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Foundation advocates improved government collaboration with NGOs, DPOs



The Down syndrome Foundation of Nigeria (DSFN) has appealed for improved collaboration between the Federal Government, Disability Partner Organisations (DPOs) and Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) to enhance service delivery to the society.

The President of the Foundation, Mrs Rose Mordi, made the appeal in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Friday in Lagos.

Mordi said that the collaboration between government, DPOs and NGOs had been very weak and this had affected the operation of the organisations.

She said there was need to establish and maintain effective partnership between government and NGOs to assist in the formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development activities, particularly in the health sector.

According to her, stronger collaboration with the organisations has become necessary because they operate and have close interactions with people at the grassroot.

“Government should improve its collaboration with the NGOs and DPOs; call them for stakeholders meetings on regular basis to deliberate on how to enhance service delivery,” Mordi said.

She expressed regret that no provision had ever been made for the NGOs in the national budget unlike in other climes where the government makes provisions for both budget allocation and yearly subvention to duly recognised and registered NGOs.

Mordi claimed that many international grants coming into the country through the government do not get to the targeted NGOs at the grassroots due to the weak relationship between them and the government.

She said that NGOs and DPOs depend on charity for sustenance of their operations, and the government could also empower them through grants and subventions.

Mordi said that NGOs normally depend on governments for funding and service contracts, but due to poor government response, a lot of them go out of their way to source for fund.

“The range of activities carried out by NGOs extends from providing hospitals, clinics and primary health care centers, to providing free consultation and drugs.

“It is unfortunate that some international grants meant for NGOs, are most times misdirected to the wrong people because of the collaboration gap.

“NGOs and DPOs are non-profit-making organisations that depend solely on charity, donations and grants. As a result, they need government’s support and empowerment to effectively operate.

“Partnership with NGOs enhance service delivery, enrich democratic processes, promote social development and meet people’s needs at the grassroot,” Mordi said.

Edited By: Zainab Garba/Oluwole Sogunle

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