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Published On: Wed, Dec 27th, 2017

NGO invests $9bn on Social Services in 30 years

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From Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi

An NGO, Development Exchange Centre (DEC) based in Bauchi has said to have expended the sum of N9 billion on provision of social services to two hundred and forty-three (243) communities in 20 states of the federation in its 30 years of operation.
The Executive Director DEC, Mrs. Titi Yakubu dropped the hint during the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the organization in
Bauchi, said in three decades, eight thousand five hundred (8500) farmers were supported with agricultural inputs worth one hundred and ten million naira (N110m), while forty-seven thousand (N47000) trees were planted within communities of its operation to check desertification.
Yakubu said as part of efforts to promote economic well-being of women and the vulnerable groups, DEC had established one hundred and seventeen (117) micro-finance branches with about one hundred and twenty-five thousand, eight hundred and forty-one (125,841) active borrowers across the 20 states.
On Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Mrs. Yakubu said DEC had nine hundred and fifty-five (955) toilets, trained three thousand (3000) hygiene club kids and constructed seventy eight (78) water points.
“We are seriously concerned about the poor health situation in the rural areas and this informed our decision to construct the seventy eight (78) water points that now provide one hundred and sixty thousand (160,000) people with access to safe water” she said.
Mrs Titi enumerated the organization’s achievements to include facilitating enrollment of seven thousand, three hundred and ninety-two (7392) girl-child into schools, training of 3000 women under the adult literacy scheme and equipping of two thousand, six hundred (2600) women with vocational skills.
Ms. Yakubu commenting on politics said “our organization has trained one thousand, two hundred (1200) female politicians and fifty (50) Community Based Organizations (CBOs) on conflict based management. DEC believes that it is only when peace reigns that development can take place”.
She thanked both pioneer and current staff of DEC for establishing an organization that has impacted positively in the lives of millions of Nigerians, saying “the legacy of socio-economic development which you have put in place will remain indelible in the minds of beneficiaries of these services”.
In her remark, the special guest of honour who is also the wife of the state governor, Barrister Aisha Mohammed Abubakar commended DEC management for its innovative ideas and enviable achievements in education, healthcare, water and sustainable environment, good governance and peace building, microfinance and institutional development.
She said her pet project, the Brilliant Girl-Child Education (BGCE) initiative has benefitted from DEC’s activities saying “my NGO has aligned itself with DEC and gained expertise in skills, mentoring and coaching programme, delivery and planning strategy. DEC has remained a major partner and stakeholder to BGCE initiative”.
Highlights of DEC’s thirty (30) years anniversary include award to pioneer staff and some beneficiaries of the organization’s loan schemes.

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