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Nigeria Network of NGOs convenes 14th Annual Conference with focus on CSO legitimacy, transparency and accountability in Nigeria

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LAGOS, Nigeria, September 9, 2014/– Civil society actors, governments, donor agencies and other significant stakeholders will be meeting on the 3rd of December in Lagos at the 14th Annual Conference of the Nigeria Network of NGOs under the title: CSO Legitimacy, Transparency and Accountability: The role of government and civil society. Read More

Memorandun for the House committee on civil society and donor agencies

On the 23rd of June, the Nigeria Network of NGOs received a copy of the Bill for an Act to regulate the acceptance and utilization of financial/material contribution of Donor Agencies to Voluntary Organization and for matters connected therewith, 2013. The Bill seeks to make the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other related Offences Commission (ICPC), the regulatory authority of all Voluntary organizations to monitor the utilization of all monies received from donor agencies for the purpose of engendering transparency, integrity and accountability in our national life.

In response to the call for submission of memoranda by the House Committee on Civil Society and Donor Agencies, this memorandum provides the position of the Nigeria Network of NGOs and its members.

Memorandum to National Assembly CSO Bill

Member of the Month: Joseph and Eunice Oladaiye Foundation (JEOF)

Joseph and Eunice Oladaiye Foundation (JEOF) providing support to the less privileged

There is no doubt that Nigeria is witnessing tremendous growth in the number of compassionate not-for-profit organizations working hard to provide support to the needy within various Nigerian communities. Although, many Nigerian children have embraced hardship as a way of life and have just a little glimpse of hope, a NGO in the city of Lagos is providing hope to such ones. Read More

JAKIN NGO

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.

Projects:

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:

AONN (ASSOCIATIONS FOR ORPHANS AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN N.G.O’S IN NIGERIA)

CISHAN (CIVIL SOCIETY FOR HIV AND AIDS IN NIGERIA)

NACCRAN (NATIONAL COUNCIL OF CHILD RIGHTS ADVOCATES OF NIGERIA)

ACOMIN (ASSOCIATION FOR CIVIL ORGANIZATION ON MALARIA, IMMUNIZATION AND NUTRITION)

HURINET (HUMAN RIGHT INFORMATION NETWORK)

TB NETWORK (TUBERCULOSIS NETWORK)

NYNETHA (YOUTH NETWORK ON HIV/AIDS)

NNNGO (NIGERIAN NETWORK OF NGOS)

CPN (CHILD PROTECTION NETWORK – UNICEF)

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.

ANNUAL DECEMBER 2ND WORLD AIDS DAY

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.

CONTACTS:

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

TELEPHONE – 01-8173006, 01- 8522936

WEBSITE- www.jakinministry.org

FACEBOOK GROUP: JAKIN N.G.O

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

CONTACT PERSON

Name – Mrs. Olubukola Adebiyi

Designation – President

Contact Numbers – 08033581224, 08026739766, 07055732803

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

Lagos State Water Corporation: Stakeholder/CSO Interaction Policy

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are a series of 8 (eight) time-bound development goals, agreed in September 2000 by the international community including Nigeria, to be achieved by the year 2015. MDG 7, target 10 aims to “Halve, by 2015 the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation”. According to the MDG Report 2006, only 51.1% of Nigerians have access to safe drinking water and a shocking 33% have access to basic sanitation. Nigeria’s home grown reform and poverty reduction strategy – The National Economic Empowerment Development Strategy (NEEDS) aims at 70% of Nigerians having access to safe water and 65% with access to adequate sanitation by the year 2007. 30% of Lagosians have access to Water

Download the Lagos State Water Corporation’s stakeholder policy: LSWC_POLICY_CSO_INTERACTION

Lagos City to Welcome Development Actors at the 13th Annual Conference of the Nigeria Network of NGOs.

Lagos, Nigeria, November 18, 2013/ — The 13th Annual Conference of the Nigeria Network of NGOs will take place on the 27th November in Lagos, designed to help civil society organizations in Nigeria identify alternative opportunities for funding their activities.

Felix Obanubi, State Team Leader for the State Accountability and Voice Initiative (SAVI) of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) will be joined by Amy Oyekunle, Executive Director, KIND, Elizabeth Olofin, Executive Director, FATE Foundation and Mosun Layode, Executive Secretary WINBIZ among others to discuss and debate the future of the development sector, share ideas on funding alternatives and future of funding for the sector.

