Policy Imperatives for Nigeria’s Medium and Long-Term National Development Plan 2022 – 2050

With its diverse and growing economy, Nigeria, which is often referred to as the giant of Africa, continues to be ranked amongst countries with the lowest economic competitiveness in view of her weak systems – political, legal, regulatory frameworks, transport, education, health, and infrastructure – coupled with growing ethnic intolerance, religious crises, insurgency, banditry, criminalities, and an overall corrupt ecosystem, thus creating a complex landscape for Nigeria’s decades of underdevelopment.

In recent years, Nigeria has seen governments taking decisions aimed at achieving economic recovery and growth through policies and incentives to ease doing business, investments in formal and informal sectors, export and import activities, boosting of agricultural programmes, and job creation – all laying a foundation for sustainable growth. The government’s long-term economic plan (Vision 20.20.20) has shaped the economy through a period of abundance, with the Economic Recovery Growth Plan (ERGP) protecting it during the nation’s period of uncertainty while providing the foundations for recovery from the 2017/2018 economic recession.

The Harmonized Nonprofit Code of Conduct

The Code has been developed as a set of good practices balanced with stakeholder expectations and statutory regulatory requirements representing shared accountability and expectations between critical stakeholders and the nonprofit community. It reflects the national and universal concerns about improving governance and management of resources among nonprofits and embraces good practice in other sectors.


The Code provides a common platform for nonprofits across the country to assess their strength and instil confidence in their beneficiaries, including stakeholders, that they are advancing the greater good through their operations and activities. It places a greater emphasis on values, accountability, transparency, probity, maintaining internal controls, leadership and the diversity of opinion and skills.

Corporate Affairs Commission to Strike Off 100,000 Companies for Failing to File Annual Returns

In a recent development aimed at streamlining corporate compliance and curbing financial misconduct, the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) has announced its intention to strike off 100,000 companies that have failed to file their annual returns over the past decade.

Speaking at a training workshop on the use of the Beneficial Ownership Register (BOR) in Lagos, CAC’s Registrar-General/CEO, Alhaji Garba Abubakar, said that notices of striking off would be sent to the affected companies as per section 692 of the CAMA 2020, before embarking on action.He however noted that the companies can be relisted upon the payment of outstanding debts and an order of a court, as provided by law.

Alhaji Abubakar highlighted the importance of timely payment of annual returns to avoid being struck off and advised companies to prioritize compliance to maintain their active status.

The CAC has developed Africa’s first BOR with World Bank support and assistance, to curb corruption, money laundering, and terrorism financing.

Abubakar urged stakeholders, including civil society organizations, legal practitioners, and journalists to utilize the BOR in discharging their responsibilities. The workshop also featured presentations from the Special Control Unit against Money Laundering (SCUML), the Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU), and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

This significant move by the Corporate Affairs Commission represents a crucial step towards promoting corporate accountability and ensuring a transparent business environment in Nigeria.


Author: Olaife Ilori

Hands of God Widows Support Initiative to Empower Widows in Nigeria on International Widows Day

Hands of God Widows Support Initiative to Empower Widows in Nigeria on International Widows Day


As the world prepares to observe International Widows Day on June 23rd, the Hands of God Widows Support Initiative (HOGWIN) is raising awareness about the challenges faced by widows in Nigeria. With the theme “Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality,” HOGWIN is hosting an event in the Igbogbo community, located in the Ikorodu area of Lagos, to commemorate IWD2023.


Widows and their dependent children often suffer from severe human rights violations, including poverty, ostracism, violence, destitution, and discrimination, both legally and culturally. To address these issues, HOGWIN’s Executive Director, Phranklin Audu, announced that widows will receive small business grants and opportunities for skill acquisition in the fashion industry and other vocations.


According to Audu, International Widows Day presents a critical opportunity to act and ensure the full rights and recognition of widows. This includes providing widows with information on inheritance rights, access to productive resources, fair pensions, and social protection.


“At HOGWIN, we are dedicated to investing in the empowerment of widows and their children. We firmly believe in enabling them to lead productive and fulfilling lives after the loss of their breadwinner.” Phranklin Audu noted, he also emphasized the need for the government to fulfill its commitments by upholding widows’ rights as enshrined in international conventions such as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.


HOGWIN advocates for comprehensive programs and policies aimed at ending violence against widows and their children, poverty alleviation, education, and other forms of support, including – launching a fund-raising campaign(documentary) to raise awareness and advocate for widows’ rights in Nigeria. These initiatives, in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals are all part of Hands of God Widows Support Initiative’s current efforts to assist widows in the society.

International Widows Day is observed annually on June 23rd as a United Nations Day of action to address poverty and injustice faced by millions of widows and their dependents in many countries.

