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British Council, EU advocate effective monitoring of societal ills, train CSOs

By Ann Godwin, Port Harcourt
02 May 2022   |   4:01 am
European Union and the British Council have trained about 40 Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Rivers State on compliance requirements on regulatory frameworks with the aim of making them become more efficient in monitoring ills in the society.

European Union and the British Council have trained about 40 Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Rivers State on compliance requirements on regulatory frameworks with the aim of making them become more efficient in monitoring ills in the society.

Lead Facilitator of the training, Prof Adedeji Adekunle, said the training would make CSOs good corporate citizens, better equipped to comply with the law, thereby positioning them to challenge wrongs in the society.

Adekunle, who is a professor of law, stated this at the weekend in Port Harcourt, during a two-day training for CSOs, stressing that if the CSOs were not strong in complying with the law, it would be difficult for them to challenge misdeeds in the society and correct them.  

He said: “If the organisations are better equipped to comply with the law, it makes them more efficient in monitoring ills in the society. A fully compliant CSO can stand tall and challenge things that are wrong.”

Adekunle reiterated that the training would bolster the courage of CSOs and enhance their operations.

He added: “The Nigerian state will get better, the job of regulators, like the Pension Commission, Federal Inland Revenue Service, Corporate Affairs Commission, will become easier and I expect a stronger cooperation between the CSOs and the regulators, which, I believe, will rob more positively in the country because it will help to tackle corruption also.”
Also speaking, the Component 2 Manager of European Union Agent for Citizens-driven Transformation (EU-ACT), Idem Udoekong, said, it was expedient to be on the good side of the law, be accountable in order to tackle corruption.  

He said: “A situation where the CSOs are not following the law, some persons can take advantage and abuse the law too, that’s why we decided to train them to become compliant to existing civil society regulations.”

He attributed poor compliance among CSOs to lack of requisite knowledge and information about regulations and provisions of tax law and how to go about it.

He maintained that compliance with regulatory framework was key to sustaining and strengthening civil society organisations.