The Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to Bayelsa State Governor on Tourism, Mr Piriye Kiyaramo has described joint partnerships between government, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and the private sector as crucial to Nigeria’s developmental trajectory.
Speaking during a collaborative meeting with the leadership of Community Centre International (CCI), in Yenagoa, at the weekend, Mr. Kiyaramo said NGOs play a critical role in economic development through trade facilitation and building healthy communities and provision of critical services, pointing out that their roles are particularly critical to the socio-economic development of countries where government capacity and revenues are limited.
He stressed the urgent need for NGOs operating in the state to play the role of promoting economic growth with a view to improving communities and citizens’ participation in governance, stating that strong partnerships with NGOs and other not-for-profit organisations like trade unions and foundations will go a long way in strengthening and enhancing the socio-economic development process at the grassroots level.
Mr. Kiyaramo reiterated further that the NGO sector in the state is expected to make significant contribution to complement the prosperity administration’s development efforts in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Vision 2030, among other development plans of the African Union (AU).
He suggested that Bayelsa State’s economic development and growth should derive from such factors like capital, labour, natural resources and technology, saying that NGOs should contribute to these and other factors, and in some cases, function as catalysts in bringing about positive change in the society.
The SSA noted that NGOs offer a broad spectrum of services across multiple fields, ranging from finance, livelihood interventions, health and education services to more specific areas, such as emergency response, democracy building, conflict resolution, human rights, environmental management, and policy analysis.
“They can also play a major role in the political, economic and social development space to assess and address challenges at the state and grassroots levels, including dealing with threats to economic growth, democracy, health and the environment”, Mr. Kiyaramo added.
Earlier, the National Director of Programmes of Community Centre International (CCI) Appostle Timiebi G. Kiyaramo had given a brief profile of his organisation, informing that it was established in 1992 with the objective of uniting the country through strategic sustainable community development and advocacy for good governance.
According to Apostle Kiyaramo, though may not be uniformity, but we can be united in our diversity, reiterating that “we can still have the maturity to come together in our diversity to form a formidable and respectable common bond, through concerted community based peace building process predicated on upon sustainable community development strategy across Nigeria.
He said CCI encourages participatory governance by inclusion, informing that organisation which is mission-driven believes in exploring multi-disciplinary community based strategy that focuses on sustainable development in communities across the Nation.
The National Director of Programmes hinted on plans by CCI to establish community centres in all state capitals and other selected cities and suburbs, working in partnering with Community Development Committees (CDCs), Women groups, Youths Groups, the elderly and traditional rulers.
The state secretary, Barr. Abraham Aniso, Ogbia local government area chairman, Mr. Abiri Daniel and his Nembe local government area counterpart Elizabeth Uwokura attended the meeting.