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By Oyindamola Aramide, Communications Officer, Nigeria Network of NGOs.

As part of efforts to boost the employability status of young Nigerians and ensure the overall growth of the development practice in the country, The Nigeria Network of NGOs, (NNNGO) in conjunction with Center for Sustainable Development (CESDEV), University of Ibadan is organizing a seminar themed, “Development in Practice; Advancing Your Career in Sustainable Development”.

The seminar is the second event in the seminar series of the partnership between the Network and the Center for Sustainable Development, University of Ibadan; it is targeted at nonprofits as well as young and upcoming development practitioners and is geared towards capacity building and career advancement in the development sector.

“Everywhere in the world, there is the idea of the society (town) having symbiotic relationship with the university (gown). But this symbiotic interaction remains in theory for most institutions in Nigeria. Thankfully, the Development Practice Programme of the Centre for Sustainable Development, University of Ibadan, Nigeria is blazing the trail, having signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Nigeria Network of NGOs to implement a workable town and gown collaboration which focuses on enhancing human capacity development for achieving sustainable development through joint conferences, internships and seminars”, said Dr. Olawale Olayide, Coordinator, Development Practice Programme, Center for Sustainable Development, University of Ibadan.

For us as Nigeria Network of NGOs, this is an opportunity to give back to society by ensuring that young individuals who intend to build careers in sustainable development practice get insights from the field to complement what is learnt in the classroom” noted the Executive Director, Nigeria Network of NGOs, Mr. Oyebisi B. Oluseyi.

“The seminar series is part of the commitment of the Network to ensuring the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals. The first of the series, themed, “Leave No One Behind” was held in September 2016 and had in attendance students of the Center for Sustainable Development as well as civil society organisations and the media”, said Sulaimon Oluwatosin, a Postgraduate Student of the Center for Sustainable Development and Volunteer at the Nigeria Network of NGOs who was a participant at the first event held in 2016.

“Leave no one behind” a slogan coined from the SDGs narrative, is aimed at ensuring an inclusive and encompassing approach to the attainment of the goals by 2030.

The event is scheduled to hold on Friday, May 26, 2017 at CESDEV Suite, 20, Awolowo Avenue, Old Bodija, Ibadan, Nigeria at 10:00am prompt. The event is expected to gather around 100 participants and will feature a presentation by Ms. Crystal Olasumbo Chigbu, the Executive Director and Founder of the IREDE Foundation and a successful development expert.


For more information, please contact

Oyindamola Aramide, Communications Officer, Nigeria Network of NGOs,

151, Akowonjo Road, Egbeda Lagos,

Phone Number: 07065160956

Email Address: nnngo@nnngo.org

Twitter: @nnngo

Facebook: Nigeria Network of NGOs

Website: www.nnngo.org



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.


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

Profiling YRK Award Winner: Ms. Ndifreke Andrew-Essien

Living the Life

Little did she know then that a wheelchair would become a support, but today Ndifreke has risen above the wheelchair and now she chairs her way into the lives of the less privileged through her life transforming impacts. – This is Ms Ndifreke Andrew-Essien, the very first YRK Award winner giving insight into the driving force of her charitable works. The Yemisi Ransome –Kuti (YRK) Leadership Award was established in March 2015 to honor 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) .

The accident was absolutely incredible, I never saw it coming” recounted Ndifreke Andrew-Essien in reminisce, who as a young adult in that particular year was on her way to rack up an impressive resume of becoming a medical student at the University of Calabar.

For Ndifreke, year 2002 was a very pleasant year coupled with the fact that she was doing very well in her academics. The day, December 26th, 2002 began with studying, a ritual she had of course grown accustomed to, she then decided to visit friends where at that moment for her it became rather unfortunate that fortune did not smile and met with the never to be forgotten accident even as she boarded a commercial motorcycle on that fateful day.

After two sets of long surgeries (in Tel-Aviv) and being bed-ridden for close to two months, doctors tried to explain nicely the damage that had been done to her back – a burst fracture of spine and that the best surgeries would do, will be to help her sit. “I have had to use a wheel chair ever since and rehabilitate myself to be independent” she confessed.

Independence and resoluteness then became her watchword which propelled the birth of her Foundation Freky Andrew-Essien Care Foundation well known as FAECARE Foundation that has a mission to inspire, motivate and empower creative minds for a better, bright and possible future and going further again with visions to add value to the lives of targeted vulnerable groups with disability and the less privileged in the community and thus creating life changing opportunities for them.

Ms Ndifreke who after the ugly incident could not bear to remain unresourceful, became involved in a lot of volunteering before she began channeling her little energy into FAECARE Foundation hence the achievements which include an annual children’s scholarships to vulnerable children who are out of school and the Hope Again Initiative which is a community based vocational skills which is targeted at female persons with disability.

