Constitution of Amawbia Town Union

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SECETION 1 – NAME, AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
1. The Union shall be called Anambra Town Union, here- in after referred to as ATU or simply the “UNION”
2. Aims and Objectives
(a) To foster and maintain a spirit of patriotism, fraternity and cooperation among the citizens of Amawbia wherever they may be.
(b) To promote, develop and sustain the culture, customs and tradition of Amawbia.
(c) To protect and defend the rights and interests of Amawbia Town and other citizens.
(d) To undertake community development projects in Amawbia.
(e) To take any other legitimate measures that will conduce to peace, unity and progress of Amawbia Town;
(f) To cooperate with the relevant organs of Local, State and Federal Governments in all matters affecting the interests and integrity of the people of Amawbia and the Federation of Nigeria.
SECTION II – APPLICATION:
3. This Constitution shall apply to all Amawbia citizens at home and abroad. Citizens of Amawbia resident abroad, Age Grades and other organizations and associations, may formulate rules and regulations for the conduct of their local affairs. Where such rules conflict with the provisions of the Constitution, the latter shall prevail.
SECTION III – MEMBERSHIP
4. All citizens of Amawbia and naturalized “Nwadianas” shall be members of the Union but only taxable or leviable citizens shall constitute the Union’s effective membership.

5. Any offspring of a daughter of Amawbia married to a non-Amawbia, who is unable to return to his/her fatherland, may be sponsored for naturalization by his/her maternal family in Amawbia. He/she shall be adopted as a citizen of Amawbia on approval by the Council of Okokpa Amawbia, of a recommendation to that effect made by the Isi-Isiakpu after detailed consideration of the sponsoring family’s request also the approval of the Council of Okokpa Amawbia shall be confirmed by the Okpaligwe-in-council.
SECTION IV – ORGANS OF THE UNION AND THEIR FUNCTIONS
6. Central Council
(a) Membership: There shall be a central council for Amawbia comprising the following.
The President-General
The Deputy President-General
The Two Vice Presidents-General
The Treasurer-General
One representative each from all registered Age Grade
Six representatives from the Isi-Isiakpu, one of whom shall be selected from each of the six villages of Amawbia
Representatives from the villages are as follows:
Umueze 2
Ngene 2
Adabebe 2
Umukabia 1
Ezimezi 1
Enuoji 1
Representatives from ATU Branches are as follow:
Branches with not more than twenty members one
Branches with more than twenty but not more than fifty members two Branches with more than fifty members three
The Secretary-General, the Financial Secretary General and the Publicity Secretary shall be ex-officio members but shall have no voting rights.
No person shall represent more than one organization.
(b) Functions:
The Central Council shall be the executive arm of the ATU responsible for carrying out the decisions of the Union taken at the General or Emergency Conferences as well as home meetings. It shall be responsible for dealing with day-to-day matters of the Town Union and shall co-operate with the relevant Local Government Agencies and other organs to achieve its objectives. The Central Council may formulate measures designed to enhance the aims and objectives of the Union for the consideration of the General or Emergency Conferences. It shall coordinate the activities, and exercise overall control of all organs of the Union.
(c) Committees: The Central Council may form committees to carry out its functions.
7. Isi-Isiakpu: Isi-Isiakpu is the militant and executive organs of the Town, which shall amongst others, ensure compliance with, and implementation of the orders of the Union. It shall pursue its traditional functions in harmony with the aims and objectives of the Union.
8. Age Grade:
(a) At every other mass-return year, which is at six yearly intervals, the Isi-Isiakpu shall constitute into an Age Grade, all male citizens of Amawbia, who, within the said six-year period, attain the age of eighteen years. Such new Age Grade shall be inducted in each case, on a date to be determined by the Central Council, during, and as part of the mass return festivities. An Age Grade so constituted shall get itself registered with the Central Council, on the date of its induction, on payment of registration fee that shall, from time to time, be determined by the Central Council.
(b) It shall be compulsory for every Amawbia male citizen to belong to an Age Grade. The Age Grades shall work towards the achievement of the aims and objectives of the Union by:-
(i) Adequate organization and disciplinary control of their members
(ii) Carrying out such assignment as may be authorized by the Union from time to time.
(d) Isi-Isiakpu shall regulate the age span and mode of operation of all Age Grade.
9. Branches of ATU:
(a) Five or more citizens of Amawbia resident outside Amawbia may form a Branch of the Union and notify the Union’s Headquarters accordingly. Individuals unable to form a Branch due to paucity of numbers shall register with the nearest Branch or correspond direct with the Union’s Headquarters in Amawbia. ATU Branches shall represent the Union in various towns in which they are located and shall organize Amawbia citizens in those towns into an effective and virile body to pursue the aims and objectives of the Union.
(b) It shall be compulsory for every citizen of Amawbia resident abroad to be a member of the local Branch of the ATU where one exists.
(c) ATU Branches shall render annual returns of their membership, as at 31st August, each year, showing the following details:
(i) Nominal roll by kindred’s and villages.
(ii) List of departments from the Branch since the last returns.
(iii) List of new members at the Branch since the last returns.
(iv) List of Amawbians in the town who have not joined, or who have been suspended/expelled from the Branch of the Union.
The returns shall be forwarded to the Secretary-General, to reach him not later than 30th September of that year, to enable him updates his records.
(e) Similarly, financial returns of the members of each Branch of the Union as at 31st December each year, should be forwarded to the Financial-Secretary-General, and copied to the Secretary-General giving lists of members, arranged by kindred’s and by villages, showing amounts of annual recurrent levies, special levies paid, and donations made, during the year in question, and since the last returns were made. The returns should be forwarded to reach the Financial Secretary-General and the Secretary-General, not later than 31st March of the year immediately following that of the returns, to them update their records, and compile and circulate lists of members eligible to speak, vote and be voted for at the next General Conference.
10. Council of Okokpa Amawbia: The Council of Okokpa Amawbia shall be composed of citizens from the oldest Age Grade or the eldest representatives of Villages in Amawbia not represented in the oldest Age Grade. The Council of Okokpa Amawbia shall consist of mature men immensely learned in traditional customs and creed. The Council shall be responsible for the upkeep of the customs and conventional behaviour off all citizens of Amawbia. It shall constitute the final body for the resolution of all differences or conflicts in Amawbia.

11. Ozo title Society of Amawbia:
(a) Ozo title society of Amawbia shall comprise of citizens who have taken the Ozo Amawbia title, which is the highest traditional title in Amawbia.
(b) An Ozo Amawbia title aspirant must be a financially updated member of Amawbia Town Union.
(c) The Constitution of the Ozo title society of Amawbia comprising the conditions for Ozo title taking in Amawbia, the operational Rules and Regulations, the code of conduct, obligations and privileges for Ozo Amawbia title holders, shall be drawn up by a joint meeting of the representatives of the Ozo title society of Amawbia, Okokpa Amawbia, Isi-Isiakpu Amawbia, Ekwu title holders and the Central Council of Amawbia Town Union. It shall be commented on by the Okpaligwe-In-Council and approved by the ATU General Conference.
(d) The Okokpa, Amawbia, Isi-Isiakpu Amawbia and Ndi Nze sitting in joint Council, shall be the final appellate body for the resolution of misunderstandings within the Ozo title Society of Amawbia or about Ozo Amawbia title.

