Kogi state Government will soon establish a coordinating agency for Civil Society Organisations and other registered Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in the state.
The agency is to organise the organizations into a synergy for a formidable partnership with the state government to drive the economy and to harness the resources of the state for sustainable development in all sectors of the economy.
,The Senior Special Adviser to Governor Idris Wada on NGOs, Barrister Yusuf Abdul disclosed this in an interview with Journalists on Tuesday in Lokoja.
Abdul noted that the government was interested in ensuring that the CSO groups in the state were organized into a synergy for sustained partnership to drive the economy.
“The effort is to harness the resources to the extent that those who are not feeling the impact of government immediately feel it through the CSOs that are also in partnership with government.
The agency, he noted, will ensure a sustained government partnership with the organisations to enable continuity.
“It will be permanent that as government is coming into place, there is an agency for NGOs and Community Development such that as government comes and goes, the pact with the organizations will continue to sustain itself”, he explained.
The Senior Special Adviser pointed out that a bill to give legal backing to the agency was in the offing, saying that though an executive bill would have been faster, the government opted for a private bill to enable stakeholders make inputs.