November 29, 2011

NGOs, donor agencies threat to national security – Eyiboh


ABUJA- chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Civil Society and Donor Agencies, Mr. Eseme Eyiboh, Monday,  accused  some donor agencies and non-governmental organisations of deliberately trying to undermine national security and planning, warning that they should operate within the extant laws of the country or risk sanctions.

Eyiboh (PDP,Akwa Ibom), who stated this in Abuja, during an interactive session with some NGOs and development partners, noted that the National Assembly was worried that some development partners and NGOs were operating outside the laws guiding their operations in the country.

He said: “We have observed that a majority of development agencies are operating in breach of the existing laws. Development partners should operate within the extant laws. Actions of development partners are done deliberately to undermine our national planning. Activities of some of the agencies is undermining the national security of Nigeria.”

The Representatives of the World Health Organisation in Nigeria, Mr. David Okello, said WHO was concerned with equitable distribution of development, adding that planning alone was not enough without effective implementation.

The Country Director of ActionAid Nigeria, Dr. Hussaini Abdu, said most of the donor agencies submit their annual reports to the National Planning Commission, NPC, and urged the committee to liaise with NPC on the budgets and remittances of donor agencies.