CROSS RIVER – CHRISTIAN PILGRIMS WELFARE BOARD LAW

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LAWS OF CROSS RIVER STATE

CHRISTIAN PILGRIMS WELFARE BOARD LAW

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

CHAPTER C5

SECTION

PART I

Establishment, Constitution and Functions of the Board

  1. Establishment and constitution of the Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board.
  2. Incorporation of the Board.
  3. Vacation of office.
  4. Resignation of members.
  5. Duties of the Board.
  6. Powers of the Board.
  7. Avoidance of doubt.
  8. Remuneration.
  9. Exemption from liability.
  10. Regulations.

 

PART II

Proceedings of the Board

  1. Meetings of Board.
  2. Questions to be determined by majority of votes.
  3. Regulations of proceedings.
  4. Extraordinary meetings.
  5. Validity of proceedings.

 

PART III

Provisions as to staff

  1. Appointment of Secretary.
  2. Appointment of staff and agents.

 

PART IV

Financial provisions

  1. Funds and resources of Board.
  2. Accounts and audit.

20.

 

PART V

Miscellaneous

  1. Policy directives.
  2. Limitation of powers of Board.
  3. Interpretation.
  4. Citation.

 

CHAPTER C5

CHRISTIAN PILGRIMS WELFARE BOARD LAW

(1st March, 1985)

[Commencement.]

PART 1

Establishment, Constitution and Function of the Board

  1. Establishment and constitution of Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board

(1)      There is hereby established in and for the State a board to be known as the Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board (hereafter in this Law referred to as “the Board”).

(2)      The Board shall consist of—

(a)      a Chairman;

(b)      a Deputy Chairman;

(c)      six members;

(d)      one member representing the Ministry.

(3)      The Chairman, Deputy Chairman, and other members of the Board shall be appointed in writing by the Governor and (with the exception of the official member) shall be selected from among persons whom the Governor considers to be sufficiently interested in the welfare of Christian Pilgrims.

(4)      In making the appointments the Governor shall ensure that there is an equal number of members representing the Catholic Church and the Protestant Churches.

(5)      The names of the members of the Board as from time to time constituted and any change in such membership shall be published in the Gazette.

  1. Incorporation of the Board

(1)      The Board shall be a body corporate with perpetual succession and a common seal and with power to sue and be sued in its corporate name.

(2)      The seal of the Board shall be authenticated by the signature of the Chairman, or any other member authorised by the Board to act in that behalf, and of the Secretary to the Board and such seal shall be judicially noticed.

(3)      All documents other than those required by law to be under seal and all decisions of the Board may be signified under the hand of the Chairman, or of any other member authorised by the Board to act in that behalf, or of the Secretary to the Board.

 

  1. Vacation of office

The seat of a member shall become vacant on the occurrence of any of the following events—

(a)      death;

(b)      inability, resulting from any cause, to discharge the functions of his office;

(c)      conviction by a court of competent jurisdiction for a criminal offence involving fraud, dishonesty or moral turpitude;

(d)      resignation;

(e)      the dissolution of the Board;

(f)      removal by the Governor for misbehaviour or any other cause.

  1. Resignation of members

Any member other than a member by virtue of an office may at any time resign his office in writing under his hand addressed to the Governor.

  1. Duties of Board

(1)      It shall be the duty of the Board within the limit of its resources, and subject to the provisions of this Law, to protect and safeguard the interest and welfare of pilgrims resident in the State while making journeys to and from any place of pilgrims approved by the Federal Government.

(2)      Without prejudice to the generality of the provisions of subsection (1) of this section, it shall be the duty of the Board to make arrangements for the transport and accommodation of pilgrims and to give them assistance in matters of foreign exchange permits and travelling documents.

  1. Powers of Board

Subject to the provisions of this Law, the Board shall, for the purposes of section 8 of this Law, have power to—

(a)      do anything or enter into any transaction or both (whether or not involving expenditure, the granting of financial assistance, the acquisition of any property or right) which in its opinion is calculated to facilitate the proper performance of its functions;

(b)      carry on all activities, the carrying on of which appears to it to be requisite, advantageous or convenient for or in connection with the performance of that function.

  1. Avoidance of doubt

For the avoidance of doubt, it is hereby declared that the provisions of section 7 of this Law relate only to the capacity of the Board as a statutory corporation and nothing in the said provisions shall be construed as authorising the disregard by the Board of any enactment or rule or law.

  1. Remuneration

The Chairman and members of the Board shall be paid such remuneration and allowances as may from time to time be determined by the Governor.

  1. Exemption from liability

No member of the Board shall be personally liable for any act or default of the Board done or omitted to be done in good faith in the course of the operations of the Board.

  1. Regulations

Subject to the provisions of this Law and to approval by the Governor, the Board may make regulations generally for the purposes of this Law and without prejudice to the generality thereof, the regulations may—

(a)      specify offences and types of misconduct which may disqualify a pilgrim from receiving assistance from the Board;

(b)      provide generally for the purposes of this Law; and

(c)      in particular impose fees or charges in such cases as may be determined by the Board for services rendered by it or by its servant or agent.

 

PART II

Proceedings of the Board

  1. Meetings of Board

(1)      The Board shall meet at such times as may be expedient for the transaction of its business and in any event shall hold not less than six meetings in any one year.

(2)      Five members of the Board present shall form a quorum for the meeting of the Board provided that the Chairman or the Deputy Chairman and a representative of the Ministry are present.

(3)      The Chairman shall preside at all meetings of the Board at which he is present, and in his absence the Deputy Chairman shall preside.

  1. Questions to be determined by majority of vote

(1)      Questions for determination shall be decided by a majority of the votes of members present and voting.

(2)      Every member other than a co-opted member shall for that purpose have a deliberative vote; and in the event of equality of votes, the Chairman shall have in addition to his deliberative vote, a casting vote.

  1. Regulations of proceedings

Subject to the provisions of section 13 of this Law, the Board shall have power to regulate its own proceedings.

  1. Extraordinary meetings

Where not less than four members request the Chairman by notice in writing signed by them to convene an extraordinary meeting of the Board for the purpose specified in such notice, the Chairman shall within five days of the receipt by him of the notice convene an extraordinary meeting of the Board for that purpose only.

 

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