In keeping with the true tradition of the Golden State, the Western Zone rose to the challenge and performed admirably in hosting our last ATDU-USA 4th biannual convention in Los Angeles, California July 4 – 5, 2003. The convention was well attended by our members from across the country, as well as dignitaries from home including the Adama, HRH Igwe Michael Ojiako. The climax fund raising dinner dance event was very successful in raising money in support of our Bore Hole water project for Adazi-Nnukwu citizens. Many of our members as well as guests from other towns in Nigeria made pledges to support our noble project.
I know that quite a number of our members were unable to attend the convention for various reasons. I however urge all members who either attended without pledging or did not attend to show support now by making monetary contributions to the Borehole fund. Please no amount is too small. I can assure you all that the money will be used for the stated purpose only. You can call the Financial Secretary Mrs. Georgy Ezeh to make your pledges and you have six months till May 2004 to pay up.
The other major achievement of the LA convention was the adoption of the revised constitution submitted by the earlier appointed constitution review committee comprising; Fidelis Atuegbu (Chair), Charles Anarado, Maduka Ezimora, Cosmas Ikegwuonu and Anthony Okafor. With the new constitution the old board was dissolved and a new board of directors is to be announced shortly.
Let me cease this opportunity to thank again on behalf of the Executive and the Board of Directors, members of the Western Zone for hosting a very successful convention.
We are already looking forward to the Atlanta convention in 2005 by the grace of God.
In other matters, we are continuing to dialogue with ATDU, Adazi-Nnukwu in trying to address the issues with obtaining clearance when visiting home for various functions. Many of you who visited home during the course of the year continue to express frustrations in dealings with the Secretarial at Adazi-Nnkwu. I urge you all to exercise patience as we continue to work with Hon. E.C. Anahalu’s administration on a formula that will be practical and allow accurate record keeping, avoiding confusion in the future.
To this end, many of our members to date are yet to pay up their mandatory 100 million-naira development levy. There is also another mandatory levy for the Abuja Hotel project due December 2003. Non-payment of mandatory levies such as these will surely count against you should you suddenly require clearance for any emergencies at home. You are therefore advised to pay up quickly if you are still in default as the updated list of members who have paid will be sent to Adazi-Nnukwu this December.
On behalf of the executive and board of directors, I wish you and your families a joyous holiday season and a New Year of peace and happiness.