This current exco has focused on three main pillars:
- Leadership and governance: The success of any organization is based on a system that works smoothly in spite of the persons running the organization. We must develop a smooth enough system with working documentation, protocols and actions guided by a constitution. In line with this, we have successfully registered the association with the Cooperate affairs commission and are in receipt of our certificate of incorporation. Secondly, a review of the associations constitution has recently been concluded and will be presented to the congress for endorsement at the next scheduled date
- Transparency: The sustainability of any association is based on its financial capacity to fund and execute the activities as expected by all members. This has not been a smooth ride. My team and I understand that there is a trust deficit between the EXCO and members of the OBA.Our primary goal is to erode this trust deficit gradually through financial transparency and sacrifice by members of the EXCO to ensure we succeed. This we are all leading by example for all to see. While we do this, we must state that the only source of income of the EXCO is from membership dues and registration as well as any levies that may be deemed necessary after endorsement by the Congress. I must say that if these are not being paid, we can only do as much. In line with this and moving on from the past, we will be opening new back accounts and will have yearly financial reports shared with all.
- One big MSGOBA: We continue to preach the mantra that you have heard for us over the last few months, “One Big OBA”. This is critical because we realize that that is the only way we can become a force to recon with nationally. We MUST all pull in ONE DIRECTION. While we understand the need to continue to associate with the persons you know and schooled with and your classmates, thus the need for sets etc., we encourage these to be the building blocks of ONE BIG OBA.We continue to encourage set and city branches across the country and in diaspora but we are mindful that these are branches that tap into the stem and routes progress. This is the ONE BIG OBA we all must strive towards. What we can achieve with the over 10000 Boys (Now men) who have passed through this school. MSGOBA must not be mentioned in passing as an old boys association, it MUST be regarded as one of the best OBAs in the Country. This we can do, but only as one. All City and Set branches are encouraged to register with the National MSGOBA and we in turn will support these registered memberships when called upon.
We will continue to communicate on our challenges and progresses so as to get your feedback as well as solicit your support to ensure we arrive at where we will like to be in the next few years. We will be working very closely with the set and city branches to ensure this communication is firm and currently are doing this through the expanded exco which will hold meetings at intervals.
Now we live in a world on a fast lane with internet and social media making communication much easier and faster. We will log onto this and ensure we use all available media to connect to all old boys. We also are weary of the risk of “fake news” and will ensure we engage all accordingly to ensure everyone “knows wats up”.
As we build on the MSG website, we encourage all sets to make use of their set pages on the website and share all information about their activities and events with the National OBA so we build this love and comradery between and within us all.
Thank you and always remember who we all. Fortitude Dei
In God Out Strength.
Dr. Terna Nomhwange MBBS, MSc, DTM&H (FRSPH)
Mount Saint Gabriel’s’ old boys’ association