BY ADEDIWURA OKELEYE
The new Chairman of the caretaker committee of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) is Nollywood actor, Steve Eboh. This comes after things got messy in the AGN as a result of the court ruling that sacked former president of the guild, Ibinabo Fiberesima.
His appointment was announced at a stakeholders’ congress was convened by Mr Agility Onwurah (Chairman AGN Abuja and Chairman of all State Chairmen), which held in Awka, the Anambra State capital last weekend. Based on the new appointment, the AGN is set to take a new dimension as Steve Eboh has promised to restore the guild to its past glory. Eboh contested in the 2012 elections for the position of president but got disqualified along the line.
An 11-man interim working committee headed by Eboh to supervise the affairs of the guild and conduct fresh elections was set up at the conference. The following people are the members of the committee: Hakeem Rhaman (Vice Chairman), Renell Badejo (Secretary), Bob Emmanuel Udokwu (Adviser), Ochendo Mc Smith(PRO), Rita Tony Edochie(Member), Ernest Obi (Member), Vitalis Ndubisi(Member), Zenith Abubarka (Member), Rita Daniels (Member) and Edith Irabor (Member).
An official report was released at the end of the conference that explained the reason for the creation of a caretaker committee. It read:
“In the quest not to leave a lacuna in the governance of the Actors guild of Nigeria National Executive; the chairman of all the chairmen of the state chapters (Mr Agility Onwurah) in line with paragraph four of the judgment convened a congress on the above-mentioned date. The essence of the meeting was to discuss and seek a lasting solution to the lingering crisis in the Guild and the need to constitute a solid structure to resuscitate the guild.
However, the deliberation was hinged on the judgment of March 2015 by the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos headed by Justice J.T. Tshoho. The provisions of the judgment were extensively deliberated upon by all taking special cognizance of the paragraph four which states that the 1st and 2nd defendant should surrender all paraphernalia of their offices to the guild.”
Steve Eboh asked for the cooperation of members of the guild to make things right again in the AGN and promised to “bring the guild to an enviable height and to conduct a credible National election within three months.”