NGO Em­pow­ers Women Na­tion­wide on Sus­tain­able Work

An­other seeks im­proved waste dis­posal

THISDAY - - BUSINESS WORLD - Carol Oku in Lagos and Hammed Shittu in Ilorin

A hands-on train­ing work­shop with the theme ‘En­hanc­ing ef­fec­tive­ness and ef­fi­ciency of women-run Non-Gov­ern­men­tal Or­gan­i­sa­tions (NGOs) in Nige­ria’ was re­cently held in Lagos. The work­shop, which was held in Ikeja, sought to em­power women to en­hance their ca­pac­ity to run sus­tain­able NGOs that can seek sup­port and fund­ing from rep­utable or­gan­i­sa­tions. It was fa­cil­i­tated by the En­ter­prise for De­vel­op­ment In­ter­na­tional (EfDI), an in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ment agency and sup­ported by ExxonMo­bil, an oil com­pany.

Par­tic­i­pants at the event were drawn from the six geopo­lit­i­cal zones of Nige­ria. While some al­ready had op­er­at­ing NGOs, other par­tic­i­pants needed a boost from the work­shop to get them­selves up and run­ning.

The ses­sions, which were fa­cil­i­tated by highly re­garded re­source per­sons, cov­ered NGO Start-Up, Fundrais­ing and Pro­posal De­vel­op­ment for Pro­grammes and Projects, Ef­fec­tive Use of ICT for Run­ning NGOs & Stake­holder and Part­ner­ship. Case stud­ies aided par­tic­i­pa­tion and en­hanced un­der­stand­ing of the sub­jects cov­ered.

The key­note ad­dress was de­liv­ered by the se­nior con­tracts en­gi­neer, ExxonMo­bil, Mrs. Pa­tri­cia Opene-Odili. She em­pha­sised that ExxonMo­bil was pas­sion­ate about the con­cerns of women and ac­tively pro­motes op­por­tu­ni­ties for women to net­work and build ca­pac­ity through ini­tia­tives such as this.

Opene-Odili high­lighted the im­por­tance of pas­sion in run­ning an NGO, not­ing that “it is a crit­i­cal key in­gre­di­ent needed to sus­tain vi­sion and to suc­ceed”. She en­joined the par­tic­i­pants to net­work with those who have es­tab­lished NGOs in or­der to learn and build on their knowl­edge and also to be guided in the right di­rec­tion.

She also im­plored par­tic­i­pants to con­sider seg­ments of so­ci­ety es­pe­cially their im­me­di­ate en­vi­ron­ment, where they can be more im­pact­ful and af­fect lives pos­i­tively.

Pro­grammes co­or­di­na­tor, Mrs. Con­stance Nwoke­jiobi, in her re­marks to the par­tic­i­pants, en­cour­aged the women to pur­sue busi­nesses that would im­pact the so­ci­ety pos­i­tively. She charged the women to think about them­selves and con­sider flash­backs to their child­hoods, early as­pi­ra­tions and dreams of the future. In her words, “women have their dreams, you know what you want to be, let it be”.

Mean­while an­other NGO based in Ilorin, Kwara state, Vico Recyclers has lamented Nige­ri­ans’ aw­ful ap­proach to waste dis­posal and man­age­ment in the coun­try. He said such at­ti­tude has be­come a se­ri­ous threat to en­vi­ron­men­tal de­vel­op­ment in the coun­try.

The CEO of the or­gan­i­sa­tion, Mr. Vic­tor Hamzat who dis­closed this to jour­nal­ists in Ilorin af­ter the group held a sen­si­ti­sa­tion pro­gramme to mark the re­cent World En­vi­ron­ment day said, “Every­body does not like waste. Peo­ple don’t want to see waste. Peo­ple’s at­ti­tude to waste man­age­ment and dis­posal has been ter­ri­ble and this is un­called for.”

Ac­cord­ing to him, “That is why we are rais­ing aware­ness on the in­volve­ment of all in waste dis­posal, as gov­ern­ment alone can­not do all things. It all boils down to our at­ti­tude to our en­vi­ron­ment and mem­bers of the pub­lic are en­cour­aged to take good care of their waste. There are bet­ter good val­ues that can be given to waste.

“As they say, a man’s waste is an­other per­son’s trea­sure. We should ap­pre­ci­ate our en­vi­ron­ment by keep­ing it clean al­ways. We should make sure we don’t lit­ter our en­vi­ron­ment with waste and we should not block the drains.

On the ex­er­cise, Vic­tor added “we are cel­e­brat­ing the World En­vi­ron­ment Day to­day. We are all out to raise aware­ness about pro­tect­ing our en­vi­ron­ment and get­ting peo­ple in­volved. This is our planet and our home. Ev­ery­one needs to play his role.

“Vic­fold Recyclers is a so­cial en­ter­prise and what we do is to give value for waste. We ac­tu­ally give peo­ple re­ward in ex­change for their waste. We col­lect waste es­pe­cially solid waste in ex­change for gift items like elec­tron­ics and cash and even food items”, he added.

Par­tic­i­pants at the efDI work­shop held in­cently

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