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300 CSOs Pass Vote Of Confidence On N’East Devt Commission MD, Alkali



…urge public office holders to emulate his giant strides

Civil Society Organizations, CSOs, numbering 300 under the auspices of the Coalition of Civil Society Organizations in Nigeria, COCSON, Tuesday, unanimously passed a vote of confidence on the Managing Director, North East Development Commission, NEDC, Dr. Mohammad Alkali, over his landmark achievements and transparent leadership.

This is just as the coalition called on public office holders across the various agencies of government to emulate the giant strides of the NEDC managing director.

The Coalition made this stance known during a press conference held in Abuja, where they pointed out that the Alkali-led NEDC has been on track and really addressing the socioeconomic issues affecting the North East States, and are all out to support his efforts to change the narrative in the region.

Spokesperson for the coalition, Mr Obiora Bartholomew said: “We, the Coalition of Civil Society Organizations in Nigeria (COCSON), have gathered here today to address important developments regarding the North East Development Commission (NEDC), specifically the leadership of its Managing Director appointed by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

“COCSON, as a coalition committed to the promotion and protection of the interests of the Nigerian people, recognizes and appreciates the significant achievements made by the Managing Director since his appointment. 

“We have extensively analyzed his performance, engaging closely with stakeholders involved in the North East Development, and we are pleased to announce the passing of a vote of confidence on the Managing Director.
“We commend the Managing Dr. Mohammad Alkali Director for his tireless efforts in addressing the challenges faced by the people of the North East region. Under his leadership, the NEDC has successfully implemented various development projects aimed at improving the socio-economic conditions of the region. 

“Notable achievements include; Infrastructure Development: The NEDC, under the guidance of the Managing Director, has constructed and rehabilitated critical infrastructure such as roads, schools, hospitals, and bridges. These projects have enhanced accessibility, connectivity, and essential services for the people of the region.

“Empowerment Programmes: The Managing Director’s leadership has resulted in the successful implementation of numerous empowerment programs, including skills acquisition initiatives, microfinance schemes, and vocational training. These programs have provided opportunities for sustainable livelihoods and economic growth in the region.

“Humanitarian Aid and Reconstruction: The NEDC, under the guidance of the Managing Director, has effectively coordinated humanitarian aid efforts and reconstruction projects in conflict-affected areas in the North East.

This has facilitated the safe return and resettlement of internally displaced persons, rejuvenating communities and fostering social cohesion.

“Stakeholder Engagement: The Managing Director Mohammad Alkali has actively engaged with various stakeholders, including local communities, government agencies, and civil society organizations, to ensure the sustainable development of the North East region. This inclusive approach has facilitated collaboration, transparency, and accountability in the implementation of development projects.

“Based on these achievements and the significant progress made under his leadership, COCSON confidently passes a vote of confidence on the Managing Director of the North East Development Commission. We believe that his exemplary commitment to service, dedication, and results-oriented leadership will continue to drive the development agenda in the North East region.”

“Additionally, we urge other public office holders to emulate the good work  demonstrated by the managing President and also ensure that the renewed hope agenda of President bola Ahmed Tinubu is sustained for the benefit of all Nigerians.
We call on all relevant stakeholders to recognize and appreciate the accomplishments made thus far, demonstrating their commitment to the development, stability, and prosperity of the North East region”, they stated.

It is recalled that some of the CSOs include, Society for Community Development and Empowerment (SCODE), Progressive Initiative for Sustainable Development (PRISD), Justice and Equality Advocacy Network (JEAN), Civic Engagement and Governance Institute (CEGI), Grassroots Empowerment Network (GEN), Advocates of Social Change and Responsibility (ASCR), Transparency and Accountability Initiative (TAI).

Others are, Generation for Human Rights and Development (GHURID), Sustainable Development and Advocacy Movement (SDAM), Health and Education Research Alliance (HERA), Urban Renewal and Livelihood Enhancement Organization (URLEO), Initiative for Democratic Governance and Economic Development (IDGE), Youth Empowerment and Leadership Foundation (YELF), Women’s Empowerment and Rights Organization (WERO), and Civil Society Alliance for Good Governance (CSAGG).

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Oluwakemi Areola’s Vivacity Development Pioneers Youth Empowerment for a Sustainable Future



Abuja based organization,Vivacity Development, has reaffirmed its commitment to nurturing the potential of young individuals for a sustainable future.

Vivacity Development is strategically directing its efforts towards capacity development initiatives meticulously designed to equip young individuals with the essential skills necessary to flourish within the green economy. Simultaneously, the organization is harnessing the power of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Research and Development (R&D), with the overarching goal of driving innovation and sustainability.

Founder and CEO of Vivacity Development, Oluwakemi Areola, underscores the paramount role of youth in shaping a sustainable future. By prioritizing capacity development, the organization aims to arm young people with the expertise required to excel in the dynamic landscape of the green economy.

The organization has delineated four key initiatives aimed at facilitating the achievement of these objectives:

Green Economy Training Programs: Vivacity Development is spearheading specialized training programs focusing on the green economy. These initiatives encompass crucial areas such as renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, and environmental conservation, thereby empowering young individuals to make meaningful contributions to a greener world.

ICT Integration for R&D: Recognizing the transformative potential of technology, Vivacity Development is fully embracing ICT for Research and Development endeavors. By integrating cutting-edge technologies, the organization aims to catalyze innovation in sustainable practices, environmental conservation, and eco-friendly solutions.

Collaborations with Industry Leaders: Vivacity Development is actively fostering strategic partnerships with industry leaders in both the green economy and ICT sectors. These collaborations will provide young participants with invaluable real-world insights, mentorship, and opportunities to engage in impactful projects.

Youth-Led Initiatives: The organization is championing youth-led initiatives by offering a platform for young innovators to showcase their ideas. Vivacity Development firmly believes in the potential of the younger generation to drive positive change and, through mentorship and support, aims to amplify their impact.

Areola expresses profound enthusiasm about the initiative, emphasizing Vivacity Development’s unwavering belief in the power of youth to shape a sustainable future. She reaffirms the organization’s commitment to investing in capacity development and leveraging ICT for research and development, thereby nurturing a generation of environmentally conscious and innovative leaders.

The company’s dedication to the green economy is seamlessly aligned with its steadfast commitment to utilizing technology for research and development.

On February 22, 2024, Vivacity Development will hold its first event of the year at the University of Abuja, with the primary objective of inspiring transformative actions that promote sustainable development, enhance workforce readiness for the digital age, and accelerate the transition to a green economy.

By fostering interdisciplinary collaboration, promoting best practices, and facilitating capacity building, Vivacity Development is poised to create tangible impacts that contribute to a more sustainable and prosperous future.

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