Constitution of The Movement for The Survival of The Ogoni People (MOSOP)

CONSTITUTION OF THE MOVEMENT FOR THE SURVIVAL OF THE OGONI PEOPLE
 (MOSOP)

PREAMBLE

CONSCIOUS  of  the fact that as a people of common origin and distinct culture we can and should co-exist in peace and understanding, purse meaningful objectives profitable to ourselves and the society in general.
AWARE that the successive government policies are gradually pushing the Ogoni people to slavery and possible extinction.

ALARMED that the over 30 years of oil mining  have led to the complete degradation of the Ogoni environment.
REALIZING  that we as a people must through all lawful and non-violent means, fight for social justice and fair play for ourselves and our progeny.
DETERMINED  to promote good governance and welfare of our people.
 WE THE PEOPLE OF OGONI (inhabiting the kingdoms of Babbe, Gokana, Eleme, Ken-Khana, Nyo- Khana and Tai) DO MAKE, ENACT and GIVE UNTO OURSELVES the following constitution.

Article1: name of organization
1.    There shall be a cultural, non-political, non-religious apex organization to be known as and called the MOVEMENT FOR THE SURVIVAL OF THE OGONI PEOPLE (MOSOP), (hereinafter simply referred to as the organization).
2.     MOTTO: The MOTTO of the organization shall be FREEDOM, PEACE AND JUSTICE.

ARTICLE 2 PRINCIPLES: The organization shall be founded the principles of non- violence and equality.


ARTICLE 3 AIMS OBJECTIVES
 
1.    To increase and promote awareness among the ogoni people
2.     To promote and sustain the struggle against all forms of injustice.
3.    To create and sustain the identify of the Ogoni people as a separate and distinct nation (within Nigeria) with a right to self –determination and to the control of their resources and their environment  to the control of their resources and their environment.
4.     To ensures that the Ogoni people obtain their right within the Nigeria nation state.
5.     To identify the obstacles to the development of the Ogoni people and devise strategies for non-violent means to counter them.
6.    To project the Ogoni People and their –cause to the national and international communities and to this end to encourage co-operation with local, notional and international group and organization, with similar aims, principles and objectives.

7.     To establish a leadership chain void of a personality cult and to consciously prepare young Ogoni people for leadership.

8.     To vigorously project talented Ogoni people at local, national international levels, exposing the young in particular, to new ideals and management techniques.

9.     To promote Ogoni unity as was as culture and languages.
10.     To provide a forum where Ogoni people can meet, discuss and find solutions to the problems affecting Ogoni
11.     To encourage and promote educational, economic, culturaland social advancement of the ogoni people.
12.     To foster better understanding between the Ogoni people and other ethnic groups.
13.     To intervene and seek amicable solutions to all matters that are likely to threaten the peace and co-existence of the Ogoni people.
14.     To represent the Ogoni people in all local, national and international fora.

15.     To do all things necessary and incidental to any and / or all the above aims and objectives

ARTICLE 4 MEMBERSHIP


Subject to the provision of this constitution
1.     Membership shall be open to all Ogoni sons and daughters who are members of any of the constituent organization of MOSOP
2.     Membership shall be by enrollment on the payment of an enrollment or other fees to be determined by each organization from time to time.
3.    MOSOP shall comprise the following constituent organizations:
i.    The National Youth Council of Ogoni people (NYCOP)
ii.    The federation of Ogoni Women’s Associations(FOWA)
iii.    Council of Ogoni Professionals (COP)
iv.     Ogoni Teacher Union (OUT)
v.     Conferenceof Ogoni Traditional Rulers (COTRA)
vi.    Ogoni council of churches (OCC)
vii.    National union of Ogoni student (NUOS)
viii.    Ogoni Student Union Student (OSU)
ix.    Committee of Ogoni Leaders of thought  (COLT)
x.     Ogoni Central Union (OCU)
xi.     Such other organizations or associations of Ogoni people with similar aims,  principles and objectives which may be formed from time to time and approved by the Central Committee on the recommendation of the Executive Committee.

