The President of the National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP), Mr. Israel Eboh fta has assured that he will consolidate on the achievements recorded in the past three years as President of the Association.
Mr. Eboh spoke in Ado-Ekiti on Saturday shortly after his re-election as the National President of NANTAP for another three years at the just concluded National Delegates Convention.
He expressed gratitude to the delegates for the mandate renewal, saying their support and cooperation was instrumental in the modest achievements the association under him recorded in its first term.
“I can’t thank you enough. What we have succeeded in doing in the last three years could never have been possible without the support you gave to us. In the same vein, to build on these successes, we would count on your support once more. My dream would be to, in three years’ time, bequeath an association that is stable, financially healthy, and progressive. So help us, God” he said.
Eboh, a founding member of the association and former Secretary General was first appointed as Interim President in 2017 and later elected as a substantive president at the 2018 National Delegates Convention held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
“One good term deserves another. Israel has done well in stabilizing the affairs of the association. Though unopposed, we had to follow the dictate of our constitution and still vote, and you can see he got a massive endorsement from the delegates as he polled over 91% of eligible votes cast.”, Distinguished Thespian Lara Akinsola, fta, and a former national officer said.
The rejuvenated new executive council members are, Esther Onwuka (Deputy President), Makinde Adeniran (Secretary-General), Omololaeni Adamu (Assistant Secretary-General/Financial Secretary), Taiwo Ibikunle (Director of Finance), Yinka Ola-Williams (Director of Finance), Jerry Adesewo (Director of Media and Publicity), Fatima Jafaru (Director of Production), and Alex Akpuh (Chief Whip).
The election which was conducted electronically by the Nigerian tech giant, Charms Nigeria Plc, afforded members from all over the world the opportunity to exercise their constitutional right to vote.
Chairperson of the National Electoral Panel (NEP) could not hide her excitement at the seamless conduct of the election. “I should start by appreciating the NANTAP National Executive Council for counting me and my colleagues worthy of this important assignment. It is a memorable experience.” She added that there is a lot for Nigeria to learn from the successful conduct of the election electronically. “It is unique, time-saving, cost-effective, and error-proof. I don’t see why we should still be debating whether or not the 2023 general elections should be conducted electronically.”
The newly-elected National Executive Council was sworn in by the NEP Chairperson, Mrs. Pamela Udoka, who is also the Vice President, ASSITEJ International, at the award dinner of the 2021 National Delegates Convention. Other members of the National Electoral Panel include Thespian Kayode Aiyegbusi and Charles Nwokolo.