Fayemi, Byron, Others Charge CSOs on Sustainable National Development
Lagos-Nigeria, November 3, 2015
Civil Society Organisations, CSOs, in Nigeria have been charged to acquire and adapt best global practices to their operations in order to foster deeper and sustainable national development.
This charge was delivered by speakers at the 15th annual conference of the Nigeria Network of Non-governmental Organisations, NNNGO, held in Lagos, today, with the theme ‘Global Good Practices in NGO Regulations’.
The annual NNNGO conference is the only major civil society gathering in Nigeria, offering participants drawn from government, civil society, donors and multilateral organisations amongst others, the platform to deliberate on critical issues affecting Nigeria’s non-profit sector and the country at large.
Delivering the keynote on the role of NGOs in the society, Erelu Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi, Former First Lady Ekiti State and Co-Founder African Women’s Development Fund, stated that operating per excellence in the non-profit sector requires passion, self-regulation, partnerships and consistency in line with best global practices.
‘The most important currency in the non-profit sector is passion’.
‘Self-regulation, partnerships, consistency and passion are essential in ensuring success within the non-profit sector. NGOs must take responsibility and credit for their works’.
She challenged non-governmental organisations to enhance their operational frameworks and capacities as well as explore wider scopes of generating funds for social causes.
‘Institutional integrity issues can be fixed through rectangular alignment of passion, mission, values and integrity. NGOs need to get off life support and all the humiliation that comes with running after donors’.
Speaking on the need to expand and enhance development agenda in the country, Dr Sina Fagbenro-Byron, Former Regional Coordinator, Department for International Development, noted that due to globalization, the challenges of human and social development are assuming an all-time high status.
He said ‘the society stands on a tripod; private sector, public sector and non-profit sector, hence, for inclusive development to exist, all sectors must be actively engaged by one another’.
During the conference issues bordering on NGO regulation, financing, social protection along the newly formulated sustainable development goals, as well as media and communications strategies for development practitioners were highlighted.
The conference also featured the launch and presentation of the Yemisi Ransome-Kuti, (YRK) Leadership Award, which saw Ms. Ndifreke Andrew-Essien winning the award with the prize money of #50,000.
The YRK Leadership Award is established to honour outstanding Nigerians working in the not-for-profit sector who exemplify the leadership ideals of Ms. Yemisi Ransome-Kuti, a civil society activist and founding Executive Director of the Nigeria Network of NGOs (NNNGO).
According to the Executive Director, NNNGO, Oyebisi Babatunde Oluseyi, “the 15th Annual Conference is critical in the history of our work as the National Assembly seeks to regulate how Nigerian NGOs receive and utilize funds including how to coordinate and monitor NGOs. Beyond the bills, there has been an increased call for NGO transparency and accountability by various stakeholders. The conversations and resolutions have been valuable and will certainly be advanced in subsequent editions.”
The 15th Annual NNNGO Conference is organised by the Nigeria Network of Non-Governmental Organisation, NNNGO, and is supported by Development Diaries, LAPO Microfinance, Innercity Mission, Smile, ICNL, CAC and EFCC.