Ambassador Emmanuel Okafor emerges as AANI President

Ambassador Emmanuel Obi Okafor, mni, has emerged President of the Alumni Association of the National Institute (AANI) .

He won the position at the 43rd Annual General Meeting (AGM), of AANI which took place at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru-Jos, Plateau State on Saturday, 24th June 2023.

A statement by AANI National Publicity Secretary and Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman (rtd) the
Sarkin Yakin Kanwan Katsina stated that the annual general meeting elected new Executive Committee (EXCO) members to run its affairs for the next two years.

Ambassador Emmanuel Obi Okafor, mni, a retired diplomat, secured the position of President with 114 votes, defeating Muyiwa Odejayi, mni, who received 91 votes. Mrs Olufunke Amos was elected unopposed as Vice President. Abubakar Ismail Isa, mni FCNA, won the position of Secretary General with 107 votes, surpassing Rear Admiral Elkannah Oyeleye Jaiyeola (rtd) mni, who obtained 96 votes

(I-r) The outgoing AANI President, former IGP MD Abubakar CFR mni, handing over AANI Presidential insignia to his successor, Ambassador EO Okafor mni, the new AANI President.

Other positions were also filled through the electoral process. These include those of Dr Babatunde Moses Kayode, mni, who was returned unopposed as Assistant Secretary General. Also returned unopposed was the National Publicity Secretary, Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman (rtd) mni. Mrs Maryamu Laka Madami, mni, was also elected unopposed as Financial Secretary.

Alhaji Samaila Umar Sifawa, mni CNA, who polled 141 votes, was returned as National Treasurer after defeating Omoniyi O. Fagbemi, mni, who got 60 votes. Doctor (Mrs) Favour Ngozi Ugwuanyi, mni FCISM, who got 168 votes, was elected as Welfare/Social Welfare Secretary of the association as the incumbent, Chief (Mrs) Love Ezema, mni FCIPM, got 33 votes.

Tijjani Inuwa Dutse, mni, was elected AANI Legal Adviser after getting 96 votes, defeating Oluwatosin Bodunde, mni and Gloria Ekaete, who got 54 and 49 votes, respectively. Dr Nurudeen Abba Abdullahi mni was also elected unopposed as Internal Auditor.

The winners were announced by the Chairman of the Electoral body, Engineer MK Umar mni, a former President of the association. Other electoral committee members include Hajiya Aisha Dankani, mni, Rear Admiral FO Isaac mni, Doctor Effiok Archibong mni and Mallam MB Saleh.

Hajiya Aisha Dankani, mni, a former Vice President of AANI, swore in the new EXCO members.

The AGM, which had the theme of “Building Synergy with Stakeholders towards a Better Society,” was declared open by His Excellency Barrister Caleb Mutfwang, the Executive Governor of Plateau State. It provided a platform for discussions on various issues concerning the welfare of the members, national development, peace, security, and socioeconomic matters