About Hands of God Widows Support Initiative:

Hands of God Widows Support Initiative (HOGWIN), a member organization of the Nigeria Network of NGOs is dedicated to championing the rights of widows in rural communities in Nigeria, in line with Sustainable Development Goals 1, 3, 5, 8, and 17.

How The National Census Will Boost Widows Welfare in Nigeria

How The National Census Will Boost Widows Welfare in Nigeriaphranklin Audu, Executive Director, HOGWIN (Member organization – Nigeria Network of NGOs)

The announcement by the Federal Government to conduct a national population census has since been met with mixed feelings. While some question the timing, others simply express concerns about the budget, especially at a time when the nation is obviously grappling with a severe financial dilemma. These concerns mainly push the argument that given the huge financial strain following the just concluded general elections that cost over 350 billion naira, conducting a population census barely a few weeks after the elections which require another 869 billion naira would certainly dent huge financial pressure on the already depleted financial status of the federation. Earlier in the year, it was reported that the Federal Government planned to establish a basket fund to collect donations for the 2023 national census.

The United Nations estimates the global population of widows at 258 million while stating that one in ten of these widows live in extreme poverty, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. In Nigeria, while there are no actual verifiable statistics, some put Nigeria’s widow population at between 15-21 million. Given the recent spate of insecurity, increased rate of banditry, and communal attacks, with the military highly engaged in quelling this unrest across Nigeria, these figures may be far less than the actual. These deadly conflicts are undoubtedly leaving behind a tragic cohort of widows who may often have the fewest defenses against the hardships of crises but remain almost invisible and neglected in many societies.

Although the Violence against prohibitions of Persons (VAPP)Law was passed recently, not too many states have done much to domesticate this law particularly where it affects the protection of widows in local communities. In some cultures, widows are required to spend days in isolation, drink the bath water of their dead husbands, and undergo certain inhumane conditions to prove their innocence upon the demise of their husbands.  Many cultures confer culpability on the widow and therefore subject them to harsh trials during the period of mourning. In many African cultures, a widow has no right to inheritance. She is in fact considered an asset to be inherited by her late husband’s family. She is therefore stripped of her human dignity and all economic means.

Around the world, cultural practices and legal barriers can mean that widows are cut off from pensions and unable to inherit money or property. Generally, single-mother families and single older women are particularly at risk of poverty, while many widows experience stigma and gender-based violence. If Nigeria is to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, then we cannot afford to leave widows behind.

It is new very necessary to invest in expanded gender-responsive public services and universal social protection, such as cash transfers and social pensions, so widows are not left destitute, and to overturn the discriminatory laws and policies that strip widows of equal inheritance, pension, and property rights. We believe that the national census will help to collect quality data on widows’ lives, track progress and create accountability, and ensure that women have access to full and meaningful participation as well as leadership roles so that widows’ rights can be brought into decision-making spaces.

In many cases, widows are left to their immediate society or well-spirited individuals to depend on for their survival. Widowhood being a natural consequence of death, is unfortunately treated with so much bias and indignity. As such widows often become victims of social stigmatization. While it is clearly established that widowhood is a natural experience, sadly not too many economic planners consider this necessary but significant members of society in their economic planning. We believe that the 2023 national population census gives Nigeria the opportunity to lead the charge in shaping the path for economic planning to cater appropriately to widows as vital members of her national population. The national population census offers the opportunity for governments at national and subnational levels to focus on this vulnerable demography while planning adequately for their well-being, and social and economic reintegration into society. It is important that national action plans include actions to count, map, and profile widows so that their needs are addressed, and they have access to restorative justice, support, pensions, and resettlement. One wonders how there can ever be meaningful development, reconciliation, justice, an end to violence against women, and sustainable peace without the inclusion of widows.

Hands of God Widows Support Initiative (HOGWIN) calls on well-meaning Nigerians to support the government as it plans to conduct the national headcount. We believe that this also helps work towards better planning and recognition of the underserved and underrepresented in our society. We also encourage development partners to continue to provide technical support toward ensuring an equitable and just society where resources are evenly distributed across all strata of the economy regardless of status

Dr Ameyo Stella Adadevoh Health Trust

We remember a Brave Doctor who lost her life fighting on the Frontline.

From HIV/AIDS to Bird Flu to Measles to Ebola and to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), and to several other contagious diseases, the world continues to witness countless heroes – emerging daily, putting their lives on the line to save others.

One of these heroes is Nigeria’s own who worked tirelessly to care for those affected by the virus that crept into Nigeria in 2014. Unfortunately, she fell victim to the very illness she was fighting. EBOLA!

