Comrade Taiwo Akerele, former Chief of Staff to Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has been elected Chairman of the Federal Capital Territory chapter of the Association of Nigerian Authors.
The election held on Saturday April 8, 2021 in Abuja at the association headquarters.
Taiwo was returned unanimously.
In his acceptance speach shortly after his victory was declared, Akerele said:
“Today I stand before God and my fellow Comrades in the pen profession to accept my unanimous election as the chapter chairman of this Noble pen profession on this day the 8th of May 2021 here in the beautiful city serene city of Mpape, in the historic Mamman VATSA writers village.
“I am motivated by the article 3 status of the association constitution which states inter alia that the association shall non profit, non government, non discriminatory, non political.
“Non ethical, non religious, non aligned, non racial, multi dimensional, philanthropic, innovative, creative, democratic, educative, informative, social and above all God fearing.
“This ideals and principles and philosophy of our founding fathers is exactly what I stand for and I will pursue with vigor and enthusiasm along with my newly elected EXCO.
“I commend the outgoing exco led by Mrs Lois Adams for their sacrifice and commitment to promoting the ideals of the association to the highest standards possible.
“I appreciate the impartiality and transparency of the electoral umpire in the conduct of the elections which has resulted into this very well organized and hitch free process.
“We appreciate the members and delegates that vitee for us overwhelming and for the confidence reposed in this team to repositioned this organization for better service impact in the pen profession.
“We shall work closely with the national body in line with the dictates of the constitution to ensure we achieve the objectives of this organization in a very lofty manner that will bring happiness to the generality of its members nation wide, I used this medium to call on members to close ranks, give this EXCO a chance to reconcile each and everyone of us.
“I equally call on the FCT administration to strengthen security around schools and all learning environment and institutions in Abuja to foreclose the possibility of any attack, abduction and or kidnapping of students or pupils by criminal elements as ANA is ever ready to partner with government to promote a safe learning environment in the beautiful capital territory of Abuja.
“On this note we have agreed to immediately commence the onerous task ahead without any waste of time. We shall unveil our transformation road plan in the next few days.
“Thank you very much for the opportunity given to us to serve.”