17th NOVEMBER, 2019.
The meeting started by 1:45PM with prayers from Mr. Ganiu. The chairman, Pastor Abass greeted the entire members present and prayed that the breakage that characterized the former meeting shall not happen this time around. He therefore intimated the entire members on the development that brought about the present meeting.
He informed the whole house that one of our own Mr. Musiliu (Maikudi) based in America had a chat with him and one or two other members of the family on the need to come together to demolish and rebuilt our ancestral home that have being in a state of dilapidation for many year. He said that Maikudi said that if our generation could not perform the act now, it might be difficult for any other generation coming behind us to do. He said he appreciated the efforts of our fore-fathers in consolidating the love and peace they had maintain amongst family members over the years and must be emulated to yield fruitful results. He said that, he Maikudu with the support other family members can contribute largely towards achieving this aim. He said what he needs is the support and endorsement of the family, that he, and other members of the family in Diaspora will gather resources with what the local members can contribute, that we are good to go.
At this juncture, Pastor Abass said he wants to know those that are in support of this laudable project in which the entire members present endorsed and thereby resolved as follows:
a. That we agreed to demolish and rebuild our ancestral home.
b. That we agreed to contribute morally and financially to support the
c. That we agreed to register our name with the local authority for
d. That we agreed to open an account preferably with Zenith bank.
e. That we agreed to relocate the present occupants of the building.
Towards achieving this goal, the family set up a five (5) member committee for building and financial purposes. The members include:
1. Alhaji Takiu
2. Mr. Alani
3. Mr. Semiu
4. Mr. Mutiu
5. Mr. Farook
The chairman enjoined Alhaji Takiu to make enquiries on requirements necessary for registration with the local authority so as to get that done before we proceed with any other action plan.
Mr. Saburi called for voluntary donation and the sum of Ten Thousand Six Hundred and Fifty (#10,650:00) was realized.
In the absence of nothing more to discuss, the chairman called for motion to be moved for adjournment and was so moved by Mr.Waheed seconded by Mr.Najim. The meeting came to a close at 3:30PM with prayers said by Mr. Isiaka.
NEXT MEETING TO BE FIXED BY THE SET UP COMMITTEE AND COMMUNICATED TO MEMBERS.
15th DECEMBER, 2019.
By 2:18PM, the meeting started with prayers said by Mrs.Taofeekat. Present at the meeting is the Olori Ebi (Chairman) Mr. Mukaila. He greeted everybody and apologized for not coming to the last meeting due to some circumstances beyond his control. He said he is the chairman of his community and some urgent things were needed to be fixed. He prayed for those available and those who couldn’t make it. He let us into what transpired between him and Mr. Musiliu and said he is glad with this development and prayed to the almighty Allah to see us through.
The family hereby appointed Alhaji Takiu as the Treasurer and Pastor Abass as the Vice-Chairman by hierarchy of age. With this development, the family now have the following officers:
1. Mr. Mukaila Chairman
2. Pastor Abass Vice-Chairman
3. Mr. Saburi Secretary-General
4. Alhaji Takiu Treasurer
5. Mr. Mutiu Financial Secretary
Alhaji Takiu presented his findings for requirement for registration with the local authority. The requirements are as follows:
a. Application letter.
b. Extract from the minutes where the family members agreed to
c. One passport photograph of each of the following executive officers- The Chairman; the Secretary-General and the Treasurer.
d. Family Constitution
e. Eleven Thousand (#11,000:00) naira for registration form and sundries.
The Vice-Chairman enjoined the secretary to see to those requirements and make them ready on or before the next meeting. The family equally informed the secretary to make available letter-head paper with our old address: J149/1 Seriki Street, Baagbo Compound, Ilawo, Abeokuta. A logo, inscribing three chairs denoting how our ancestors were known and addressed (ALAGA META) and make “Unity is Strength” as our motto.
Conference phone call was next in line of action that connected Mr. Musiliu (America) and Mr.Mutiu (Germany) each stating their opinions on how to move the family forward especially on how to accomplish the task ahead. Mr.Musiliu said that he would be delighted to have a web site open for the family where family issues could be posted and contributions made and family heritage are equally showcase. He made a pledge of initial down payment of Fifty Thousand (#50,000:00) out of the total cost of (#70,000:00) required for the job. Maikudi said he would want each family member to be contributing an amount on monthly basis no matter how small it might be. Mr. Mutiu (Germany) also supported what Maikudi opined and equally said he is going to contribute his quota. Names of those in attendance were read to him and was impressed with the turn out.
