AYGF 16th Anniversary Report
Africa Youth Growth Foundation (AYGF) on the 31st of August, 2022, held a great occasion at the Sheraton Hotels and Towers, Wuse Zone 4 Abuja, Nigeria in celebration of its 16 years of remarkable achievements in the areas of Migration, Public Health, Education, Livelihood, Environment and Climate Change, Democratic Governance and Prevention of Violence Extremism amongst the vulnerable and underserved population. The event consisted of a morning Town-hall meeting to reflect on several challenges confronting humanity while analyzing potential collaborations with key stakeholders to address these concerns, and an evening Cocktail to properly celebrate the organization and host all who were in attendance.
The Executive Director, AYGF in person of Dr. Arome Salifu opened the event with a welcome remark appreciating all participants in attendance and the consistent support of Donors, in his speech, he highlighted the achievements and milestones of the organization stating that the organization has supported the Nigerian Government with National Identification Number (NIN ) registration of over 50,000 Nigerians in partnership with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), impacted over 5 million lives on migration and development support in partnership with the German Government, European Union(EU) and IOM, enrolled over 500,000 beneficiaries and provided 2million nutritional services to household and families (Pregnant and lactating women and Children under 5 years of age) with support from the World Bank, provided livelihood support for 350 beneficiaries with funding support from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) etc. Also stating that the vision of the organization for the next four years is to go global and establish developmental presence in other Countries of the World.
The event was well attended by critical stakeholders who during the event presented goodwill messages at the morning Town Hall of the anniversary. They include;
· Rep. Honourable Minister, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment (FMLE)-
Mrs. Tilda Ndu Mmegwa, the Senior Special Assistance to the President on Job Creations.
· Rep. Hon. Commissioner of Health, Kogi State Ministry of Health- Ogundusi Bolarinwa Oladele, Manager ANRiN Project Implementation Unit-PIU Kogi State.
· Rep. Hon. Commissioner of Health, Niger State Ministry of Health- Shehu Muhammed, Project Manager ANRiN Project Implementation Unit-PIU Niger State.
· Rep. Hon. Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI)- Zarah MaryAnn Jamberlang-TA Strategic Partnership.
· Rep. Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)- Isioma Nwosu, DDI.
A Keynote Address was presented by Dr. Hussani Abdu, the Country Director, Care international who spoke extensively on Strengthening Non-State Actors-Donor Partners Relationship: A Panacea to Addressing Developmental Challenges in Nigeria, underscoring the importance of partnership for humanitarian impact.
An interactive and highly educative panel discussion on the aforementioned topic was also held and anchored by Dr. Otive Igbuzor- Founding Executive Director-CentreLSD and member of the AYGF Board. The discussants at the panel session were Juli Okah Donli-Executive Chairman- BoT UNVTF and Roost Foundation, Dr. Celestina Eke, DG of Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors Foundation (NIQSF), Dr. Sam Amadi, Director of Abuja school of Social and Political thoughts and Member of the AYGF Board and the representative of the Executive Director -Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC)- Suleiman Mandi.
Other stakeholders such as Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), National Universities Commission (NUC), Global Ambassadors Foundation, National Population Commission (NPC), National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP), Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), Federal Ministry of Industry Trade and Investment (FMITI) Population Council, National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and many more including Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) such as Cleen Foundation, Health Strategy Development Foundation, NACTAL Members etc., were also in attendance of this great celebration.
There was entertainment by the National Centre for Arts and Culture dance troupe and the Incredible kids crew.
The event came to conclusion with a vote of thanks by Patricia Akor-Head of Programs-AYGF.
Over 40 participants were in attendance of the evening Cocktail.