The European Union (EU) British council in affirming the need to invest in and engage with civil society organizations, improve the internal, external and pragmatic competence of CSOs networks and coalitions in the country launched a multi-million naira funded Agents for citizen-driven Transformation (ACT) programme.
ACT, is an acronym for Agents for citizen driven Transformation is a programme funded by the European Union (EU) under the 11th European development fund (EDF) and implemented by the British council.
ACT programme targets and partners with 200 civil society organizations (CSOs) in implementing the programme in the North east, North West, South East, South West and North Central. The programme aims at supporting and strengthening institutional mechanism structures and processes in Nigeria.
The objective of the programme is to enhance the credibility and the role of CSOs as drivers for sustainable development in Nigeria.
This is done by:
– Strengthening the capability of CSOs, Network and Coalition working in the three(3) EU-Local sectors
– Supporting advocacy and facilitating dialogue for the emergence of appropriate, efficient and gender responsive regulatory framework.
The ACT programme operates offices in Kano, Lagos, Sokoto, Rivers, Federal Capital Territory, Port-Harcourt, and Adamawa.
The Catholic Institute for Development Justice and Peace (CIDJAP) Enugu was among the CSOs selected from Enugu State who participated in the EU-ACT programme.
CIDJAP, under Msgr. Prof. Obiora Ike has over the years been a force to reckon with in developmental projects. Her interventions in the areas of human development, youth empowerment, education, human right etc has contributed in no small measure in assisting the common man in Nigeria.
Thanks to Msgr. Prof. Obiora Ike, CIDJAP was represented at the just concluded cross state regional reflection for ACT-CSOs held at Transcorp Hilton Abuja from 30th-31st May 2022.
During the programme, CIDJAP, represented by the Deputy Director Rev. Fr Ambrose Ofodile played a key role in the reflections during the event. It was an assemblage of about 40 CSOs in Enugu and Borno States.
Contributing during the programme, Rev. Fr. Ambrose Ofodile who represented CIDJAP stated that ACT has strengthened the capacity of the organization to work more efficient and effectively. It has also helped to enhance the organizations’ documentation, evaluation, institution strengthening, learning and sharing experience, social media engagement and objectively driven in service delivery and the implementation of projects.
It is with a heart full of gratitude that I wish to appreciate the Founder of CIDJAP, Msgr. Prof. Obiora Ike for his support and efforts in ensuring that CIDJAP continues to participate in nation building. Significantly, his assistance and support during the EU-ACT conference is greatly appreciated.