Center for Peace and Environmental Justice, CEPEJ, an NGO, met with other CSOs in Nigeria on Sunday November 14, 2021 to map out modalities for CSOs self-regulation in the Country.
CEPEJ was nominated some months ago to be part of the National Technical Committee of CSOs in Nigeria to research into the importance of self-regulation and independence, in order to attract funding from international donors.
The self-regulatory initiative by CSOs will encourage funding partners, Government and other stakeholders to have trust and confidence, and the opportunity to engage directly with individual CSOs and NGOs operating in Nigeria.
The CSOs self-regulatory draft by the National Technical Committee was presented to the Federal Government and donor agencies on the 16th and 17th November, 2021, in Abuja, the FCT.
CEPEJ Programmes Director, Mrs. Nafisat Amadu Abdulmalik, representing CEPEJ in the Technical Committee, said when the working document was realized, it would be a win-win situation for Nigerian CSOs, Government, Stakeholders and donor agencies operating in the Country.
Mrs. Nafisat also said the CSOs self-regulation would build public trust and ensure accountability in CSO operations across the nation. She said it would also build peaceful working relationships, mitigate conflicts and help to resolve environmental issues.