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BEDROCK OF SOCIETY

BEDROCK OF SOCIETY

Today (May 15) is the International Family Day, NNNGO’s Ilori Olaife, NNNGO’s Communications Officer, provides her thoughts on the situation families around the world. All thoughts and opinions expressed are those of the author and does not necessarily reflect NNNGOs opinion.


Thursday, May 15, is World Family Day, a global initiative by the United Nations General Assembly to draw attention to the various problems facing the family. The day reflects the importance the international community attaches to families globally.
This year’s observance of the International Day of Families focuses on the role of families and family-oriented policies in promoting early childhood education, the overall well-being of their members and raising awareness of the role and importance of the institution.

Family constitutes basic unit of the society, we are born into them and some of the most important developing years of lives are spent growing up with families. Family consists of parents rearing their children and it is out of this group that broader communities grow, such as tribes, villages, people, and nations. Families are strongest and healthiest when everyone is empowered to access health care, acquire an education, contribute to their homes and communities and realize their full potentials.

In recent years, researchers who study the structure and evolution of families express unsullied astonishment at how rapidly the family has changed all over the world. The transformation has exceeded predictions of presumed layout.

In Africa, Nigeria, the fate is no different; homes are becoming more segregated with each passing day. There is no connection between spouses, parent-children and siblings, this, sadly might in turn breed bad blood especially when parents become oblivion to the day-to-day activities of such children. Most of the recorded incidences of domestic violence, child molestation, abduction of girls and lack of proper education are as a result of these dysfunctional family backgrounds. Our traditional family cohesion and bond are weakened due to daily life challenges of trying to make ends meet.

The era of a nuclear family, with a dad who went to work and the mom who stayed at home, has declined to the point of no return. Today, family is no longer what it used to be, in the bid to provide extensively for needs, family standards have regrettably gone into extinction, many thanks to several financial needs that cry for attention. Globally, more than 240 million people live outside their countries of birth. And half of them are women risking everything in pursuit of a brighter future for themselves and their children.

Alarmingly, the number of women who are their families’ sole breadwinner has soared to 40 percent today from 11% in 1960. According to some data, more than 80% of children in Asia and the Middle East live with two parents, In America; two-parent households are somewhat less prevalent. However, two-parent pattern is more mixed in sub-Saharan Africa, ranging widely from 36% in South Africa to 78% in Nigeria. Some of the children living with two parents are in households that are also included as extended family.

One change that has caught many family researchers by surprise was the recent dip in the divorce rate after many decades of upward march, followed by a long stay at 50%, however the rate began falling in 1996 and is now just above 40% for first-time marriages.  The decline has been even more striking amongst wealthy couples with sound education. Less than one in three marriages is expected to end in divorce. It is indeed disheartening!

Lest we forget that FAMILY is one of society’s oldest and most resilient institutions. Although the structure of the family may vary around the world, the value of family still and must by all means endure. ‘Hosea Balon Farr’ a spiritual leader says: “Education commences at mothers knee, and every word spoken within the hearsay of little children should tend towards the formation of character”.

As a matter of urgency and in spite of the demanding pace of life, parents must by all means teach children worthy morals cum finding time to reconnect with families for living schedules can become hectic and so there must arise the need to slow down and spend time with families and in turn children must be worthy AMBASSADORS of their family tree. A hug, a smile would go a long way in boosting the morale of family members. A HAPPY FAMILY IS A HAPPY SOCIETY, A HAPPY SOCIETY IS A HAPPY NATION AND A HAPPY NATION IS A HAPPY WORLD.

PRESS RELEASE: NIGERIA NETWORK OF NGOS (NNNGO) LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE

PRESS RELEASE: NIGERIA NETWORK OF NGOS (NNNGO) LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE

The Nigeria Network of NGOs on May 3, 2017 officially launched its new and highly technologically advanced website. The launch which is part of the Network’s list of achievable for the year 2017 comes at a particularly crucial time as it is set to usher in more exciting changes and improvement for and from the Network.

The new website which is outfitted with aesthetically pleasing views of events organized by the Network in recent times also features a New logo which heralds the upcoming twenty-fifth anniversary, Menus which comprise items ranging from information about previous conferences held by the organization, News on various happenings, Resources as well as information on Membership and the YRK Award.

