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FG urges Nigerians to embrace volunteerism for devt.



FG urges Nigerians to embrace volunteerism for devt.

The Federal Government has called on Nigerians to make volunteering their way of life to accelerate development in priority areas such as education, health and governance.

Boss Mustapha, Secretary of the Government of the Federation (SGF), said this on Tuesday at a one-day stakeholder meeting organized Overseas (VSO) in Abuja.

According to SGF, volunteering and development is achieved by building the culture of volunteering and inculcating volunteering in citizenship to harness the inherent potential to complement national development.

Mustapha, pictured, Deputy Director, Political and Economic Affairs of the Nigerian National Volunteer Service (NNVS), Office of the OSGF, said that the Federal Executive Council had approved the National Policy on Inclusive Volunteering for Nigeria in December 2020.

He noted that the policy provides guidelines and orientations for the effective management of volunteering in the country.

Mustapha called on the private sectors, non-governmental organizations and community organizations to be familiar with the policy document and determined to guide others to make volunteering for development a lifestyle starting with their immediate communities.

He noted that NNVS had carried out a promotional campaign program in the three northern geopolitical zones with the hope of doing the same in the southern part of the country in 2022.

The OSGF added that the essence of the campaign was to promote volunteerism in the federation’s zonal / state and local government areas.

Philip Goodwin, VSO CEO, speaking via virtual conference from London, said one of the organization’s importance was working through volunteers to empower communities in developing countries.

He added that the other thing the organization was doing was creating a space for all people at the regional and international level that would allow them to promote their development, as well as address the root causes of marginalization.

Christabel Omolade, Director of Practice for the Nigeria Country Program for VSO Education, said the organization had existed in Nigeria since 1958.

He added that in 2000 the organization expanded its presence in the education and livelihood sectors through its Safe Pace and Resilience Community (SPARC).

Omolade said SPARC was introduced to support VSO’s livelihood activities in northeast Nigeria with 52 volunteers and had reached 16,208 children through its Inclusive Neighborhood Space.

She said VSO had also trained 189 teachers in the use of sign language, supported 136 school management committees and 66 members of the National Youth Participation Network on social responsibility to improve school infrastructure.

He noted that as COVID-19 took its toll on the world, the organization had continued to support Nigeria’s most marginalized and vulnerable children to access education.

Omolade added that VSO, as an international organization, had extended its support to more than 16,000 children in five local governments in Kano and Enugu states.

In addition, he claimed that the organization had contacted two other northern states, namely Katsina and Jigawa.

He said that today, VSO has shown its presence in terms of assisting the marginalized and oppressed in 18 states across the federation.

Source: NAN

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