With the economic crisis and the struggle amongst civil society organization’s to keep up with development demands, can alternative sources of funding fill the gap in substituting for traditional donor funding? We have seen a reflection of how non traditional funding sources can drive sustainability and growth for the 3rd sector, following through on this will be a workshop led by Yemisi Joel-Osebor, Lagos State Manager Growth & Employment in States (GEMS3) to train participants on the topic “fundraising and social media: stimulating the growth of our sector”.

More than 120 experts including senior executives from donor, private, non-governmental and government organizations will convene to discuss the theme “Evolving with our Sector: Finding Alternatives to Funding our Work”. Speaking on the 2011 money laundering act and its implications for the non-profit sector is Mr. Bala Sanga, Director, Special Control Unit on Money Laundering (SCUML) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

At the conference, delegates will focus on how best to address issues hampering funding for the 3rd sector and jointly identify practical solutions that will facilitate a more coordinated funding approach to the work non-governmental organization’s in Nigeria are doing.

“We aspire to grow our sector from strength to strength and as the voice for the common man. The NNNGO Annual Conference as always will encourage networking and collaboration among all stakeholders in order to improve our work as a sector,” says Oyebisi Babatunde Oluseyi, Executive Director, NNNGO.

Last year, attendees of the Annual Conference came from the six geopolitical zones of the country, delivering the key note address was Ambassador Joe Keshi Former Permanent Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs; other speakers include Former CEO Oxfordshire Equality and Human Rights Council Patrick Tolani, Former Pan African Relationships Manager Plan International Dr Abiola Tilley-Gyado, Henrietta Onwuegbuzie Pan African University and President African Citizens Development Foundation Otunba Dele Ajayi-Smith.

Nigeria Network of NGOs (NNNGO) reveals strangest support to Nigerian NGOs

Lagos, Nigeria, April 29, 2013/– In today’s world, the use of air transportation by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to move between States and Countries in the conduct of their businesses is not new. It is today increasingly common to see NGOs incurring so much on air travel and also requesting for funding support on costs associated with air travel.

Recognizing the need to support NGOs in Nigeria in being able to use air transportation without “breaking the bank”, NNNGO Executive Director Oyebisi Babatunde Oluseyi announced today that the Nigeria Network of NGOs has concluded arrangements to sell air tickets to NGOs in Nigeria at huge discounts. This will provide the wider NGO community with better savings on air travel and also the flexibility to pay in installments.

“This historic initiative confirms my belief that by creatively working with the private sector within a socially beneficial business model, we can as NGOs continue to fund our activities alternatively without having to rely heavily on donor funding. This first-of-its-kind support will help us to further deepen our support to NGOs in meeting their organizational objectives,” said Oyebisi Babatunde Oluseyi

Speaking at a media launch, NNNGO’s Communications Director Kunle Idowu said “the NNNGO ticketing facility will allow NGOs in Nigeria to buy airline tickets round the clock and at reduced prices while also offering NNNGO members huge discounts. We are confident that NGOs will save a lot on their air travel when they buy their ticket from NNNGO Travels”.

“Our pay on installment facility will also ensure that NGOs and their staff can buy their tickets for attending international conferences, workshops and seminars including planning for international vacations without stress” noted Kunle Idowu.

Set to debut in May 2013, under the brand name NNNGO Travel, offers expected include air ticketing, hotel booking and payments, visa support services, learning exchange visits and tours. NNNGO has continued to support its members in reducing their overheads in recent years with hotel discounts sourced for its members travelling to Abuja, design and writing of annual report. The Network is presently adding the reduced air ticket cost facility to its range of 3rd sector support products.

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About NNNGO
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 1000 organizations ranging from small groups working at the local level, to larger networks working at the national level.

The Network is charged with the objective of identifying, registering, coordinating, building capacity and mobilizing civil society organizations to promote interconnectivity and bring equity, justice, peace and development to grassroots communities throughout Nigeria, including the implementation of NEEDS, SEEDS, LEEDS and the MDGs.

Our membership includes over 20 national organizations and over 800 membership organizations focusing on different thematic areas of development, all of whom work to support a diverse range of membership communities across the nation. In total our outreach to the third sector in Nigeria is estimated to be in the excess of 2,500 which includes both members and affiliates at national and global levels. NNNGO champions a sector that is accountable, independent and truly representative of giving a voice to the common man. www.nnngo.org