ADDRESS BY THE PRESIDENT, POLYMER INSTITUTE OF NIGERIA (PIN), PROF. PAUL MAMZA AT THE HANDING-OVER CEREMONY HELD ON THURSDAY, 3RD DECEMBER, 2015 AT THE PIN SECRETARIAT, ABUJA.
To God be the Glory. Today, the Polymer Institute of Nigeria marks another watershed moment in our chartered history to take the Institute to another level with the Inauguration of the new executive. It is historic because I am the first President of the Institute from the Northern part of Nigeria since its establishment in 1989 and also the first hand-over ceremony at our Secretariat but when the Institute is facing daunting challenges ranging from the desire to secure chartering for the Institute, dwindling revenue base, dismal membership drive, the urgent need to get a permanent benefitting secretariat owned by Institute in Abuja, lack of vehicles, aggrieved old members, to low ability to sensitise the organs of government and the public on our professional abilities for communal good, amongst others.
Let me pay glowing tributes to the past Presidents and Chairmen of the Board of PIN for their unalloyed commitments, sacrifice and resilience. The Institute will ever be grateful to them and accord them the rightful place as a legacy to be sustained. To the past executive members, Board members and all PIN members across the nation, it is our unrelenting support and patriotism that kept the wheels of progress of the Institute waging. As we charter a new course for the Institute, more of your support is required by all and sundry. I must also commend the PIN family for the confidence, trust and belief it has on us by overwhelmingly electing us at the last Annual General Meeting. We shall never betray the mandate and I am particularly humbled.
However, the new PIN executive under my watch will do things differently as an Interventionist measure. Our new mission and vision will be unravelled after wide consultations with all the major stakeholders. Much is expected of us and hence, our conduct must be accountable and responsive. In this light, probity, accountability, hard work, selfless service and sincerity of purpose shall be the mantra of the new executive in order to open-up new frontiers for the Institute and in doing this, more action is required than lamentations and long speeches. The era of lamentations and grand standings is over. The new executive will be open-minded in the desire to carry everyone along, especially individuals willing to project the potentials and image of the Institute. We shall avoid the old bad ways of doing business that will be detrimental to the progress of the Institute. May God help us.
In conclusion, let me specially acknowledge the presence of high profile personalities who graced this historic ceremony and wish you journey mercies back to your various destinations.
We are grateful. Thank you and God bless.
Prof. Paul Mamza, FPIN, MCSN, NSAN, MNEST, MICCON, MTTN, ANIST
National President,Polymer Institute of Nigeria (PIN)