ActionAid Country Director Mulls Greater Collaboration with ANEEJ
BENIN CITY, NIGERIA. February 25, 2021… ActionAid Nigeria has lauded the Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ) for its pioneering role in civil society activism working on several issues ranging from corruption, asset recovery, transparency and accountability, environment and human trafficking.
Country Director of ActionAid Nigeria, Ms. Ene Obi gave the commendation when she led a high-level visit to ANEEJ Executive Director, the Rev David Ugolor at the corporate Head office of ANEEJ in Benin City.
Ms. Ene Obi recalled many years of collaboration of both organizations in areas of poverty eradication since both organisations share same ideology and mission in poverty eradication.
She informed ANEEJ’s top management team that they were in Benin to give out starter packs, equipment and funds to over 500 vulnerable persons as her organisation’s contribution towards ending irregular migration in the State.
She also told the august gathering that ActionAid works in the area of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) in Edo State and sued for ANEEJ’s continued partnership and collaboration.
Ene Obi noted that ANEEJ and ActionAid can jointly bid for projects and execute them together given the pedigree of both organisations working together over the years, the last being the Anti-Corruption in Nigeria (ACORN) programme supported by Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).
She thanked ANEEJ for being a good host of ActionAid in Edo State alongside CLEEN Foundation, Edo Women Development Initiative and other NGOs in its corporate Head Office.
ANEEJ Executive Director, Rev David Ugolor, while welcoming ActionAid delegation noted that investment in human capital development was very important in addressing the issue of migration in the state, as according to him, beyond the support from ActionAid and other development partners, there was the need for greater investment in infrastructure and education that would create jobs for the teaming youths of Edo State, noting that Edo State and the federal government have a responsibility to invest massively in Human Capital development to end the issue of irregular migration in the state. He called on ActionAid to work collaboratively with ANEEJ in the area of research and data gathering to enable both organisations to make informed interventions.
Rev Ugolor, a member of the Inter-ministerial committee on assets disposal also made a case for some seized assets in Abuja to be given to Civil Society, adding that CSOs need to push such conversations in ways that it could yield meaningful result to the CSO constituency.
Ugolor thanked ActionAid for finding time to visit in spite of their busy schedule in Edo State and assured the organization of ANEEJ’s continued hospitality in hosting ActionAid in Edo State.
Highpoint was the presentation of Resource materials from various ANEEJ projects to the ActionAid country Director, Ene Obi and members of her management team by the Executive Director of ANEEJ, the Rev David Ugolor.
ActionAid is an international non-governmental organisation working in over 40 countries, taking sides with the poor to end poverty and injustice together.