Veep counsels NGOs
THE role of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) towards national development cannot be over emphasized, says Vice President Inonge Wina. Ms Wina said therefore that the demands of the people could not be dealt with by Government alone at all times but with the full participation of NGOs. She said it was for that reason that Government recognised the critical role that NGOs played in national development by complementing Governments efforts. Ms Wina said this in a speech read for her by Minister of Community Development and Social Services, Olipa Mwansa at the official opening of the 2018 Congress of NGOs for two days and the launch of the National NGO policy at the New Government Complex. She said Government shall provide an environment which will enhance NGO partnership to maximise their potential. Ms Wina explained that the purpose of the National NGO policy was to have an effective, efficient and well-co-ordinated NGOs sector that contributed to sustainable national development and promoted commitment transparency, accountability, mutual respect among other things. Meanwhile NGO Registration board chairperson, Chanda Nonde said as civil society organisations they realised the importance and played a critical role in the development of the country. Mr Nonde said as CSOs they were the heart for the people considering the fact that 70 percent of the rural population lived in poverty and hence the need to support government.