Nigeria International Non-Governmental Organisations Forum (NIF) has said amid prevailing insecurity and other challenges in the country, INGOs provided life-saving assistance to over 40million vulnerable citizens last year.
According to NIF, the non-profitable organisations executed 267 projects, humanitarian, peace building and development initiatives, in 169 councils across 23 states of the federation.
Director of Nigeria INGO Forum, Camillia Camadin, made the disclosure at a press conference held yesterday in Abuja, alongside Country Director of Plan International Charles Usie; Deputy Chief of Party Mercy Corps Nigeria Suleiman Sani; Deputy Country Representative Programme, Catholic Relief Service, Fredenburg Dane; and Head of Mission, INTERSOS Nigeria, Enkad Chau.
She explained that in the Northeast for instance, efforts were made to improve healthcare, service delivery, education and skills development.
Camadin revealed that several international bodies were gradually heading Northwest to assess needs of the states in the region, and provide aid for victims.
The director restated the commitment of INGOs to developing sustainable solutions for the nation’s vulnerable people and communities, besides aligning their interventions with government structures to promote lasting peace in locations affected by conflict.
Also speaking, Sani hinted that the primary focus of the bodies was localization, through building capacity of community leaders on policy dialogue, especially on how communities could engage council chairmen and councillors on their needs.
In his contribution, Usie debunked claims that 80 per cent of their funds go into logistics, clarifying that they work according to global practices.
He described as unacceptable for any INGO to spend 50 per cent of its budget on overheads, stating that such could warrant blacklisting from donor organisations.