SECTION V – THE TRADITIONAL RULER OF AMAWBIA TOWN.
12. There shall be a traditional ruler in Amawbia. He shall be the head of Amawbia town and shall be a symbol of unity and solidarity. He shall be accorded absolute respect and honour by all Amawbia citizens. Whenever he enters or rises to leave any gatherings, everybody shall stand, make ovation and remain standing until he is seated or leaves the gathering. Any defaulter in this regard, shall be immediately ordered out of the gathering, and shall be liable to a fine of N50 (fifty naira). Furthermore, he shall not be admitted thenceforth to any meeting, conference or gathering of Amawbia community, until he has paid the fine of N50 (fifty naira) and purged himself of his disrespect of the Okpaligwe of Amawbia.
13. Title and mode of address: The traditional ruler shall be known and referred to as OKPALIGWE of Amawbia. He shall bear his first and surnames proceeded by the designation IGWE and followed by the title Okpaligwe of Amawbia, (e.g. Igwe M.O. Okoye, Okpaligwe of Amawbia). Should a future Okpaligwe bear the same surname “Okoye”, then name shall bear a suffix IX or III, Okpaligwe of Amawbia.
14. Eligibility: To be eligible for the stool of Okpaligwe, a candidate shall:
(a) Be a citizen of Amawbia (that is to say, his father must be of Amawbia origin).
(b) Not be less than 35 years old.
(c) Be married, have a house of his own in Amawbia, and shall be ordinarily resident in Amawbia.
(d) Be a person of substance with visible means of livelihood.
(e) Not have been convicted by a Court of competent jurisdiction of any criminal offence, and shall not leave committed any wrong doing against the traditions and customs of Amawbia, or anything prejudicial to the interests of Amawbia Town.
(f) Be prominent in championing the cause of Amawbia Town and contributing in cash and/or kind to the development of the town as well as being an up-to-date financial member of the Union.
(g) Be of sound mind
(h) Not be an undischarged bankrupts
(i) Be literate
(j) Be an Ozo Amawbia title holder and have a suitable “Obu” or be prepared to meet these conditions before his installation date.
15. Mode of selection:
(a) Announcement of a vacancy in the stool of Okpaligwe of Amawbia shall be made by the Central Council by way of announcement at home (ISU) as well as by circular letter to ATU branches, Age Grades and other organizations. The announcement from aspirants, which must be received within two months from the date of the circular letter. Applications shall contain briefs as detailed in Rule 14 of this Constitution.
(b) Within a month from the deadline for receipt of applications, the Central Council shall open all the applications received and screen them under the criteria stated in Rule 14 of this Constitution. The Central Council shall forward the list of qualified applicants with suitable briefs and comments on applicants’ claims to the Okpaligwe’s Council.
(c) The Okpaligwe’s Council shall consider the claims of the qualified candidates as submitted to it by the Central Council and shall select an Okpaligwe elect preferably by consensus. It shall submit the name of the selected candidate to the Central Council for formal announcement.
(d) Any member of the Central Council or the Okpaligwe’s Council who aspires to the vacant stool of Okpaligwe shall not be present or participate at the meeting for the opening and screening of applications or the selection of an Okpaligwe. Where the Regent is a contestant; the Okpaligwe’s Council shall select a Chairman for the meeting from one of its members.
(e) The role and decisions of the Central Council and the Okpaligwe’s Council as specified in this constitution; in the whole process of selecting an Okpaligwe, shall be final and unchallengeable.
16. Installation ceremony:
(a) The formal installation ceremony of the Okpaligwe of Amawbia shall be solemnly performed on a designated date by the Regent who shall, before the general assembly of Amawbia Community, call on the Ezeana in Umukabia to put the crown on the Okpaligwe’s head, and also call on the Akajiofor of Ezi Oye Ezimezi to present the Okpaligwe with the traditional staff of Office (OFO). The Okpaligwe shall thereafter take the Oath of his Office.
(b) The central Council shall, in consultation with the Okpaligwe’s Council and subject to the provisions of this Constitution, decide the timing of, and organize all ceremonies relating to the installation of an Okpaligwe.
17. Presentation of Okpaligwe of Amawbia to Government:
The Okpaligwe shall be presented to Government for recognition as soon as possible after this installation, by the President-General accompanied by the Trustees of Amawbia Town Union, for and on behalf of themselves and the Amawbia Community as a whole.
18. Functions of the Okpaligwe:
The Okpaligwe shall have the power to perform the following functions:
(a) Occupy the first position and preside at all ceremonial occasions and festivities in Amawbia at which he is present.
(b) Receive important visitors to Amawbia Community.
(c) Up-hold the customs and traditions of Amawbia people in consultation and collaboration as appropriate, with relevant organs and institutions of the town. Serve as a formidable force making for stability and moderation in Amawbia town.
(d) See to the maintenance of law and order in Amawbia Town.
(e) Take action to protect the integrity and interests of Amawbia town and its people, even if such action may not be covered by this Constitution. He shall call an emergency Conference within three months to ratify such an extra-ordinary action.
(f) Encourage development projects, rallying Amawbia Community in the collection of taxes, rates, levies and in prosecuting self-help communal projects.
(g) Confer honorary chieftaincy and other titles to distinguished citizens and any other persons who are selected and recommended from time to time for outstanding services or contributions to Amawbia Town or to the Nigerian Nation in any field of human endeavour. Such awards shall be recommended by the Central Council to the Okpaligwe in Council. The Okpaligwe in Council shall determine the grades and titles of Chieftaincy in Amawbia.
(h) Shall be entitled to homage expressed voluntarily in cash and/or kind by Amawbia citizens at home and abroad. He shall also receive tribute from those on whom he confers honorary titles.
