By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
Dr Mubarak Adekilekun of the Department of Business Law of the University of Ilorin has advised Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), operating in Nigeria to adhere strictly to the code of conduct guiding their operations in the country.
Adekilekun who teaches in the Faculty of Law of the University, stated this on Thursday, at a one-day capacity building on strengthening regulatory compliance for NGOs, civil society organisations, and faith-based organisations in Nigeria, organised by the late Justice Mustapha Akanbi Foundation, in Ilorin.
In his paper presentation entitled: “Legal and Corporate Government Compliance”, the legal expert said it was imperative for NGOs to comply and operate in accordance with the provisions of the law.
He stated that some of them have been observed to be operating contrary to the provisions of the law.
Adekilekun urged the NGOs not to relent on their responsibility of ensuring that they work together to better the society, within which they exist.
He observed that NGOs by law are not a profit-making organisations, noting however, that some may indulge in sharp practices contrary to the code of conduct, and in such a situation, check and balance are needed.
“Civil society organizations need to come together to champion good cause. In doing this, the responsible ones among them should ensure to expose those who are engaged in unethical practices,” he said.
Also in his presentation, Alhaji Moshood Olesin, the Deputy Director, Kwara State Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, advised NGOs to carry out their activities in such a way that government won’t have to clamp down on them.
Olesin who spoke on “Administrative Compliance”, pointed out that there shouldn’t be a conflict between the government and civil societies, adding that government and NGOs should be partners in progress.
He, however, advised them against destructive criticism of government activities instead of embarking on constructive criticism.