There is the inclusion of an announcement section which is intended to contain information on minor and major events the Network would be engaged in henceforth. Amazing multimedia features, policy and project updates as well as polls and surveys are part of some of the additions to the website to enable members and the general public is privy to the inner workings of the Nigeria Network of NGOs.

About the Nigeria Network of NGOs

The Nigeria Network of NGOs is the first generic membership body for civil society organizations in Nigeria that facilitates effective advocacy on issues of poverty and other developmental issues.

The Network was established in August 1992 by 60 representatives of non-governmental organizations across Nigeria as part of efforts to combat challenges facing the operation of civil society organizations in Nigeria. Currently, it represents over one thousand and eight hundred organizations ranging from small group working at the local levels to larger networks working at the national level.

Contacts

For more information, please contact

Oyindamola Aramide; Communications Officer, Nigeria Network of NGOs,

151, Akwonjo Road, Egbeda Lagos,

Phone Number: 07065160956.

Email Address: nnngo@nnngo.org

Twitter: @nnngo

Facebook: Nigeria Network of NGOs

Website: www.nnngo.org

Kicking Out Malaria

Kicking Out Malaria

As the world celebrates the world malaria day, our Communications Officer Olaife Ilori provides staggering statistics and updates on the progress made so far to build a malaria free world.

One of the Sustainable Development Goals is to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages and in keeping up with this goal THE MOSQUITOES are thus making it seemingly impossible with their overtly schemed route to ensuring that this one goal does not see the light of day.

Malaria is a life-threatening blood disease caused by parasites transmitted to humans through the bite of the Anopheles mosquito. Once an infected mosquito bites a human and transmits the parasites, those parasites multiply in the host’s liver before infecting and destroying red blood cells.

When an infected mosquito bites a human host, the parasite enters the bloodstream and lays dormant within the liver. For the next 5 to 16 days, the host will show no symptoms but the malaria parasite will begin multiplying asexually. The new malaria parasites are then released into the bloodstream when the red blood cells are infected and begin to multiply again. Some malaria parasites, however, remain in the liver and are not released until later, resulting in recurrence upon an unaffected mosquito being infected once it feeds on an infected individual, and the cycle begins again with the readied symptoms which include cold sensation, shivering, fever, headaches, vomiting, sweats followed by a return to normal temperature, with tiredness.

Globally, an estimated 214 million cases of malaria occur annually and 3.2 billion people are at risk of infection. Approximately 438,000 deaths were attributed to malaria in 2015, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, where an estimated 90% of all malaria deaths occur. Upon this record, malaria remains still one of the most severe global public health problems worldwide, particularly in Africa, where Nigeria has the greatest number of malaria cases.

Nigeria, suffering from the world’s greatest malaria burden, with approximately 51 million cases and 207,000 deaths reported annually (approximately 30% of the total malaria burden in Africa), while 97% of the total population (roughly 173 million) is at risk of massive infection. Malaria accounts for 60% of outpatient visits to hospitals which always lead to 11% maternal mortality and 30% child mortality, especially among children less than 5 years. This devastating disease affects the country’s economic productivity, resulting in an estimated monetary loss of about 132 billion Naira in treatment costs, prevention, and other indirect costs.

Since 2000, malaria prevention has played an important role in reducing cases and deaths, primarily through the scale up of insecticide-treated nets and indoor spraying with insecticides. In 2008, the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) in Nigeria adopted a specific plan, the goal of which is to reduce 50% of the malaria burden by 2013 by achieving at least 80% coverage of long-lasting mosquito nets together with other measures, such as 20% of houses in targeted areas receiving Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS), and treatment with two doses of intermittent preventative therapy (IPT) for pregnant women who visit antenatal care clinics. To this effect, the percentage of households with at least one mosquito nets increased to over 70% by 2010, compared to 5% in 2008 with a high rate coming from Kano State, North Central Nigeria.

