MEMORANDUM FOR THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON CIVIL SOCIETY AND DONOR AGENCIES

MEMORANDUM FOR THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON CIVIL SOCIETY AND DONOR AGENCIES

Nigeria Network of NGOs’ (NNNGO) comments on a Bill for a Bill for An Act to Provide for the Establishment of  the Non-Governmental Organizations Regulatory Commission for the Supervision, Co-ordination And Monitoring Of Non-Governmental Organizations, Civil Society Organisations Etc., In Nigeria And For Related Matters (hereinafter “Bill”) (HB535).

On the 22nd of June 2016, the Nigeria Network of NGOs received a copy of the Bill for an An Act To Provide For The Establishment Of The Non-Governmental Organizations Regulatory Commission For The Supervision, Co-ordination And Monitoring Of Non Governmental Organizations, Civil Society Organisations Etc., In Nigeria And For Related Matters (hereinafter “Bill”). Sponsored by Honorable Umar Buba Jubril, the Bill is currently before Nigeria’s House of Representatives, has passed through the second reading stage, and was debated in plenary on July 14, 2016. The Bill has most recently been referred to the Committee on CSOs and Development Partners for further consideration.

In response to the call for submission of memoranda by the House Committee on Civil Society and Development Partners, this memorandum provides the position of the Nigeria Network of NGOs and its members. The Nigeria Network of NGOs (NNNGO) is the first generic membership body for civil society organizations in Nigeria that facilitates effective advocacy on issues of poverty and other developmental issues. Established in 1992, NNNGO represents over 2,400 organizations ranging from small groups working at the local level, to larger networks working at the national level. NNNGO champions a sector that is accountable, independent and truly representative of giving a voice to the common man.

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