CEE-HOPE Names Hall After Environmentalist, Nnimmo Bassey

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Renowned environmentalist and member of the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria, Rev. (Dr.) Nnimmo Bassey has been honoured in Lagos.

The honour came on the platform of a non-governmental organisation; the Centre for Children’s Health Education Orientation and Protection (CEE-HOPE),  who yesterday named a hall in its facility after Bassey.

Founder of CEE-HOPE, Betty Abah at the event said, Nnimmo Bassey was her boss at the Environmental Rights Action, who after her service at the NGO remained a mentor and father.

“What I learnt from Nnimmo Bassey is advocacy. When people are oppressed, there is nobody to speak for them most time but once the oppressors know that someone like Nnimmo Bassey is around, they would mind how they carry out their oppression,” Abah said at the event.

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Abah, who is the Executive Director of CEE-HOPE, narrated how supportive Bassey and his immediate family had been to her organisation and to humanity in general.

“Nnimmo Bassey has always been with us through the thick and thin, he is so passionate about the work we do despite his very busy schedule,” she said.

Abah added that, “Nnimmo Bassey has been to Makoko where we work with the local people, he has supported the women, children and fishermen, they are ever grateful. So if we are honouring him today by naming a hall in our facility after him, it is not too much.”

Responding, Bassey expressed appreciation for the great honour CEE-HOPE has bestowed on him.

“It is a very big pleasure for us to visit CEE-HOPE. The last time I was hare was 2017, I must thank the management, Board of Trustee for the great work being done,” he said.

Bassey added that, “We have many NGOs but CEE-HOPE stands out because they affect lives. The scope looks narrow, so it covers women and children but it actually covers all areas.

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“If you are saying the truth, you are not afraid because you can’t do anything about the truth and that is what is keeping CEE-HOPE, you stand for the helpless, the oppressed and that is why you see the success.

“We are never doubtful of what the organisation is doing, we find ourselves very comfortable to stand with people like CEE-HOPE because that is what we do as well. So on behalf of myself and my wife, I appreciate this colourful honour. It is a very good way to spend today here,” he said.

A member of CEE-HOPE’s Board of Trustees, Mr. Lekan Otufodunrin commended the organisation on the shelter established for women suffering from domestic violence.

According to Otufodunrin, a former editor at The Nation Newspaper and Executive Director, Media Career Development Network, “It is intriguing that with our population in Nigeria, we have just few shelters for women running away from domestic violence and abuse. The shelter run by CEE-HOPE is among the few shelters around the country and this is impressive,” he said, appreciating Bassey for his support for the organisation, especially in his response to the slum dwellers and the needs at the shelter which was commissioned by him last year.

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“We thank you for what support you have given to CEE-HOPE, we are praying that the Lord rewards you,” he prayed as he also appreciated Mrs. Nnimmo Bassey for all the support so far.

Representing the Makoko community where CEE-HOPE has its biggest intervention, Prince Tobi on behalf of the Makoko people said, Dr. Nnimmo Bassey is a respected figure in Makoko.

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“We at Makoko community thank him for all the support he has given us in Makoko. The work you did for the fishermen is still in our memory, we pray the Lord will help you in Jesus name,” he prayed.

Prince Tobi added that, “If we are bringing people from Makoko to this event today, this place will not contain us. So we are just saying thank you sir.”

Iya Amina is a representative of Monkey village, Opebi, Lagos where CEE-HOPE has another success story before a Taskforce from Lagos State demolished the shanties sheltering some poor people from across Nigeria. She appreciated CEE-HOPE, Nnimmo Bassey and other supporters for coming to their rescue when the Lagos State Taskforce demolished their homes on New Year eve of 2020 without prior notice.

“Thank you sir for all the help you have given to Monkey Village people, we also thank our Mummy Betty, she stands for us anytime we have problem, God bless you ma,” she said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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