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08 Feb
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Weekly Updates on #EndSARS Judicial Panels of Inquiry – No. 11

Weekly Updates on  #EndSARS Judicial Panels of Inquiry – No. 11
25th January, 2021 – 30th January, 2021

The Judicial Panels of Inquiry set up across Nigeria to investigate the excesses of the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies have continued sittings in the week under review in the following 24 states: Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Cross-River, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Enugu, Gombe, Imo, Kaduna, Kwara, Lagos, Nasarawa, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers and Taraba States.

On January 26th, the Oyo State Judicial Panel of Inquiry began hearing the 50 petitions it had received over the last two months, while on January 29th, the Rivers State Judicial Panel of Inquiry concluded hearing the 188 petitions it had received.

100 days after the brutal crackdown by security forces on peaceful #EndSARS protesters at Lekki Toll Gate and Alausa in Lagos on October 20, 2020 and brazen attempts to cover up the violence, Nigerian authorities have failed to bring to justice those suspected to be responsible for the incident.

The Nigerian Army has also pulled out of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry as more evidence resurfaces confirming that Nigerian soldiers opened fire on peaceful protesters on that day. The last hearing on January 23 was the third time in a row that the army and its counsel failed to appear before the Lagos State Judicial Panel. This development comes after Reddington Hospital testified to treating victims from the #EndSARS protests with bullet wounds on October 20, 21 and 22.

The Chair of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry, Doris Okuwobi, a retired judge, warned that the army would not be able to claim denial of fair hearing when the panel submits its findings to the government. The membership of each judicial panel is largely similar from state to state. The panels are chaired by a retired High Court Judge and the members include representatives of civil society, the police, the National Human Rights Commission, and youth.

Yiaga Africa and Enough is Enough Nigeria (EiE)’s observation of the Panels of Inquiry will continue to provide information to promote transparency and accountability and build citizens’ confidence in the process.

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03 Feb
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2023: NotTooYoungToRun Movement Press Statement on Youth Political Participation and Leadership

 

February 3rd, 2021

Press Release

On May 31st, 2018, President Muhammadu Buhari signed the Not Too Young To Run (Age Reduction) Bill into law, which reduced the age requirement for contesting for the Office of the President, House of Representatives, and the State Houses of Assembly. The Act expanded the space for Nigerian youths to participate in the democratic process by contesting elective offices.

The 2019 elections witnessed an upsurge in the number of youth candidates and young elected legislators due to the Not Too Young To Run legislation and the renewed interest of young people in electoral politics. In addition to the rising number of young legislators, there are currently four State Houses of Assembly led by young people in Oyo, Plateau, Kwara, and Zamfara states as well as a good number of young persons serving as principal officers of State Houses of Assembly.

The Not Too Young To Run law is critical to achieving more inclusion for youth; young women, young men and young People Living with Disabilities (PLWDs) who make up 52% of registered voters, yet constitute only 5% in elective offices across Nigeria. The Not Too Young To Run Movement believes that young Nigerians can transform governance in Nigeria in the same way as they have transformed sectors such as technology, arts and entertainment, and sports.

As we approach the 2023 elections, the Not Too Young To Run movement reaffirms that it will retain its identity as a non-partisan citizen-led movement dedicated to the growth of democracy, political inclusion, and transformative leadership. The Movement will not transition into a political party, neither will it endorse candidates during an election.

The Movement further reaffirms its commitment to the campaign for political inclusion of youth, women, and People Living with Disabilities ahead of the 2023 general elections. The Movement will continue to advocate for further reduction in the age of eligibility and the cost of contesting for elective offices.  We will also recruit, inspire, and support young women and men – across all ethnicities, creed and political parties – seeking public office through our Ready To Run platform.

In the months ahead, the Movement will  host The Convergence 3.0, Nigeria’s largest gathering of young women and men aspiring for public office in upcoming off-cycle elections and the 2023 general elections.

For more information, contact: nottooyoungtorun@yiaga.org

Signed.

Not Too Young To Run Movement

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02 Feb
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Weekly Updates on #EndSARS Judicial Panel of Inquiry – No.10

Weekly Updates on #EndSARS Judicial Panel of Inquiry – No.10

18th January 2021 – 23rd January 2021

In the week under review, 22 states, namely: Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Ekiti, Gombe, Rivers, Taraba, Kwara, Edo, Kaduna, Lagos, Nasarawa, Ondo, Osun, Benue, Cross-River, Delta, Ebonyi, Enugu, Ogun and Plateau, held proceedings at the Judicial Panels of Inquiry on police brutality and other human rights abuses following the recess for the Christmas and New Year holidays.

