Channel Same Energy Used To Grow Religious Bodies To Community Development Service – Makinde’s Aide, Femi Josiah Charges Oyo Residents

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By Henry Odeh

 

 

 

Channel Same Energy Used To Grow Religious Bodies To Community Development Service – Makinde’s Aide, Femi Josiah Charges Oyo Residents

 

 

 

The Special Assistant on Community Relations to Oyo State Governor, Honourable Olufemi Josiah has tasked residents of the state to wake up to the reality that no government in any part of the world can singlehandedly bring about the desired development to any society without inclusive participation of the governed.

He noted that even countries regarded as developed nations of the world such as United States of America, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany etc. largely rely on community development support services by willing residents who usually join non profit making organizations to volunteer in order to bring about the desired changed in their various communities.

Josiah, who chided many Nigerians for their voluntary commitments towards the growth and spread of religious organizations and eventually enriching religious leaders across the country challenged people especially residents of Oyo state to deploy the same level of energy and commitment towards community development social wellbeing of the less privileged.

The Governor’s aide gave this charge while delivering his keynote speech on Monday December 6 at the 2021 commemoration of ‘The International Volunteers Day’ held at the Social Welfare Training Center, Samonda, Ibadan with the theme “Volunteer Now For Our Collective Future” organized by one of the foremost Non Governmental Organizations in the state, Community Chest Council (CCC).

CCC which is a social welfare service provider based in Oyo state is a Non Governmental Organization with special focus on community support and development such as human capacity building that facilitate human development, human empowerment, as well as strategic collaboration that promotes support system with other NGOs and Community Based Organizations (CBOs).

Speaking further, Josiah said volunteering is a powerful means of engaging people in tackling development challenges adding that it can also transform to peace and nature of development which can lead to the attainment of the desired change in the society.

“We all want a great nation, we desire prosperous, safe, and secured communities, society and country at large but are we ready for the task ahead? Josiah queried.

He noted that since the return of democracy in 1999 when Nigeria returned to civil rule, the country has struggled to move from extractive political institutions to an inclusive one which according to him the present administration under the leadership of Governor Seyi Makinde has continually received commendations for his open and inclusive policies.

“A lot of our leaders still behave like the military dictators who ran extractive leadership. There’s a strong synergy between economic and political institutions. Extractive political institutions concentrate power in the hands of narrow political elite and place few constraints on the exercise of it’s power.

“Economic institutions are structured by these elite to extract resources from the rest of the society. Extractive economic institutions naturally accompany extractive political institutions. In fact, they most inherently depend on extractive political institutions for their survival.” Josiah added.

The former state house of assembly lawmaker added that it is such political and economic atmosphere that corruption thrives.

“If we truly desire to a migration from the current extractive leadership to an inclusive one, we can not afford to leave anyone behind. More people must become volunteers. Are you a political office holder, civil servant, businessman, student, farmer, an artisan, etc.? Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy.

“In Oyo state, like many other states in Nigeria, we vote every four years, however, by volunteering we can vote daily over the type of communities we want to live in because wherever you turn, you will find someone who needs you, even if it’s a little act of kindness for which you do not expect reward, do it for the love of growing others around you.” Josiah stated.

The Governor’s aide however, tasked the committee to push for a legislation on volunteerism in the state stressing that the landscape of volunteering will change if certain laws are put in place to enable institutionalization of it’s operations and allow for cross sectorial synergies.

Hon. Josiah called for CCC to relate more closely with lawmakers at the state house of assembly and move for three key things which include legislation on volunteerism, collation of volunteers statistics, as well as the need to have a sectorial and cross sectorial policy, scheme, plan and strategy that advances the course of volunteering and volunteers in the state.

In his remarks, one of the newly sworn in executive member of the NGO who is also the Coordinator, Youth Empowerment Rewind Initiative (YERI), Oyo State, Pastor Tunji Agboola who commended Governor Makinde for open door and inclusive government said the Governor has done a lot for NGOs in the state since assumption of office as the Executive Governor by giving due attention, recognition, as well as creating the enabling environment for NGOs based in the state to thrive.

Pastor Agboola commended the newly elected State Chairperson of CCC and other executive members on the occasion of their official inauguration stressing that the new leadership of the organization will explore every opportunity to deepen its relationship and collaboration with the state government in order to

Other top state government functionaries at the event include the Honourable Commissioner For Women Affairs and Social Inclusion represented by the Ministry’s Director of Social Welfare, Mr Mohammed Akande and the Executive Assistant on Disability Matters to Oyo State Governor, Barrister Ayodele Adekanbi.

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