Mr Thomas Wanjohi of Kenyan origin, now Norwegian citizen, is the new elected leader to head the Immigrant National Umbrella Organisation with headquarters in Oslo, Norway. He took over the position on the 1st of April this year.
With his vast experience in organization work, the understanding of government structure and the Norwegian society, he is the right man for the job, a job that will uplift the immigrants in Norway.
Important in this job is the fact that the organization has to deal with the Norwegian government in policy matters that concern immigrants and immigrant organizations. The organization is important as a consulting body utilised by government institutions whenever there is a new policy being introduced that will touch on immigrants welfare in the country. The organization serves as an adviser and comes with proposals on policies that government institutions are working on, in case of plans to change regulations.
The organization will benefit from Mr Wanjohi’s experience due to the fact that he knows how a government body operates. He has experience from UDI – the Directorate of Immigration handling matters affecting immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees in the country. He now simply transfers the knowledge he has gained on policy matters to his leadership role in the organization.
INLO is an umbrella organization that looks into policy matters for the benefit of the minority in the Norwegian society.
INLO experienced a lot of problems some years back, when it was led by a Nigerian born man who managed to run the organization almost into a ditch economically. During his leadership, the organization was single-handedly managed in ways that almost amounted to dictatorialism, especially when it came to decission making. Reliable sources has told APN that the former leader managed, in most cases that he dealt with, to overpower the committee members, forcing them to take decissions favourable to him. It was rare, during his leadership, for the committee members to refuse his proposals to solutions on agendas he brought up for discussion.
What is INLO, Innvandrernes Landsorganisasjon?
In English language: The Immigrant National Organization in Norway is a National organ comprising of immigrant umbrella organizations working for genuine equality between immigrants and the Norwegians independent of gender, ethnicity, religion or political belonging.
In Norwegian language:Innvandrernes Landsorganisasjon i Norge er en sammenslutning
av innvandrernes paraplyorganisasjoner som arbeider for reell likestilling mellom innvandrere og nordmenn, uavhengig av kjønn, etnisitet, religion eller politisk overbevisning.
1. Thomas Wanjohi, leder Head of the organization
2. Anna Lopez, Nestleder (Deputy head of the Organization.)
3. Angela Folåsen, Committee member
4. Hayiri Kilinc, committe member
5. Samir Mehmedovik, committee member
6. Michael Malaker, committee member,
7. Admir Zulic, committee member
8. Hasmukh S. Mistry, committee member
9. Vipul Karia, committee member in waiting.
10. Bonny Okpe, committee member in waiting.
11. Tambo Muana, committee member in waiting.
12. Faramars Human, committee member in waiting.
13. Aleksandra Fladås, committee member in waiting.
14. Lola Awoyemi, committee member in waiting.
15. Nduaninn, committee member in waiting.
16. Tereza Nagy Nordmark, committee member in waiting.
The committee members run the organizations affairs and in cases of dialogue with the government for the benefit of the immigrant population on policy matters, the organization is represented by their leader.
Being a National organization it should take the responsibility to ensure that member organizations use the funds given by government in the right way and according to rules that regulate such funding. Some immigrant organizations that get funding end up misusing the funds, creating a bad image on the immigrants.
Immigrant organizations would benefit in a big way if all of them understood the need to work together as a team and much more important, under one legitimate umbrella like INLO, especially now that the organization has got a strong leadership.
The Norwegian authorities that give organizations funding should be in the front line to encourage all immigrant organizations to be under one strong umbrella.
If one looks at Oslo alone, there are over 300 small organizations, that almost amount to ethnic creation in the centre of Oslo. Most of them are not managed properly and yet the authorities keep funding them to exist without results.
Sources African Press has spoken to have now confirmed that immigrants would be better served if they joint an umbrella organization and put all their efforts to focus on the promotion of their rights and welfare in Norway.
When you look at LO, the Norwegian National Workers Organisation, they have almost all Norwegian workers organizations under them and serves them well. The government listens to them and even when the government is being formed after every election period, LO is consulted and given one ministerial position.
There is no reason why INLO cannot achieve the same status, the status to be consulted on job appointments in government, if managed in a proper manner.
By Korir, African Press in Norway, APN.