The heroic doctor who diagnosed and contained Nigeria’s first case of Ebola in 2014, prevented a major outbreak and saved millions of lives.

Her name – Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh.  Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh was more than just a doctor, she was a true hero in the face of adversity. Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh dedicated her life to saving mankind.

By way of her selflessness, courage, and unwavering dedication to her patients, these conjoined abilities have inspired a new generation of fronliners to follow in her footsteps.

Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh footprints is not washing off and her legacy – DRASA (Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh Health Trust) has therefore been erected to carry on from where she dropped her medical gadgets on 19 August, 2014.

DRASA Health Trust, a member of the Nigeria Network of NGOs was established in honor and memory of Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh in 2015 with the purpose of building a network of health champions who will prevent diseases and save lives through education and training, community engagement, emergency planning, and policy change work.

With the large cases of vulnerable populations across the country, discomfort and sufferings from inadequate hygiene and sanitation, preventable diseases, and a weak health system that cannot deliver quality care or contain public health threats, DRASA Health Trust is actively participating in solving public health challenges, providing solution by building a network of health champions who take responsibility for the health of the common man and improving healthy behaviors, and building a safer, healthier country.

Part of what DRASA is doing to effect their mission is to train, and equip health workers, students, and border health/security officials on proper hygiene and sanitation, controlling infections, and the detection and management of public health emergencies. In addition, DRASA has supported the government to create, review and adopt health policies, guidelines and procedures and disseminating targeted health information to improve knowledge and change the behaviors of children, religious leaders and community leaders.

Currently working in ten states of the Federation, DRASA’s technical program areas include:

* Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR): Ensuring safe and proper use of effective medications totreat infections and diseases.

* Infection Prevention and Control (IPC): Identifying and stopping the spread of preventable infections in hospitals and communities

* Health Security and Emergency Preparedness: Building people and systems to protect and minimize the impact of events that endanger health across our borders and region

* Community Health and Hygiene: Promoting good health and hygiene activities and behaviors especially in vulnerable communities.


* Trained 4,019 clinical and non-clinical health workers.

* Supported development of 21infection prevention and control (IPC) guidelines and SOPs

* Assessed construction and set up of 39 isolation and quarantine facilities

* Prepared 1,803 personnel from religious, nonprofit, education, hospitality and aviation sectors as they resumed operations post-lockdown.


51,645 – Beneficiaries engaged through capacity building programs

31,845 – Items of personal protective equipment (PPE) distributed

9,118 – Clinical and non-clinical health workers trained

30 -Nigerian states reached

10 – Countries reached

In recognition of Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh’s role and sacrifice in containing the first case of the West African Ebola Virus Disease epidemic in Nigeria, Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh (OON), received the first Africa CDC-DRASA Health Trust Continental Award for Emergency Health Workers – 2022.

* National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM) Posthumous Award and National Honor of Officer of the Order of Niger (OON) conferred by President of The Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) – 2022.

* Public Advocacy in Infectious Disease Prevention and Control – 2021.

* Antibiotic Guardian Award – 2020.

* ECOWAS Posthumous Award of Excellence – 2019.

* Lagos University Teaching Hospital Inaugural Amity Award – 2017.

Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh Health Trust envisions a healthy society supported by a network of health champions who are equipped to detect, prevent and contain infections and manage public health emergencies.

Press Release: NNNGO Launches SDGs Manifesto Index

Lagos, Nigeria, 02 February 2023 — For the last 7 years, the Sustainable Development Goals have served as the framework for governments all over the world to deliver prosperity to people and our planet. In 2021, we saw firsthand the effects of the pandemic on human development. Since the SDGs are a road map for humanity as they include almost every aspect of human and environmental needs, if properly implemented, they would bring development to the doorsteps of the common man.

As with every election cycle, there is tremendous hope for reaching the yearnings of citizens through campaign promises, agenda and manifestos advanced by candidates seeking to be elected. For the first time, the Nigeria Network of NGOs is launching a report that links the manifestos of the three major candidates in the 2023 Presidential elections to the SDGs.

The report called the SDGs Manifesto Index objectively assesses the relevance of the SDGs to the manifestos presented by Presidential candidates of the All-Progressive Congress (APC), Labour Party (LP) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). This publication marks a significant milestone in the journey of tracking SDGs implementation by the new administration that will be ushered in by the 2023 general elections using each prospective candidate’s manifesto as an entry point. The Index helps to better understand how a candidate’s plans and promises relate to the SDGs framework.

