CACOL, Sani flay lawmakers over NGO bill

The lawmaker representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District , Senator Shehu Sani, has expressed his about the bill currently in the House of Representatives , seeking to regulate the activities of non -governmental and civil society organisations in Nigeria.
It is tagged , “ The Bill for An Act to Provide for the Establishment of the Non- Governmental Organisations Regulatory Commission for the Supervision , Coordination and Monitoring of Non - Governmental Organisations , Civil Society Organisations , etc, in Nigeria and for Related Matters. ”
The bill which was sponsored by a member of the House of Representatives , Umar Buba Jubril, is currently generating controversy .
Sani , in a Facebook post on Saturday , stated that it was dangerous to support the bill, stressing that it would be abused by those in government when it becomes law.
The post read , “ The increasing cases of human rights abuses and intolerance to divergent views across the country make it dangerous to endorse or support any bill aimed at ‘ regulating the activities of the NGOs ’ .
“ I will stand against this bill to protect and preserve our fundamental rights to freedom of expression and of assembly .
“ The tendency of the Bill when it becomes law to be abused by people in the position of power is high . ”
Also , an anti - graft group , Centre for Anti- Corruption and Open Leadership , has condemned the action of the federal lawmakers .
CACOL said the existing regulations were sufficient to monitor the NGOs.
Speaking against the bill , the group claimed that its promoters were desperate to deprive Nigerians their fundamental human rights .
The group in a statement issued on Saturday , said, “ To begin with , there are adequate regulatory mechanisms to monitor the activities of NGOs or civil society organisations . The House of Representatives is only troubled by idleness and the huge pay (lawmakers get ) for doing nothing . ”