While in 2015 across other parts of Sub Saharan Africa, an estimated 53% of the population at risk reportedly slept under a treated net compared to 30% in 2010 together with the preventive treatment for pregnant woman.

malaria

According to the latest estimates from WHO, many countries with ongoing malaria transmission have reduced their disease burden significantly. On a global scale, new malaria cases fell by 21% between 2010 and 2015, the death rates fell by 29%. Be that as it may, the pace of progress must be greatly accelerated upon this, WHO’s Global Technical Strategy for Malaria has thus called for a 40% reduction in malaria cases and deaths by 90% by year 2030, compared to the 2015 estimation.

2017 is recording a slow and steady progress as it were and with this year’s global theme which is End Malaria for Good, it is indeed hoped that Malaria will be ended for good.

For Immediate Release: The Nigeria Network of NGOs welcomes Federal Governments decision to reconstitute the Financial Reporting Council

For Immediate Release: The Nigeria Network of NGOs welcomes Federal Governments decision to reconstitute the Financial Reporting Council

For Immediate Release

The Nigeria Network of NGOs welcomes Federal Governments decision to reconstitute the Financial Reporting Council

Lagos, January 9, 2017—The Nigeria Network of NGOs representing over 2,000 not-for-profit organisations in Nigeria welcomes the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to reconstitute the Financial Reporting Council (FRC). The Nigerian Not-for-Profit sector was upset yet again by the actions of the FRC in releasing the Not-for-Profit Organisations (NFPO) Code in October 2016 despite earlier submissions to the Council on the need to ensure robust engagements with the wider civil society community before the code is released.

By this singular act the President has shown our sector and the world that it stands ready to uphold the protection and strengthening of civic space in Nigeria. We have seen around the world and at an alarming rate efforts by various governments to restrict the operational space for civil society through laws, policies and practices to limit the ability of people to come together to act for a just world.

Our sector remains guided by the ultimate believe that a robust governance system is extremely positive, for both not-for-profits and wider society.

In recognition of the impact and contributions of our sector to the growth and development of the nation’s economy, we call on President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of Trade and Investment to ensure that the civil society community is included in the process of nominating members of the Council since there is a code released by FRC for the not-for-profit sector too.

As a Network, we hope to continue to use our organizational capacity – including convening power, community management excellence and insight generation to engage with the FRC and its new leadership on the NFPO Code.

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For further information, please contact:

Kunle Idowu

Media and Communications Manager

0803 348 3421 | kunle@nnngo.org

About us: The Nigeria Network of NGOs (NNNGO) is the first generic membership body for civil society organizations in Nigeria that facilitates effective advocacy on issues of poverty and other developmental issues. Established in 1992, NNNGO represents over 2000 organizations ranging from small groups working at the local level, to larger networks working at the national level. www.nnngo.org

Worrying legislation to restrict Nigerian civil society sector underway

Worrying legislation to restrict Nigerian civil society sector underway

CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance and the Nigeria Network of NGOs (NNNGO) are deeply concerned about impending legislation to restrict freedom of association in Nigeria.

Nigeria’s National Assembly is currently considering a bill to provide for “the establishment of the Non-Governmental Organisations Regulatory Commission for the Supervision, Coordination and Monitoring of Non-Governmental Organisations, Civil Society Organisations etc. in Nigeria and for related matters.” First introduced in July 2016, the bill has since passed through the second reading in the House of Representatives. The bill has now been referred to the Committee on CSOs and Development Partners for further legislative input.

“The bill is in conflict with Nigeria’s Constitutional and international law obligations,” says Oyebisi Oluseyi, Executive Director of NNNGO. “We must instead strengthen civic space in Nigeria, as our sector’s role in finding solutions to the enormous challenges facing our nation cannot be overemphasized”.

CIVICUS has expressed solidarity with Nigerian civil society, which is deeply opposed to the bill’s provisions on grounds that the operations and finances of NGOs are already regulated by seven legal frameworks and overseen by five government agencies. This was emphasised in a peaceful protest taken to the Lagos State Governor at the Lagos House on 28 September 2016 by civil society organisations from different parts of the country.

One of the problematic provisions in the proposed bill is the mandatory requirement for NGOs to seek permission to operate in the country. This is in contrast with best practices issued by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Association, which underscore the right to form and join an association, including an unregistered association.

