By Ahmed Ajikobi
The Chairman of the Kwara State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Comrade Abiodun AbdulKareem has called on relevant stakeholders, Non Governmental Organisations and well-meaning individuals to embark on humanitarian services in order to alleviate poverty in the society.
Comrade AbdulKareem made the call in his office at the Olusola Saraki Pen House when the Grassroot Aides Initiative, a Non Governmental Organisation led by its Executive Director, Dr Kehinde Khadijat Kadiri paid the Council a courtesy visit.
The NUJ Chairman said the war against poverty and unemployment must be a collaborative one between relevant stakeholders and government agencies in order to make life more bearable for downtrodden people.
AbdulKareem also underscored the need for government to be alive to its responsibilities of providing basic social infrastructural facilities, amenities, tackling unemployment and reducing poverty level.
He lamented high rate of poverty in the country, hence the need for well-meaning individuals to use their resources to serve humanity.
The NUJ Chairman appreciated the Grassroot Aides Initiative for embarking on laudable projects for the widows, school children, aged people and health programmes targeted at the people at the grassroots.
He however pledged the support of the NUJ to the NGO’s programmes and other relevant agencies working towards reducing poverty level and creating employment for the people.
Earlier, the Executive Director of the Grassroots Aides Initiative, had highlighted some of the projects embarked upon by the organisation, including rebuilding the dilapidated muddy house of an aged woman, instructional materials for school children, clothing materials and sinking of a borehole.
Dr Kadiri said the projects were executed through photography on social media, pointing out that funds used to execute the projects was sourced outside the country from different individuals and appealed to well-meaning individuals and organisations to support the NGO in touching the lives of the downtrodden.