Nigerian Students Association – Accra Institute of Technology Chapter

 

THE CONSTITUTION

OF

NIGERIAN STUDENTS ASSOCIATION (GHANA) OF ACCRA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (NSA.AIT)

 

MOTTO

 “Unity in Diaspora

 

Table of Contents

  1. PREAMBLE
  2. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
  3. NAME
  4. COMPOSITION
  5. MEMBERSHIP
  6. MEMBERSHIP DUES
  7. FUNCTIONS OF EXECUTIVES
  8. AUTHORITY OF NSA.AIT
  9. MEETINGS
  10. PATRON/MATRON
  11. ELECTIONS AND IMPEACHMENT
  12. RULES AND REGULATIONS
  13. OATH OF OFFICE

 

PREAMBLE

We the Nigerian students of Accra Institute of Technology, having our faith in God Almighty, hereby enact ourselves this constitution.

 

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

  1. To unite the Nigerians within the university community academically, socially and morally to defend the good name of Nigeria.
  2. To serve as an ‘eagle eye’ for our nations in the high institutions in order to curb social vices and youth restiveness that tend to tarnish the good image of our great nation, Nigeria.
  3. To encourage and educate the Nigeria students to live up to expectation.
  4. To assist the school, whenever and wherever necessary.
  5. To maintain a strong student relationship with our Nigeria high commission in Ghana.
  6. To encourage and to defend every Nigerian student within our reach on all levels, whenever and wherever necessary.
  7. To establish a good rapport between the student body and the senate council in all our third-cycle institutions as good ambassadors of our country

 

ARTICLE 1: NAME:

The name of this association shall be the “NIGERIAN STUDENTS ASSOCIATION.”

ARTICLE 2: COMPOSITION:

The (NSA.AIT) shall be composed of executive council that comprises the following officers which shall be democratically elected by the students of this university through a secret ballot.

  1. The president
  2. The vice president
  3. The general secretary
  4. The financial secretary
  5. Organizing secretary
  6. Pro
  7. Welfare
  8. Sports Commissioner

ARTICLE 3: MEMBERSHIP

SECTION 1:

Membership of (NSA.AIT) shall be strictly Nigerians (this includes must have completed at least 6 years of schooling in Nigeria).

SECTION 2:

The (NSA.AIT) shall not tolerate any false identity or impersonation.

SECTION 3:

Members must know how to speak any of the Nigeria languages.

ARTICLE 4: MEMBERSHIP DUES

SECTION 1:

All members of (NSA.AIT) shall pay their dues every semester. The executive board will decide on the amount of dues paid.

 SECTION 2:

Members who are current on their dues payment shall be classified ‘Active Members’ and shall be entitled to any form of assistance when necessary.

SECTION 3: THE FUNCTIONS OF THE EXECUTIVES

THE PRESIDENT

  1. Chairing all meetings of the association.
  2. Calling emergency meetings when the need arises.
  3. Shall be chief spokesperson of the association.
  4. Establishing an effective relationship with the association and the university administration as a whole.
  5. Shall also establish an effective contact of the association with the Nigeria embassy.
  6. Shall be a signatory to the bank account of the association.
  7. Shall together with the general secretary sign all minutes of all meetings of the association.

 THE VICE PRESIDENT

  1. Assuming the role of the president in his/her absence.
  2. Shall work with organizers in organizing programs of the association.
  3. Assisting the president with the fulfillment of his/her duties.

THE GENERAL SECRETARY

  1. Keeping detailed minutes of all meetings.
  2. Coordinating the press relations of the association.
  3. Shall liaise with the finance secretary in the allowances given to every executive to or with the consent of the patron
  4. Shall work hand in hand with the PRO for all correspondent of the association executive.

THE FINANCE SECRETARY

  1. Keeping detailed record of financial transactions.
  2. Preparing any and all budget request and appeal.
  3. Maintaining detailed membership records, including the amount of dues collected from each member.
  4. Shall be a signatory to the association’s bank account

THE ORGANIZING SECRETARY

  1. Facilitate meetings and projects.
  2. Coordinates social awareness campaigns
  3. Write monthly reports and submit them to the general secretary for compilation.
  4. Also organize other functions of the association when necessary

THE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER

  1. Shall send information of the association to the general public as well as get useful information to the association.
  2. Shall liaise with the organizers to organize programs.
  3. Shall also be a spokesperson of the association when and where necessary.

THE WELFARE

  1. Shall work hand in hand with the school students affairs officer in matters concerning accommodation and residency.

THE SPORT COMMISIONER

  1. Shall liaise with the organizing secretary to plan and host sporting events.

ARTICLE 6: THE AUTHORITY OF (NSA.AIT)

SECTION 1:

  1. THE PRESIDENT
  2. THE VICE-PRESIDENT
  3. GENERAL SECRETARY
  4. FINANCIAL SECRETARY
  5. ORGANIZING SECRETARY
  6. PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICERS
  7. WELFARE
  8. SPORT COMMISSIONER

SECTION 2:

All requests and matters must pass through the appropriate order of authority.