The proposed government dominated NGO Regulatory Commission would be empowered to “facilitate and coordinate” the work of all national and international NGOs, as well as to provide policy guidelines to harmonise their activities in line with the National Development Plan determined by the government. Civil society organisations are concerned about the amount of control this would give to the government-aligned Commission, and civil society ability to operate independently.

The bill also seeks to exercise operational control over projects implemented by NGOs by requiring them to seek prior permission from the ministry relevant to their area of work. The legislative brief of the bill introduced by the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly emphasises the intention to establish a National Council of Voluntary Organisations to develop a code of conduct for the regulation of the civil society organisations on matters relating to their funding, foreign relations, national security etc.

“In its present form the NGO regulation bill will weaken the ability of civil society to expose corruption and rights violations,” said Mandeep Tiwana, Head of Policy and Research from CIVICUS. “The orientation of the Bill is patently undemocratic and geared towards controlling the work of NGOs whose independence is vital for a healthy democracy.”

CIVICUS and NNNGO urge the Federal Government of Nigeria and Members of the Nigeria National Assembly to reconsider the NGO regulation bill and focus on creating an enabling environment for civil society in law and practice to maximise the sector’s contributions to national development and constitutional imperatives.

Nigeria is listed in the ‘obstructed’ category of the CIVICUS Monitor

Corporate Affairs Commission organises round-table workshop for NNNGO members

Corporate Affairs Commission organises round-table workshop for NNNGO members

The roundtable workshop (National Conference) for members of the Nigeria Network of NGOs (NNNGO), 7 September 2016, Lagos, Nigeria, was convened by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) in partnership with the Nigeria Network of NGOs.

The National Conference was held under the theme ‘’Attaining global best practices in NGO formation and management’’ and followed CAC’s commitment to take forward outcomes of discussions at the 15th NNNGO Annual Conference by organizing an engagement conference with members of the Network on how to improve the enabling environment for the operations of non-profits in Nigeria.

The National Conference aimed:

  • to provide information on pre and post registration requirements and processes for complying with regulatory requirements under Part C of the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA).
  • to strengthen commitment by non-profits to develop strong corporate governance principles, arrangements, methods and strategies for meeting their organisational objectives
  • to share experiences, challenges and technical knowledge on how to use CAC’s online registration portal and how to settle internal disputes through mediation considering need to address many of the leadership challenges non-profits may face.
  • to reinforce the role of non-profits in the attainment of the SDGs.

Over 235 participants attended, including delegates from 23 States of the Federation, representatives from the Commission, civil society organisations and thought leaders. In addition, 8,116 organic reaches were recorded for our Facebook posts on the day of the conference alone.

Download selected conference presentations here

Letter to Members: Actions taken by the Nigeria Network of NGOs on the NGO Regulatory Commission Bill

Dear Colleague – –

I am writing to update you on actions we have taken and next steps on the various bills at the National Assembly seeking to regulate the NGO sector.

As your Network, we have written to Hon Umar Buba Jubril, sponsor of the Non-Governmental Organisations Regulatory Commission Bill (HB585), see copy of the letter at http://nnngo.org/nnngo/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Letter-to-Hon-Jubril.zip. In the letter we corrected some misconceptions about our sector as noticed in Hon Jubril’s legislative brief to the House of Representatives on bill HB585.

We also wrote to the House Committee Chair on Civil Society and Donor Agencies—letter can be read at http://nnngo.org/nnngo/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/House-Committee-Chair.zip. Recall the Bill is now at the Committee stage. We have written to the Committee Chair to ensure that a public hearing is held on the bill.

In order to create awareness on the bill, NNNGO’s Executive Director wrote a piece in Punch Newspapers and it can be seen at http://punchng.com/lawmakers-attempt-regulating-civil-society/

We have started a clause by clause technical analysis of the bill with a view to sharing with the National Assembly and other stakeholders our findings. You will receive copies as soon as this is ready. We anticipate a meeting between the Network and sponsors of the various bills soon.

From Monday 15th August 2016, we will start a National Week of Action on the bill with the aim of sensitizing our sector and the general public on contents of the bill. We will share with you our social media tool kit on this shortly.