(i) Celebrate Okpaligwe day on the last day of the annual feast of Eziokplaigwe, involving the entire people of Amawbia. This shall be the day for conferring honours and Chieftaincy titles.
19. Traditional Prime Minister of Amawbia:
(a) There shall be a traditional Prime Minister in Amawbia. He shall be the second-in-command to the Okpaligwe of Amawbia. He shall be known and referred to as OSOJEZE of Amawbia and shall be the most senior Chief in Amawbia. The Osojeze shall be addressed as in this example – “Odogwu B.A. Ibekwe Osojeze of Amawbia.
(b) Eligibility: Eligibility for the position of Osojeze of Amawbia shall be the same as for the stool of Okpaligwe of Amawbia, except for Rule 14 (j) of this Constitution.
(c) Mode of Selection: The Osojeze of Amawbia shall be selected by a joint meeting of the Central Council and the Okpaligwe’s Council and presided over by the Okpaligwe of Amawbia. The Osojeze shall not be selected from the same village as a ruling Okpaligwe of Amawbia.
(d) Presentation to Amawbia: The Central Council shall announce the selection of an Osojeze of Amawbia at Isu Amawbia as well as by the News-Letter. The Central Council shall therefore, arrange for the installation by the Okpaligwe of Amawbia.
(e) Functions: The Osojeze of Amawbia shall be the next to the Okpaligwe of Amawbia in order of precedence. He shall advise the Okapligwe may desire in carrying out his functions as the Okpaligwe of Amawbia. When ever there is a vacancy in the stool of Okpaligwe of Amawbia, the Osojeze shall function as Regent.
(f) Tenure: The position of Osojeze of Amawbia shall be for life unless breached by any of the conditions set out in Rule 22(b) (i) – (iv) of this Constitution. In the event of a vacancy, the Central Council shall initiate the processes for selecting another Osojeze.
(g) Code of Council: The code of conduct for the Osojeze of Amawbia shall be the same as far for the Okpaligwe of Amawbia as stipulated in Rule 23 (a) – (c) of this Constitution. On installation, the Osojeze shall subscribe to and sign the oath of office as in Anne 3 to this Constitution, to be administered by the Okpaligwe of Amawbia.
20. The Okpaligwe’s Council:
(a) The Okpaligwe of Amawbia shall have a Council known as the Okpaligwe’s Council, which shall assist and advise him in the exercise of his powers and functions. The Council shall comprise of the following permanent and non-permanent members:-
(i) Permanent Members:
The Osojeze of Amawbia
The Ezeana of Amawbia
The Akajiofor of Amawbia
Chairman of the Council of Okokpa
Chairman of Isi-Isiakpu
Head of Ozo Amawbia title holders
The President-General of ATU
The Deputy President-General of ATU
(ii) Non-permanent Members:
Two representative of Umueze village
Two representative of Ngene village
Two representative of Adabebe village
One representative of Umukabia vill;age
One representative of Ezimezi village
One representative of Enuoji village
Two personal nominees of the Okpaligwe of Amawbia
(iii) Non permanent members shall hold office for three years and may be eligible for re-election
The Central Council reserves the right to reject the candidature of non-permanent members and the body concerned shall be obliged to send another representative.
(iv) The Assistant Secretary-General of Amawbia Town Union shall also be the Secretary of the Okpaligwe’s Council.
(b) The Okpaligwe shall administer the oath of office as at Annex C, to all members of his Council on the first meeting of the Council. The swearing in ceremony shall be performed in the presences of the Council of Okokpa and members of the Central Council. New members shall be similarity sworn in on assumption of office.
(c) The Okpaligwe shall preside over all meetings of his Council which shall be summoned and held only at his instance. Quorum for meetings of the Okpaligwe’s Council shall be eight which must include at least three permanent members and representatives of a t least three villages.
(d) Non-permanent members of the Okpaligwe’s Council who are absent from three consecutive meetings of the Council, without satisfactory reason, shall lose their seats on Council, and shall be replaced by the appropriate organ, at the instance of the Okapligwe.
21. Regalia for the Okpaligwe of Amawbia:
The Amawbia Community shall decide on, and provide a suitable crown and accountant for any reigning Okpaligwe.
22. Succession vacancy and Regency in the stool of Okpaligwe of Amawbia.
(a) The stool of Okpaligwe of Amawbia shall not be hereditary, and more than two successive Okpaligwe shall be selected consecutively from any one village in Amawbia.
(b) A person cease to be the Okpaligwe of Amawbia if he shall:-
(i) Fail in anyone of the conditions set out in Section V Rule 14 of this Constitution.
(ii) Resign the stool
(iii) Be rendered incapable of performing the functions of the office by infirmity or death.
(v) Lose the confidence of the Amawbia Community.
The lose of confidence shall be expressed in a serious allegation or petition by groups or individuals and shall be processed in the following manner:
The Central Council shall investigate the allegation and place its findings before as Emergency Conference of the ATU called for the purpose. The Okpaligwe shall be given full opportunity to defend himself either in person or in writing. The Emergency Conference shall decide the guilt or otherwise, of the Okpaligwe by two thirds majority of secret vote.
(c) In any of the events mentioned in Rules 22 (b) (i) to (iv), the stool of the Okpaligwe of Amawbia shall be deemed vacant and the Central Council shall proceed with the processes of selecting another Okpaligwe as stipulated in Rule 15 under Section V of this Constitution.
(d) In the event of a vacancy in the stool of Okpaligwe of Amawbia and before the selection of another Okpaligwe, the Osojeze of Amawbia shall function as the Regent. The period of regency shall not be more than six months after the burial ceremonies vacancy caused by other than death.
23. Code of Conduct for the Okpaligwe of Amawbia:
(a) The Okpaligwe shall at all times maintain a dignifying conduct of palpable impartiality, honesty and rectitude.
(b) He shall not eat or drink in public places like drinking palours or pubs, except when such a place is used as venue for a social or other public event.
(c) He shall be suitably and properly dressed at all times.
(d) He shall on installation subscribe to, and sign the oaths of office as in Annex A to this constitution, to be administered by the Osojeze of Amawbia.