As the panels start to reach the midpoint of the duration of their sittings, emerging trends from across the country, reported by citizen observers deployed across the states and the FCT show that Oyo and Kogi State remain the only states that have constituted a Judicial Panel of Inquiry but are yet to commence sittings, as petitions continue to be submitted at the Panel secretariat. The refusal to constitute Judicial Panels of Inquiry in Borno, Jigawa, Kano, Kebbi, Sokoto, Yobe and Zamfara States indicate a pattern of response that underlines the Nigerian government’s unwillingness to engage in meaningful security sector reform. While the #EndSARS protests began as protests against a special unit of Nigeria’s Police Force, it morphed into a larger cry against police brutality. It moved from police brutality to bad governance as it became obvious that police brutality was a symptom of a deeper problem. Yiaga Africa and Enough is Enough Nigeria (EiE)’s observation of the Panels of Inquiry will continue to provide information to citizens, promote transparency and accountability and build citizens’ confidence in the process.

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01 Feb
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Citizens’ Top 10 Priorities on Electoral Act Amendment

Citizens Top 10 Priorities on Electoral Act Amendment

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Citizens Top Priority on Electoral Act amendement

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28 Jan
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Press Statement by Coalition for Constitutional and Electoral Reform Demanding Key Actions on Electoral Act

Press Statement by Coalition for Constitutional and Electoral Reform  Demanding Key Actions on Electoral Act

The 9th National Assembly under the leadership of the Senate President; Ahmed Lawal and the Speaker of the House of Representatives; Femi Gbajabiamila, promised Nigerian’s a new Electoral Act by the first quarter of 2021. Accordingly, the Senate and House of Representatives Joint Committee on INEC and Electoral Matters invited citizens in December 2020 to make proposals for amendments to the Electoral Act (2010). The Public Hearing which had wide participation from citizens, civil society organizations, political parties, professional bodies, security agencies, women led initiatives, youth and person’s with disabilities led groups, saw the collation of citizens recommendations to amend the Electoral Act.

As the Senate and House of Representatives Joint Committee on INEC and Electoral Matters meet to deliberate on the Electoral Amendment Bill, we call on the Lawmakers to be bold and courageous in bequeathing to Nigerians an enduring new Electoral Act that will stand the test of time. Nigerians have spoken through their memoranda submitted at the public hearing on the proposed electoral amendment bill on December 9, 2020. Nigerians deserve a new Electoral Act that truly strengthens the capacity of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct free, fair and credible elections, that improves the quality of elections by ensuring citizens participation and transparency in the process, that ensures inclusion of women, youth and persons with disabilities in the electoral process and guarantees electoral integrity.

We reiterate that Nigerians deserve a process that ensures inclusion and limits the role of money in our process.  As such, the recommendation proposing both a limitation on cost of nomination for political party primaries and proper regulation of the party primary process remains fundamental in this process of electoral reform. In addition, the recommendation proposing the deployment of technology in our elections remains vital in promoting transparency in our process and ensuring that votes truly count. We therefore call on the Joint Committee to ensure that the proposal legalising the electronic accreditation, electronic voting, and electronic transmission of results are adopted. It is important to note that introducing electronic collation and transmission of results in our Electoral Act to complement the manual process will ensure transparency, real-time reportage and build citizen confidence in the election results collation process.

We believe that the members of the committee will not jeopardise the future of democratic and transparent elections in Nigeria by making decisions that negates democratic principles and the will of the people. We encourage the National Assembly to do the right thing as it sits to decide over these amendments. We are very interested in the success of this process and that we have a new Electoral Act to regulate the conduct of the 2021 Anambra and the 2022 Ekiti and Osun states Governorship Elections before the 2023 General Elections. As such, we rely on the leadership of the National Assembly to ensure that this goal is achieved.

We hold the National Assembly to its commitment to release the proposed bill this first quarter of 2021.  Posterity will be good to the 9th National Assembly if they give Nigerian’s a new Electoral Act that truly captures the needs of the people and supports democratic development in Nigeria. Nigerians are watching.

Signed:

Centre for Liberty

Millennials Active Citizenship Advocacy Africa

NESSACTION

Raising New Voices

ReadyToLeadAfrica

Yiaga Africa

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26 Jan
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Anambra Poll: Time is Running Out for Passage of Electoral Act – Moshood Isah 

The moment the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) released the timetable for the 2021 Anambra Governorship Elections, one would think the National Assembly would at least show more anxiety to resume from its recess and get to work to speed-up the passage of a new electoral act. Thus the news that the National Assembly has postponed its resumption from January 26th to February 9th, 2021 is not cheering news as far as the plight of the electoral amendment is concerned.

Recall that the National Assembly had initially promised to ensure passage of a new Independent National Electoral Commission bill to regulate the conduct of federal, state and area council elections and other related matters in December, 2020. However, this did not happen as the legislators understandably prioritized the passage of the 2021 budget even though there was ample time to consider an equally important legislation.

