Story By Temiloluwa Oyeniyi
Over the years, controversies have been generated on why and how people volunteer.
Volunteering which is a social development that deals with the act of rendering service by choice or free will to benefit the wider community, has been seen by various volunteers across Nigeria as the most reliable way of developing the Nigeria society.
According to reports gathered, communities in Nigeria are faced with several development challenges in both the rural and urban centres which ranges from lack of good roads, poor infrastructural facilities, poverty, amongst others.
In a bid to examine the importance of volunteering, the West African Coordinator of African Students For Liberty, Mr. Bayonle Fesobi stated that volunteers are working soldiers of organizations and they create a great rippling effect that makes difference in the development space.
According to him, Tons of organizations run several projects that directly affect the lives of Nigerians which complement and in some cases stands out as models for the government to improve the society.
“Not only does volunteers makes a significant contribute to the global and local economy, volunteering helps build a more cohesive, safer, stronger community and increases the social network between communities and neighborhood. Volunteering promotes people to be more active in civic engagement and concerned of citizenship.”
While speaking on the significance of Volunteering, the Founder of Volunteers Hub Africa, Chinenye Nzom said volunteering can combat social and political challenges, if we all come together, not thinking of selfish gains, but how to solve all problems associated with our society.
“Truth is most young people have this mindset of “what can I get” when I do this, “what is my gain?”, and that is where the problem start, because at the end of the day making money starts from giving value, and you can’t learn how to give value till you intentionally start giving, sharing and learning.”
While speaking on the challenges volunteers have, Mr. Fesobi stated that volunteers face multifaceted challenges in terms of inadequate security, financial constraints, as well as geographical boundaries.
He however implored government to create more liberties for citizens to pursue their individual happiness; economic prosperity; attain political fulfillment and also a more conducive environment for businesses to thrive.