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Volunteerism can facilitate socio-economic development – FG

The Federal Government has called on patriotic Nigerians to give their best through voluntary services across all sectors to complement government’s efforts for nation-building.

Senator George Akume, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), made the call on Tuesday in Abuja at an occasion to mark the 2023 International Volunteer Day (IVD).

The event was organised by the Nigerian National Volunteer Service (NNVS) department in the office of the SGF.

Akume, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Political and Economic Affairs Office, Mrs Esuabana Nko-Asanye, said that Tinubu’s government has recognised volunteerism as a veritable force to facilitate socio-economic development in Nigeria.

According to him, volunteerism is widely seen as a development tool critical for the advancement of society especially in rural communities.

He said the present economic contractions and realities had posed a lot of challenges for government to achieve its developmental agenda, hence the need for collaborative efforts by the citizens.

“Volunteerism has been identified as a veritable tool for development and serves as a platform for implementing national and international programmes such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“It provides a huge source of human resources and social capital which can be an influential factor in social investment and job creation.

“Moreso, it offers material and financial resources that can be harnessed to assist government in various social interventions and projects, ” Akume explained.



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