Concern in Nigeria over real purpose of Bill
By Ada Anioji
The outcome of a poll has revealed that a majority of the Nigerian public have faulted ongoing moves by the National Assembly to introduce an NGO Regulatory Bill.
In the results of the poll which was conducted by the Lagos-based Guardian newspaper, 41.6 percent of voters stated that the bill was pointless while another 28.1 percent were of the view that there were more pressing national demands that the lawmakers should busy themselves with.
Another 30.3 percent however stated that there was some need for regulation of the sector.
The Bill which is undergoing legislative work in the House of Representatives has since triggered widespread concern across Nigeria and beyond as to the real purpose why it is being introduced, with many affirming that it was yet another measure to gag and further circumscribe the citizenry and indeed the civil society space.
Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo