Halt CAMA,Social Media Bill, obnoxious laws, group tells FG
A civil and liberty organisation, CAFSO-WRAG for Development, has called on the Federal Government to halt the Company and Allied Matters Act (CAMA), Social Media bill and all obnoxious laws and policies stifling THE operations of civil society organisations.
The Principal Coordinator, CAFSO-WRAG for Development, African Representative, Civil Society Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE), Dr. Tola Winjobi, made the call during the 2021 International Human Rights Day in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.
CAFSO-WRAG for Development, a humanitarian, not for profit, and non-governmental organisation, was established in 1994 in Ibadan, Nigeria.
Lamenting the shrinking civic society space, Winjobi said concrete steps must be taken to reverse the trend, to protect and enable space for civil society.
He, therefore, called for a repeal and halt of all obnoxious laws, policies, and bills stifling operations of civil society, including CAMA and social media bill, as well as Hate Speech Bill that metes out death penalty on the violator, especially the press.
as these policies are reminiscent of the satanic Decree 2 of 1984, and minimise multiple registrations and requirements for CSOs.
He said: “In view of this shrinking civic space, we, therefore, call on Nigerian governments:
“To take concrete steps to reverse the trends of shrinking and closing civic spaces, to protect and enable space for civil society, including democratic accountability, based on human rights norms and human rights standards, and the full protection of civil society under attack, such as social leaders, human rights defenders and gender rights activists…
“To respect democratic country ownership of national development plans, and recognise the importance of the inter-connected themes in achieving Agenda 2030— civil society voice, poverty eradication, women’s empowerment, fighting inequality, decent work, climate action and environmental justice — without which the realisation of the SDGs would be a mirage in Nigeria;
“To hold effective, inclusive and transparent consultations with CSOs, regarding national development priorities and guarantee meaningful inclusive CSO participation in decision-making and creation of public policies, all in tandem with the UN Agenda 2030 mantra of “Leave no one behind”; and implement public policies to promote and strengthen CSOs…”