SECTION 3:

  1. All executive must be disciplined and committed to their work to ensure smooth running of the association.
  2. All executive must respect each other’s position in order to avoid misunderstanding.
  3. Every executive must perform any other duty assigned him/her by the President.
  4. Any executive or member that disrespects or refuse to comport him/her in this association will be penalized by the association disciplinary committee.
  5. The president has the right to nominate anybody or persons for any position, which shall be approved by 50%+1 of the executive board.
  6. There shall be a disciplinary committee consisting of three appointed members and spear headed by the patron.

ARTICLE 7: MEETINGS

SECTION 1:

  1. The association shall meet at least once in a month, unless otherwise permitted by the President
  2. Meeting dates shall be emailed or texted to the membership before 48Hrs to time for meeting.
  3. Only active members vote at meetings.
  4. Any emergency meeting must be informed to the membership within 24hrs.
  5. Frequent lateness and absenteeism by any executive to meetings at least 4 consecutive will attract suspension regardless of the position.

ARTICLE 8: THE PATRON/MATRON

  1. The patron/matron is a person to this association and as such a versatile person. His/her views must be respected by every executive.
  2. Must be a Nigerian
  3. Based either 50/50 in Nigeria or Ghana
  4. Is a professional with an exemplary character ready to support the association
  5. The patron/matron shall be a lecturer, diplomat, politician or an administrator in the school.

ARTICLE 9: ELECTIONS AND IMPEACHMENT

“There shall be an electoral commission set up three weeks before election.

The president of the association will nominate two (2) and other executives will nominate one (1) electoral members will be appointed by the president and approved by majority of the incumbent executive board.”

SECTION 1:

Election of executives will consist of the following three steps;

  1. NOMINATIONS AND VETTING: Nominations and vetting shall be at the discretion of the E.C.
  2. ELECTIONS: Elections will consist of each candidate reading his/her manifesto, followed by a couple of questions from active membership. Only active/registered students present shall vote
  3. Any contestant with simple majority of the vote shall be declared winner
  4. RUN-OFF ELECTIONS (if necessary): In the event that no candidate receives at least 50%+1 of the vote of the current active members of the association, a run-off election shall be held in two days time between the two candidates receiving the most votes.

SECTION 2:

Time for elections and handing over ceremony will be scheduled by the newly elected executive board.

SECTION 3:

Candidates for election must be 19 years and above, unless permitted by the electoral commission (E.C).

SECTION 4:

Candidates for election must have completed at least two semesters in the school.

SECTION 5:

Elections shall be held once in a year.

SECTION 6:

In the event that an executive is judged to be deficient in his/her duties, a vote of no confidence may be passed on him/her, by 80% vote by the membership.

ARTICLE 10: AMENDMENTS

SECTION 1:

Amendments may be made to the constitution once in two years by a two-thirds vote of the membership.

SECTION 2:

Members interested in proposing amendments to this constitution must submit their proposals to the general secretary to be forwarded to the executive board.

SECTION 3:

The proposed amendments shall be presented to the membership during meetings to be sorted.

SECTION 4:

If an agreement is reached that the constitution should be amended it shall be reviewed by the patron before approval.

ARTICLE 11: GENERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE (NSA.AIT)

  1. Every executive must put their phones on silent during meeting.
  2. Every executive and member must learn to communicate without profanity and respect each other’s views.
  3. All members must show respect to executives and vice-versa with reference to ARTICLE 6, SECTION 3, and CLAUSE 4 of this constitution.
  4. All dues must be paid every semester to the Schools Administration to ensure smooth running of the association.
  5. Amount of dues will be decided by the executives.
  6. Any member who wishes to run for any position should see the general secretary to purchase a form.
  7. The form fee should be paid to the finance secretary.
  8. Members and executives must be united.
  9. Every member and executive must learn not to be lackadaisical in and out of campus.

ARTICLE 12: OATH OF OFFICE

I ——————————————having been elected to the high office of the —————————of the Nigerian Student Association of Accra Institute of Technology (NSA.AIT), do solemnly swear that, I will faithfully execute my duties as an executive and will to the best of my ability uphold and defend this constitution of the (NSA.AIT)  without fear or favors, I pledge that in the events of my failure to perform my duties and defend the constitution of the (NSA.AIT), I shall be held responsible as due. So help me God…

  • TO BE SWORN BEFORE THE WHOLE SCHOOL, ADMINISTRATION AND THE PUBLIC

This constitution was modified on the 22nd of march 2012 by the following persons

  1. Michael Opeyemi-ige (NANS PRESIDENT, GHANA)
  2. Dumo Black-duke (ISA President Zenith College)
  3. Godsfavor E.A Orji (NSA PRESIDENT, AIT)
  4. Ted Amachree (General Secretary NSA, AIT)
  5. Ruth Isaac (Deputy Secretary NSA , AIT)
  6. Bilemobuma Obireke(Member NSA, AIT)