Social Investment or Charity?
When the idea of “Social Watch Dog” (www.socialwatchdog.ng) was conceived, it was as a result of the coalescence of several ideas we earlier had in mind as a tool for social engineering. The idea is to create a balance between advocacy for good governance and citizenry participation in Nation building. To put it simply, it is about how you and I can contribute our parts as private citizens of this nation, to make it work.
The plan is to get a group of people under any area of influence to fix a societal problem; be it in the workplace, community where we live, religious circle, alumni associations, etc. We come together to pursue a set goal with the aim of making life more meaningful for those within our reach, and for the development of the country at large.
We had barely launched the idea when a volunteer who prefers to stay anonymous made a generous donation. The money was deployed to cater for about twenty-five pupils’ school fees at Upper Sokponba (Ikpoba-Okha LG) area of Edo state. Some had their full school fees paid, while some that had earlier paid part had the balance paid up.
We share the opinion that this nation cannot survive on charity, but we must keep doing our parts while engaging the government to live up to expectations.
These activities go beyond mere charitable deeds, as some may opine. It is a social investment! I don’t know if you have heard of the group of young lads causing havoc in Lagos State at the moment. They come with different nomenclatures; “starboy”, “No salary”, “Kosi werey” etc. These lads are less than fifteen years of age, but what they are capable of doing will scare the living daylight out of a full grown adult. If someone had taken a part of his wealth and had “invested” it in the lives of these lads, they might not have been where they are today.
On the flip side, if the society had joined voices to call the government to order, the menace we find ourselves today would have been avoided.
So each and every one of us has a role to play in this course. You have to either join the engagement in calling our rulers to order or contribute your resources to fix the mess created by these rulers. You can as well join us to do both!
Social Watch Dog is out to secure the less privileged and those threatened among us, while also guarding our collective resources against looters and greedy rulers!
Be part of this, as we work together to make Nigeria Better!
Attached pictures: Cross section of beneficiaries of the school fees donation.
Social Watcher, Edo State.
IDEDE Oseyande, a graduate of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, is an unrepentant believer in the Nigeria project.
His concern for the actualisation of a prosperous nation and the continent, in general, is reflected in his written works.
He currently runs an online advocacy platform (www.socialwatchdog.ng) where he engages the government and the people.
Among his published works are ‘What is Left of What is Right?’, ‘The Portrait of a Revolutionary Leader’ and ‘Warri No Dey Carry Last’.
He is a guest writer for several blogs and his Attitudinal and Behavioral Coaching classes has transformed many lives.