We can’t stress enough how important your voice is in determining the future of our sector. With a lot of important work to do in protecting and strengthening an enabling environment for our operations, I hope we can count on you.

Thanks,

Oyebisi Babatunde Oluseyi

Executive Director, Nigeria Network of NGOs

Invitation to Corporate Affairs Commission’s (CAC) Engagement Conference with Civil Society Organisations

Invitation to Corporate Affairs Commission’s (CAC) Engagement Conference with Civil Society Organisations

Invitation to Corporate Affairs Commission’s (CAC) Engagement Conference with Civil Society Organisations

7 September 2016, Lagos, Nigeria

Theme: Achieving Global Best Practices in NGO Formation and Management.

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the Corporate Affairs Commission’s (CAC) engagement conference with civil society organisations on 7 September 2016 in Lagos, Nigeria. As you have seen from our work at the Nigeria Network of NGOs (NNNGO) in the last 3 years, we have been engaging with regulators on an enabling environment for our sectors operations. You will recall that at the NNNGO annual conference in 2015 CAC committed to organising a conference to discuss and work together with our sector to shape the future of our sector.

We strongly encourage your attendance at this conference as this is a great opportunity to ensure your voice is heard. The conference will bring together senior management at CAC, members of the wider civil society community and other thought leaders in the sector to share experiences and case studies on NGO formation and management in Nigeria.

REGISTRATION

We strongly recommend you register immediately at http://bit.ly/29UYsoQ to ensure your space is guaranteed as we have only 250 spaces. Registration is FREE. Only selected applicants will be contacted.  All participants are responsible for organising their own travel and accommodation.

We look forward to welcoming you in Lagos and to jointly work together to strengthen our sector.

 

World Changers Foundation

World Changers Foundation

Mahatma Gandhi said “You must be the change you want to see in the world”.

Changing the world begins with life changing experience. If you change yourself you will change your world. If you change how you think then you will change how you feel and what actions you take. And so the world around you changes. Not only because you now view the environment through new lenses of thoughts and emotions but also because the change within can allow one to take action in ways that would not have thought about while stuck in the old pattern of thoughts.

If only 7 percent of world population can care for the distressed, banish selfishness and embrace selflessness, we would be quite amazed by how much we can change the world.

Not underestimating the power of vision to change the world and readily born out of the need to work out the renaissance and orientate the moral value of people in the society, World Changers Foundation in 2011 desired and began to create social network with the responsibility of raising World Changers for nation building.

Taking due account of the presence of genuine future leaders across political divide and the need to quickly attract these birds of same plumage who represent the repressed, depressed, oppressed and deprived populace in the society, WCF envisions a society that is effective, reformed and restructured that these communities may become the ambassadors of change and create a better world for themselves, their state and the nation.

Strategizing to promote behavioral change, WCF has been networking and collaborating with organizations that share common goals and visions to design and develop a youth friendly curriculum geared toward vocational skills to enhance capacity building for self-sustenance which would in turn affect their lives positively.

Opuda Sotonwari, the coordinator of WCF said that the foundation has been able to organize training for about 300 secondary school pupils and youths in the city of Port Harcourt, Rivers state on skills acquisition in soap and bead-making and decoration. This, she said will continue to be part of their  agenda for the youth in the society which would transfer them to the position of employers of labor and will automatically help take burdens off the shoulders of their parents.

According to her, masses in River State are gradually loosing hope for a better future, these threatening challenges again woke WCF to the state of the economy in the state and vowed again never to stop giving humanitarian services. Building the capacity of “In school and Out” school youths, people with disability, less privilege, widows, women and indigent children through empowerment programme and scholarship scheme hence became part of the important goals that must be achieved and reach at least about five hundred thousand people in Nigeria. Opuda Sotanwari revealed that this cause will continue till the year 2025.

Meanwhile, WCF’s coordinator further stated that promoting primary health services through advocacy, social mobilization and free medical services in the area of malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and other related epidemics to remote and hard to reach communities have also been part of the societal transformation the foundation envisioned which till date she said to its credit continues to benefit hundreds of lives.

Vision without action is merely a dream, action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can massively transform the communities around you. This, Opuda Sotonwari proudly said World Changers Foundation has embraced as a watchword.