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Mission Statement

The mission statement is “to foster the development of the individual Nigerian woman, empowering her with education and high standards of work and inculcating in her a commitment of service to the community so as to make her a citizen better equipped to participate in the social progress of the country”.

Objectives

The main objectives related to the mission are to build up leadership qualities; to emphasize integrity of life; to provide work skills; to foster a responsible attitude to work; to introduce basic organizational practices; to be committed to civic duties; to create environment awareness.

Strategy

The Lagoon Executive Secretarial College was the first project of the organization established in 1973. It offered young women a specialized professional training for administrative and secretarial careers and was discontinued in 1995 so as to attend to further development policies. Other projects are Wavecrest College of Hospitality, Wavecrest Study Centre and Afara Leadership Centre in Lagos; Iroto School of Hotel and Catering, Iroto Rural Centre and Abidagba Health Centre at Iloti (Ogun State); Imoran Centre for Professional and Social Development and Orisun School of Hospitality in Ibadan; Lantana College of Hospitality and Uzommiri Study Centre in Enugu and Tiebe Cultural Centre in Benin. The central office located in Lagos, runs a Management Training Unit addressed to NGOs and Women in Business.

The organization pursues its objectives through educational activities carried out by Projects set-up with a long term vision in different parts of the country. These are Wavecrest College of Catering and Hospitality, Wavecrest Study Centre and Afara Leadership Centre at Lagos; Iroto Rural Centre and Abidagba Health Centre at Iloti (Ogun State); Imoran Centre for Professional and Social Development and Orisun Training Centre at Ibadan; Lantana College of Hospitality and Uzommiri Study Centre at Enugu and Tiebe Cultural Centre at Benin. The Central Office located in Lagos runs a Management Training Unit addressed to NGOs and women with small businesses.


Organizational Structure

The organization is managed by a Council of Management chosen by the Board. The Council attends to the promotion and actual setting-up of new Projects as well as to their possible further development. The day-to-day running of each Project, once it starts is entrusted to Management Teams who enjoy delegated authority and are accountable to the Council.

Most of the Management Teams count on the help of a Development Committee made out of a group of professionals who work voluntarily and with advisory capacity assisting the Management Team technically and financially.

Funding

Operational costs are met by the fees of the participants of the programmes and income generating activities carried out in the Projects. Deficits in programmes for low income target groups, are financed by contributions of friends, funds raised by the Development Committees and small grants.

The setting up of new Projects or the development of an existing one involving a certain investment is done in cofinancing ventures with International Development Agencies and Northern NGOs, other grants and individual and corporate donations.



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