Behind the bolted doors of Kurmawa central prison in Kano State, Nigeria, an old wooden board hangs high on the wall of the warden’s office, keeping count of the inmates inside the prison. Written in white chalk, the board shows that over 1,000 men are held in this jail – a building that is intended to house no more than 750 –most of whom are not convicts at all. These men await trial.
The recent ongoing attempt by the National assembly to regulate, control and undermine the activities of Civil Society Organizations and NGOs in Nigeria has drawn the attention of Rule of Law and Empowerment Initiative also known as Partners West Africa Nigeria as a non-governmental organization and also a member of the Civil Society. We are concerned with some clauses specified in the bill....Read More
Within the period of 2014 to 2016, the Nigerian National Assembly has made two attempts at creating some regulatory frameworks for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the country. In 2013, a “Bill to Regulate the Acceptance and Utilization of Financial/Material Contributions of Donor Agencies to Voluntary Organizations” (hereinafter 2013 draft NGO Bill) sponsored by Hon. Eddie...Read More
The Rule of Law and Empowerment Initiative (otherwise known as Partners West Africa-Nigeria (PWA-N) is commencing a project aimed at enhancing judicial integrity with a visit to the office of the Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja on August 29th 2016 by 1:30pm. The advocacy visit to the Hon. Justice Ishaq U. Bello is intended to secure the cooperation of judges and...Read More
“A Bill for a Law to Substitute the Kaduna State Religious Preaching Law,1984”
Kaduna state, located in the North Western part of Nigeria is a trade center and a major transportation hub for the surrounding areas in Northern Nigeria. (more…)