The world has become a global village being driven mainly by new, evolving technologies. Modern technologies birthed by research and innovation drive almost every sector of the global economy hence the need for non-profit organisations (NPOs) to adopt such technologies in projecting and enhancing their activities.
Speaking during the 13th anniversary symposium of Lifeline Care Association Nigeria with the theme ‘The role of non-profit organisations in a developing economy like Nigeria’ in Abuja, the chief executive officer of National Bureau of Statistics, Dr Yemi Kale urged NPOs to adopt the use of modern technologies in providing their services to the society.
“You should adopt the use of modern technologies, research and learning in carrying out your functions. You must be innovative and bold so that in so doing, you become a compendium of ideas and solutions to the many problems that exist in the area of work you operate and in the wider society,” he said.
The statistician-general of the federation urged the association to fill in and operate within the nation using their currency of empathy and the consideration of the higher good.
Kale represented by the NBS director of real sector, Dr Olanrewanju Isiaka pointed out the need for NPOs to also show empathy in their services to the nation’s economy as it continues to grow, adding it can be expected that the capacity of the state to deliver on basic public services would likely remain stretched.
“This calls for greater humanitarian services and presents a unique opportunity for non-profit organisations like Lifeline Care Association to fill in and operate within this space using their currency of empathy and the consideration of the higher good to support the provision of social services – for ambulatory services to education or vocational programmes.
“It will enable new for non-profit-profit hybrids to emerge, not only in the changing health and social care markets where they have hitherto mainly functioned, but also in fields where public contracting will become more prominent, education and research, environment, energy, transport and information technology,” he said.
Earlier in his remarks, the chairman, Lifeline Care Association, Dr Nkem Momah said the choice of the theme was to get a robust ecosystem of diverse stakeholders with the aim to sensitise them on the organisation’s activities.
“We’re a Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) based charity organization and we didn’t want a small audience. So, we decided to call stakeholders together to sensitise them about our existence and the importance of road safety. So, we thought our 13th year is a unique cycle and we needed to get an overarching theme that is all encompassing to have a broader stakeholder base, so we picked this topic to get other stakeholders involved to get a more robust ecosystem,” Momah added.
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