The SDGs Manifesto Index report finds that Goal 8 of the SDGs (Decent Work and Economic Growth) has more relevance in the Manifestos of the 3 Presidential Candidates namely Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu (APC), Peter Obi (Labour Party) and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar (PDP).  The Index detected 14 goals in the “Renewed Hope 2023-Action Plan for a Better Nigeria” document of the Asiwaju-Shettima ticket that addresses the SDGs. For the “It’s Possible-Our Pact with Nigerians” document of the Obi-Baba Ahmed ticket, 14 goals were detected while 16 were retrieved in the “A Covenant with Nigerians” of the Atiku-Okowa ticket.

The report noted that the APC candidate’s manifesto will help achieve 46 SDG targets, LP, 55 and PDP 62 out of the 169 SDG targets. In addition, the Index searched for specific references to the words “Sustainable Development Goals” or “2030 Agenda” in the various documents, 11 instances were found for Atiku Abubakar, 3 for Peter Obi, and none for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

“Reviewing promises, priorities, and strategies of the three major Presidential candidates in the 2023 elections through the lens of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is necessary for focusing attention on the goals” said Oyebisi, B. Oluseyi, Executive Director, Nigeria Network of NGOs. “We will perform a post-election review of the manifesto of whoever wins the 2023 elections and develop an indicator for measurement based on United Nations (UN) SDGs indicators with input from development experts and other stakeholders. The indicators will help spotlight how progress towards the design and implementation of activities towards the manifesto including how this will be monitored and evaluated”. Oyebisi added.

The SDGs Manifesto Index has been developed using text mining and natural language processing tool developed by the European Union Joint Research Center with an additional conceptual design and framework by the Index Team at NNNGO forming part of the process. It also benefited from further review by a group of SDGs experts drawn from within civil society.

Note to editors.

Media Contact

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Nigeria Network of NGOs

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About the SGDs Manifesto Index

The SDGs Manifesto Index comes ahead of the 2023 elections, a baseline for tracking campaign promises and their linkage to the SDGs aimed at mobilising political leaders and galvanising action towards attainment of the goals. It forms the basis of the work of the Nigeria Network of NGOs (NNNGO) in the next four years of the new administration to track progress towards implementing the global goals.

Read more about the SDGs Manifesto Index Report and join the conversation using #SDGsManifestoIndex

Find out more about the Nigeria Network of NGOs at www.nnngo.org

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Our 2023 outlook focuses on economic and regulatory trends that we think will impact the operations of nonprofit organisations in Nigeria.

They are forward looking opinions derived from trends, realities, expertise, and experiences of sector leaders. They are based on current performance, sector and wider economic cycle, historical performances founded on normal business and likelihood projections based on information including feedbacks from our membership, consistent enough to form an opinion.


We are looking to hire a POLICY/BILL DRAFTING CONSULTANT to provide legislative drafting assistance to 10 states with Bill or Policy drafting needs within the EU-ACT-NNNGO scope of work for the coming year. Consultant’s responsibilities will comprise drafting new bills on a harmonized registration frameworks for legislation for each of the states, liaising with responsible Government Ministries and stakeholders regarding policy and drafting instructions, undertaking a review of relevant sub-national legislation in relation to the drafting instructions along with NNNGO and the sub-national network leads of selected states etc.

To be successful in this role, you should have experience working within an AG’s Chambers, Law Reform Authority, or similar organisation, producing high quality regulation and related policies and legislation, ability to engage with a cross-section of stakeholders in the public and private sectors etc.

Ultimately, you will help us ensure robust implementation of the project in line with its aim and objectives.

Minimum Qualifications
– A law degree or related field with evidence of experience from a recognised and reputable institution
– A postgraduate degree in legislative drafting/training would be an advantage Professional Experience
– Minimum of 10 years’ legislative drafting experience.

(See Details in Terms of Reference)

To apply, send your CV and Cover Letter to nnngo@nnngo.org with subject POLICY/BILL DRAFTING CONSULTANCY.

Note: The Nigeria Network of NGOs does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. NNNGO encourages all suitable qualified people, including women and people with disabilities, to apply.

EFCC SCUML Regulations 2022

We have received from the Special Control Unit Against Money Laundering (SCUML), the EFCC/SCUML Regulation, 2022 recently signed by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice. This regulation provides implementation guidelines for the registration and effective supervision of Designated Non-Financial Businesses and Professions which includes CSOs, makes provisions for administrative sanctions for DNFBPs, strengthens the existing system for combatting Money Laundering, Terrorism Financing and Proliferation Financing and so on.

We urge that you take the time to carefully study this regulation to equip you with adequate knowledge on the duties and powers of EFCC/SCUML especially as it pertains to civil society.

The Nigeria Network of NGOs (NNNGO) is the first generic membership body for civil society organisations in Nigeria that facilitates effective advocacy on issues of poverty and other developmental issues. Established in 1992, NNNGO represents over 3495 organisations ranging from small groups working

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