President Muhammadu Buhari has praised the effort of the Nigeria Red Cross Society in managing disasters and assisting victims whenever it occurs.
He has therefore pledged government’s support for the Red Cross Society especially in the area of office accommodation.
Receiving the Red Cross delegation at the State House, President Buhari said the organisation needs a befitting office in Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja.
His comment followed a request made by the National President of the Nigeria Red Cross, Bolaji Anani.
He said: “I have taken note of your need for logistics, especially your office and storage facility here in Abuja. I assure you that the government will do its best. When you decide to build such facilities, in terms of securing an area here, we will do something here within the Federal Capital Territory. I hope you are not going to build an elephantine headquarters but one which will be functional. The Nigerian government will do its best to help you because we have seen your activities across the country.”
President Buhari used the occasion to thank the Nigerian Red Cross Society for the support it has been rendering to Nigerians since the 1967 civil war till date.
He commended the organisation for its humanitarian services in the North East, especially to displaced persons.
“We so much appreciate what you are doing now especially in the North-East; from the time that the Boko Haram had substantial part of Borno State to now that they are not holding any Local Government and what you are doing in the Internally displaced Persons camps, we are very grateful for that,” he said.
Earlier the National President of the Nigerian Red Cross Society Bolaji Anani had requested for assistance to enable the organisation tackle the challenges of Infrastructure, Utility Vehicles and Annual grants from the federal and State governments.
“The Nigeria red Cross Society being a non profit organisation is dependent on the support from the government, movement partners, sister national societies and the goodwill of the general public for its existence and operations. The headquarters of the Nigeria Red Cross society is still operating from a rented premises since we moved from Lagos to Abuja, we operate with inadequate office facilities and we lack warehouses for storage of relieve materials and equipment,” he explained.
Highpoint of the event was the investiture of President Buhari as the Grand Patron of the Nigeria Red Cross Society.