NAN – The Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS) has renewed its commitment to providing succour to people affected by both human and natural disasters in the country.
This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Nwakpa Okorie, Head, Communications, NRCS, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday, January21, 2015 in Abuja.
“Today, the humanitarian need in Nigerian is on the increase due to insurgency in the north-east, communal clashes and other nature-induced disasters.
“Therefore in keeping with our mandate, we will step up response to humanitarian needs in 2015”.
It stated that in reality, no one organisation was capable of providing for all the people affected by disasters across the country.
It called on Nigerians and friends of the country to join hands with the society as they strive to put smiles on the suffering populace.
The statement quoted the Secretary-General of the society, Mr Bello Diram, as saying that humanitarian supports are needed everywhere in the country.
It also says that the society is targeting the affected communities in the North-East.
“Our focus is on people affected by insurgency, we have planned and executed several projects, but these supports are not enough as the needs are very enormous.
“Thus, we have launched an appeal to enable us do more.”
The statement also quoted the society’s former president, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, as saying that 2014 was a turbulent year for Nigeria.
“Thousands of people looked up to receive one form of assistance or the other from the Nigerian Red Cross Society”.
It quotes Okorocha applauding the doggedness of the Red Cross Volunteers, who he described as indefatigable and urged them not to relent their service to humanity.
NAN also reports that the NRCS had also elected Mr Bolaji Anani as its new President at the just concluded Annual General Meeting in Owerri.
Other members of the governing board include National Vice President, Alhaji Abubakar Kende – North-West; National Treasurer – South-West; National Finance and Planning Adviser, Mr Adabson Tanimu Panda -North-Central; and National DM Adviser, Alhaji Adamu Babale.