The Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO) has said that it would soon initiate an appeal fund to assist Boko Haram victims. The Chairman Board of Trustee of NIDO, Dr George Manuwuike, said this on Tuesday in Abuja.
Manuwuike said the organisation had perfected plans to raise fund for a number of projects to assist Nigerians in need. The chairman said that the fund would be used to meet some of the needs of the victims of the insurgents. According to him the fund was also to help them facilitate access to proper medical and psychological treatment.
“We also have the intension of launching `Boko Haram victims appeal fund’ that will be used in developing part the North-East where the impact of the insurgence is being felt,” he said.
He said the organisation had been talking to some foreign donors and agencies on the project, adding that the responses from them had been impressive. Manuwuike said the organisation was waiting for the appropriate time to formally lunch ppeal fund.
He said that NIDO intended to reverse and convert the “brain-drain” the country had suffered for so long into “`brain-gain”. “NIDO plans to ramp up its engagement in Nigeria to ensure that its mission and goals are achieved and that the impact of its actions are felt by both government and the Nigerian masses.
“It is for this and other purposes that NIDO has recently been registered here in Abuja as a Non Governmental Organisation. “We believe that this action will instill confidence in NIDO as a partner with all our citizens and government at all levels,” he said. (NAN)