SCOUTING CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS IN NIGERIA NATIONAL SCOUT ORGANIZATION
The Scout Association of Nigeria Centenary Celebration kicks off with the Nigeria Scouts Trainers Forum that is being celebrated at two locations, National Youth Service Scout Camp at Keffi in Nasarawa State and at the International Scout Camp at Ogba Benin City Nigeria.
Scouting was established in Nigeria as "Boy Scout of Nigeria"through the Federal Act of 1912 and 1915; The body became Boy Scout Association of Nigeria through the Allied Charter of 1924 with the introduction of Board of Trustees in 1942. The Head of Board of trustees members is the then Governor General of Nigeria. Ever since then, Head of Scouting in Nigeria is the Chief Scout, who is the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Nigeria Armed Forces. with Dr, Nnamdi Azikwe as the then Governor General of Nigeria after the Independence in 1960 as the Head of Scouting in Nigeria; a position that was equally earned by General Yakubu Gown within 1966 to 1975. This position is now delegated to well respected Nigerians that will be appointed by the President and Commander-in-Chief as recommended by the National Scout Council. Boy Scout Association of Nigeria is a member of the World Organization of Scout Movement (WOSM) since 1961, with Chief C.C. Mojekwu having served on the World Scout Committee of the World Organization of the Scout Movement from 1961 until 1969. In 1979, Chief F.O. Ogunlana was awarded the Bronze Wolf, the only distinction of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, awarded by the World Scout Committee for exceptional services to world Scouting.
In 1993, 1996 and 1999, The World Organization of Scout Movement came up with Resolutions on Gender Balance in Scouting, namely Equality Opportunities for boy and girl, men and women in Scouting. All the National Scout Organizations and National Scout Associations were to align with these Resolutions.
At the Boy Scout Association of Nigeria 1999 Annual General Meeting; the National Scout Council agreed to eradicate the word "BOY" from the Boy Scout Association of Nigeria and replace it with "THE" that will comprise of both sex. The names then changed to: THE SCOUT ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA. This name has been in existence for over Sixteen Years after the 1999 Annual General Meeting of the Boy Scout Association of Nigeria.
The Scouting Leadership that have Operated under The Scout Association of Nigeria within the last Sixteen years have been: Alhaji Inuwa Wada (CS)/Late Chief Effiom Okon (CC)- being the longest serving team that migrated from Boy Scout Association of Nigeria to The Scout Association of Nigeria. Engr. Ahmadu Rufai Mohammed MON (CS)/Rev. Father Kunle Amolegbe (CC), Though there was a misapplication of Constitutional provisions and these brought in, another Rev. Father Matias Opara in at a parallel Chief Commissionership position around this period under review, but this lacuna was harmonized by the Peace Accord/Alignment meeting organized by the World Organization of Scout Movement Governance Team with Nigeria Scouting Leadership at Accra Ghana. In attendance at the meeting was: The out-gone World Scout Bureau Secretary General Mr. Luc Panisod, The Africa Regional Director, Dr. Fredric Tutu Kamakama, Ms Jermima Nartey; the then African Scout Committee Chairperson and currently the World Scout Committee Vice Chairperson and the Nigeria Scouting Leadership. The alignment meeting was followed by the Annual General Meeting establishing an Interim National Committee under the Ledaership of Evangelist Stephen Etanoma. The INC was saddled with the responsibilities of reviewing and submitting the New Nigeria Scouting Constitution and then Organize Annual General Meeting that will bring about New Leadership of Scouting in Nigeria. The Incumbent today are: Engr. Ahmadu Rufai Mohammed MON (CS)/Olori Omo Oba Olusoga Sofolahan-Atibioke (CC). Please note that; there were several Leaders that operated before and within 1961 to when the names of the Organization changed from Boy Scout Association of Nigeria to The Scout Association of Nigeria. Some these information could not be retrieved due to relocation of Archives.
Some notable events and position that happened in Nigeria Scouting:
1. African Regional Secretariat before 1961
2. Celebrations of All African Scout Jamboree at Shere Hills Jos Nigeria
3. Member of the World Organization of Scout Movement since 1961
4. Was member of the World Scout Committee
5. Member of Commonwealth Scout Association
6. Messengers of Peace Ambassadors in Africa with about the highest MoP Projects in African Scout Region.
7. Members of the 21st World Scout Jamboree in Essex United Kingdom.
8. Member of 15th African Scout Conference in Luanda Angola
9. Member of 13th All African Scout Day Celebrations in Addis Ababa Ethiopia
10. Member of 40th World Scout Conference Ljubljana Slovenia
11. Member of International Scout Jamboree in Sanjul South Korea
12. Member of 23rd World Scout Jamboree at Yamaguchi Kirara hama Japan.
13. Member of the World Scout Conference in Jeju Province South Korea
14.Many more to mention but few.
FOR NATIONAL ACTIVITIES
Please see attached report for 2013 -2014 Scouting year.