SECTION VI: TRUSTEES:
24. Amawbia Community shall have trustees which shall consist of the following:
The Okpaligwe of Amawbia
The President-General, or if not available at home, the Deputy President-General
The Treasurer-General
The Secretary-General
25. The Trustees shall ensure the overall safety of the communal land and other property.
26. The Trustees shall be the authorized representatives of the Town and shall sign all important memorials and other authorized documents on behalf of the entire citizens of Amawbia.

SECTION VII: OFFICER OF THE UNION
27. The Union shall have honourary and paid officers as follows:-
(a) Honourary Officers:
President-General
Deputy President-General
1st Vice-President-General
2nd Vice-President-General
Treasurer-General
Auditors
(b) Paid Officers
Secretary-General
Assistant Secretary-General
Financial Secretary-General
Publicity Secretary
Clerical and typing staff as may from time to time be approved by the Central Council
Gong man
Messenger
(c) Conditions of service for paid Officers:
The Central Council shall be responsible for the appointment, discipline or dismissal of all paid officers of the Union in accordance with the conditions of service approved by the General Conference. All paid officers shall receive remuneration as shall from time to time be recommended by the Central Council and approved by the General Conference.
(d) A President-General who loses office through normal process of election or is removed from office, shall no longer be eligible to contest for the post of President-General. Honorary officers of the Union shall not also hold Branch Union Offices. Whenever a Branch official is elected to an honorary office of the Union, he shall resign his office at the Branch Union.
23. Functions of Officers:
(a) President-General:
(i) The President-General shall be the executive head of the Union and shall preside at all meetings of the Union, including home meetings (Izu).
He shall, on adoption, sign minutes of meetings of the Union.
(ii) He shall summon Central Council meetings, and when necessary, Emergency Conferences.
(iii) He shall have power to instruct any citizen of America on any matter calculated to enhance the interests of the town, and the citizen so instructed shall be bound to carry out such instructions.
(iv) On social or other occasions in which the Okpaligwe is present, he shall be third in order of precedence, after the Okpaligwe. There however, a meeting is specially summoned by the Okpaligwe; the Okpaligwe shall himself preside over such a meeting.
(v) The President-General shall live within 200 kilometers of Amawbia.
(b) Deputy President-General:
(i) The Deputy President-General shall be resident at home. Whenever the President-General is not available at home, the Deputy President-General shall have full powers to deal with day to day events at home in consultation wit the Okpaligwe.
(ii) In the absence of the President-General, the Deputy President-General shall deputize for him as appropriate. In the absence, then either the 1st or 2nd Vice-President-General as available, shall act.
(iii) IN the event of permanent absence or disability of the President-General, the Deputy President-General shall assume full responsibilities of the President-General until the next General Conference.
(iv) The Deputy/Vice President-General shall deal with such other matters as may be assigned to them by the President-General.
(c) Secretary-General:
(i) The Secretary-General shall be the administrative head of the Union, responsible for the day to day running of he Union’s Secretariat, subject to the overall control and creation of the President-General.
(ii) It shall be his duty to ensure the execution of the decisions of Conference and the Central Council.
(iii) He shall record the minutes of all meetings of the Union and shall on adoption sign such minutes jointly with the President-General.
(iv) He shall prepare an Annual Report of the activities of the Union and submit this to the General Conference.
(v) He shall maintain an accurate and up-to-date record of all leviable Amawbia citizens in separate official register for each Branch Union and Village, which shall be published not later than January every year for information and verification of Branches and Villages.
(vi) He shall keep all Branches of the Union adequately and promptly informed about the activities of the Union by providing the necessary materials to the Publicity Secretary who shall publish the information in the monthly news letter.
(vii) He shall maintain proper record and custody of all property of the Union.
(viii) He shall exercise day to day control and discipline over all paid officers of the Union.
(d) Financial Secretary-General:
(i) He shall receive on behalf of the Union all monies due to the Union and shall maintain an accurate and up-to-date account of such monies received.
(ii) He shall pay all monies received to the Treasurer-General not later than twenty-four hours after such monies are received and shall obtain an official receipt from the Treasurer-General for such payments.
(iii) He shall prepare all payment vouchers and keep duplicate paid vouchers.
(iv) He shall maintain a register of individual payments of the annual recurrent and other levies and provide such information to the Secretary-General who shall advise Branch Union three months before the date of every General Conference.
(v) He shall prepare separate lists of both payment and non-payments of levies by Amawbia Citizens arranged in Branch and Villages and shall present the list to the General Conference for appropriate action against defaulters.
(e) Assistant Secretary-General:
(i) He shall not as the Secretary-General at all meeting in which the Secretary-General is absent and shall perform such duties as may be delegated to him by the Secretary-General.
(ii) He shall serve as Secretary to the Okpaligwe’s Council.
(f) Treasurer-General:
(i) The Treasurer-General shall receive from the Financial Secretary-General all monies of the Union and shall issue official receipts to cover such monies.
(ii) He shall deposit all monies so received into the bank account of the Union not later than three days from the date of receipt.
(iii) He shall maintain an accurate and up-to-date account of monies of the Union and shall keep the Bank pass and cheque books.
(iv) He shall render financial report to the Central Bank as may be required from time to time but not less than once quarterly.
(v) Notwithstanding the provisions of sub-paragraph (ii) above, he shall keep an impress not exceeding N500 (five hundred naira).
(g) Publicity-Secretary:
(i) He shall strive at all times to project a good image of Amawbia.
(ii) He shall collect information from home and abroad for public enlightenment and process public statements to be issued by him or the President-General, after vetting by the latter.
(iii) He shall refute promptly in consultation with the President-General or the Deputy President-General, any public statements unfavourable to Amawbia.
(iv) He shall be responsible for gathering all necessary information and publishing the monthly news letter.
(h) Auditors:
(i) The Union shall have four Auditors two of which shall carry out the inspectors’ duties while the other two shall produce the audit reports.
(ii) Auditors shall audit the accounts of ATU as often as they can or whenever required to do so but in any case not less than once a year.
(iii) The Auditors shall inspect the accounts of Union at least three times a year to ensure proper receipt and expenditure of the Union’s funds in accordance with the decisions and rules of the Union, and ensure that all accounting books and records are properly maintained.
(iv) One audit report covering the period from the last audit report to three months before a General Conference shall be submitted to the General Conference for consideration.
(v) The Auditors shall have easy access to any documents or property of the Union which they may consider relevant to their duties.
(vi) The Auditors shall not be members of the Central Council as they are expected to be unbiased and objective in reporting on the financial administration of the Union.
(i) Gong man or Town Crier:
(i) The ATU shall have a Gong man or Town Crier resident in Amawbia.
(ii) The Gong man shall primarily by means of his gong (Ogene) inform the townsfolk of any public meeting (Izu) that has been summoned.
(iii) He shall similarly disseminate any urgent public information as may be authorized by the Okpaligwe or the President-General.
(iv) The Gong man or town crier shall perform only on the authority of the Okpaliogwe or the President-General.
(j) Messenger:
(i) He shall be under the administrative control of the Secretary-General and shall perform such duties as may from time to time be assigned to him.
(ii) He shall be responsible for keeping the Secretariat clean and tidy.
SECTION VIII – ELECTION AND REMOVAL OF OFFICERS:
29. Elections and changes of Administration:
(a) Elections:
(i) Election of honorary officers of the Union shall be held triennially on the occasion of the Mass Return of Amawbia citizen.
(ii) Nomination of representatives of villages and other groups in the Central Council shall be notified to the Secretary-General in writing at least three months before the Mass Return of Amawbia citizens, and the names of those nominated shall be announced at, and confirmed by the Mass Return Conference.
(iii) When a vacancy occurs in any one of the offices of the Union, the Central Council shall fill it temporarily from amongst its members pending the next General Conference when election shall be held to fill the vacancy, and the person so elected shall serve the remaining of the triennial election period.
(iv) Any group represented in the Central Council shall notify the Secretary-General in writing when any of its representatives is/are no longer able to represent it and forward to him the name(s) of its new representatives(s).
(b) Changes of Administration:
(i) Within one month of a new Administration, the outgoing President-General shall give the in-coming President-General a comprehensive handing-over notes. The handing-over notes shall among others, give detailed status report on the Union’s affairs, the latest financial statement and balance, outstanding liabilities and an up-to-date inventory of the Union’s property. The handing-over notes shall be signed by both the out-going and the in-going President-General.
(ii) There shall be a transitional period covering two Central Council meetings during which the out-going President-General shall be in attendance for consultation and advice as may be necessary and/or sought for. The Central Council shall witness the signing of the handing over notes which shall take place not later than the second of the two meetings within the transitional period.
(c) The result of every election and where applicable, the members of the resultant Central Council, shall be advised in writing by the Secretary-General to the Okpaligwe of Amawbia, not later than three days after the elections.
30. Oath of Office:
(a) The inaugural meeting of the Central Council shall be opened by the Okpaligwe of Amawbia. He shall administer the Oath of Office in the presence of the permanent members of his Council on the following:
(i) The President-General as in Annex D
(ii) The Deputy/Vice President-General
and the Treasurer-General as in Annex E
(iii) Other members of the Central Council as in Annex F
(iv) Other Officers of the Union as in Annex G
(b) A new Administration shall not be legitimate until it has been sworn-in by the Okpaligwe of Amawbia. New comers to the Central Council shall take the oath of office before assuming office.
(c) All principal paid officers of the Union shall swear to an appropriate oath of secrecy, loyalty and allegiance.