All of these achievements which are fast becoming a milestone have thus paved way for the recognition of her foundation even in the new ‘hall of diligence and hard work of the YRK Awards coupled with some other international recognition, one of which is the Mandela Washington Fellowship and the recognition which went as far as being able to be part of the 40-member committee who got engaged with the first lady of the United States on issues centered around girl child education.

When asked if she ever felt she would emerge winner of the YRK Awards, she said “I honestly didn’t think I would emerge in the top 10 tackles of winner. Ever since I found myself as part of President Barak Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative and emerged a Mandela Washington Fellow, I advised myself to take advantage of opportunities even when I don’t rate myself high or feel worthy. When I received the detail via email of YRK awards, I was actually in Ghana on a 6-month internship program at an International –NGO. I think I received at least two mails before I decided to apply. My general thought was that for sure someone in Lagos or Abuja would definitely get it not me far and somewhere busy doing my thing in Rivers state…basically I was thrilled when I got the mail that I had made top 3 and was definitely shocked when I was announced winner during the NNNGO’s conference”.

Ms Ndifreke who did not fail to acknowledge the giant and huge step of the organizers of the YRK Leadership Award pledged never to relent nor fail in this worthy course but that the award would serve as a boost to intensify more efforts and dedication in the third sector both as an individual and as an organization.  She further stated that she hopes to increase her circle of influence and encourage more youths into selfless service which has its own reward system which may not necessarily be monetary. “The YRK Award is a motivation to continue on the path I am on and strive for improvement and development” she concluded.

Member of the Month: Arms of Comfort Foundation

As children’s plights increasingly escalate every day and continually groan in dismay Arms of Comfort Foundation has led and broadened the path of women and children to amazing choices and transformation leading many of them to making more sustainable choices especially on the part of the women.

More than seven thousand persons have been making resounding testimonies on the great graces they have benefited from this foundation that has given them value and a true identity.

Arms of Comfort Foundation (AOCF) a charitable organization in the city of Lagos saw the need in 2006 to stretch forth its helping hands to the society. The President of the Foundation Mrs. Toyin Atilolari Afolabi who envisioned that every woman and child’s needs should be met by all means had the burning desire to making certain that the dream sees the light of day.

Noting some of the Foundation’s achievements, The Executive Director Mr. Kolawole Afolabi Sam Adeboye said that Arms of Comfort has indeed been extended to the poor, especially the women and children orphaned by various situations and circumstances in the society through the provision of rehabilitation and educational opportunities with a strong operational presence in Lagos and Ogun states in South-West of Nigeria. Provision of micro credits, skill acquisition, scholarships, upkeep programmes and as well as counseling.

AOCF, Mrs. Afolabi said has been involved in the implementation of ACCORD (Assistance and Care for Children Orphaned and at Risk) Project, which was sponsored by USAID through Hope Worldwide Nigeria from January 2011 to July 2013, in seventeen communities in Lagos State. Within this period, she stated that AOCF was able to serve a total of 7,522 vulnerable children from 2387 households.

Meanwhile, since February 1st to date, AOCF has been involved as an implementing Civil Society Organization in the ARFH LOPIN-1 project sponsored by USAID. The project which is tagged LOCAL PARTNERS ON ORPHANS AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN IN NIGERIA (LOPIN) is meant to run for five years and implemented in Kosofe LGA, and other relevant stakeholders in the community as partners, stated the Executive Director.

Woman, Make it happen

Woman, Make it happen

As part of its objectives as an organization to empower women in the society, the Women Of Essence Foundation hosted the third edition of the International Women’s day Conference with the theme Woman! Make It Happen. This was held on March 12th, 2015 at Events center, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos.
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When Mrs. Bukola Adebiyi, the founder of JAKIN NGO, says ‘everything at Jakin is built on the wisdom of God,’ one might be tempted to conclude that her organization is another faith-based NGO. But as far as the hard-working crusader for sustainable development is concerned, “mine is a call to serve humanity and we have no doubt seen the hand of God overwhelmingly here at Jakin NGO.”

And so when our CST editor was instructed by the publisher, Mr. Seyi Oyebisi, to interview the NGO boss at her Iwaya Road office complex as part of activities to mark this year’s International Literacy Day, little did one know that there are in fact still some Nigerians who are committed to creating a friendly and neutral atmosphere for the needy to discuss their issues and provide support to alleviate their burden.

According to Mrs. Adebiyi, the name JAKIN is a Hebrew word for ‘He Establishes’. “JAKIN NGO seeks to improve our society by creating a neutral and conducive atmosphere for resources to be generated for charity while they are simultaneously channeled to the less privileged. JAKIN operates a friendly, unbiased and flexible structure that grants the needy and less privileged access to freely discuss their issues and also receive various forms of financial, psychosocial, material, academic and medical supports that tackle their situation fom its root cause. Our key focus areas are economic empowerment, training, health, education and welfare.”

