By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja
A non governmental organisation,NGO, Barrister Sam Otoboeze Foundation, BSOF, has thrown its full weight behind
the decision of the members of the House of Representatives to carry out a thorough investigation into the activities of NGOs in the country.
The probe, BSOF maintained, will go a long way in determining the NGOs that are using the platform to make money to feather their nests as well as those genuinely utilizing funds accruing to them judiciously.
The President of BSOF, Barrister Sam Otoboeze, who expressed the support for the lower arm of the National Assembly, at a media parley in Abuja, equally revealed that the foundation, in its determination to give hope to the hopeless in the society, has provided no fewer than 200 artificial limbs to amputees and physically challenged persons from Enugu and some other states of the federation.
The BSOF has also offered about 500 scholarships to orphans and indigent pupils in primary schools, 200 students in secondary schools and not less than 200 students in different universities in the country.
The President of BSOF explained that one of the conditions for picking the students for scholarship by the foundation is that their positions in their respective classes must be first, second or third.
The foundation, which was registered in the year 2014, according to Barr Otoboeze, has made its presence felt in Enugu and several other states, while it has been organizing series of skill acquisition programmes for people who could not further their education to secondary level or university due to poor academic performance.
The foundation, the President added, has similarly been building houses for widows and aged persons in Enugu State, stressing than between 10 and 15 persons have benefitted from the scheme.
Stressing that the BSOF is equally into the area of developing people with talent in sports, the president recalled that several of such talented sports persons have been sponsored to various sporting competitions and have excelled.
Explaining that funding for the various programmes is being raised by the BSOF board members as well as friends and family members, Otoboeze projected that the foundation, in the next five years, intends/hopes to have trained no fewer than 6000 persons in various skill acquisition, with training in computers study accounting for about 3000.
According to him. “ between October 7 and November 7, this year, the foundation plans to bring young entrepreneurs from various parts of the country together with a view to training them in programmes that will aid in community development.
“BSOF has resolved to remain not just a charity organization, but one that uses social activity in support programmes as tools to deal with crimes at incubation stage,nipping it at the bud”, he said.
Barrister Otoboeze opined that such probe by the House of Representatives will go a long way to put a check to the shark practices of some of the NGOs in Nigeria, as the genuine ones will separated from the fake.