Maritime and Civil Rights Lawyer, Olisa Agbakoba SAN, has frowned at a Bill proposed to regulate Non-Governmental Organisations in Nigeria.
Agbakoba expressed his position in a letter addressed to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara.
Agbakoba, in the letter, said: “We in the Civil Society Movement note that ‘a Bill for an Act to provide for the Establishment of the Non-Governmental Organizations Regulatory Commission for the Supervision, Coordination and Monitoring of Non-Governmental Organisations, Civil Society Organisations Etc. in Nigeria has been laid before parliament and sponsored by the Deputy Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Umar Buba Jubril.
“Civil Society is concerned by the implication of this bill and can see no reason for its proposed enactment as there is a plethora of laws on our statute books regulating activities of NGOs in Nigeria. The growing perception is that the bill is an attempt to proscribe some NGOs in Nigeria.
“I am shocked that 18 years after defeating the military and enthroning democracy; civil society still has to fight to exist in a democracy. I urge the National Assembly to withdraw the bill.”