Our Constitution

UBULU-UKU, USA, INC.



THE CONSTITUTION OF UBULU-UKU, USA IN THE UNITED STATES


MOTTO:

“OUR DEVELOPMENTS LIE IN OUR HANDS.”

GREETINGS: NNYE LUE UBULU!
RESPONSE: OKE UKE!

PREAMBLE: We, the members of Ubulu-Uku, residing in the United States of America, seeking to unify and promote the culture, educational, and social development of our people and town, hereby agree to abide by the principles, provisions, and terms of this constitution as enunciated here-in.

ARTICLE I

SECTION 1.1 NAME
This association shall be called UBULU-UKU, U.S.A, INC.

SECTION 1.2 GREETINGS
The greetings and response of Ubulu-Uku USA
shall be:

NNYE LUE UBULU!……OKE UKE!!!

ARTICLE 2

(NATURE OF ASSOCIATION)
Ubulu-Uku, USA., Inc. is a non-profit organization.

ARTICLE 3

(OBJECTIVES)

1. For members of the association to acquaint themselves with one another.

2. To foster social and cultural development in Delta State, and Nigeria as a whole amongst the members of Ubulu-Uku community


3. To help promote Ubulu-Uku culture, tradition, social well-being, and educational enlightenment.

4. To encourage members to participate in educational, cultural, and civic activities.

5. To collectively seek group solutions to common problems, such as the development of Ubulu-Uku, “Our Motherland.”

6. There shall be a national conference every three years on rotational bases.

ARTICLE 4

MEMBERSHIP

SECTION 4.1. Membership is open to all sons and daughters of Ubulu-Uku either by birth or marriage

SECTION 4.2 Any person who has demonstrated interest in Ubulu-Uku.

ARTICLE 5

SECTION 5.1 INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS OF MEMBERS

A fully registered member shall be accorded all rights and privileges of the association. A fully registered member is a person who has met all the financial and other registration requirements of the association. The rights include:
(a) to vote
(b) to hold elective offices
(c) to express one’s views during meetings
(d) to be delegated and represent the association in a conference or as need may arise.

ARTICLE 6

SECTION 6.1 Any Ubulu-Uku indigene that has been in the United States since the inception of the Association and have had or have been told of the existence of the Association, but has not become a member, shall join the association with one hundred and twenty-five dollars ($125.00). This amount covers the seventy-five dollars registration fee and fifty ($50.00) dollars mandatory levy.

SECTION 6.2 Any member who withdraws his/her membership from the association without good cause, but later decides to reinstate his/her membership, shall pay all the outstanding dues.

SECTION 6.3 All members shall abide by all the laws of the United States of America and the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

ARTICLE 7

SECTION 7.1 (OFFICERS OF THE ASSOCIATION)


There shall exist the post of:

(1)
a. President
b. Vice President
c. Secretary/ Asst. Secretary
d. Financial Secretary
e. Treasurer
f. Provost
g. Pub. Sec.

(2) Board of Directors – The board of directors shall consist of an odd number that is not less than 3 and not more than 9 members.

SECTION 7.2 The officials of the association shall be dully elected as provided in this document.

ARTICLE 8

(DUTIES OF THE OFFICERS)

SECTION 8.1 Duties of the President:

a. The president shall be the spokesman for the association.

b. Shall call, hold, and preside over all the meetings, and all other activities considered essential for the progress of the association.

c. Shall execute all policy decisions formulated by the executive committee and approved by the board of directors.

d. Shall hold the tie-breaker vote in the executive and general assembly meetings.

e. Shall be charged with the timely and fair conduct of all meetings.

f. Shall be responsible for the general administration and control of the association.


ARTICLE 9

SECTION 9.1 (ELECTION OF OFFICERS)

a. A member shall nominate a candidate for office.

b. Any nominee shall have the right to decline a nomination with reason.

c. There shall be different nominations and different balloting for each office..

d. Every officer of the association shall be elected by secret ballot.

e. Majority shall carry the vote.

f. In case of a tie, the president shall break the tie.

SECTION 9.2 Term of Office

a. The term of office shall be for a period of three years for each office.

b. New officers shall assume office at the meeting following a general election.

c. Any member who holds one office for two terms of three years each shall not contest or be elected to the same office, but is not barred from contesting for another office.


SECTION 9.3 Eligibility Requirements for Officers

a. Only members who have satisfied their financial obligations to the association shall be eligible to run for offices.

b. A member who is in current violation of Article 14 shall not be eligible to run or vote for an office.

c. To hold an elective office, a member must have attained the age of 18 years by the date of the said election.

ARTICLE 10

SECTION 10.1 (VACANCIES AND RESIGNATIONS)

Any officer may resign his/her office by writing to the president, and for the president, his/her resignation shall be forwarded to the secretary, who shall subsequently inform the vice president. The vice president shall assume the position of the president until the next election period.

SECTION 10.2 An elected or appointed official who is not performing is subject to a vote of “no confidence.”

SECTION 10.3
There shall be a majority vote to approve a disciplinary action over such an official.

ARTICLE 11

(GENERAL AND EMERGENCY MEETINGS)

SECTION 11.1
The president shall call an executive meeting when occasions demand for such.

SECTION 11.2
There shall be one general meeting a year.
There shall be one convention annually
The board of directors shall meet at least once a year.

ARTICLE 12

(QUORUM)
SECTION 12.1 Any meeting with either the president or the vice president present and any other two elected officers with at least five members in good standing shall constitute a quorum.


ARTICLE 13

DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS AND SUSPENSIONS

SECTION 13.1 Every member is subject to the Association’s disciplines.

SECTION 13.2 A member who has a misunderstanding with another member is encouraged to bring it to the attention of the Association before taking it to the police or court.

SECTION 13.3 If a member fails to appear for a hearing without an official excuse, that member shall be probated. Failure for a member to appear for a hearing while on probation shall result to a fined of $50.00 and denied majority vote.

SECTION 13.4 A majority of those present will determine whether an activity of action constitutes a disorderly conduct. A member who exhibits a disorderly conduct during meetings shall be fined fifty dollars, if found guilty, after a hearing by a special committee.

SECTION 13.5 Any activity, which the members consider detrimental to the progress and operation of the Association, shall be deemed anti-association activity.



Constitution Committee:


Charles Oseji, Ed.D……… Chairman,

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Mrs. Vera Elue, Esq............. Member

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Mr. Felix Osagie …………. Member

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Mr. Kingsley Nwami……… Member