Criticism Of NGO Bill Is A Welcome Development, Says Dogara
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has said that public criticism of the content of the NGO regulatory bill is a welcome development, “and there are many who are doing just that.”
Dogara said this on Tuesday in his welcome remark after the House reconvened from a two months recess.
According to him, criticism from major stakeholders and many Nigerians is the reason why the institution subjects every bill to public hearing so that it can have inputs from concerned stakeholders and can also stand the test of time.
“I hasten to say that all Nigerians and other corporate persons including non Nigerians, are stakeholders and have a right to support or oppose a bill,” he said.
“However when opinions are targeted at disparaging the institution of the legislature then it becomes imperative to interrogate the motives driving such, especially when this emanates from those who should know.”
The speaker said that the principal objective of the bill is to inject transparency, accountability and prevent the subversion of national security from both within and without.
“No one can nor indeed should gag the operations of NGOs in Nigeria, but just as they aspire for this freedom, it must be stated that freedom does not come without responsibility as there is no such thing as freedom to be irresponsible,” he said.