A non-governmental organization (NGO), also known as Foundation, Charity, Civil Society Organization etc., is any non-profit, voluntary citizens’ group which is independent of Government and driven by people with a common interest. NGO’s perform a variety of service and humanitarian functions, bring citizen concerns to Governments, advocate and monitor policies, encourage political participation through provision of information and are sometimes organized around specific issues, such as religion, human rights, environment, health etc.
There are different types of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) that are permitted to operate in Nigeria, these include trade unions, community-based organisations, social clubs, religious organisations, cultural associations, women’s groups, youth clubs, professional associations, political parties, cooperative societies, specialised professionally run NGOs and friendly societies.
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