From Emmanuel Iyoho
The Minister of State on Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Zubairu Dada has advised non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) to be prudent with the resources and execute their approved projects in good time and to specifications to inspire more members to support the process.
Ambassador Dada stated this at the Second Phase of the Zumunta Association USA Inc. Benevolent Palliative Project held in Abuja recently.
The Minister maintained that partnering with the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) would be helpful in getting guided steps to pragmatic project deliveries.
Dada said he was convinced that the Zumunta Association USA Inc., has shown patriotism and humanitarianism in dedicating selflessly tangible and intangible materials to bring succour to the less privileged, in the Northern Parts of Nigeria.
He said such acts when emulated, would go a long way to providing the much needed development at the grassroots, sub-national and National levels in Nigeria.
Speaking at the event, chairman/chief executive officer, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, (NiDCOM) Abike Dabiri-Erewa said her Commission was glad to have worked with the group, and wish them well in other future endeavours.
The NiDCOM Chairman commended the Zumunta Association USA Inc. for truly being exemplary in line with President Buhari’s three-point agenda, one of which is, never to forget home, by giving back.
Also speaking, the Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule said Nigeria as a country could go far where unity and love is top most in the daily affairs of citizens.
According to the Governor, it is the love for Nigeria by the Nigerians in the Diaspora USA, especially those from the northern part of the Country that made sacrifices in terms of time and other resources to improve living conditions back home adding that it should not be taken for granted.
Governor Sule, who coincidentally, was a former President of the Association, added that he was glad that the succeeding officials have improved upon the legacy of the group in bringing development to the Northern part of the country.
In his remarks, the President of Zumunta Association USA Inc., Mr. Philip Moses stated that the group was not only focused on development in the northern parts of Nigeria, but also collaborated with other Nigerian socio-cultural groups for the betterment of the country.
Moses said that the association has aided in the areas of Medical missions, Capacity training, Provisions of educational items to tertiary institutions and Scholarships.
The President of the association said he believed that the singular act would encourage others to help in changing lives for the better and the country as a whole.
Symbolic Palliative Cheques amounting to about Nine million Naira were presented to Eighteen NGOs from 12 Northen States in Nigeria.