31. Removal of Honorary Officers and Central Council members:
The Union shall have the right to remove from office, any officer on grounds of inefficiency, misconduct or dishonesty. In that connection, action shall be taken as follows:-
(a) Inefficiency: The removal shall be effected after the consideration and approval by a meeting of the Central Council specifically summoned for the purpose and at which not less than 20 members including the President – General and representatives of at least two Branches shall be present.
(b) Misconduct or dishonesty: An officer who has committed an act of Misconduct or dishonesty shall be suspended immediately by a meeting of the Central Council. Thereafter, further action shall be taken within two months as in Rule 31 (a). The person concerned shall in all cases be given opportunity to defend shall in all cases be given opportunity to defend himself in writing or in person or both.
(c) President – General’s Misconduct or Unsatisfactory Performance: Reports concerning misconduct by, or unsatisfactory performance of the President-General shall be forwarded to the OKpaligwe of Amawbia, for investigation by the Okpaligwe in Council, which shall determine whether or not a prima facieses case has been made against the President-General. Based on the recommendations of the Okpaligwe in-Council, the Okpaligwe may either dismiss the charges, or summon an Emergency Conference to consider and take appropriate action on the report. Should the Emergency Conference pass a no confidence vote on the President-General, then the Deputy President-General will automatically step into his shoes as acting President-General, until the next General Conference when another President-General shall be elected to run the remaining of the triennial election period.
SECTION IX: VOTING:
32. All matters on which general agreement is not obtained shall be resolved by show of hands or by secret ballot as may be decided by the meeting, except in respect of elections of officers and amendment of this Constitution where voting shall be by secret ballot only. In the case of parity of votes, the chairman shall have a casting vote.
SECTION X: FINANCE
33. The Central Council shall prepare an annual budget showing recurrent estimated income and expenditure as well as capital projects, with their estimated costs an anticipated source of financing them. The budget shall be considered for approval by the General Conference. Any unforeseen expenditures outside the approval annual budget, shall be considered and approved by the Central Council subject to a maximum of N10, 000 (ten thousand naira) as specified in Rule (40) e.
34. In meeting the aims and objectives of the Union as in Section 1 Rule a, the Union shall raise funds in the form of annual levies, donations, special levies, rent of communal lands and property, and through fund raising activities and festivities.
35. Annual Recurrent levy shall be as in the following scales which shall be amended from time to time only by the General Conference:-
(a) Non-working women at home N1
(b) Non-working women abroad N5
(c) Non-working men at home N5
(d) Employed men at home and abroad as well as self-employed men abroad 1% of annual income, provided that this shall not be less than N10.
(e) Employed women at home and abroad 1% of annual income, provided that this shall not be less than N5.
(f) Self-employed men at home 1% of annual income provided that this shall not be less than N10.
36. Assessment and collection of levies and contributions from Amawbia citizens’ resident abroad shall be by Branches ONLY. In respect of citizens’ resident at home, assessment and collection shall be ONLY by villages. All assessment of citizens shall be communicated to ATU Headquarters not later than 31st March of each year; to enable the Central Council prepares the Budget as in Rule 33.
37. There shall be annual levy to support the Eziokpaligwe festival, known as the Eziokpaligwe supporting fee, the levy shall be paid by all citizens abroad as follows:-
Men N2 (two naira)
Women N1 (one naira)
38. The Central Council shall maintain separate ledgers for all payments in respect of Branches and villages, and shall on all occasions when such information is published, reflect the payments according to Branches, and villages with family/kindred sub-ledgers for each village and Branch.
39. Exemptions: The following shall be exempted from levies and contributions:-
(a) The Okpaligwe of Amawbia. He shall however, be free to make voluntary donation to the town’s funds or sponsor a development project.
(b) Amawbia citizens who are applicants abroad duly certified by their Branches.
(c) Unemployed Amawbia citizens below the age of 18 years.
(d) Students not earning any income.
(e) Indigenes at home who apply and are exempted by the Central Council.
40. Custody of Funds:
(a) The Union shall have a Bank Account with a Commercial Bank approved by the Central Council.
(b) Except for cash impress of not more than N500 (five hundred naira) all monies of the Union shall be deposited in the Bank, or invested as may be decided by the Central Council if the General Conference is more than three months from the date of decision for the investment and provided that such investment is approved by a majority of not less than two thirds of the entire membership of the Central Council.
(c) The Bank Account of the Union shall be operated by the following officers of the Union; the President-General or in his absent the Deputy President-General, the Treasurer-General and the Secretary-General, the President-General or the Deputy President-General with one other signatory may sign withdrawals.
(d) The Central Council shall be responsible for the disbursement of all recurrent expenditures and of other expenditure authorized by the General Conference.
(e) In case of an emergency, expenditures not covered by the General Conference decision shall be authorized by two thirds of the total membership of the Central Council which shall include representatives of at least two Branches.
(f) All expenditures shall be covered by the Union’s official payment voucher which shall be signed by the President-General or in his absence, the Deputy President-General and the Financial Secretary-General.
SECTION XI: MEETINGS OF THE UNION
41. There shall be the following types of meetings:-
(a) General Conference
(b) Emergency Conference
(c) Central Council Meetings
(d) Home Meetings (Izu)
(e) Mass Return General Conference.
All meetings shall be held at Eziokpaligwe Square or at such other venue as may be decided by the Central Council or the Okpaligwe of Amawbia, and suitably to all concerned.
42. General Conference:
(a) The supreme authority of the Amawbia Town Union shall be vested in the General Conference. It shall have power to do anything necessary for the attainment of the objectives of the Union, subject to the provisions of the Constitution.
(b) Attendance at the General Conference shall be open to all qualified adult citizens at home as well as members of ATU Branches, Villages and Age Grades who attend in their private capacities or as the official representatives of their Branches, villages or Age Grades.
(c) Official representation at the General Conference:
Representatives at the General Conference who shall present accreditation letters shall be as follows:-
(i) ATU Branches with not more than 20 members – at least one delegate;
(ii) ATU Branches with membership of more than 20 but not more than fifty -at least two delegates
(iii) ATU Branches with more than fifty members – at least three delegates
(iv) All registered Age Grade – five delegates each
