Our Values and Guiding Principles
GASIN is a non-profit, non-political and non-Governmental organisation, which was initiated by the Niger Delta Catholic Bishops’ Forum (NDCBF) during a meeting held on the 22 & 23 of August, 2011.
Based on that meeting, the following values and guiding principles were agreed upon:
Dignity of Human Person
All human persons have been created in the image and likeness of God and therefore possess a dignity given freely by God, and not out of anything they may have done themselves to earn it.
The Common Good
In order for all of us to have an opportunity to grow and develop fully, we have a right to participate in the creation of a common good. We encourage economic, political, material and cultural behaviours that enhance our ability to realize this good and also to reach our full potential as persons.
Rights and Responsibilities
Every person has basic rights and responsibilities that flow from our being members of the human family. These belong to us as humans, regardless of race, gender, social status or religious belief.
Because we constitute one human family in an increasingly interconnected world, we must act and relate in such a way that no part of this family suffers unduly without experiencing the help and support of other members.
Option for the Poor
In every economic, political and social decision, we give a weighted concern to the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable in or midst in order to strengthen the entire community, because the powerlessness of any member hurts the rest of society.
We believe in the inherent integrity of all creation which requires careful accountability for all our resources, ensuring that we use and distribute them justly and equitably in line with fair agreements.
We believe that a higher level of government, organization or authority should not usurp and perform any function or duty that can be handled more effectively at a lower level by people who are closer to the problem and have a better understanding of the issue.