The World NGO Day was celebrated in Kano State for the first time.
The Special Adviser (SA), Non-governmental Organization (NGO), Hajia Yardada Maikano Bichi made the disclosure during a press conference, Saturday at Gidan Murtala.
The Office of the SA NGO works closely and in harmony with various Civil Society Organizations (CSO) coalitions, NGOs, relevant MDAs, development partners and other stakeholders in a bid to ensure sustainable development of the state and citizens.
Hajia Yardada said the objectives of NGO Day includes to celebrate the successes of the more than 10 million organizations worldwide and to allow many small grass root organizations to gain the recognition they deserve, list out the yearly achievements and the contributions they made, provide knowledge about NGOs and their contributions, inspire people through their various works, projects, to gather more support from donors, funders, business enterprises and philanthropists.
“Series of programs have been planned to mark the day,” she added.
According to the SA, most of the activities were media engagements which began on 18th February, 2021 and span to this day, 27TH February, 2021. She thanked media organizations who provided airtime and CSOs who supported the drive.
Other activities includes visits to orphanage homes; students talk drawn from the 5 Emirate Councils and the Award night where Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) who made impact in the state agenda and on the lives of people will be recognized and honored.
She thanked Governor Ganduje for his passion, determination, commitment and support to all programs and projects of NGOs, Development Partners and International Organizations who find Kano suitable to implement their work.
“I want to believe that you are all living witnesses to this determination which is evident from the enabling environment being provided, listening to the CSOs advise and adopting them where necessary and the replication of sustainability of their initiative, projects and programs,” she added.
Hajia Yarda said one of such scenarios is making CSOs serve as members of a number of committees, boards and the OGP.
“For Example, CSOs and citizens participation in the budget circle, annual operational plan, drafting of the state procurement law, quarterly monitoring of contributory health care management agency service delivery, they are members of technical working group in reproductive, maternal and child health, family planning, board members of KSCHMA and the Ultra-modern hospital,” she added.
Fielding questions from journalists on why government is picky when it comes to relating with CSOs despite their contributions to the development of the state and the challenges of her work, the soft-spoken SA said the talks of giving priority or being selective is a mere allegation, adding that the doors of her office is wide open and government listens to the voice of CSOs in the state.
Hajia Yardada however said one of the challenges she is facing is getting the data of all the CSOs, CBOs, Faith based organizations, self-help groups and Associations in the state, she established that her office is working on the task.
The SA NGO commended Community Health and Research Initiative (CHR) for supporting her Office to organize the 2021 World NGO Day in Kano.
One of the many social advocates at the event was Maryam Haruna, Executive Director, Help-Age Tribe Initiative. She commended the efforts of the SA NGO and called on non-state actors to support her in any form for a common good.
Every year, on February 27, World NGO Day is observed in several parts of the globe. The day commemorates social advocates and workers who have gone out of their way to make the world a better place.
The world NGO day began in Finland where European Union, United Nation and many other international organizations championed the idea and was endorsed like many other special days.