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NIGERIA NETWORK OF NGOS LAUNCHES EU-ACT FUNDED PROGRAM
Lagos- NIGERIA-November 8, 2021/NNNGO
We are proud to announce the launch of the European Union- Agent for Citizen Transformation Funded program; Strengthening State Civil Society Networks/Coalitions to Harmonise Regulatory Frameworks at the Sub-National Level. The program which will be implemented by the Nigeria Network of NGOs in partnership with subnational civil society Networks across 10 states will begin the process of creating appropriate, inclusive, and harmonized CSO regulations at the federal and state levels while also strengthening the capacities of state networks to be able to work effectively.
“We are pleased that the EU-ACT programme has reached out to support a project like this that addresses gaps in the Nigerian civil society regulatory framework as it allows us the opportunity to push for regulations that help us do our work better” noted Oyebisi Oluseyi, Executive Director of Nigeria Network of NGOs.
“Issues around multiple registrations and overlapping regulations across national and state levels have been a source of concern for NGOs for a long time and it continues to impede the good work that we do so we must now look at how best to work with government to come up with unifying laws to guide the operations of NGOs across the country.” Oyebisi added.
A representative from EU-ACT, Mr Idem Udoekong, remarked, “It is pertinent to talk about the sub-national regulations in a country like Nigeria with a federal system of government and compare it with other countries in the world that run a federal system of government. There is a need to create awareness about the sub-national regulations, so people are informed of the laws guiding their activities at the local level.”
It is expected that by the end of the project cycle, a harmonised regulation would have been adopted or the process set in motion while state CSO networks/ coalitions would have cultivated strong working relations with the government and MDAs.
Funded by the the Agents for Citizen-driven Transformation (ACT) Programme works with civil society organisations (CSOs) to enable them to be credible and effective drivers of change for sustainable development in Nigeria.
ACT focuses on; strengthening the system of CSOs, networks and coalitions to improve their internal, external, and programmatic capabilities, providing a platform for multi-stakeholder dialogue for an improved, effective and inclusive regulatory environment for the operation of CSOs in Nigeria. The programme currently operates offices in Kano, Lagos, Sokoto, Rivers, Federal Capital Territory, Port Harcourt, and Adamawa. The programme will be delivered over four years (2019-2023).
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. Since 1992, NNNGO has worked to give nonprofits in the country the needed support to keep their doors open and to serve millions of communities, families, individuals and variety of causes that critically need their intervention. — www.nnngo.org