Why I will fight and oppose NGO bill at the N’Assembly – Shehu Sani

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Senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani has said he would oppose the bill seeking the regulation of non-governmental organisations (NGO).

What the NGO bill means:

The bill states that “funds pledged by donors (to NGOs) must be disclosed before implementation of project, including mode of disbursement and condition attached to the funding by donor. Funds from overseas must be channelled through normal banking system”.

Clause 26 of the bill says “a project formulated by an organisation for eventual implementation in the country shall be approved by the relevant ministry and registered with the commission before implementation”.

Sani’s submission:

In a Facebook post on Saturday, Sani said he is opposing the bill to “protect and preserve our fundamental rights to freedom of expression and of assembly”.

He said it is very clear the law would be abused by people in power.

“The increasing cases of human rights abuses and intolerance to divergent views across the country makes it dangerous to endorse or support any bill aimed at regulating the activities of the NGOs,” Sani said.

“I will stand against this bill to protect and preserve our fundamental rights to freedom of expression and of assembly.

“The tendency of the bill when it becomes law [to] be abused by people in the position of power is clear.”

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