The need to increase the level of voluntary services and encourage more people to see volunteerism as the way to go in the country has been emphasised.
Volunteers who stated this at the UN Volunteers 50th anniversary and the country award ceremony in Abuja, also called on all to make volunteerism a prioritised labour, so as to achieve the desired goal of impacting humanity.
The United Nations Volunteers programme is a UN organisation that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. It is also a means of engaging people in tackling development challenges, and it can transform the pace and nature of development.
The UNDP Representative in Nigeria Mohammed Yahya said that Volunteer has contributed to peace and development in Nigeria, especially in the North East
“UN Volunteers has demonstrated so much strength and resilience in contributing to peace and development, I saw the work of nation volunteers especially in Borno State, north east Nigeria, working with communities, to engage in helping them in the transition to peaceful coexistence. The impact of volunteers cannot be over emphasized . for example the immense contribution in battling with COVID-19 virus at the peak of the pandemic in 2020. Volunteers have been at the fore front in response, helping to protect communities, raise awareness, support recovery from losses. These are actions they take to make Nigeria a better place.”
The Country Coordinator, United Nations Volunteers Programme, Nigeria, Veronica Obiuwevbi, noted that “one of the fulfilment in life is volunteerism, the only thing you can do to make people happy, and make our better. To contribute to peace and development which UN V globally stands for is for you to put a smile on other peoples faces . it is of mutual benefit because when you are volunteering, you also are putting up new skills, new experience, meeting new people. Volunteerism gives you an avenue to know and do many new things. Especially fresh graduate who want to volunteer, they learn a lot which they can not get on paid jobs, which in turn gives them free will and access to the next level”.
One of the award recipient, Dr. Oluwatosin Jegede, the National Programme Associate , UN Office on Drugs, explained that “I have been working with the government and private organization, but what i realized is that, i needed to do more , I needed to protect people the more. I needed to do something that will be of national and international, in which my one simple activity that I do will protect a lot of people. What I have done is to give training to officers working at the prison in order to protect inmates against COVID-19. We looked at the training that fit in to their particular situation at hand”.
In a paper presentation, entitled Leadership and Voluntarism, Mr. Olajide Aribisala, maintained that “There is need to encouraged more people to see volunteerism as the way to go. Now the question is always, reward, what do I have, what gain is for me. I can tell you that when you volunteer, when you go out of your comfort zone to help people, there is a reward attached to services, it might be immediate or few years to come it will always come. And people need to know that whenever you serve, you give your best to the community, there is a reward attached.
The 50th anniversary was dedicated to volunteers who gave their whole service to humanity, also with award to deserving volunteers.
The country award that cut across the six geopolitical zones in Nigeria, had 15 finalist from different fields.
Source: Voice of Nigeria