The coalition of Imo NGOs and CSOs have been in been in existence since 2015, during which we met together and decided to partner with Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha during his 2015 governorship race, since then, we have been strongly working together with him because we discovered that his manifesto comprises all the polity framework that will aid good governance in Imo, his manifesto will create a friendly environment for foreign donors which the NGOs lack in IMO state for the past 7 years of APC administration due to counterpart funding are not being paid, so a lot of donor funded projects are moribund.
According to Hon. Ugo Williams, the state codinator COALITION OF IMO NGOs and CSOs the essence of the meeting which was held today the 24th day of April 2019 at KFC hall Mc road Owerri was to bring together all the NGOs and CSOs that worked in the capacity of electoral observers in Imo during the last general election to work as one and support the incoming government.
The group strongly believe that with the experience of the man we all voted for in the last election and with that assurance he gave us, that he is going to work with us which prompted this meeting today to know we are going to work with the incoming government to better the lives of Imolites.
The NGOs in Imo state have the capacity to monitor projects, do need accessment community dialogue with the community leaders for them to understand the goals and visions of project of the new government, e.g. NGOs can also be in burdget tracking for implementation like how it is in Anambra. Enugu, Akwa Ibom, Ebonyi and other states. These states works with NGOs and CSOs by appointing an SA to the governor on NGO matters and engaging them in quarterly meeting to evaluate project and government activities. The new government should know that the NGOs and CSOs are ready to partner with them in bringing good governance to Imolites.
We therefore solicit that the government should reactivate all donor projects and form a committee to reach out to the donors in order to reactivate all existing projects.
Among other over 60 NGOs represented in the meeting were:
Dr. Mrs. Uche Ezeonyeasi
Dr. Mrs. (Lady) Mere
CEO OLA Foundation
Dr. Nze George Onwuanibe
Mrs. Ovleru Harriet
Imo Coordinator Women in Nigeria
Dr. Jane Chukwukere
Society for the Widows & Orphans
Hon. Ugo Williams
COALITION OF IMO NGOs and CSOs.