The crisis rocking the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth got messier Wednesday as General Assembly of the organisation convened to announced the removal of Nnimmo Bassey as the Chairman, Board of Trustees.
In a resolution reached by the General Assembly of the organisation on October 7, 2020, in Benin City, Edo State capital, the Assembly also passed a vote of confidence on Dr. Godwin Uyi Ojo as Executive Director of the organisation.
The Assembly led by Dr. Uyi Ojo, Executive Director, ERA/FoEN, further warned the general public not to transact business with one Chima Williams who the Assembly said is parading himself as Acting Executive Director, ERA.
Quoting provisions of section 834(1) of the Companies Allied Matters Act 2020, the General Assembly in the resolution further “Vetted and approved the nomination and appointment of Chief Saint Emma Pii as chairman, Godwin Uyi Ojo as Secretary, and Jennifer Ero, as member of the environmental organisation.
” That Nnimmo Bassey has been removed as Trustee and chairman of the Board and is hereby removed and every step of illegality taken by him to undermine the interest of Environmental Rights Development Foundation (ERA/FoEN) is declared null and void.
” That Chima Williams who is parading himself as Acting Executive Director of ERA, be subjected to disciplinary actions within the ambit of the law. The public should take note that Chima Williams is not Executive Director of ERA and as such, no one should transact business with him”, the resolution read.
The General Assembly led by Uyi Ojo ordered closure of Lagos and Abuja offices of the ERA/FoEN until further directive from the Executive Director, Dr. Uyi.
Dr. Ojo lamented that since he became Executive Director, the Lagos and Abuja offices have been under the control of Mr. Nnimmo Bassey, adding that he access no access to cheque of the Foundation but being handled by Bassey and staff in Lagos and Abuja.
Recall in a press statement signed by Nnimmo Bassey as the Chairman of the board and five other members which was made available to newsmen on October 3rd, the board announced the sack of Dr Uyo Ojo as the Executive Director and appointed Chima Williams as the Executive Director.
” At its emergency meeting held on October 3, 2020, to discuss the report of the Independent evaluation of ERA/FoEN, the Board resolved that your services are no longer required and your appointment as the Executive Director is terminated with effect from October 3, 2020.
“The Board also prohibits you henceforth, from parading yourself in any manner, as representive of the organization or in any capacity as ERA Executive Director,” the statement reads.