Connak Foundation, a non-governmental organization (NGO), has postponed their 10th Anniversary/Annual Yuletide event, scheduled for December, as campaigns for the 2023 elections pick up steam.
Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation, Carole Sunday, disclosed this in a press statement made available to reporters in Abuja.
According to the statement, the decision for postponement was reached after extensive deliberations by the board members on Sunday, adding that the new dates for all postponed activities will be communicated.
She regretted the inconvenience that having to rearrange their plans could cause for recipients, partners, sponsors, stakeholders, as well as well-meaning people.
“We regret the inconvenience that may arise from rescheduling your plans within short notice.
“We take this decision out of an abundance of caution, in cognizance of the political climate and peculiarity of the season at this time in our dear country Nigeria.
“As a nonpartisan non-governmental organization, our events are open to all persons irrespective of age, creed, or affiliation and we do not want any of our events to be misrepresented or misconstrued as being in alliance with any group or used as a platform to promote or propagate other interests,” parts of the statement read.
In addition, it listed some of the foundation’s accomplishments from the beginning of 2022, such as ICT training for 200 beneficiaries in Umuahia and Aba, both in Abia state; a flagship borehole project at Imaba – Igando community in Alimosho LGA, Lagos state; 12 weeks of online training for 350 trainees; the awarding of full scholarships to 100 students in public junior secondary schools; and the building of a community hospital in Afugiri, Abia State.
The statement added that Connak’s annual free medical outreach could not hold this year “because our partners from the USA, FaithCare Inc, were unable to travel due to consulate advisory and restrictions bordering on security”.
Assuring it will continue to map out ways to eradicate “youthful redundancy,” the foundation called on Nigerians, “particularly the youths, to shun all clandestine activities, refrain from being used to create chaos, be mindful of safety and security, and exercise caution even as we go about exercising our civic duties”.