Learn how the Nigeria Network of NGOs is helping its members and nonprofits with Covid-19 (coronavirus)

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insight from CIVIL SOCIETY suggested amendments to the part C of CAMA

insight from CIVIL SOCIETY suggested amendments to the part C of CAMA

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.

For 25 years, we have worked to give non-profits 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. As of June 2017, we have a membership of over 2,400 organisations. In 2016 alone, 442 of these
organisations had a combined budget estimate of over 1billion Naira (N1, 033, 000,000)

This document concentrates on the amendments our membership is suggesting to the Part C of the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA). These suggestions are informed by the NNNGO’s specialist knowledge of the non-profit sector as well as by non-state actors who deliver development outcomes to communities throughout the Federation.

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What We Heard on Part F of CAMA

What We Heard on Part F of CAMA

Background

More than three weeks ago, on August 17, 2020 precisely, President Muhammadu Buhari signed the Companies and Allied Matters (CAMA) Bill into law. Trailing the President’s assent are various comments for and against some sections of the Act drawing considerable attention from the media, civil society sector, the private sector, and public alike.

 

As the Nigeria Network of NGOs, we sought to better understand how citizens and citizens-led organisations are interpreting the law. We engaged different stakeholders in the nonprofit sector and collated their opinions on shaping the future of nonprofit regulation through the Part F of CAMA. Through this exercise, we identified key trends, which we anticipate will significantly impact the implementation of CAMA in ways that cannot be ignored.

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Civil Society Spending on Covid-19 (March-June 2020)

Civil Society Spending on Covid-19 (March-June 2020)

Background

Through a survey of Nigeria Network of NGOs (NNNGO) members and the wider civil society community in Nigeria, launched between July and August 2020, we sought to capture COVID-19 related support that civil society organisations gave to communities across the country.

We wanted to hear from them how much they spent in Naira terms between March and June 2020, in which State and Local Government area, activities they spent on and group of beneficiaries. We were interested in hearing first-hand information how their support offered hope and resilience.

We received and analysed 132 responses from a range of organisations in 31 States of the Federation. This summary shows an analysis of their responses and identifies the significant role that nonprofits are playing in the nation’s response to address the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Situation in Lagos and Other Parts of the Country- -Statement by the Nigeria Network of NGOs.

Situation in Lagos and Other Parts of the Country- -Statement by the Nigeria Network of NGOs.

It is a matter of deep concern that security forces opened fire on peaceful protesters in Lekki and other parts of the country on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 after repeated assurances by the government on the rights of citizens to peaceful protests. The barbaric and unconstructive approach to keeping protesters off the streets by the Nigerian government is even more regrettable at a time when citizens’ trust in the ability of government to address their concerns is at its lowest.

We are deeply concerned by the “military operation” at the Lekki tollgate. We call on President Buhari to reign in all security forces under his control as we do not expect this action from a nation that prides itself as a member of the Community of Democracies. The use of force has undermined the stability of the country, bringing back bad memories of the military era.

We maintain our position that the right to peaceful protest in a democracy is guaranteed under the Nigerian constitution and must always be respected. The recent breach of this right is unacceptable and truly disappointing. We want to be clear that the Lagos State and Federal Government of Nigeria will be held responsible for the death of innocent citizens expressing their legitimate displeasure at police brutality that has existed for far too long without meaningful action, on the part of government to address the issue before now.

We continue to urge all the 36 State Governors and Federal Government to ensure the timely release of all protesters, treatment of all wounded protesters, protection of lives and properties. We reaffirm the call by the civil society community across the country and globally on the need to investigate this act we have termed “crime against humanity”. The Federal Government under whose control the military operates must establish a mechanism to identify perpetrators of the heinous act at the Lekki tollgate and across the country. Accountability in this instance is crucial.

ENHANCING THE DIGITAL RIGHTS OF NONPROFITS IN NIGERIA

ENHANCING THE DIGITAL RIGHTS OF NONPROFITS IN NIGERIA

INTRODUCTION
Citizens and citizen organisations work during a period when technology is driving the interdependence that characterises the quest for change. Computers, mobile connectivity, applications, internet are shaping the way civil society organisations address their vision and mission in ways that bring out solutions and opportunities for growth.

Internet and digital technologies are rapidly transforming the way organisations deliver change across Nigerian
communities. Technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and big data will change the way civil society organisations carry out their business, given the volume of data generated by the sector.

If civil society organisations must play a critical role in decades to come, they need to understand their digital rights so they can interpret the pros and cons of AI, ML and big data within the civic space. The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic in recent times has necessitated the need for nonprofits to be proactive, responsive, and inclusive in using the internet and digital technologies to do their work as we have never seen in times past.

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OUR IMMEDIATE THINKING TO THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT

https://www.thecable.ng/ngos-religious-organisation-regulation-bill-smuggled-into-cama-2020

Part F of CAMA, In reaction to the article in the link above, OUR IMMEDIATE THINKING:

While we must guide against the abuse of this section of the law (Part F of CAMA), a regulator should have the powers to suspend while investigations on gross misconduct are ongoing. These are regulatory best practices.
See: https://www.acnc.gov.au/raise-concern/concerns-about-charities/what-acnc-can-investigate
https://www.gov.uk/complain-about-charity and https://www.fundraisingregulator.org.uk/complaints/investigations

For example the case of rape in a Church or Nonprofit. The ideal thing would have been for the Board of the organisation to step in, suspend the pastor then investigate. Where this has not happened, the regulator would step in and take necessary steps to address the situation part of which will be to suspend at first, investigate and reinstate where possible.

