ARTICLE 1: NAME
The name of this organization shall be the “Nigeria Vocational Association (NVA), herein referred to as the Association.
ARTICLE 2: PURPOSES
The purposes of this Association shall be to:
2.1 promote professional linkages among National and international vocational educators and trainers;
2.2 serve as a forum for sharing vocational education and training problems and solutions in Nigeria;
2.3 promote and assist in the development of vocational education and training as a national enterprise;
2.4 facilitate the National dissemination of vocational education and training information.
2.5 Serve as an organ to advise the government on vocational education and training issues
ARTICLE 3: MEMBERSHIP
A member is defined as an individual or institution that has registered and paid the annual membership dues. The institution shall consist of four member groups namely, students, professional fellows, associate, and honorary fellows.
3.1 members of the Association shall be persons interested and/or engaged in activities related o national vocational education and training. Such member shall be entitled to all the rights and privileges o the Association without restriction.
3.2 student members of the Association shall be persons interested in vocational education and training and registered as full or part—time student. Such members shah be entitled to all the rights and privileges of the Association without restriction.
3.3 institutional memberships shall be -restricted to organizations engaged in national vocational education and training pursuits. Each institutional member shall have the right to one individual, membership as representative
3.4 affiliate memberships are offered o those organizations engaged in vocational education and training who subscribe to the purposes of the Association. Affiliate memberships are recommenced by their respective state organizations and approved by the Executive Committee on an annual basis. Affiliate members are expected to present an annual report of activities of interested to the Association. Reciprocal rights and privileges so be extended between states and affiliate -‘ember organizations.
3.5 the annual membership period for new members shall commence on the first day of the month after payment has been received by the treasurer and last for 12 months.
ARTICLE 5: ASSOCIATION OFFICERS
The Association Officers shall consist. of a President; a General Secretary; a Membership Secretary; Assistant Secretary, a Treasurer, a Publicity Secretary, a financial Secretary, and not more than six Vice Presidents (representing the 6 distinct geopolitical zones) generally based on federal government approved zones (i.e., North West, North East, North Central, South West, South East and South). The Officers shall be elected by the members and form an Executive Committee. 3 Ex-officio and the Editor-in-chief of the Association’s journal shall be appointed by the Executive Committee and shall become non-voting members. The ex-officio shall consist of the ex- president and two others.
ARTICLE 6: DUTIES OF ASSOCIATION OFFICERS
6.1 The President shall preside at all meetings of the
Association and of the Executive Committee. The
President shall be responsible for the functioning of all
The Membership Secretary shall perform such other duties related to membership recruitment and maintenance as may be assigned by the President;
6.5The Treasurer shall be responsible for receiving and accounting for the Associations funds.
6.6The Financial Secretary shall keep records of all financial transactions of the Association and shall submit annual report to the Annual General Meeting(AGM)
ARTICLE 7: TERM OF OFFICE
7.1 each elected officer shall serve for a three year term. Elected officers can be re-elected and each elected officer can serve for a maximum of two terms.
7.2 all newly elected officers shall take office at the certification of the elections during the Association’s annual convention business meeting;
7.4 a vacancy created by the inability to serve or by death in an office shall be filled through an appointment by the Executive Committee from the Association membership. This appointee shall serve until the next election of Officers of the Association. The appointee shall meet the criteria specified in Article 8.
ARTICLE 8: OFFICER ELIGIBILITY
To be eligible for nomination for office, a person shall:
8.1 have been an Association member for two consecutive years prior to the nomination date;
The President sh6ll be responsible for the functioning of all committees. Should the President be absent or fail to perform the stated duties, the national executive shall appoint one of the vice presidents or any of the national officers to act.
6.2 Each geo-political Vice President shall represent the Association in their respective geo-political zones. Each shall be responsible for initiating and maintaining professional contacts within and between all Zones, promoting the purposes of the Association and reporting on significant developments within the zone. In addition, geopolitical Vice-Presidents will communicate and coordinate Association efforts on an intra-zonal basis;
6.3 in consultation with the President, the General Secretary shall develop and distribute meeting agendas, keep accurate records of the Executive Committee and General meetings and deal with general communications;
6.4 the Membership Secretary shall be responsible for soliciting and processing new memberships and renewals, keeping an up-to-date list of old members
and new members in good standing for the program year, providing members of the Executive Committee with such a list, and transmitting dues from new or renewed members to the Treasurer. The Membership Secretary shall transmit financial records of all members to the Financial secretary within two weeks but not later than one month of obtaining such records.
8.2 have previously held an Association office if being appointed for the Office of President.
8.3 in the case of a Zonal Vice President, be a resident of a state in the designated zone and an Association member for one year;
8.4 be prepared to fulfill the functions of The Office and attend Association meetings
ARTICLE 9: MEETINGS
9.1 The Association shall hold an annual business meeting at which will be received reports from the Association Officers and Committee Chairs. Additional meetings of a general nature may be called at the discretion of the President through the Executive Committee normally upon sixty days written or printed notice to Association members.
9.2 The Association can hold Zonal meetings of a general nature under the chairmanship of the President of the Association or The respective regional Vice President.
9.3 The executive committee shall meet at least once before the annual conference each year.
ARTICLE 10: PUBLICATIONS
Association publications shall be limited to those that promote the cause of national vocational education and training. All publications shall be approved by the President through the Executive Committee. The Newsletter Editor and the Journal Editor are responsible to the President.
ARTICLE 11: COMMITTEES
11.1 Executive Committee
Shall consist of the President, Immediate Past President, regional Vice Presidents, General Secretary’, Membership Secretary, and Treasurer. The Executive Committee shall be the administrative body of the Association and shall be empowered to transact business on behalf of the Association.
11.2 Nominating Committee.
Upon assuming office, The President shall appoint a committee to nominate a sate of candidates for Association officers for the subsequent term of office; the Nominating Committee shall select candidates for each elected office and prepare the election ballot. Association members nay submit names of nominees to the Nominating Committee.
11.3 Program Committee
upon assuming office, the President shall appoint a committee which shall be responsible for organizing the national program at the Nigeria Vocational Association (NVA) annual convention.
11.4 Audit Committee.
Upon assuming office, the President shall appoint a committee to audit The financial records. This appointment process shall occur prior to the annual business meeting.
11 .5 Special Committees
The President shall appoint committees as the need arises and shall designate an Association member to be responsible tar the functioning of a special committee.
ARTICLE12: BANK ACCOUNT
The association shall operate an account with any reputable bank. The signatories shall be the : president, secretary and treasurer. The president as the principal signatory shall withdraw with any one of the other two signatories. Signatories to the account shall be changed immediately a new executive is constituted.
ARTICLE 13: AMENDMENTS
Amendments to the Constitution may be made by a two- thirds vote of Association members present at the Associations annual business meeting and will become effective immediately upon a majority vote. Such amendments must be submitted to the membership by mail at least sixty days before the Associations annual business meeting. The Executive Committee must therefore receive amendments to the Constitution from Association members at least ninety-five days before the Associations annual business meeting.
ARTICLE 13: MEETING PROCEDURES
The Executive Committee will adopt necessary regulations and procedures as needed to implement NVA activities, and these will be posted on the NVA Intranet web site.
ARTICLE 14: DISSOLUTION
In the event that the Association is dissolved, all assets remaining after the payment of outstanding debts and obligations shall be transferred to the relevant unit of the Federal Ministry of Education.
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