(Monday 15th January 2018)
It is a pleasure
to address you today, and to welcome all to this Management and Governance
capacity building workshop with the Theme of “Streamlining our Structural
Direction”. We are welcome to year 2018, which, we pray, will be very profound
to all of us and our National Society.
Society is at a critical turning point. The Theme of this Seminar is a clear
indication. We shall now get it right or lose it all. We must therefore seize
this opportunity and build together the National Society which we all dream of.
· An Organization providing assistance
and protection to all in need everywhere in Nigeria.
· An Organization building community
resilience in our nation:
disease, or mitigating it;
escaping or mitigating disasters;
hope and opportunity to youth;
the risks associated with crisis;
tolerance and humanity; and
· An organization with a reputation for
integrity, credibility and effectiveness.
· Our emblem and logo being nation-wide
symbols of hope and care for all in need in Nigeria.
can achieve these; together we should work to achieve these.
assure you that as Governance, we are resolved to be by your side, promoting, leading
and enabling this transformation. Our new Secretary General (SG), Alh. Abubakar
Ahmed Kende, has our full trust and confidence.
In the few
weeks of his assumption of office, he has shown clear drive, courage, leadership
and sacrifice for this Organization. He
to put in place a functioning team at the Nat. Headquarters. He has brought in
volunteers and some Branch staff as Interns to fill critical gaps to avoid loss
closely with HQ and Branch teams to set up plans and objectives for 2018.
key partnerships and relationships that will serve to scale our work countrywide.
great leaps from him. But he can do nothing alone. He needs all of us!
What does he
need from us? Four things!
organization can function without a very disciplined and committed Management
we focus on what needs to be done;
clear objectives are set and met;
professionalism is kept at all times and levels; and
is a respect for hierarchy – each member of the team doing the best in his
discussions we shall be having throughout these three days should set us on the
2: Commitment and Sacrifice.
All of us
should continually place the good of the Organization above self-interest. We
all know too well where self-interest leads us. The misuse of funds or power
for personal gain is an insidious cancer that kills any organization.
If we cannot
provide good stewardship over the funds entrusted to us, we will simply not be
further funded; If we cannot show effective programming, implementation and
reporting, there will be reduced demand for our services; If we cannot show
that we are a haven where volunteers can place their trust to learn, serve and
grow, our volunteer strength will simply drop.
3: Innovation and Ingenuity.
all be daily problem solvers, recognizing the limits of our thinking and going
beyond, within and outside the box.
grow to become listeners and learners, turning our failures to opportunities
for growth and progress; recognizing quickly where we are failing and taking
quick remedial steps.
Our world is
one of increasing dynamics, more so, our country. Already, the drivers of
conflict and violence are increasing and mutating. We should continually
challenge ourselves to remain at the cutting edge in all that we do. Whether it
is responding to the particular needs in urban settings, developing together a
truly thriving first aid service or finding effective ways to source financing.
amazing resources within our Movement to enable us to do so. Simple, low cost
programmes should increase our visibility and improve our relationship with the
people, in-country development partners and Governments.
Let me take
this opportunity to congratulate the entire team, including Partners that
worked on the new volunteer database. The Nigeria Red Cross Society was the
proud recipient of the volunteer innovation prize for 2018 at our global
General Assembly last November. We have the database; we have won the prize; we
should now populate the database. Membership drive should attract the prime
attention of Branches.
Cross emblem is a symbol of love and humanity across the world. Are we reflecting
these qualities among ourselves? Do we actively listen to our colleagues? Do we
seek to understand the challenges faced by others and help find solutions or do
we sit back, judge, complain, and condemn or write the person off? Are we
engaging and creating a culture of gossip or a culture of sharing; a culture of
competition and silos, or a culture of mutual support and team spirit?
In this New
Year, as the SG will hopefully tell you, we will take performance management
seriously. These competencies will serve as the foundation for our appraisal
I am sure we
will have time over these next three days to ponder these questions and adopt
the necessary action steps to begin to create the culture/tradition we wish to
see collectively in our Society.
Let us enjoy
ourselves as we learn! We are privileged to have this time together, to get to
know yourselves and our colleagues better. We thank our Partners, ICRC and IFRC,
for being here all of these three days with us, and for their continual
financial and technical support.
This is your
show as staff – with the SG in charge. Our plea is for us all to set aside our
phones and laptops during sessions to fully concentrate. This is serious
bear a heavy responsibility. Literally, the health and wellness of millions of
persons rest on our shoulders. This is our collective duty. I know together we
can bring about our dream Nigeria Red Cross Society.
for being on this journey.
On this note
I hereby declare this Seminar OPEN.