THE NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS REGULATORY BILL

The Non-Governmental Organizations Regulatory Commission (Establishment) Bill, 2016 (“the Bill”), is one the 1716 bills currently pending in the 8th National Assembly. The Bill seeks to provide for the establishment of a Non-Governmental Organizations Regulatory Commission of Nigeria (“the Commission”) for the supervision, co-ordination and monitoring of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO), Civil Society Organizations (CSO), and Community Based Organizations (CBO).

Upon presentation, the Bill was met with disquiet by individuals and organizations within and outside Nigeria, with concerns that the said bill will constrain the operations of NGO’s, and impede on the rights of peaceful assembly within the Country.  

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