are empowered by this section to adopt or make guidelines in the

Conduct its election in accordance with the provision of this constitution.

(6)            Any person elected/ appointed into any Government and Organ of the organization

Shall take the oath of office prescribed in the membership procedures of the

Movement.

 

SECTION 19: FINANCE AND MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTABILITY

 

  1. There shall be a National Account maintained by three signatories; namely National Head, National Ihaza and the National Eye.

 

  1. (a) All members of the organization shall pay dues to the National Account

as may be decided by the National C.O.E from time to time.

 

(b)     Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (1) above, dues shall be payable annually by the Zones to the National Body.It shall be the duty of the National Executive to ensure payment of Members’ dues which they may adopt any measure to achieve

  1. (a)The National Head shall submit a statement of account and bank statement of the organization for the previous year to the Council of Elders at least 21 days before the National Convention. The council of elders shall constitute all audit committee headed by national auditor for verification of the statement and account.

 

(b)     The Executive Council (National and Zone) shall at the end of its tenure of office submit to the incoming Executive Committee a comprehensive report on the finance of the organization. The executive shall also be required to give a report of the activities of their office during their tenure.

 

  1. Zones are empowered by this constitution to open and maintain bank accounts

with reputable banks. The signatories to the account shall be Head, Ihaza and

The Eye.

 

 

 

PART 7

 

 

 

SECTION 20: MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

  1. (a) The Official name of the organization’s magazine shall be called the

UHURU

(b)     The magazine shall be produced quarterly in a year.

(c)      The publication of the magazine shall be made by the National Executive

Council.

(d)     The magazine shall propagate the objectives of the organization as spelt out in

this constitution.

  1. (a) There shall be membership/ceremonial procedures established by the

Organization, such procedures shall include initiations, Jolly format, dressing, oath of allegiance and the likes.

 

(b)     The membership and the ceremonial procedures maybe modified by the National Council of Elders with the consent of simple majority of members present at its meeting.

 

(c)      No section of the membership/ceremonial procedure shall be amended except by consent of two-third majority of members present at the NCOE meeting.

 

(d)     The traditional mode of dressing by members at any official engagement shall be as prescribed in the membership procedure of the organization.

 

(e)      All approved ceremonies shall be deemed to be National Ceremonies presided over by the National/Zonal Head as the case may be.

(3)     (a)     Zones are empowered under this section to hold zonal meetings at their own           discretion and convenience.

 

(b)     Zonal meetings shall be attended by all Black Lords in the zone.

 

(4)     Subject to the provision of this constitution, a jolly shall take the format stated in the membership procedures of the constitution.

 

(5)     (a)     There shall be code of conduct applicable to all members of the

organization, violation of which shall attract disciplinary action.

(b)     Members shall be present and punctual at meetings, jollies and other organization activities.

(c)      Members shall not get kpampous at any time.

(d)     Members shall not Braitwaite during organization activities.

(e)      Members shall uphold at all times the spirit of brotherhood

(f)      Members shall always be civil in their relationship with non-members

(g)     Members shall not offer nor receive bribes.

(h)     Members shall keep secrets secret.

(i)      Members shall carry out the organization’s assignment with dispatch.

(j)      Members shall always fight for the advancement of the human race

(k)     Members shall always show good example to others.

 

 

SECTION 21: ORDER OF PRECEDENCE

  1. Save as otherwise provided by any provision of this constitution, the order of precedence in the movement shall be as follows:

 

  • National head
  • Chairman national council of elders
  • National chief priest
  • Members national executive council
  • Members national council of elders ( permanent members first)
  • Regional heads
  • Zonal heads
  • Chairmen zonal council of elders
  • Zonal chief priest
  • Members zonal executive council
  • Members zonal council of elders
  • Members of the movement according to their year of initiation.
  1. The privileges of the order of the precedence are that honor shall be given in that order. No person in a lower order shall show disrespect to a person in a higher position save on the order of a person of higher and appropriate authority. Honor shall also be given to persons according to their positions in the organization, year of initiation, and age.

 

 

SECTION 22: DEFINITION OF TERMS

 

Axeman:                        Shall refer to a general form of reference to any member

of the organization

 

Aye:                               The traditional salute of members of the organization

 

Uhuru:                           The Official magazine/mouth piece of the organization

 

Black Lord:                    Shall refer to any member who has been initiated as such

in accordance with the provision of this constitution. And must have acquired a university degree, HND degree or their equivalent.

 

 

Council of Elders:          Legislative, Judicial and Advisory Organ of the organization.

 

Country:                        As used in this constitution shall mean an independent

Nation throughout the world where freedom, equality and social justice exist among races, and creed.

 

 

De-Axe:                         Dismissal of a member from

the organization.

 

Graduate:                       A member who has attained or acquired the N.C.E;

OND; HND; or First Degree in any University or Institution of Higher Learning.

 

Head:                             The Chief Executive of the Movement (National/Zonal)

 

Initiation:                       The ceremony of induction of member performed by the

Zone.

 

Jolly/Jollification:          A get together ceremony by members of the Movement.

 

Organization:                 The NBM OF AFRICA.

 

National Body:              Shall include the National Executive, National COE and

other body having a National function.

 

National Executive:       Administrative organ of the organization at the national level

Working Day:                Monday through Friday in a week.

 

Zone:                              Any area earmarked by the National Executive and approved by

the NCOE as a Zone

 

on the basis of geographical proximity.

 

Zonal Executives:          Administrative organ of the organization at the Zonal level

 

 

 

SECTION 23

 

  1. AMENDMENT:

No section of this shall be amended except by consent of two-third majority of members present in the National COE meeting and subsequent ratification by simple majority at any National convention.

 

  1. CITATION:

This constitution may be cited as the Constitution of the NBM of Africa, 2014 as amended and it supersedes and repeals any other constitution of the NBM of Africa.

 

  1. ADOPTION:

 

 

Made 30thMay2014 at Omoku, Rivers state Nigeriaas Amend on 9th October,2015 at Lekki Lagos State Nigeria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

______________________________                                                       _______________

Chairman National Council of Elders                                            National Head

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