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Isoko Association of North America (IANA) Constitution

The 2014 IANA Constitution and ByLaws

Preamble
Whereas:

We recognize the richness of our culture and traditional Isoko value orientation.

We recognize the need to pass on to our children the Isoko culture and values,

We recognize the economic and political importance of Isoko community to the modern Nigerian nation-state.

It is imperative to unite Isoko people abroad and at home to the enrichment and betterment of Isoko community.

IN THE BELIEF that Isoko people abroad have a sacred responsibility for the development of Isoko area, and that Isoko Association of North America (IANA), an umbrella organization of all Isoko associations in North America was inaugurated in 2003, for that purpose.

NOW, THEREFORE, we Isoko people residing in North America do herewith proclaim the following our Constitution and Byelaws 2008 (a revision of the 2003 Constitution) this 2nd Day of December, 2008 and further amended on October 5, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA at a meeting of the Board of Trustees in consideration of a report of a committee set up to reconsider IANA's mission, goals, purpose and objectives.

Mission:

To be a catalyst for the development of Isoko people through independent and collaborative efforts with groups, organizations, representatives of Isoko at all levels of government and individuals who share the goal of improving the lives of Isoko through education, healthcare and industry. It will continuously monitor the development efforts to ensure equitable allocation of educational, healthcare and industrial development programs and projects of Delta State government.

Goals:
Strategies:
Article I Name and Status
Article II Purpose and Objectives
Article III Membership

Membership of the Association shall be open to all Isoko people by birth or marriage, or by adoption. Membership shall consist of the following categories subject to the following conditions, For the purpose of this constitution, the term Affiliate Chapter" and Chapter shall have the same meaning:

Article IV Association Address and Office
Article V Meetings
Article VI Board of Trustees
Article VII Executive Council
Article VIII Election
Article IX Officers and Their Duties
Duties:
Article X Commitiees
Article XI Finance
Article XII Amendment Procedure
Article XIII Dissolution

Upon the dissolution of the Association, the Board of Trustees shall, after paying or making provision for the payment of all the liabilities of the Association, distribute all the assets of the Association to one or more tax exempt purposes organization within the meaning of Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to a state or local government, for a public purpose.

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