On 9th December 2020, the Joint National Assembly Committee on INEC held a public hearing to repeal the electoral amendment act 2010, and enact a new act for the commission to regulate conduct of elections. The public hearing was indeed a very vital step towards improving Nigeria’s electoral legal framework and thereby giving Nigerians an electoral law that will serve the good of everyone. The array of recommendations provided by Civil Society Organisations, groups and other stakeholders do not just go a long way to show the magnitude of loopholes in Nigeria’s electoral system, but the urgency needed to fix the system.

Civil Society Organisations like Yiaga Africa, Centre for Liberty, NESSACTION, Situation Room amongst others submitted memoranda with various recommendations. Some of the recommendations have to do with the independence of INEC, deployment of technology for elections, establishment of an Electoral Offences Commission, inclusion of women, youth and Persons with Disabilities. Other important recommendations have to do with diaspora voting and voting by Internally Displaced Persons, limitation of candidates’ nomination fees, and criteria and limitation of election expenses.

Establishment of  electoral offences commission will not just ensure effective prosecution of electoral offenders but also ease the commission of some of its burden that hasn’t enabled them function effectively. Recommendations on limitation of spending is also aimed to enable young people to participate in the process. Legalizing electronics could potentially enhance the integrity of elections and citizens’ participation as it will address some logistical challenges plaguing elections in Nigeria.

As a matter of fact, the Chairman of INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, during a citizens’ town hall on electoral reform declared that the commission will adopt electronic voting for the November Anambra Governorship elections. The deployment of the INEC Result Viewing (IREV) during the Edo and Ondo Governorship election shows effort to automated voting system, however it needs a legal back up to fully implement.

While the Anambra Governorship election is coming up in November, activities leading up to the elections commence as early as June where political parties must conduct primaries or democratically nominate candidates for the elections. The commission and indeed political parties will no doubt need ample time to adjust to any new legislation that will impact on the political party primaries.

Nigerians looked forward to the passage with optimism as the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan has reiterated that the aim of the ninth assembly is to achieve all the targets set in the legislative agenda and the Electoral Amendment bill is part of it. According to him, there is nothing more important to any country than electing its leaders in a very free, transparent and accountable manner. But, with the resumption of plenary now February 6th and the need to consolidate all recommendations received from the public hearing, the March 2021 deadline for the passage of the electoral act may just be under scrutiny. Recent experiences of the legislative process in Nigeria may not necessarily suggest that lawmakers pass legislations of this nature with the needed pace.

Also, the bill will be sent to the President where it will undergo intensive review which may come back to the legislature for further review before final assent. Previous efforts to get the bill signed into law by the 8th National Assembly were futile with President Muhammadu Buhari rejecting it three times. One of the reasons behind the rejections according to the President is that, passing a new bill with elections close by could ‘create some uncertainty about the legislation to govern the process.”

This makes the responsibility of the Joint Committee on INEC and electoral matters even more tasking if they indeed want the new electoral law to be passed by the end of March, 2021 as promised. Since it doesn’t seem like lawmakers will resume earlier than planned, there is a need for lawmakers to intensify effort to consolidate recommendations, conduct reviews and other post-public hearing processes.

It is no brainer that the National Assembly must prioritize the election amendment bill and must be willing and committed to making the necessary sacrifice in the overall interest of the country for the timely passage of this bill.

Nigerians yearn for an improved electoral law that will not only guarantee the sanctity of votes but also lead to an increase in voter turnout during elections. Nigerians demand an electoral process where citizens can easily and freely participate and for elections where the rule of the minority does not result in the oppression of the majority. Missing another deadline will cast doubts over the willingness of the legislative arm to promote credible elections.

Moshood Isah is the Media Officer of Yiaga Africa

A Communication Expert and Credible Elections Advocate

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26 Jan
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Weekly Updates on #EndSARS Judicial Panels of Inquiry – No. 9

Weekly Updates on #EndSARS Judicial Panels of Inquiry – No. 9

28th December 2020 – 16th January 2021

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The Judicial Panels of Inquiry on police brutality and other human rights abuses resumed proceedings after going on recess for the Christmas and New Year holidays. Reports from Yiaga Africa’s citizen observers deployed across the states show that 16 states, namely Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Ekiti, Gombe, Rivers, Taraba, Kwara, Edo, Kaduna, Lagos, Nasarawa, Ondo, Osun, and Plateau, have resumed proceedings. Oyo and Kogi States remain the only states that have constituted a Judicial Panel of Inquiry but are yet to commence sittings, as petitions continue to be submitted at the Panel secretariat. Borno, Jigawa, Kano, Kebbi, Sokoto, Yobe and Zamfara States are yet to constitute a Judicial Panel of Inquiry.