Continued Mrs. Adebiyi, “With a vision to be the foremost mentioned when needs arise, our mission is to improve our society by strategically accumulating resources for charity and appropriately disbursing them to the needy, faith-based and other help organizations.

Established on October 12th, 2003 by Mrs Adebiyi Olubukola nee Akinlosotu, she listed her objectives to include developing a dynamic and well-structured channel for bridging the gap between potential beneficiaries and resources obtained for charity, creating a friendly and neutral atmosphere for the needy, designing and embarking on projects that provide a conducive platform for resources to be generate for charity, building a world class, competent and durable organization whose foundation is built on integrity, transparency and fairness, and partering with corporate organisaions in providing effective corporate social responsibility solutions.

“However, since the inception of our Samaritan Platform Project (SPP) in February 2004 and as at December 2009, we have successfully assisted the Nigerian Government on reaching out to over 10,000 less-privileged people. Economic empowerment has been provided for 78 people; welfare for 4,137 people; educational support for 195 people; training for 348 people; healthcare assistance to 49 people. Amongst our beneficiaries are 515 widows; 822 people living with HIV/AIDS; 488 prisoners; 4,459 orphans and vulnerable children; 122 homes; 72 faith-based organizations and 29 other help organisaions as far as Sudan, Darfur and Libeia. Established on October 12th, 2003, JAKIN is registered and has its head office in Lagos State and a branch in Zamfara State.


The children are mainly members of Jakin Children’s Club (JCC) for orphans and vulnerable children which was inaugurated on March 13th, 2010. JCC brings together less privileged children living outside the four walls of an orphanage or rehab at least once a month to interact and have a sense of belonging. They are able to receive various educative, reformative and transformative trainings in a well structured environment to help improve their quality of life.

We have realized from our work with over 5000 children since inception in 2003 that as a result of the poverty level in the nation, thousands of children on the streets or with their parents are actually living in worse conditions than their peers in structured orphanages and rehabs. Majority of such children are malnourished, attend public schools in their communities and hardly dress properly for school nor possess learning materials. They usually go bare footed or wear bathroom slippers to school. Their uniforms are also worn out, torn or tight while the few learning materials they have are put in nylon bags instead of school bags. The above described children within 5yrs and 18yrs are the target of this project.

The overall AIM of this life changing opportunity and experience is to help transform and reform young hearts. The gesture of love will help them psychologically by boosting their morale. It will definitely spark a new light in them encouraging them that there is still a light at the end of the tunnel. Finally, they are expected to strive more on their education.

JAKIN NGO is a registered member of the following National CSO NETWORK COALITIONS:










JAKIN is also actively engaged in externally funded projects – these projects are initiated and sponsored by any of the following -other NGO’s, Government, organizations, churches, local or International funders.

The Enhancing Nigeria’s Response to HIV/AIDS (ENR) is a six-year programme funded by the United Kingdom Aid (UKaid) commenced in 2010 to improve access to and coverage of effective HIV and AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support information and services reaching the most vulnerable populations .The programme involves an eight-partner consortium (Society for Family Health, ActionAid Nigeria, Options, Benguela, BBC World Service Trust, Population Services International, Population Council and Crown Agent) .

JAKIN N.G.O implemented the project in the Lagos Division (Ibile) of Lagos State. The 6 months Peer Education Plus strategy (PEP) implemented at Orile Iganmu was to establish 40 HIV/AIDS peer education groups among Female out of School Youths, Male Out of School Youths, Transport workers and Female Sex workers. After the site identification, advocacy visits, community mapping, baseline participatory monitoring and evaluation exercise which involved eight focus group discussions with 70 participants across the 4 target population, an open community meeting was conducted before 38 out of school youths were trained extensively as Peer educators.

For the Priority Local Aids Control Effort strategy (PLACE) implementation, Sabo, Alagomeji and Iwaya communities of Mainland Local Government were selected as the three priority prevention areas (PPA’s). 15 venues (Hot spots i.e bars and night clubs) were selected and 30 venue outreach staffs (VOS) were extensively trained and engaged for the 6 months project. 19,879 people were reached, 5,060 condoms distributed, 1,979 people were referred for Hiv Counseling and testing, 1,069 were referred for Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) treatment and 321 were referred for Family Planning.


To commemorate the annual World Aids Day celebration, in 2010 Jakin organized a one-day HIV/Aids enlightenment training for 15 traditional birth attendants in Yaba LCDA.


ADDRESS – No 51, Iwaya Road, Iwaya, Yaba, Lagos.

TELEPHONE – 01-8173006, 01- 8522936

WEBSITE- www.jakinministry.org


E -MAIL – info@jakinministry.org, jakinministry@yahoo.com


Name – Mrs. Olubukola Adebiyi

Designation – President

Contact Numbers – 08033581224, 08026739766, 07055732803

E-mail – bukkyakinlosotu@yahoo.com, bukky@jakinministry.org