By Amaka Agwuegbo
The zonal chairman of the South-South Zone of the National Association of Microfinance Banks, Mr. Ubokutom Nyah, has tasked MFB operators in the South-South zone to join the fight against poverty in the zone.
In his acceptance speech after being elected chairman of the zone, Nyah said despite the peculiar nature of the South-South zone as the major source of revenue for the country, it is still laden with poverty, which calls for special attention.
He promised that his tenure as the chairman would focus on making microfinance banks key factors and players in the fight against poverty in the South South; and ensuring all MFBs are united and work together as a team within the zone.
Other members elected are Mrs. Justina Ekpedi of Wetland Microfinance Bank, Warri who was elected Vice Chairman; Mr. John Owan of Ekondo Microfinance Bank, Calabar, Cross River State was elected as Secretary; and Mr. Paul Emokhare of Ujoelen Microfinance Bank, Ekpoma, Edo State who was elected as the Zonal Treasurer.
Meanwhile, the Zonal elections of North-West Zone of NAMB, which was held at the Tafawa Belewa Guest Inn, Kaduna, witnessed an impressive turnout as all states in the zone were represented.
Alhaji Â Â Ibrahim S. Bamalli, Chairman, Nakowa MFB, Zaria, Kaduna State emerged Zonal Chairman; Musa Mohd. Lumu, Chairman, Gwadabawa MFB, Sokoto State, was voted in as Vice Chairman; Alhaiji M. S. Adamu, MD, North-Bridge MFB, Kano State, was elected Secretary General.
Others are Kabir M. Yarâ€™Adua, MD, Gobarau MFB, Katsina State as Publicity Secretary; Dr. Usman Shehu, Chairman, Aleiro MFB, Kebbi State as Financial Secretary; Hassan M. Ahmed, Chairman, Taura MFB, Jigawa State as Treasurer.
The position of Assistant Secretary, which was allotted to Zamfara State, is yet to be filled as no delegate was present.
According to the Publicity Secretary, states were allotted one position each so as to give each state equal representation.
â€œPositions were allocated to each of the 7 states in the zone by consensus and state delegates were asked to produce the person they want to represent them on the zonal council.
â€œThe position of Assistant Secretary, which is to be filled by Zamfara State, is still vacant because no single delegate came from that State. When we contacted them, they apologized, saying they had authorized one person to attend on their behalf and wondered why heÂ was not in attendance. But they, however, promised to give send the name of the elected Assistant Secretary in due course.