The Nigerian Red Cross Society making giant strides-National President
The Nigerian Red Cross Society is growing stronger with firmer grip on service delivery and organizational development evidenced by number of Partnering National Societies (PNs) including the British Red Cross, the Norwegian Red Cross and Italian Red Cross currently working with the National Society, either directly or indirectly, and a host of others who have expressed strong interests to work with the Nigerian Red Cross Society in the nearest future.
This was contained in an internal memo written by the National President, Elder Bolaji Anani Akpan to show progress within the first two quarters of 2019.
The National President stated that the Statutes of the Nigerian Red Cross Society adopted in December 2018 has received endorsement by the Joint Statutes Commission of the ICRC and IFRC in Geneva with the Commission’s chairman saying “After careful examination, the Joint Statutes Commission is pleased to confirm that the text of the adopted Statutes is in full conformity with the standards set forth in the Guidance Document for National Society Statutes 2018”
Elder Anani informed that the Norwegian Red Cross, through the ICRC, is working with the NRCS on Finance Systems Development. ‘The expected outcome here is to have entrenched the best practice and consolidation of the Accounts of the Nigerian Red Cross Society of both Headquarters and Branches together’. The president said
He also informed that ‘the NRCS, with the support of the British Red Cross (BRC), convened a Roundtable with some Movement Partners in Geneva to seek support towards funding the Organizational Development (OD) costs of our National Society with a follow up Roundtable convened in Abuja.
‘‘Presently, the British Red Cross has a Country Manager embedded in the NRCS. The Italian Red Cross has a Delegate in the NRCS bilaterally. While the British Red Cross is focused on the NRCS’ OD, the Italian Red Cross is focused on Migration (including population movement) matters.
‘The BRC is also funding an international business Consultant from Germany who will be with NRCS for about two months to work with us and our Partners, KUNOCH Ltd and the Movement Partners in country, to structure our Fund Raising system along best practice lines and standards.
‘Some funding support has been provided towards ensuring that the OD of the NS is made ready for the consideration of the funding for the main OD Roadmap. In this regard, a number of things have been done; a number are being done; and, a number more shall be done, to get us there.’ Said the National President’
He strongly believes that ‘It is now time for us to work together to build a National Society that is effective, efficient and sustainable in service delivery and domestic fundraising.’ Thus, he charged all to be proactive in response and reporting.’
The National President recalled that there have been clear warnings about flooding this year. ‘This calls for the immediate activation of our Floods contingency plans. All Branches should ensure that updates on flooding are sent to Headquarters weekly. We should be able to have near real-time situations across the Country.’’