ARTICLE 5 ORGANS –MOSOP shall comprise four organs:


i.    The General Assembly
ii.     Congress
iii.    The Central Committee ( Commonly referred to as the steering committee )

1.  THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
a.     Composition: The General Assembly shall comprise all the sons and daughters of Ogoni who meet the Conditions as specified in Article 4.

b.  The General Assembly shall be summoned once in Six months where the President and his/ her executive shall brief ogoni people on how far MOSOP has performed its duties.
2.  THE CONGRESS
a. Composition: congress shall comprise of members of MOSOP  Executive committee in all chapters, kingdoms, and all affiliate’ (from national to chapter levels)
b. Function:
i. To receive and discuss decision of the central committee and any other matter which may be brought to it from time to time.
ii. To select the members of the central committee.
c. meetings: congress shall meet at least once in 6 months
3. THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE
     This shall be the main organ and highest decision making body of  MOSOP.
a.    Composition:
1.    The central committee shall comprise members the MOSOP executive committee and three(3) representatives of each of the organization (affiliates mentioned in Article 4 (3).
b.    Function:
i.    To elect members into the executive committee and to remove members thereof:
ii. To approve, on the recommendation of the Executive Committee, membership by constituent organizations to the organization
iii.    To draw up policies for the organization.
iv.     To discuss all issues pertaining to the peace, progress and development of Ogoni.
v.    To ensure that the Executive Committee implements the Policies and decision of the Organization as drawn up by Central Committee.
Vi).  To devise ways and means of raising funds to run the affair of the organization.
Viii     To perform such other functions as may be necessary to achieve the aims and objectives of the organization
C     Tenure: Members of either the central or Executive committee shall hold office for three years in the first instance but may be re-elected for another term.

4.  THE EXCUTIVE COMMITTEE
     The executive committee  shall comprise the following officers.
i.    The president
ii.    The deputy president
iii.    Six vice presidents (at national level)
iv.    The secretary –General
v.    Assistant secretary –Genera;
vi.    The Treasurer
vii.     The financial secretary
viii.    The publicity secretary
ix.    The legal adviser
x.    The grand patron

b).  The function of the executive Committee shall be:
i.    To implement the decisions and resolution of the central Committee
ii.   To recommend organization with similar aims, principles and objectives to the central committee for membership of the organization
iii.  To be responsible for the general administration the organization and fix the place and time of meeting of the three organs of the organization .
iv.    To appointed ad-hoc or sub –committees from the executive and central committee as the need arises
v.    To represent Ogoni interest in all local, National and international for a and to appoint representatives to represent such interest.
vi.     To take all steps necessary for the realization of the overall interest of Ogoni.

ARTICLE : FUNCTIONS OF OFFICES
1.    THE PRESIDENT

He shall preside at all General Assembly, Central and Executive Committee meetings the organization and be the spokesperson as well as the chief executive of the organization.

2.    THE DEPUTY PRESIDENT

He shall assist the president in his duties and in his absence act for him
 
3.    THE VICE- PRESIDENT
I.    They shall assist the president and the deputy president in the performance of their duties and in their absence act for them.
II.    They shall perform such other duties as may be assigned to them from time to time by the president or the deputy president
III.    They shall be responsible for the general co-ordination of the activities of the organization in their respective kingdoms. For the avoidance of doubt they shall earn their position as Vice-presidents by virtue of their election as chairman of their respective kingdom levels.

4.    THE SECRETARY –GENERAL
i.    He shall the minutes of all meetings of the organization
ii.    He shall conduct the correspondence of the organization
iii.    In co-operation with the president, he shall prepare the order of business for all organization’s activities during the out going year.

5.    THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY –GENERAL
Shall assist the secretary –secretary and act for him in his absence in order of votes received at the elections.



