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A. A three day second All Nigeria NGO summit & Exposition slated from February 18 to 20, 2002 at National Center for Women Development and Association for Local Government of Nigeria, ALGON Secretariat, all in Abuja, has been concluded.
B. THEME: NGO Community and Peacekeeping for the Development of the civil society.
C. The event attracted titans from the NGO community, the government and other stakeholders like Her Excellency, Chief Mrs. Amina Titi Atiku Abubakar, Wife of the Vice President, Federal republic of Nigeria and founder, Women Trafficking and Child Labour Eradication Foundation, represented by Hajia Hajo Sani former Minister for Women Affairs and Youth Development; His Excellency, Brig-Gen. Lawal Jaafaru Isa (Rtd.), Chairman, United Nigeria Development Forum, represented by His Excellency, Col. J. I. P. Ubah, Rtd, Member, Board of Trutees, United Nigeria Development Forum; Mr. Clement Nwankwo, Executive Director, Constitutional RightS Project, Lagos; Prof. Omafume F. Onoge, Executive Director, Center for Advanced Social Science, Port Harcourt; Ambasador Sarah Jibril, National Coordinator, African Fund forPeace and Development; Prof. Aba Omotunde Sagoe, Ambassador-Designate - Africa, Organization for Research of World Peace; Mr. Abdul Oroh, Executive Director , Civil Liberties Organization (CLO); Hajia Aisha Nana Abu Ali, Founder, Mama Cancer Foundation of Nigeria; Dr. Mrs. Viola Onwuliri, Chairperson, Society for Women and AIDS in Africa, Nigeria (Plateau State); Mrs. Nancy Akpabio, Nanet Limited; Mrs. Bunmi Lawson, Executive Director, Fate Foundation, Lagos; Mr. lliya Mazandre, Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria (PPFN); Miss Darran Newman, Assistant Social Development Adviser, Department for International Development (British High Commission); Janik Reitel and Kristine Myrseth, AIESEC, Germany and Norway respectively, among others.
D. The event rounded up with a colourful dinner/award ceremony with the following as the recipients: - Hope for the Blind, Zaria; PPFN, Nigeria; Mr. Abdul Oroh of CLO Lagos and Mrs. Rifkatu .H. Sabo of Women in Mobilization Activities, Kaduna.
E. Delegates resolved at the end of the meeting as follows:
1. That all NGOs should be partners in peace building and sustenance for the growth of the nation;
2. That NGOs should preach peace through the media while companies and organization, should be encouraged in writing by the organizers, NGO GUIDE 2000 to add peace slogans on their products-wrappers and packages;
3. Delegates noted that there are personal and material insecurity in the country, and therefore called for national security by the relevant agencies;
4. That the Directory of NGOs in Nigeria should be developed by organizers for presentation at the next summit;
5. That our immediate communities should be utilized towards local donor support for humanitarian activities;
6. That credible and liberal minded people should be used in the Board of Charities for fund sourcing;
7. That founders of NGOs should start the initial funding of projects before seeking for assistance from donors;
8. That the organizers should initiate a Donor - NGO Forum to discuss the salient problems in the third sector;
9. Participants showed deep concern over the recent crises in the country, and therefore sympathized with the victims of the Lagos Bomb Blast; Idi-Araba Crises; Jos Main Market Inferno; Wuse New Market Fire Incident; Jukun-Tiv Communal Clashes; Ariaria Market Disaster; Kano and Kaduna riots, among other catastrophes.
F. Delegates reinstated their commitments to the Annual All NGO Summit and the ideals of the NGO Network Magazine. They expressed gratitude to the organizers for actualizing the contents of the last communiqué viz: the Reward, Recognition and Award Scheme and the Local Donor Agency Foundation, LODAF
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