The Delegate Congress of National Association of community Health Practitioners of Nigeria ( NACHPN), Cross River State Chapter was aborted on Wednesday 22nd of November, 2017 at Real Homes Hotel Calabar.
The Congress which started around 9:30 Am, Had delegates drawn across the 18 LGAs, State & UCTH branch of the state converging in Calabar with the hope of electing their new leader could not see the light of the day as the Returning Officer from the National Body opted for a constitution of a Caretaker Committee without reasons, against the wishes of the Delegates.
Our reports gathered that the entire delegates across the 18 LGAs, State and UCTH dissociated themselves from the purported plans of the Returning Officer to inaugurate a caretaker Committee without reasons demanded for a letter for the national to this effect or conduct an election for the state.
The delegate added that since the Returning cannot tender a proof to appoint a caretaker committee should return as nothing has happened.
This lead to a motion moved by the delegate from Obudu Local Government Area, Mr Stephen Obogor the branch secretary of Obudu that Cross River has always remained a peaceful State and issues like this should not disrupt the unity and oneness enjoyed by community health workers in the state.
Mr Obogor concluded the motion by asking the present state Executives to continue discharging their mandate till the National body send a new date and returning Officer to conduct the election this motion was seconded by .Comr Blessing Omachi branch chair person Calabar Municipality and was affirmed by the entire delegates.
Reacting to the exercise, the incumbent state chairman, Comrade Bassey Edet Okon who is seeking re-election, commended the congress men and women for standing up to defend the truth. He urged the delegates to remain calm as the National Body will resolve the issue in shortest possible time.
Comrade Bassey said he still remain the state Chairman as his Executive was not dissolved while urging the General public to disregard rumors that caretaker committee was formed to run the affairs of the association.
The Election was observed by the Director of Administration Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency who was disappointed at the outcome.