(v) Villages – Umueze five delegates
Ngene five delegates
Adabebe five delegates
Umukabia two delegates
Ezimezi two delegates
Enuoji two delegates
(vi) All officials of the ATU Headquarters and members of the Central Council resident at home shall attend the General Conference.
(vii) Any organization as in this sub-section which fails to send a complete delegation to the General Conference without an acceptable excuse shall be penalized as follows:-
ATU Branches with not more than 20 members N20
ATU Branches with more than 20 members
but less than 50 N40
ATU Branches with more than 5o members N60
Age Grades and villages with more
than 50 members N10
each official of ATU Headquarters and members of the Central Council resident at home
with more than 50members N2
(viii) Representatives as listed in this sub-section shall be liable to a fine of 10 kobo per person for lateness at meetings of the General Conference. A member shall be regarded as being late if he arrives after the opening prayer.
43. Duties of the General Conference:
(a) The General Conference shall ratify where necessary the actions of the Central Council and take other measures necessary for the attainment of the objectives of the ATU and in particular, deal with the following matters:-
(i) Presidential Address
(ii) Secretary’s Annual Report
(iii) Financial Secretary’s List of financial defaulters required by Section VII Rule 28 (d) (v) and Section XIII Rule 52.
(iv) Audit Report
(v) Election of honorary officers of the Union and ratification of Central Council representatives of organizations, where necessary to fill vacancies which might have occurred during the year.
(vi) Other matters that may be on the Agenda
(b) The General Conference shall be held during the month of December every year and the Central Council shall be responsible for summoning and organizing it. At least two months notice shall be given for a General Conference to provide Branches, Villages, Age Grades and other relevant organizations, all the conference as stipulated in various years Budget proposals shall be circulated to all participants along with the notice and agenda of the General Conference.
44. Emergency Conference:
(a) Apart from the General Conference, either of the following shall direct the summoning of Emergency Conference as the need arises:-
(i) The Okpaligwe of Amawbia
(ii) The President-General
(iii) The Central Council
(iv) A request in writing to the Okpaligwe of Amawbia by at least three Branches, Villages and/or Age Grades.
(b) Official representatives at Emergency Conferences shall be at the rate of half of those for the General Conference. The Secretary General ensures that all Branches, Villages and Age Grades are promptly informed of any Emergency Conference.
(c) It shall be compulsory for every Branch to attend Emergency Conferences. Failures to attend shall be liable to a file of half the penalties for the General Conference.
(d) Emergency Conference shall have the same powers as General Conferences and shall deal ONLY with matters for which they are summoned.
45. Central Council Meetings:
(a) Meetings of the Central Council shall be hold at least once every month or at the instance of the President-General or in his absence, the Deputy President-General.
(b) Lateness at meetings of the Central Council shall attract a fine of 10K (10 kobo) per person, PAYABLE ON THE SPOT. A member shall be deemed to be late if he arrives after the opening prayers.
(c) Absence at Central Council Meetings:
(i) Intention to be absent should be communicated to the Secretary-General in writing, giving reasons for the intended absence. The Central Council shall consider the plea for approval or rejection.
(ii) All absence not approved by the Central Council shall be subject to a penalty of N1 (one naira), payable on the next attendance of meeting by the offender
(iii) Sponsors of any member who is absent at more than two consecutive meetings of the Central Council without acceptable reasons, shall be requested to replace the offending representative.
46. Home meetings (Izu)
The Izu shall be a meeting of all citizens of Amawbia at home summoned to inform, discuss and resolve current issues affecting the town. The Izu shall be summoned at the instance of the Okpaligwe, the President-General or in his absence the Deputy President-General, the Isi-Isiakpu or the Council of Okokpa. The President-General or in his absence, the Deputy President-General shall be informed of every proposed Izu.
47. Mass Return:
(a) There shall be a compulsory Mass Return of all Amawbia citizens abroad with their families, once every three years during the period of the General Conference. The Publicity Secretary shall publicize the timing and programme for each Mass Return.
(b) All citizens who return for this purpose shall report to the ATU Secretariat Headquarters. They must stay at home at least for the duration of the General Conference. Those who are unable to return must send their families who shall similarly report their presence to the Secretariat.
(c) Failure to return or send home one’s family shall attract a penalty of N50 (Fifty naira) unless otherwise excused by the Central Conference. Those who are unable to return must send their families who shall similarly report their presence to the Secretariat.
(d) The Mass Return General Conference shall have the same powers and functions as the annual General Conference:-
(i) Elect honorary officers of the Union
(ii) Ratify Central Council representatives as submitted by Branches, Villages, Age Grades and other organizations.
(e) The Central Council shall be responsible for surrounding and organizing the Mass Return activities including its General Conference for which it shall give two months notice and provide all relevant information.
48. Eziokpaligwe festival:
(a) The Eziokpaligwe festival shall be celebrated every year during the month of March to usher in the year’s faming season. The Central Council shall be responsible for the timing and organization of the festival.
(b) Participations in the festival at Eziokpaligwe square shall be mandatory for all citizens at home, and failure to attend the festival without acceptable reason shall attract a daily penalty N10. (Ten naira) for men and N5 (five naira) for women. The Isi-Isiakpu in each village shall be responsible for identifying absentees and collection of penalties in their respective villages for payment to the Central Council.
49. Quorum:
(a) The quorum at the General Conference shall be 75 provided that at least three Branches of the Union are represented.
(b) The quorum for an Emergency Conference shall be 40, provided that at least two Branches of the Union are represented.
(c) The quorum for Central Council meetings shall be 15 members who shall include the President-General or the Deputy President-General, as well as the representatives of at least one Branch of the Union.
SEECTION XII – PUBLICITY
50. There shall be a monthly newsletter which shall contain summarizes of decisions taken at the Central Council meetings and major news events from home and abroad. Copies shall be distributed free to all Branches, villages, Age Grades and members of the Central Council. Other members requiring copies shall receive supply on payment of an amount as shall from time to time be determined by the Central Council.
51 There shall be an annual summary of the Town’s activities, its people and achievements, prepared in the form of an article for general circulation through the mass media. The article which shall be prepared by the Publicity Secretary shall be approved by the President-General.

