The Director of a popular online medium ABN TV, Ifeanyi Okali has called on proprietors of non-governmental organizations, particularly those whose mandates are centered on charity to rise up now that Nigerians are facing the impact of lockdown, a measure put in place by government to curtail the spread of COVID-19.
Mr. Okali also wondered why little has been heard of numerous NGOs in Nigeria, particularly Abia even as many families are subjected to hardship as a result of the restriction of movement.
In a chat with our correspondent in Umuahia on Monday, he said proprietors of non-governmental organizations, including those operated by politicians must not wait till electioneering year to come out from their hiding.
“It is surprising that at a time when many families in Abia in particular are groaning under the weight of hunger and starvation, those who masquerade as agents of charity have gone on the hide.
“I think this is unfair and unacceptable. If you look around you, you see people who cannot afford their daily bread, a situation that has been worsened by the impact of COVID-19. We have a thousand and one non-governmental organizations and they have not acted to alleviate the sufferings of the people. Are they waiting for 2023 so that they will come and play sycophancy?” he querried.
Mr. Okali also used the opportunity to announce free announcement slots and media coverage for any NGO that will come up with palliatives that will benefit the poor and vulnerable this season and beyond.
While reiterating his commitment to enhancing the lives of rural communities, he maintained that ABN TV will continually champion campaign that will promote development in the grassroot in line with the mandate of the organization.