Alhaji Monsuru was nominated as the Chairman of the building committee. The family decided that since we are planning a two storey structure, the down stair should be for commercial purpose while the rest be made a befitting self-contain rooms each with bathroom and toilet with sitting room their connector.
Pastor Abass said he is not in tune for the web site especially for those of us in Nigeria because everything could be read online and that would discourage members from coming to the meeting but those abroad it is alright.
The Chairman at this time called on member to deliberate on monthly contribution as suggested by Maikudi because finance is the bedrock of every family. Contributions were made from members but finally resolved to contribute a minimum of Five Hundred (#500:00) naira per month. That anybody who can afford beyond this stipulated amount is welcome.
Mr. Lateef seized the opportunity to implore members to come earlier so as to go on time. Alhaji Takiu mentioned that he has discussed with two surveyors and their charges are in the range of Four Hundred to Four Hundred and Fifty Thousand (#450,000:00 & #450,00:00) naira. He said the amount included the red copy since the family has insisted on given the job to qualified surveyor and architect. WhatsApp is also opined to be opened to all members for dissemination of information.
The meeting ended at 4:20PM with prayers from Mr. Ganiu.
2nd February, 2020.
With prayers from Alhaja Samiat opened the meeting by 2:18PM. The minutes were read and in the absence of nothing to add or subtract, motion for its adoption was moved by Alhaji Takiu and was seconded by Mr. Semiu.
The Secretary informed the general house that all documents necessary for registration of the family with the local authority are ready and he subsequently handed them to Aihaji Takiu.
Drafted constitution for the family was given to each member and the Secretary who did the compilation read and explained its content to the house. He was commended for a job well done. Since some other stakeholders were not available, its adoption was carried over to the next meeting. This, they said, will allow member to have perused it and come over with contribution(s).
Mr. Ganiu said he was astonished with the presence of what he described as ‘strange faces’ among the family and he implored the Chairman to call for introduction on the part of the new comers. First to respond was Alhaja Samiat (daughter of late Dawodu Soaga) , next is her son Abd Ahmed. Mr. Latifu (son of late Surakatu Soaga) and his son, Olayoiwola were next in the introduction series. It was a great moment for the family for such a wonderful reunification after a long spell. Alhaja Sami could not hide her deep feelings, she said it was a great joy for her to sit among her family members once again and prayed for the sustenance of this meeting. She said she wants to know why the meeting was reconvened? Mr. Lateef, who stood for the Chairman, said the meeting was meant for the purpose of reunification, progress, development and wellness of the family members. He said that we proposed to demolish and rebuild our ancestral home as envision by Mr. Musiliu who is based in America. Alhaja said she was delighted to hear this great news and will pass the message across to all other family members in her own capacity and she and her siblings are ready to contribute both morally and financially.
Alhaji Takiu raised two questions and a suggestion. Firstly, he asked if is legal or right for us to process any document(s) with un-adopted constitution? Secondly, what do we do if the local government official insisted on visiting the family on meeting day as one of the criteria for approval?
The first question was answered by Mr. Saburi who said that the local authority has no business on whether our constitution is adopted or amended and they are not interested in that. Our constitution is our constitution. They have no right to question it. The second question was answered by Mr. Ganiu who said that family members must be seated by 1:00PM and the meeting must be well attended. We should put their visitation between 2:00 -2:30PM. The whole house agreed on these answers.
His suggestion is that we should agree on a fixed week of the month for the meeting to avoid ambiguity that characterized the low turn out of the last meeting. Mr. Lateef said a 2nd , 3rd or 4th Sunday of every month will be appropriate. Alhaja Sami said we should find a way to avoid party weeks to be easy for those that will be coming from far distance and she suggested the 2nd Sunday of the month which was subsequently approved by the house.
Before the closing of the meeting, inspired by the provision of the drafted constitution, article 5( Under General) No 5. Mr. Semiu informed the family that a long standing feud had engulfed between Mr. Isiaka and Mr. Alani and efforts to settle the dispute at different forum had been futile. He therefore, implored the family to interfere. The persons in question were called upon to say the cause(s) of the issue. In all, the disagreement was amicably settled and they embraced each other to the delight of everybody.
At 4:30PM, the meeting came to a close. Prayers were said by Mr. Latifu (Ibadan).
NEXT MEETING ———8TH OF MARCH, 2020.