The Oyo State Government has said it will continue to partner with the Community Chest Council(CCC) in the state to achieve the core deliverables of the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) for the less privileged and people living with disabilities in line with manifesto of Governor Seyi Makinde-led administration.
The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Inclusion, Alhaja Faosat Sanni, stated this at the 2019 International Volunteers Day celebration and inauguration of new executives of the CCC held at Western Hall of the Oyo State House of Assembly complex in Ibadan.
The Community Chest Council is an umbrella body of volunteers and Non Governmental Organisations(NGOs) who are energizing and driving a strong social welfare agenda for people and communities in Oyo State.
Sanni said government recognises the roles of all the organisations in alleviating the sufferings of the people in various communities.
Her words: “Every individual should embrace the concept of volunteerism because it is the way to reach out to all the communities.
“Individuals and organisations should continue to support and partner CCC to bring the desired changes to the peopls and communities.”
The Commissioner admonished the new officials of the council to see their election as a call to render more selfless services to the people and the state.
Speaking on the theme tagged “Volunteer for an Inclusive Future,” the guest speaker, Mrs Grace Alexander-Abimbola, said volunteers should add value to the lives of people they come across because the future is accessible.
“For you to volunteer, you have to have passion, time , skills, resources, gift and money. You have to be diligent and knowlegeable as well; Without volunteering, some people’s lives would be miserable,” she stated.
Alexandrer-Abimbola added that volunteering is about being selfless and urged government at all levels to do more in supporting NGOs that are volunteering.
“Partnership is key to achieving SDGs and together we can achieve and make it,” she said.
The new executives inaugurated the Commissioner are as follows:
- Dr Gregory Eigbadon- Executive Chairman
- Pastor Tope Abiara- First Vice Chairman
- Mr. Samuel Okewoye- Second Vice Chairman
- Dr. Joseph Ogundipe- General Secretary
- Mrs Olabisi Olufunke-Assitant General Secretary
- Dr. Joan Agunloye-Financial Secretary
- Mrs Ebun Olugbohunmi-Treasurer
- Mrs Bukola Omosanya-Public Relations Officer
- Mrs Fadesola Adelani- Welfare Officer
- Mr. Muraina Ololade-Chief Whip
- Mr. Paul Okeleye- Internal Auditor 1
- Mrs Omolola Ushantto- Internal Auditor
Speaking after the inauguration, the chairman, Eigbadon, said his vision for CCC is to bring all NGO network bodies in the state under the umbrella of the council, adding that the drive to institute a social welfare plan for the state shall be advanced.