The Thread: Here’s why the NGO bill accountability argument falls flat

Honorable Umar Buba Jibril, deputy majority leader of the House of Representatives, has argued that the purpose of the NGO bill which he sponsored is to restore transaparency and accountability to the NGO system. To be fair, it is a system that has been hijacked to some extent by fraudulent schemes.

Here are a few highlights of the bill:

 

  • Clause 7 (1) (b) states that the commission seeks to ensure the transparency and accountability of the operations of NGOs.
  • Clause 24 (1) states that it shall be an offence for any person to operate an NGO in Nigeria for welfare, research, health relief, agriculture, education, industry, the supply of amenities or any other similar purposes without registration and certificate under the act.
  • Clause 24 (2) states that a person convicted of an offence under the act shall be liable to a fine not exceeding N500,000, or an imprisonment of 18 months or both.
  • Clause 25 (1) (c) 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 25 (2) states that NGOs should ensure that greater percentage of the financial requirement goes for direct support to target beneficiaries, in respect of which organisation shall limit administrative cost to bare essentials.

 

Based on the foregoing, a couple of questions arise. Isn’t Clause 24(1) a case of double registration? NGOs already register with the Corporate Affairs Commission. Also, why must donors disclose their funds to the FG? Is it the FG that gave them the money? Why should the bill regulate NGO spending, is it their money?

Ayo Sogunro, using a tales by moonlight format explains why making NGOs accountable through this bill is such a tripe!

See below:

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