Leading Civil Societies in Nigeria, Management Solution for Africa(MS4A) and Widows and Orphan Empowerment Organization (WEWE) have emphasized the need for government to put in place policies that will enable private business and Civil Society to thrive in Nigeria.
Then Founder and CEO of MS4A and Widows and Orphans Empowerment Organization (WEWE), Dr Josephine Ogazi
disclosed at the Ngo resource commissioning centre in Abuja.
She said there is an urgent need for government to end unfavourable policies mitigating the growth of NGOs and small business in Nigeria.
“The importance of the Civil society organization is very Paramount to the economy and business development of the country. Philanthropic individuals and international donors overseas and in Africa are looking for credible NGOs in the developing countries to fund to help the poor in society. Government need to ensure that those living in the rural areas are not marginalised”.
According to her, the Management Solution For Africa (MS4A) NGO online school and resources training centre is set to strengthen the Nigeria Civic Space through Local Organizational Training and proposal writing.
“COVID-19 has favoured the online school. We have almost twenty years of experience and setting up NGOs to be able to teach and guide our trainees on registration and proposal writing. We are providing start-up and sustainable services to NGOs on new business development and resource mobilisation, project management and proposal development.”
“We want to make grass-root training effective. The online training helps us to document lessons learned and we used it as a manual for upcoming NGOs. It will support organisations that do not have a structure on the ground. We will continue to expand and work with different organisations”.
The Country Director Technoserve Abuja Dr Mrs Catherine Aniagolu Okoye said there is a need for government to strengthen partnerships with private business owners and civil societies. “Civil society came into existence to complement the Government, so in a situation where there are public-private partnerships, there is a lot more to boost the economy. In the area of Agriculture, civil society is creating enabling environment to train farmers and ensure that they meet banking requirements to obtain government aid”.
European Union National Planning Manager for Citizens Driven Transformation Programme Damilare Babalola, said Nigeria Civic space has the capacity for Development.
” We want service provider to speak to the voiceless. It is an imagery space that represents so many people. We want more organizations to improve the civic space and respond to the real issues of the people”.