The need to bridge the gap between The Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) with the aim of understanding each other prompted the CAC and Nigeria Network of Non-Governmental Organizations (NNNGO) to organise a one day roundtable workshop in Lagos recently.
The Workshop with the theme; Achieving Global Best Practices in NGOs and Management, was coordinated by the Incorporated Trustees Department of the CAC to provide and ensure, prompt, efficient registration and supervisions of all Incorporated Trustees (NGOs). This equally brings to the fore the necessity to close up the knowledge gaps that exist among the network members in relation to the new registration and post registration processes.
In her opening remark, the Representative of the Registrar-General, Director, Incorporated Trustees, Hajia Saratu Shafii, said that NGOs actions should be conducted strictly in line with their aims and objectives as stated in their constitution submitted to the Commission.
She stated that in the course of discharging regulatory roles and responsibilities, the Commission realised that some NGOs were not operating in accordance with the international standard hence the desire to ensure that all NGOs function optimally in the national interest.
She further stated that in line with the Commission’s policy focus in the area of sensitisation and enlightenment, the decision to hold the workshop had become imperative and timely.
Paper presentations were made by various resource persons and stakeholders who noted that legendary roles needed to be played by the NGOs in assisting the government to attract development in various sectors of the economy. This stimulated constructive feedback and debate among participants.
Key among the resource person were the Executive Director, Nigeria Network of NGOs, Oluseyi Babatunde Oyebisi and Anthony Ubani, CEO, Africa Leadership Advance.
Dignitaries in attendance were the representative of the Director, Special Control Unit Against Money Laundering, Mathew Enu and the CEO, BVS Professional Service, Yemi Abaola-John.
More than 300 NGOs were in the workshop. Asides from gaining from the workshop, the occasion enabled networking which is the soul of NGOs globally.