By Miriam Humbe
President, Nigeria Association of Auctioneers (NAA), Alhaji Aliyu Kiliya has said that the coronavirus pandemic has greatly led to the shut-down of socio-economic activities in Nigeria, auctioneering not exempted.
Kiliya spoke on Saturday at the 21st Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the association in Abuja.
Alhaji Kiliya said some achievements of his leadership were the acquisition of a national secretariat in Abuja and a letter written to President Muhammadu Buhari to auction unserviceable properties across Nigeria and the monies realized will be used to develop the country to stem the tide of foreign borrowing.
Kiliya said: “We made several calls through letters and publications in the National Dailies and we are happy that he answered our call. We have to appreciate him, we also wish to congratulate the Minister of Justice for the trust reposed in him to form a committee for the disposal of the recovered and forfieted assets.
General Secretary of the Association, Engineer Isibor Abhulimen expressed the need for unity among members to move the body forward, stressing the need for collective movement in the association for greater benefits.
He said Auctioneers need to heed the wake up call as the legitimate body doing business for both Government and private sector, therefore, members need to be united and take training seriously as it is a basic qualification in the auctioneering business.
Highlights of the AGM included adoption of a reviewed constitution presented by the Legal Adviser, Mr. Ben Koko, the financial report from 2015 to date by the Financial Secretary, Salamatu Abdullahi, Chief I.K. Nwankwo and reconciliation of a faction after a court judgement in favour of the Kiliya-led leadership position.
The 2020 AGM ended with members passing a vote of confidence on the Kiliya-led leadership.