Naomi Gabriel —
The Nigerian government yesterday in Abuja, the country’s capital, entered into a pact with Qatar Charity Organisation aimed at providing shelter for orphans and the less privileged in the FCT.
Minister of state, Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Agba, signed on behalf of the government.
The social housing complex is to be located at Wassa community, according to Agba.
“Qatar Charity Organisation built a housing complex for the less privileged persons, who are victims of insurgencies in Sokoto State, he said.
“The organisation also drilled 900 units of boreholes across the North East, North West and South West of the country”.
The minister said the interventions were in tandem with the National Development Plan (NDP) 2021 to 2025, which was developed to succeed the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) 2017 to 2020.
He also added that it would promote economic and socio-cultural development of the citizens in the areas of education, economic empowerment, employment, shelter for orphans, water and sanitation.
While admitting that the agreement signed was sequel to the permit issued to the organisation by the ministry to operate as an International Non-Governmental Organisation (INGO), Agba noted that they were to carry out humanitarian, technical and other development activities under the supervision of the Embassy of Qatar in Nigeria.
“I wish to commend the organisation for the laudable interventions and implore them to extend their kind gesture to other states and communities that have not benefited from their programmes and projects.
“I also wish to extend the appreciation of the Federal Government to Qatar for the step being taken to advance the bilateral ties between our two countries through economic growth and development ,” Agba said.
The chairman and CEO of Qatar Charity Organisation, Yousif Al-kawari applauded the Nigerian government for the support received so far.