By Chinedu Adonu
ENUGU—AFRICAN Heritage Institution (Afri-Heritage), has tasked Civil Society Organisations, CSOs and Non-Governmental Organisations, NGOs, on championing issues on socio-economic development.
The executive director of Afri-Heritage, Prof. Ufo Okeke-Uzodike made the call yesterday in Enugu during a CSOs/NGOs engagement forum titled, “Collaborating for Greater Impact”.
Okeke-Uzodike said there was a need for various CSOs and NGOs in the country to come together and network to solve permanently at least one socio-economic challenge confronting majority of Nigerians.
He noted that CSOs and NGOs not playing their part efficiently had contributed to the woes of the country, adding that CSOs/NGOs in other countries had contributed to the progress of their nations.
He said: “Change will not happen because we just wish it. It must be worked out and people aggregated together to jointly contribute to the change.
“Most times, you see individual CSOs or NGOs doing something in a particular socio-economic field but these efforts are just like a drop in an ocean. But if we can have a wide range of CSOs and NGOs in the country or any particular region, tackling a single socio-economic issue or problem collectively, I sincerely believe that it will not take long for the challenge to be solved comprehensively.”