Below is the NBM’s Spanish Zone’s Annual Report Sheet 2018/19 compiled by the Head of the Zone: Tayo Olutoryor.
Interestingly in it’s race to register the NBM in all the countries it operates the Spain Zone have had to lose their name. Registering instead as ‘The Uhuru Foundation’. Why?
“the underlying issues here is that NBM AFRICA is currently under investigation in Spain and as we speak some of our members are still been followed by the police to see the kind of activities we indulge. As we were advised by our lawyers, that UHURU FOUNDATION should be the reason for our gathering till the investigations are called off only then we can change our name to NBM AFRICA”
SPANISH ZONAL ANNUAL REPORT SHEET/ACHIEVEMENTS (JUNE 2018 TO MARCH 2019).
Upon inception, my administration as the Spanish zonal head held a very crucial meeting both with myfellow executives and the council of elders of the zone wherein important issues were raised and the way forward intensively deliberated to ensure that all hands on desk. The highlight of all the issues discussed was the urgent need to register the zone with both the state and local authorities in Spain.
Subsequently, and upon my request as the head, the council was asked to review and audit the financial status of the zone where there were perceived irregularities, though the committee set up for this purpose is yet to finalized all their investigations, some persons indicted so far was made to refund some monies to the zonal wallet and this has since been done.
Myself and EXCOS also took upon ourselves the onerous task of bringing together most aggrieved Lords in the zone with issues emanating of the previous administration. This we were able to achieve by visiting abodes highly concentrated by Lords assuring them of a new dawn and the blueprint to take the zone to the next level was also given. We ended up by reviewing issues that led to the suspension of some Lords in the zone, while others were revoked, others were granted amnesty.
BLUE PRINT REVIEW
In reviewing my blueprint for Spanish zone, I will like to buttress that the constant financial demands from the Region and National body has to a large extent hampered my vision for the zone. However, Myself and my team yet have been able to achieve more than 50 percent of my blueprint for the zone. The following are the cardinal points of my blueprints=
- ZONAL REGISTRATION
- RECERTIFICATION AND ACCREDITATION
- COLLABORATION WITH SISTER ORGANISATIONS
- INTERNAL COOPERATION BOTH WITH THE REGION AND NATIONAL BODY.
ACHIEVEMENTS SO FAR.
- (ZONAL REGISTRATION)
From the aforementioned cardinal blueprints, so far we have been able to achieve 70 percent of it while others are still in the making. The zone has been fully registered though not as NBM AFRICA but as UHURU FOUNDATION, this might sound strange but the underlying issues here is that NBM AFRICA is currently under investigation in Spain and as we speak some of our members are still been followed by the police to see the kind of activities we indulge. As we were advised by our lawyers, that UHURU FOUNDATION should be the reason for our gathering till the investigations are called off only then we can change our name to NBM AFRICA and I am glad to say from the last discussion I had with the lawyer the police are getting more convinced by the day that we have no skeleton in our cupboard. We sincerely hope before the end of my administration things will be done properly as regard our trade mark. Above all,it is worthy to note that we cannot continue to gather illegally in a lawful country like Spain, hence the importance of the registration.
This is one area where I would say we have scored 100 percent so far. We can recall that barely 3 months into this administration, the cold hands of death took the life of one of my forum coordination (LORD NELSON MANDELA)who was on a visit to Nigeria and never returned. The zone responded quickly and ensured that he was given a befitted burial and also making sure that those he left behind were properly taken care of. Finally the sum of two million, two hundred thousand Naira (2.2 Million) was spent. Subsequently, other members of the zone have equally benefitted from the zonal welfare package either by way of child birth or marriage celebrations. Consequently, a total number of ten (10) Lords have benefited with a whooping sum of two thousand, four hundred and fifty euros (2.450 euros).
3. RECERTIFICATION AND ACCREDITATION
Ever since the announcement of the NBM National ID card scheme, Spanish zone has also embarked on recertification and accreditation of her members with the view of screening those ready and constant members of the zone. Meanwhile,there has been a cry out to all and sundry about the very need and importance of the recertification exercise. As admonished by the council, the period of grace to take part in the awesome exercise has been extended to the middle of this year 2019 after which all doors will be closed and those that ignored or refused to take part will be published as Non-members of Spanish zone and will cease to enjoy any rights or privilege whatsoever.
4. COLLABORATION WITH OTHER SISTER ORGANISATIONS.
Though we have not really done enough in this area, but as we speak, plans are already going on to partner and collaborate with other sister organizations which has been mapped out for seminars and others for visitations and subsequently making donations as much as possible.
5. INTERNAL COOPERATION BOTH WITH THE REGION AND NATIONAL BODY.
So far Spanish zone has been able to cooperate with the EU region and the National body at large. Spanish zonal members have also participated in seminars and inter-talk meetings organized by the region. In the areas of finance,we have also ensure we meet our financial obligations to both the Region and the National body. We have paid part sum for the Italian case, we have also paid our Regional dues, while Spanish zone was among the first seven (7) zones to pay for this year’s National Convention. Not to forget the fact that our National elders have also made adequate representation of Spanish zone at NCOE meetings.
OTHER MISCELLEANOUS ACHIEVEMENTS.
Apart from the above achievements, we have also made other giant achievements. We have organized a compulsory Monthly LEADERSHIP TRAINING AND ORIENTATION CLASS for ALL Spanish Lords which will run for a period of one year. Opening of a zonal account and website are currently in process, hopefully they will be included in our subsequent annual report.
The constant financial burden from both the Region and National body has been our biggest challenge. After meeting these financial demands, we barely have something to deal, with regards to our plans and blueprints for the zone. Monies raised from dues are never enough, as we now rely on individual voluntarily donations/contributions in order to meet up our financial obligations. Another heavy challenge is the fact that Lords no longer have the interest of the MOVEMENT at heart. They lack the zeal to attend inter-talk and most times they prefer to sit at home doing nothing flawlessly. Because of their massive numbers, compelling them with a suspension notice has been seen by many not to be the best option.
- Both regions and National body should look for an alternative source for funds thereby reducing the heavy reliance and dependence on zones for funds, zones also have their own projects which are highly financially demanding.
2. There should be a lasting solution to the problems of those unwilling Lords in every zone in order to ensure every axeman is enticed to fellowship with a zone.
3. The National body should organized a scheme, it could be educational or business oriented that will improve the life of the grassroot axeman who happens to be the bedrock of NBM WORLDWIDE.
Finally, my special thanks goes to my executives whom have been very supportive all the way and also to my council of elders for been my guide. I will not forget to appreciate the good work of my indefatigable Regional head (LORD MARCUS GARVEY)and the National head NBM WORLDWIDE (LORD MOKITI MOZUZU) may KOROFO continue to increase your wisdom as you guide NBM to the next level.
LORD OBA KOSOKO
HEAD SPANISH ZONE.