In a bid to foster the growth and development of NGO’s in Nigeria, the Hopes Alive Initiative (HAI) championed by His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, Ooni of Ife, will be launching an Advocacy Television, tagged HAI TV.
This was disclosed to the media in Lagos.
In his speech at the briefing, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, represented by his Chief Press Secretary, Comrade Moses Olafare, expressed gratitude for the success of HAI so far.
“I marvel at the trend of the immeasurable success so far recorded by my pet project, Hopes Alive Initiative (HAI) within a very short period of time because I have an innate passion in me to give hope to the hopeless and turn the story of the under privileged positively.”
He further expressed his commitment to the HAI project, saying “I am so encouraged therefore to remain totally committed to making the dreams of HAI a gargantuan reality.”
HAI is a social advocacy intervention which commenced operations in December 2017, designed to alleviate the social, cultural and environmental issues of reducing the impact of poverty on the most vulnerable while creating equal opportunities for exponential impact on the global society.
President of HAI, Temitope Adesegun, in her speech about the reason for the TV launch, stated that the vision of the initiative is to serve as a go to and a resourceful brand advocate of NGO’s all over the world.
“Most Nigerians have come to the realization that non-governmental bodies are fast becoming the pillars on which the marginalized in the society rely on. Most of these bodies have faced and are still facing a lot of difficulties in achieving the aim and fulfilling the mission on which they primarily embarked on.”
“With HAI, NGO’s around the world can come to seek first hand covering of an organisation who bears the same burden they bear and is willing to work closely with them, providing assistance, partnerships, material and non-material aids just for the sole purpose of achieving their organisational visions.”
Speaking to PEPL NEWS on the aims of this new TV, Temitope said the aim is to “keep hopes alive. It is to make the underprivileged ones happy, to give them a face-lift. And this can be achieved by working with other NGO’s. They are coming together, forming a synergy to achieve the same goal, which is keeping hopes alive.”
“The unique thing about this initiative is the platform that HAI is bringing onboard which is the HAI TV. Now, there is a TV series that will be going on that is solely dedicated to the underprivileged. This is amazing because there is really no TV show that is solely dedicated to the underprivileged.
When asked about the bill passed by the National Assembly to regulate NGO operations, she said “to be specific, HAI is not an NGO, but an initiative that governs other NGO’s, so that makes it very different. Of course, we can’t separate ourselves that we are not an NGO but we aren’t using the tag ‘NGO‘, we are accommodating other NGO’s. Its an umbrella for all other NGO’s to come under.”
Also present at the event was Chief Mrs Vickie Djevwudu, President, South-south Women Organisation who was representing Dr. Hajiya Asabe Shehu Yar’Adua of Asyarf Foundation who highlighted one of the major challenges of NGO’s which is funding.
In her interview with PEPL NEWS, she believes HAI TV is a welcome development which will go a long way in harnessing all other NGO’s, bringing up their potentials and spreading the message across.
“Having the passion, the hunger, the desire to impact people’s lives will bring the needed funding. But you must first sell yourself and be passionate about what you do and then the funding will come.”
Chief Press Secretary to the Ooni of Ife, Comrade Moses Olafare recommended that the government create a favourable atmosphere for the NGO’s to be able to continue in their selfless service.
He told PEPL NEWS that: “The efforts of the NGO are selfless, the government have to encourage and support them. The government must make the work easy for them, must face create an enabling environment, be flexible and listen to the NGO’s so that they can serve them better.”