THE TREASURE
i.    Shall receive from the financial secretary all moines due to the organization within five days of receipt deposit such monies with an approved bank.
ii.    Make disbursement on requisition signed by the president and the financial secretary
iii.    Maintain an up-to-date cash book and other of account

7.    THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY
i.    He shall collect all monies due to the organization and issue valid receipt for them
ii.     He shall within five days of such receipt pay over such monies to the treasurer.
iii.    He shall present an annual account of the organization’s financial transaction each year.
8.    THE PUBLICITY SECRETARY
Shall be responsible for the dissemination of information about the organization and activities.

9.     THE LEGAL ADVISER
He shall be a person     qualified to practice as a solicitor and advocate of the supreme court of Nigeria.
i.    Shall advise the organization on all legal matters.
ii.     Shall advise the executive committee on the interpretation of this constitution

10.     AUDITORS     
1.    There shall be two auditors who shall be appointed at the last half yearly meeting of the General assembly and whose duties shall be.
a.     To audit the accounts of the organization and present their report to the last half yearly meeting through the central committee.
b.     For the proper discharge of this function they shall have access to all documents and sources of information which they may consider necessary.
2.    For the avoidance of doubt, it is hereby provided that the auditors shall exercise their powers only in accordance with the provisions of this constitution on all matters and shall not be subject to the authority or direction of any person or organ of the organization.


ARTICLE 6: FUNCTIONS OF OFFICES
1.    THE PRESIDENT
He shall preside at all general assembly, central and executive committee meetings, the organization and the spokesperson as well as the chief executive of the organization.

2.    THE DEPUTY PRESIDENT
He shall assist the President in his duties and in his absence act for him.

3.    THE VICE-PRESIDENT

i.    He shall assist the President and the Deputy President in the performance of their duties and in their absence act for them.
ii.    They shall perform such other duties as may be assigned to them from time to time by the President or the Deputy President
iii.    They shall be responsible for the general co-ordination of the activities of the organization in their respective kingdoms. For the avoidance of doubt they shall earn their positions as Vice-Presidents by virtue of their election as Chairman of their respective kingdom levels.

4.    THE SECRETARY-GENERAL

i.    He shall keep the minutes of all meetings of the organization
ii.    He shall conduct the correspondence of the organization
iii.    In co-operation with the President, he shall prepare the order of business for all meeting of the organization and give notice of all meetings.
iv.    He shall present the last halt yearly meeting of the General Assembly a report of the organization activities during the out going year.

5.    THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY-GENERAL

Shall assist the Secretary-General and act for him in his absence in order of votes



6.    THE TREASURER
i.    Shall receive from the Financial Secretary all monies due to the Organization within five days within five days of receipt deposits such monies with an approved bank and
ii.    Make disbursement on requisition signed by the president and the Financial Secretary
iii.    Maintain an up-to-date Cash book and other books of account

7.    THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY
i.    He shall collect all monies due to the organization and issue valid receipts for them.
ii.    He shall within five days of such receipt ay over such monies to the treasurer
iii.    He shall present an annual account of the organization financial transactions each year

8.    THE PUBLICITY SECRETARY
The Publicity Secretary Shall be responsible for the dissemination of information about the organization and its activities.

9.    THE LEGAL ADVISER
He shall be a person qualified to practice as a solicitor and advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria
i.    He shall advise the organization on all legal matters
ii.    He shall advise the executive committee on interpretation of this constitution.

10.    AUDITORS
1.    There shall be two auditors who shall be appointed at last half yearly meeting of the General Assembly and whose duties shall be:
a.    To audit the accounts of the organization and present their reporter to the last yearly meeting through the central committee.
b.    For the proper discharge of their function they shall have access to all documents and sources of information which they may consider necessary.
2.    For the avoidance of doubt, it is hereby provided that the auditors shall exercise their powers only in accordance with the provisions of this constitution on all matters and shall not be subject to the authority or direction of any person or organ of the organization