SISDev (RC1523933)

COURTESY CALL TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT SERVICE COMMISSION

COURTESY CALL TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT SERVICE COMMISSION

The meeting started with an opening prayer and self-introduction from both staff of Local Government Service Commission and the staff of SISDev.

The chairman (Alh. Aminu Ahmed) gave a welcome remark by appreciating the SISDev team for the courtesy visit.  The team was briefed on the responsibility of the agency that has the sole responsibility of overseeing and management of the Local government staff for all the twenty (20) LGAs in Bauchi State. Their responsibilities include; staff recruitment, promotion, discipline and retirement.

The Chairman BoT SISDev (Prof. Abdulqadir Ibrahim) in his response informed the team that, SISDev, means; Savannah Institute for Sustainable Development and was established about three (3yrs) ago. It is registered with the CAC and operates in Bauchi and will expand to the entire North East region. It is based in Bauchi. The organisation has three thematic focus as follows; Good Governance, Peace & Security and Energy and Environment.

The governance structure of SISDev is headed by the Board of Trustees who has the mandate on strategic decision and policy thrust of the organisation.  The Board of Fellows are persons with technical expertise in various fields and contribute to the achievement of the Organisational goals. The programme Staff handle the implementation of projects as well as team of volunteers who supports and fill in the gaps as well as learn and acquire skills to become employable.

The purpose of the visit is based on the importance of the role of the Local government who has direct impact on the people because of its closeness to the grass root. The LGA system is strategic in governance at the local level. SISDev have the strong believe that, if the systems at the Local level is effective faster progress will be achieved. Hence local government is critical for sustainable development.SISDev has strong interest in grass root development and the Agency is relevant to the institute. The LGA is important as vehicle to development andthe Agency have access and control to both Human and material resources which can be harnessed for the development of the rural poor. SISDev is willing to support and build the capacity towards sustainable use of the resources to be more effective and efficient for the benefit of the rural populace. SISDev is willing to support organisation to identify talents not utilised through networking and developing their capacity. SISDev apply the following approaches; Capacity building, Partnership and Model development.

The Director training emphasised training as most essential for staff development to be more effective. Staff development is key to organisational growth and sustainability. Hence, he recommended a proposal for capacity building to be developed and shared with the Agency for consideration.

In the same manner the ALGON Chairman representing the 20 LGAs lamented the decay in the system of the Local government governance where staffs lack the capacity and technical skills in simple administrative management.  He assures the team of SISDev that, issues related to environment and energy is critical for the LGA because they are for the people.  ALGON is willing to partner with SISDev in the following areas; capacity building, Administrative management, ICT literacy for staff and design of performance measurement for improved productivity.

  The Agency express their gratitude for the visit and promise to keep the line open for further discussion which will be translated into action for the Agency. The meeting was closed with prayer and group Photograph.

PEACE AND GREEN CLUBS

ESTABLISHMENT OF PEACE AND GREEN CLUBS AT SECONDARY SCHOOLS

These tasks were given to volunteers as part of the advocacy to inculcate the habit of being environmental conscious to the pupils even at primary and secondary school levels. The idea is to be having meetings, lectures and events with the pupils on different aspects of environment and on peace promotion.

Volunteers visited two schools; Esteem and Emirate High Academy and delivered lectures on “How to plant a tree”. Fifty  (50) seedlings were also distributed each to the schools. The seedlings were  to be assigned to students for them to nurture to full growth and prizes may be awarded to the best tree husbander.   

ALMAJIRI CHILD RIGHTS INITIATIVE (ACRI)

ENGAGEMENT WITH ALMAJIRI CHILD RIGHTS INITIATIVE (ACRI)

ACRI paid a courtesy visit to SISDev at Bauchi, Bauchi state; it is an NGO having chapters at different states across the country, with their Headquarters at Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The organization was established to promote the rights and welfare of Almajiri children across the nation.

Following an Almajiri project conducted by SISDev and engagement with CBOs to provide capacity building training and other support,  ACRI realized that there’s a synergy between them and SISDev, thus the visit. The Secretary explained their activities and assured of full cooperation and commitments. The secretary stated that ACRI had interest to partner with SISDev because of their similarities in operations.

During the meeting, the Chairman of the meeting and other members identified some areas of corporation. The chairman of the CBO, Bauchi chapter showed his gratitude and also assured of their full support and collaboration.

DONATION OF SEEDLINGS

DONATION OF SEEDLINGS

As part of the short term activities of SISDev under the thematic area; Energy and Environment, SISDev donated five hundred (500) seedlings  each to our first two CBOs; Wunti Development Association (WDA) and Birshi Youth Movement for Peace and security.

The donation was also extended to two military formations in Bauchi (Army and Airforce), and also to some other CBOs from Misau, Darazo, Gamawa and Katagum Local Government Areas of Bauchi State.

This happened after a symposium organized by SISDev to commemorate the “World Day To Combat Desertification And Drought”  and the state annual tree planting campaign flag off at Bauchi State University Gadau campus, an event  also attended by SISDev.

COVID-19 PANDEMIC

COVID-19 PANDEMIC 

Savannah Institute for Sustainable Development (SISDev) is a non-governmental organization that engages Community Based Organizations (CBOs) in ensuring peaceful, prosperous and corruption-free society in harmony with its natural environment. The CBOs collaborating with SISDev are, Wunti Development Association (WDA), Birshi Youth Movement for Peace and security, among others.

On COVID-19 pandemic, SISDev conducted a sensitization workshop with partners; CBOs on the proactive measures on how to curb the spread of the pandemic, therefore, hand sanitizers and face masks were distributed free during the occasion.