In our immediate thinking, you cannot be a judge in your own case especially when complaints of gross misconducts are brought against you. That section of the law was clear on what grounds the suspension can happen. The section quoted also noted that this cannot be done without the approval of the Minister.

With nonprofits activities coming under public scrutiny and demand for transparency and accountability. We think this section of the law is an important milestone for addressing misconduct in our sector and addressing concerns by external stakeholders including the National Assembly.

We must all work with the Corporate Affairs Commission to ensure that regulations emanating from the law captures a) how investigations will be carried out, b) issues that can be investigated by the Commission and examples/typology of cases that fall under gross-misconduct, c) proportionality and appropriateness of sanctions and penalty, d) appeal processes including how as a sector we prevent abuse of such clauses through regulatory performance frameworks and oversight.

Part-F-of-CAMA

 

NNNGO Is Honoured To Provide The Research And Advocacy That Led To The Passage Of The Part F Of The Companies And Allied Matters Act  CAMA.

NNNGO Is Honoured To Provide The Research And Advocacy That Led To The Passage Of The Part F Of The Companies And Allied Matters Act CAMA.

NNNGO On CAMA

Statement attributable to:
Oyebisi, B. Oluseyi
Executive Director, Nigeria Network of NGOs

 

ABOUT NNNGO

Dedicated to improving the operational environment for nonprofits, NNNGO brings together more than 2,700 nonprofits from around the country focused on education, health, environment, gender, agriculture, social protection, youth, poverty, good governance and other areas of progressing national development. Since 1992, NNNGO has worked to advance the common interests of the sector, providing programs that advance civil society legitimacy, transparency, and accountability. For more information, visit www.nnngo.org

 

NNNGO ON CAMA

Nonprofit Covid19 Survey

Nonprofit Covid19 Survey

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As a Network of 2,754 organisations, spread across the 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, the Nigeria Network of NGOs finds it imperative to understand the sector’s reaction to the virus, how factors that have arisen due to the global crisis is impeding our work and what must be done to ensure that our beneficiaries continue to enjoy the services that we provide.

The Nonprofit Covid19 Survey was conducted on 250 organisations with responses were garnered from 115 organisations across the 6 geo-political zones of the country. Our gratitude to these organisations for responding to our telephone calls at an exceedingly difficult time.

For the Network and the sector as a whole, this report is intended to aid programming and how we respond to helping nonprofit organisations to build back better. We will pay attention to the actions requested of us by our members and ensure we address them for the benefit of the sector as a whole. We will continue gathering insights and information on the nonprofit sector including how we are supporting the fight against the coronavirus and navigating the crisis.

A copy of the report is available for download here (837kb) Nonprofit Covid19 Survey

NNNGO Launches Covid-19 State Action Tracker

NNNGO Launches Covid-19 State Action Tracker

Nigeria Network of NGOs announces today the launching of covid19.nnngo.org, a portal, dubbed “Covid19 State Action Tracker” that has been devoted to capturing data on state governments’ actions in containing spread of the COVID-19 disease across the 36 states of Nigeria. The portal was developed to increase citizens’ understanding and awareness of measures undertaken by governments in various states in relation to the pandemic, allowing for better tracking of governments’ activities and citizens’ reception to these measures in this period.

About the Tracker

The Covid19 State Action Tracker features a dashboard which contains; “Elements”, “Tables” along with “Charts” menus. Each of these menus open up into pages; that allow for visitors to find answers to COVID-19 related questions, provide detailed information on state datasets, including a map integration which gives a quick snapshot of real time statistics and live feeds from each state. These features, unique to the portal allow for easy accessibility to real time data specific to covid19 measures as circulated by each state government and are updated daily to capture new developments across different states as soon as they are announced.

 

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With the help of this new portal, we are hoping to offer a particular resource, where citizens and citizen organisations can use information in the tracker to plan their travel, events and comply with measures on assembly and gatherings in ways that stop the spread of the virus.

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   said Oyebisi Oluseyi, Executive Director of the Nigeria Network of NGOs.

“It helps us as citizens to do a better job of being involved in the affairs of our country especially as the COVID-19 disease affects everyone and we must all come together to ensure it is contained. What we have done with the portal is to make information accessible to all individuals so that together we can track the measures our governments are undertaking to keep us safe, including using this information to plan our lives”, he added.

The NNNGO State Action Covid19 Tracker was developed by the IT team of the Network led by Matthew Afolabi who commented, “What makes this project particularly important for us is that it allows us to use technology for practical purposes and do good at the same time”. Adeola Odunsi, who led research for the project also noted, “The tracker serves as a credible hub of information on measures taken by government in this period and being able to use the data gotten from it for everyday purposes is admirable”

The portal features a public update button that allows visitors to provide updates and recommendations which can be uploaded to the site after a thorough review. Activities are underway to develop an advanced portal to cater for data capturing at the National level to track federal government’s measures in relation to the spread of the disease.

This publication is produced by the Nigeria Network of NGOs.

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