01 December 2006
by Momou Sheidu
Nigeria would be joining the international community to celebrate International Volunteer Day (IVD) on 5 December. This is being encouraged by President Olusegun Obasanjo who believed that the occasion should be used to further raise awareness and encourage Nigerians to embrace volunteering and help boost national development. The event is being organized by the Nigerian National Volunteer Service (NNVS).
A week-long programme of activities have being drawn up for the celebration, 1-5 December. There will be a Catholic and Islamic services for volunteers and sermons on the need to promote volunteerism. In addition, we will also conduct tree planting and street cleaning in the capital Abuja; a free medical eye check-up by volunteer doctors and a workshop for teachers of English.
The highlight of the programme is a symposium on 5 December with the theme, "Volunteers as Agents of Development”. The event will be held at the National Universities Commission, Auditorium, in Abuja. All the states in the Federation, under the auspices of the state offices of the Nigerian National Volunteer Service (NNVS) would also be celebrating the IVD.