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    The real reason why the DO of Douala V banned the Sasse Old Boys Association (SOBA) General Assembly has been revealed and it is shocking!


    Days ago, we reported that the DO of Douala 5 banned the SOBANS; ex students of Saint Joseph's College Sasse, from holding their scheduled elective general assembly.

    A press release issued by the Public Relations Desk of SOBA reveals that there is a group within SOBA that wants to sabotage the elective General Assembly, so that they can hold another elective General Assembly which they call a 'Revival General Assembly.'

    This group that is advocating for the revival general assembly, are the masterminds behind the DO of Douala Cinquième's ban on the meeting in Douala.

    The PRO of SOBA; Eselem Edwin, however assures the population that SOBA is one and indivisible and the elements that are struggling to sabotage SOBA with disunity shall be brought to book.

    Read the press release below issued by SOBA PRO; Eselem Edwin:

    Sasse Old Boys: Gems of our Tutelage are Faith and Integrity!

    Over the last few days, ink has flowed and tongues have wagged on what apparently seems to be a backlash from some individual or a cabal on the solid foundation upon which the Sasse Old Boys Association is built and founded. In the words of Anthony T. Hincks, 
    “Division isn’t always a maths problem, it’s also humanities”. 

    As much as adversity is expected, 
    when it comes from within, it must be nipped in the bud before it goes out of control.
    It is important to clarify national and international public opinion on the convening of the just-ended elective General Assembly meeting and the brouhaha that has ensued. 

    Article 23(2) of the SOBA constitution states:
    “Where the National President or National Executive fail to convene the General Assembly for a period of three years or more, the Principal of Sasse College or a minimum of at least three Chapter Presidents shall summon a revival General Assembly which shall elect a new National Executive to run the affairs of 
    the Association”. 

    A chronology of events below leading to the General Assembly paints a glaring picture of 
    the current status quo.

    ▪ 13th January 2018: The Soba General Council holds a meeting in Douala and arrives at a number of resolutions. Many executives of SOBA chapters were represented at this meeting including representation from SOBA Buea and SOBA Victoria.

    ▪ 16th January 2018: The Secretary General (SG) of SOBA General releases a 
    communiqué with reference S.G001/SOBA GC/2018 which contains the call to a 
    General Assembly scheduled 10th March 2018 (communiqué resolution 9).

    17th January 2018: A letter is done in Buea calling for a Revival General Assembly 
    on the 4th March 2018. 

    As demonstrated in the roll-out of events, the 16th day of any month precedes the 17th 
    day of that month. Simply put the 16th comes before the 17th. As a result, based on the 
    timeline of events, the letter calling the Revival General Assembly is time-barred by the 
    constitution of SOBA.

    With reference to the said Article 23 (2), the General Assembly has been delayed by 
    approximately 18 months. 

    However, it was still convened before any call for a Revival General Assembly had been initiated. All within the provisions of Article 23(2).

    In a letter dated 24th January 2018, the Proprietor of Sasse College, Bishop Bushu 
    dissociated himself from the Revival General Assembly and fully endorsed the already 
    called General Assembly scheduled on the 10th of March 2018. 

    The Bishop of Buea as proprietor of Saint Joseph’s College Sasse is par excellence a voice of reason whose position in the current situation is a pointer to where we intend to steer the course of the SOBA 
    ship. 

    The General Assembly was actually due to hold in Sasse College in October 2016. However,
    due to the force majeure which clouded the North West and South West regions at the 
    time, security dispositions were precarious. 

    For months, Sasse College was deserted and all 
    forms of public gatherings and manifestations were strictly forbidden by the authorities.

    Key Milestones :

    In the wake of these unfortunate outings, it is important to underline some major successes 
    recorded by the National Executive under the chairmanship of Professor Ephraim 
    Ngwafor since he was elected at the helm of SOBA of which in the spirit of “Sasseism”, 
    we as SOBANS, have to be proud of. 

    1. After many years of grid-lock, we have successfully secured the Land Title for the parcel of land in Buea - promise delivered

    2. Successful Registration of the SOBA name and logo at OAPI- promise delivered

    3. Re-activation of SOBA Nigeria- The National Executive including a team of SOBANS 
    from Cameroon alongside the Bishop’s representative made a trip to Nigeria (Oyo State) for this historic event. It was indeed a successful affair

    4. Successful roll-out of membership cards for each registered Member of SOBA- promise 
    delivered

    5. The Successful Organisation of the 75th Anniversary in December 2014 which attracted global acclaim and recognition.

    6. The launch of SOBA Cooperative Credit Union Limited (SOBACCUL) with current capital at approximately 200 million FCFA. This project by every standard is the most ambitious endeavour made by any alumni association in this country and thanks to the Leadership of the SOBA Yaoundé chapter the promise has been delivered

    7. A new gate at the Sasse College Campus - thanks to SOBA Yaoundé

    8. Kick-starting the process of revising the SOBA constitution which was first done in 1947. 

    The draftsmen left their mark, and now it has fallen on us to discharge our own duty to 
    engrave our own part in history to ensure SOBA remains one, unbreakable and inseparable 
    band of brothers till the end of time.

    Mapping the way forward Chinua Achebe, celebrated novelist, poet, professor, and critic in his widely acclaimed work ‘Arrow of God’ writes “no matter how great a man is, he can never win a war against his kinsmen”. 

    The light of Saint Joseph’s College Sasse, should steadily guide us through, inspiring us even 
    through hardships and misunderstandings like these to excellence. 

    The task which is incumbent on us all now is to continue giving Sasse College and SOBA 
    the pride of place it deserves among the concert of colleges and alumni associations. As 
    Martin Luther King rightly said “an individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity”.

    At the end of the day, what goes down into the record books is our individual and collective 
    contribution in giving our college and our association its pride of place so that stronger 
    together we will uphold the ideals of SOBA and Sasse, a place for you and me!

    For and on behalf of the National Executive, 
    Edwin ESELEM
    Publicity Secretary (Public Relations Officer)

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