EU donates office equipments to Nigerian Red Cross Society
The European Union 2019 election observers group has donated office equipments worth millions of naira to the Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS) in Abuja.
Making the donation on behalf of the EU, Mr Svante Yngrot, EUEOM Nigeria 2019 Field Project Manager applauded the Nigerian Red Cross humanitarian interventions in Nigeria and said ‘’this donation is to help strengthen the efforts of the Nigerian Red Cross Society to more in accordance to their mandate’’
The National President of the Nigerian Red Cross Society, Elder Bolaji Anani Akpan, commended the EU for the donation, adding that the items would be of high impact on services rendered by the society and would improve effectiveness and efficiency in service delivery and reportage.
He said “the EU election observer group which came to the country to observe the 2019 general elections decided to give us some of their used and unused items after the poll.
“I believe we at the Nigerian Red Cross received the highest number of items given out, and we are grateful to the EU for that. The items will help us to improve our services, and we will do better.
“It also gladdens my heart that the little contributions and activities we make in the humanitarian space are noticed not just by Nigerians but by people outside the country.”
Anani further appreciated the over 800,000 Red Cross volunteers in the country and members of staff to have earned the society such recognition and acknowledgment. On services of the community,
he explained that NRCS was involved in various humanitarian activities, which include diseases management, rescuing victims from disasters, building collapses, and First Aid.
Others, he said, are providing counseling and psycho-social support to traumatized victims, restoring family links for displaced persons, education on nutrition for rural communities, environmental sanitation, and health sensitization programs.
He called on the public to be volunteers and members of the society to help toward responding to humanitarian needs when they arose in their various communities. He appealed to government, Philanthropists, organizations and well-meaning Nigerians to support and partner the NRCS in carrying out its mandate.
Mr. Pedro Azuogu, the Assistant Secretary General, NRCS, applauded the European Union Election Observers Committee for the donation to the society. Azuogu listed some of the items donated as furniture, electrical appliances, executive chairs and tables, 15 laptops, desktop computers, 96 communication gadgets, stationeries, and money saves. He said” we want to commend the EU for the donation; it will make our activities gain a higher level of effectiveness.
‘’One of our mandates is to respond to emergencies, irrespective of the magnitude and nature.
“We have 37 branches in Nigeria and over 800,000 volunteers, the items would be distributed to other branch offices for a better and swift response to disasters.
“We call on government, Nigerians, and organizations to show concern and support the activities carried out by the Nigerian Red Cross Society; we are driven by humanitarian need, the red cross stands for humanitarian activities.”