Nigerian Govt Announces Plans To Profile NGOs
Months after a bill to regulate non-governmental organisations (NGOs) failed in the National Assembly, the government has announced plans to profile NGOs.
The federal government says the profiling is to ensure compliance with regulations against money laundering and terrorist financing.
Francis Usani, Director, Nigerian Financial intelligence Unit (NFIU) said this at a regional workshop on money laundering organised by the Inter-Governmental Action Group Against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA), on Wednesday, in Abuja.
Usani, who is also the National Correspondent of GIABA, said that the profiling would address some “deficient NGOs” in the country.
According to him, “Recently, the Budget Office is doing something to address some deficient NGOs and also engaging the NFIU to profile some NGOs in the country.
“This is going to be a continuous exercise to profile and see the NGOs that are actually committed to their main cause and those not committed to any cause; this will probably be delisted and maybe their registrations be removed.”
This is a welcome development, considering that some of the NGOs have deviated from their main objectives to engage in all sorts of shady deals. Many of them have been accused of engaging in money laundering, while others cannot account for the grants they receive from overseas for years.
Many are handy to be hired or used by politicians to do a yeoman job when the need arises. Profiling the NGOs will help government to separate wheat from chaff as mechanic people have made it a bit difficult for Nigerians to know mad men.
It is hoped that this profiling is not a ploy by the government to gag civil society. Nigerians will surely resist if they discover that the profiling is an attempt to stifle NGOs.