SECTION XIII: PENALTIES FOR NON-PAYMENT OF LEVIES
52. Branch Unions, villages and Age Grade shall take appropriate measures to motivate their members to pay their dues. Any citizen who, regardless of such measures, fails to pay the Annual Recurrent Levy for more than the year of a current General Conference, and very special levies or fines for such periods as may be defined at the time of levy or imposition or if abroad, fails to enroll in his Branch Union, shall:-
(a) Not be allowed access to Amawbia resources in erecting any building in Amawbia
(b) Not be permitted to speak, vote or be voted for at any meeting or conference of the ATU;
(c) Be expelled from the meeting of his village, Branch Union, Age Grade, kindred and other Associations in Amawbia.
(d) On his death, and if qualified, be buried by members of his/her religious sect ONLY. There shall be neither pre, nor post burial mourning/condolence visits (ndasu/idabani/okwukwa/mgbalu) except by members of his/her immediate family (Ndi Ime Uno NOT Umunna)
(e) any citizen who contravenes Rule 52 (d) above shall pay the sum of N30 (thirty naira) within three months or face consequences as shall be decided by the Central Council. The Isi-Isiakpu shall monitor contravention of Rule 52 (d) above in each village and ensure payment of the penalty N30 (thirty naira)

SECTION XIV: UNPATRIOTIC ACTS:
53. All decisions of the ATU shall be binding on all citizens. Any grievances by individuals or groups against the Town shall be settled internally, and not be subject of any kind of litigation in course.
54. Any deliberate act against the aims and objectives set out in Section 1 Rule 2 of this Constitution shall be regarded as sabotage against the Town.
55. Any offence committed under this Section shall be subject to the penalties as set out in Section XIII Rule 52 (a) – (d) of this Constitution. Such offenders who subsequently demonstrate genuine repentance, shall be cleared and re-admitted on full payment of all dues, fines and on any other conditions as may be determined by the Central Council.
56. Expulsions consequent on offences against Rules 52 and 53 shall result in the loss of all rights and privileges.

SECTION XV: ORDER OF PRECEDENCE IN AMAWBIA:
57. In terms of status and importance within Amawbia, the following order of precedence for personalities shall apply:-
(i) The Okpaligwe of Amawbia
(ii) The Osojeze of Amawbia (Traditional Prime Minister)
(iii) The President-General of Amawbia Town Union
(iv) The Deputy President-General of Amawbia Town Union
(v) Members of the Okapligwe’s Council
(vi) Chieftaincy title holders
(vii) Traditional title holders (Nze na Ozo)
(viii) Members of the Central Council
(ix) Other citizens.

SECTION XVI: AMENDMENTS TO THIS CONSTITUTION:
58. Amendments to this Constitution shall be made only by the General Conference.
59. Any proposed amendment shall first be circulated to all ATU Branches, Villages, and Age Grades at least three months before a General Conference. All comments from ATU Branches, Villages, and Age Grades shall be received and documented at least one month before the General Conference.
60. An amendment to this Constitution shall be valid only if accepted by two thirds of the votes of eligible members present at the General Conference at which it is considered.
61. Matters not specifically covered by the provisions of this Constitution and which shall not involve the amendment of this Constitution, may be deliberated upon and decided, and subject to approval by simple majority of the members present at a properly constituted meeting of the Union, shall be valid decisions of the Union.

SECTION XVII – COMMENCEMENT
This revised version of the 1931 Constitution of Amawbia Town Union was passed by the Mass Return General Conference of Amawbia Town Union held at Eze Akaa Hall, Umueze Amawbia this 27th day of December 1987. This Constitution shall take immediate effect and notwithstanding its provisions, all actions and decisions of the Union prior to the passing of this version remain valid and binding.

SECTION XI: MEETINGS OF THE UNION
41. There shall be the following types of meetings:-
(a) General Conference
(b) Emergency Conference
(c) Central Council Meetings
(d) Home Meetings (Izu)
(e) Mass Return General Conference.
All meetings shall be held at Eziokpaligwe Square or at such other venue as may be decided by the Central Council or the Okpaligwe of Amawbia, and suitably to all concerned.
42. General Conference:
(a) The supreme authority of the Amawbia Town Union shall be vested in the General Conference. It shall have power to do anything necessary for the attainment of the objectives of the Union, subject to the provisions of the Constitution.
(b) Attendance at the General Conference shall be open to all qualified adult citizens at home as well as members of ATU Branches, Villages and Age Grades who attend in their private capacities or as the official representatives of their Branches, villages or Age Grades.
(c) Official representation at the General Conference:
Representatives at the General Conference who shall present accreditation letters shall be as follows:-
(i) ATU Branches with not more than 20 members – at least one delegate;
(ii) ATU Branches with membership of more than 20 but not more than fifty -at least two delegates
(iii) ATU Branches with more than fifty members – at least three delegates
(iv) All registered Age Grade – five delegates each
(v) Villages – Umueze five delegates
Ngene five delegates
Adabebe five delegates
Umukabia two delegates
Ezimezi two delegates
Enuoji two delegates
(vi) All officials of the ATU Headquarters and members of the Central Council resident at home shall attend the General Conference.
(vii) Any organization as in this sub-section which fails to send a complete delegation to the General Conference without an acceptable excuse shall be penalized as follows:-
ATU Branches with not more than 20 members N20
ATU Branches with more than 20 members
but less than 50 N40
ATU Branches with more than 5o members N60
Age Grades and villages with more
than 50 members N10
each official of ATU Headquarters and members of the Central Council resident at home
with more than 50members N2
(viii) Representatives as listed in this sub-section shall be liable to a fine of 10 kobo per person for lateness at meetings of the General Conference. A member shall be regarded as being late if he arrives after the opening prayer.
43. Duties of the General Conference:
(a) The General Conference shall ratify where necessary the actions of the Central Council and take other measures necessary for the attainment of the objectives of the ATU and in particular, deal with the following matters:-
(i) Presidential Address
(ii) Secretary’s Annual Report
(iii) Financial Secretary’s List of financial defaulters required by Section VII Rule 28 (d) (v) and Section XIII Rule 52.
(iv) Audit Report
(v) Election of honorary officers of the Union and ratification of Central Council representatives of organizations, where necessary to fill vacancies which might have occurred during the year.
(vi) Other matters that may be on the Agenda
(b) The General Conference shall be held during the month of December every year and the Central Council shall be responsible for summoning and organizing it. At least two months notice shall be given for a General Conference to provide Branches, Villages, Age Grades and other relevant organizations, all the conference as stipulated in various years Budget proposals shall be circulated to all participants along with the notice and agenda of the General Conference.
44. Emergency Conference:
(a) Apart from the General Conference, either of the following shall direct the summoning of Emergency Conference as the need arises:-
(i) The Okpaligwe of Amawbia
(ii) The President-General
(iii) The Central Council
(iv) A request in writing to the Okpaligwe of Amawbia by at least three Branches, Villages and/or Age Grades.
(b) Official representatives at Emergency Conferences shall be at the rate of half of those for the General Conference. The Secretary General ensures that all Branches, Villages and Age Grades are promptly informed of any Emergency Conference.
(c) It shall be compulsory for every Branch to attend Emergency Conferences. Failures to attend shall be liable to a file of half the penalties for the General Conference.
(d) Emergency Conference shall have the same powers as General Conferences and shall deal ONLY with matters for which they are summoned.
45. Central Council Meetings:
(a) Meetings of the Central Council shall be hold at least once every month or at the instance of the President-General or in his absence, the Deputy President-General.
(b) Lateness at meetings of the Central Council shall attract a fine of 10K (10 kobo) per person, PAYABLE ON THE SPOT. A member shall be deemed to be late if he arrives after the opening prayers.
(c) Absence at Central Council Meetings:
(i) Intention to be absent should be communicated to the Secretary-General in writing, giving reasons for the intended absence. The Central Council shall consider the plea for approval or rejection.
(ii) All absence not approved by the Central Council shall be subject to a penalty of N1 (one naira), payable on the next attendance of meeting by the offender
(iii) Sponsors of any member who is absent at more than two consecutive meetings of the Central Council without acceptable reasons, shall be requested to replace the offending representative.
46. Home meetings (Izu)
The Izu shall be a meeting of all citizens of Amawbia at home summoned to inform, discuss and resolve current issues affecting the town. The Izu shall be summoned at the instance of the Okpaligwe, the President-General or in his absence the Deputy President-General, the Isi-Isiakpu or the Council of Okokpa. The President-General or in his absence, the Deputy President-General shall be informed of every proposed Izu.
47. Mass Return:
(a) There shall be a compulsory Mass Return of all Amawbia citizens abroad with their families, once every three years during the period of the General Conference. The Publicity Secretary shall publicize the timing and programme for each Mass Return.
(b) All citizens who return for this purpose shall report to the ATU Secretariat Headquarters. They must stay at home at least for the duration of the General Conference. Those who are unable to return must send their families who shall similarly report their presence to the Secretariat.
(c) Failure to return or send home one’s family shall attract a penalty of N50 (Fifty naira) unless otherwise excused by the Central Conference. Those who are unable to return must send their families who shall similarly report their presence to the Secretariat.
(d) The Mass Return General Conference shall have the same powers and functions as the annual General Conference:-
(i) Elect honorary officers of the Union
(ii) Ratify Central Council representatives as submitted by Branches, Villages, Age Grades and other organizations.
(e) The Central Council shall be responsible for surrounding and organizing the Mass Return activities including its General Conference for which it shall give two months notice and provide all relevant information.
48. Eziokpaligwe festival:
(a) The Eziokpaligwe festival shall be celebrated every year during the month of March to usher in the year’s faming season. The Central Council shall be responsible for the timing and organization of the festival.
(b) Participations in the festival at Eziokpaligwe square shall be mandatory for all citizens at home, and failure to attend the festival without acceptable reason shall attract a daily penalty N10. (Ten naira) for men and N5 (five naira) for women. The Isi-Isiakpu in each village shall be responsible for identifying absentees and collection of penalties in their respective villages for payment to the Central Council.
49. Quorum:
(a) The quorum at the General Conference shall be 75 provided that at least three Branches of the Union are represented.
(b) The quorum for an Emergency Conference shall be 40, provided that at least two Branches of the Union are represented.
(c) The quorum for Central Council meetings shall be 15 members who shall include the President-General or the Deputy President-General, as well as the representatives of at least one Branch of the Union.
SEECTION XII – PUBLICITY
50. There shall be a monthly newsletter which shall contain summarizes of decisions taken at the Central Council meetings and major news events from home and abroad. Copies shall be distributed free to all Branches, villages, Age Grades and members of the Central Council. Other members requiring copies shall receive supply on payment of an amount as shall from time to time be determined by the Central Council.
51 There shall be an annual summary of the Town’s activities, its people and achievements, prepared in the form of an article for general circulation through the mass media. The article which shall be prepared by the Publicity Secretary shall be approved by the President-General.

SECTION XIII: PENALTIES FOR NON-PAYMENT OF LEVIES
52. Branch Unions, villages and Age Grade shall take appropriate measures to motivate their members to pay their dues. Any citizen who, regardless of such measures, fails to pay the Annual Recurrent Levy for more than the year of a current General Conference, and very special levies or fines for such periods as may be defined at the time of levy or imposition or if abroad, fails to enroll in his Branch Union, shall:-
(a) Not be allowed access to Amawbia resources in erecting any building in Amawbia
(b) Not be permitted to speak, vote or be voted for at any meeting or conference of the ATU;
(c) Be expelled from the meeting of his village, Branch Union, Age Grade, kindred and other Associations in Amawbia.
(d) On his death, and if qualified, be buried by members of his/her religious sect ONLY. There shall be neither pre, nor post burial mourning/condolence visits (ndasu/idabani/okwukwa/mgbalu) except by members of his/her immediate family (Ndi Ime Uno NOT Umunna)
(e) any citizen who contravenes Rule 52 (d) above shall pay the sum of N30 (thirty naira) within three months or face consequences as shall be decided by the Central Council. The Isi-Isiakpu shall monitor contravention of Rule 52 (d) above in each village and ensure payment of the penalty N30 (thirty naira)

SECTION XIV: UNPATRIOTIC ACTS:
53. All decisions of the ATU shall be binding on all citizens. Any grievances by individuals or groups against the Town shall be settled internally, and not be subject of any kind of litigation in course.
54. Any deliberate act against the aims and objectives set out in Section 1 Rule 2 of this Constitution shall be regarded as sabotage against the Town.
55. Any offence committed under this Section shall be subject to the penalties as set out in Section XIII Rule 52 (a) – (d) of this Constitution. Such offenders who subsequently demonstrate genuine repentance, shall be cleared and re-admitted on full payment of all dues, fines and on any other conditions as may be determined by the Central Council.
56. Expulsions consequent on offences against Rules 52 and 53 shall result in the loss of all rights and privileges.

SECTION XV: ORDER OF PRECEDENCE IN AMAWBIA:
57. In terms of status and importance within Amawbia, the following order of precedence for personalities shall apply:-
(i) The Okpaligwe of Amawbia
(ii) The Osojeze of Amawbia (Traditional Prime Minister)
(iii) The President-General of Amawbia Town Union
(iv) The Deputy President-General of Amawbia Town Union
(v) Members of the Okapligwe’s Council
(vi) Chieftaincy title holders
(vii) Traditional title holders (Nze na Ozo)
(viii) Members of the Central Council
(ix) Other citizens.

SECTION XVI: AMENDMENTS TO THIS CONSTITUTION:
58. Amendments to this Constitution shall be made only by the General Conference.
59. Any proposed amendment shall first be circulated to all ATU Branches, Villages, and Age Grades at least three months before a General Conference. All comments from ATU Branches, Villages, and Age Grades shall be received and documented at least one month before the General Conference.
60. An amendment to this Constitution shall be valid only if accepted by two thirds of the votes of eligible members present at the General Conference at which it is considered.
61. Matters not specifically covered by the provisions of this Constitution and which shall not involve the amendment of this Constitution, may be deliberated upon and decided, and subject to approval by simple majority of the members present at a properly constituted meeting of the Union, shall be valid decisions of the Union.

SECTION XVII – COMMENCEMENT
This revised version of the 1931 Constitution of Amawbia Town Union was passed by the Mass Return General Conference of Amawbia Town Union held at Eze Akaa Hall, Umueze Amawbia this 27th day of December 1987. This Constitution shall take immediate effect and notwithstanding its provisions, all actions and decisions of the Union prior to the passing of this version remain valid and binding.

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