In the weeks under review, Katsina and Niger States Judicial Panels of Inquiry have concluded their Panel sittings and reports are to be compiled and sent to the Governors. Yiaga Africa and EiE Nigeria will continue to monitor proceedings to provide information to citizens and promote accountability.

Findings from the period under review include:

  1. Petitions Submitted across the Country: Data from the Panels show the following number of petitions submitted across the country: FCT – 250 petitions, Rivers State – 181 petitions, Anambra State – 310 petitions, Edo State – 147 petitions, Lagos State – 210 petitions, Imo State – 110 petitions, Abia State – 87 petitions, Akwa Ibom State – 159 petitions, Ekiti State – 81 petitions, Plateau State – 58 petitions, Cross River State – 61 petitions, Ogun State – 105 petitions, Oyo State – 50 petitions, Enugu State – 75 petitions, Benue State – 51 petitions, Ondo State – 32 petitions, Osun State – 20 petitions, Bayelsa State – 40 petitions, Kwara State – 24 petitions, Nasarawa State – 36 petitions, Delta State – 78 petitions, Ebonyi State – 37 petitions, Taraba State – 19 petitions, Adamawa State – 7 petitions, Gombe State – 15 petitions, Bauchi State – 10 petitions, Kaduna State – 29 petitions, Katsina State – 61 Petitions, and Niger State – 18 Petitions.

2. Victims Constitute 63.3% of Witnesses Approaching Panels of Inquiry for Justice across the Country: Reports from the Yiaga Africa observers show that so far, 63.3% of witnesses that have made submissions are victims of police brutality; 27.7% are family members of victims of police brutality; 6.6% are police/security agencies; 1.65% are government representatives; while 0.66% fall into other categories.

         3. More Evidence Presented across Panels of Inquiry: At the Taraba State Judicial Panel of Inquiry, a petitioner narrated how he was shot four (4) times by men of the Nigerian Police Force and Nigerian Army. Following the testimony, the petitioner’s counsel tendered the following evidence – a written document containing the sought relief as Exhibit PN 1; an X-ray of the operation done on the petitioner showing hidden bullets as Exhibit PN 2 and Exhibit PN 3; a report card used for the collection of drugs as Exhibit PN 4; pictures of injuries sustained as ExhibitPN 5; and a medical report as Exhibit PN 6.
Other evidence presented across the different Panels include:

  • Photographs of deceased victims and witnesses of police brutality in Rivers State;
  • A written petition dated 9th November 2020 to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC); complaint written to the Center for Human Rights Advocacy; medical report from Federal Medical Center (F.M.C) Jalingo; pictures showing evidence of a surgery necessitated by police brutality; payment receipt of N1,500 made to the Medical Centre; payment receipt No. 0071 and 0090 from Soft Care Hospital were presented
    by a petitioner. In the same state, petitioners presented statement of claim, unexecuted judgments, notice of preliminary objection, ruling of a high court, copies of Sunday Trust newspaper of 3rd June, 2012 with the headline ‘How my Husband Died from Police Bullet’ and Sunrise Newspaper of 4th June, 2012, both news stories narrated how a victim was killed by police bullet in Taraba State;
  • A petitioner presented as evidence, the statement of claim he filed in court when he  was a plaintiff and copies of judgements that were never executed by the courts in Taraba State. Other documents presented include notice of preliminary objection, a ruling of a high court, copies of Sunday Trust newspaper of 3rd June, 2012 with the headline ‘How my Husband Died from Police Bullet’ and Sunrise Newspaper of 4th June, 2012, both news stories narrated how a victim was killed by police bullet in Taraba State;
  • Bullet wound pictures of a victim of police brutality and a copy of The Nation newspaper dated 4th June 2018 was presented as evidence as it included pictures and a news story of a petitioner who was wrongly detained as a conspirator to the popular “Offa” robbery. Another witness presented an audio recording that documented the request of bribe in the sum of Two Hundred Thousand Naira (N200,000) by a police officer to secure the release of one of the petitioners in Kwara State;
    Hospital receipt evidencing treatment of a victim of police brutality and vehicle purchase receipt of a car seized by police were presented as well as original receipt of a motorcycle seized by police, pictures of victims of police brutality, a land survey plan of The African church (Ekiti State Diocese) whose land was forcefully acquired, car
    documents of an impounded car, medical fees receipt, drug receipts, x-rays and a phone were all presented in Ekiti State;
  • A death certificate and autopsy report from Federal Medical Center, Yola was presented by a witness as evidence of death caused by police in Adamawa State; Pictures of a deceased victim allegedly killed by SARS in Lagos State;
  • Pictures of a deceased victim of police brutality, copies of medical report and receipts of surgery of a victim of police brutality were presented by witnesses in Akwa Ibom State;
  • Truck licence plate and vehicle tracking sheet of a truck seized by police were presented in Ebonyi State;
  • A Compact Disc (CD) containing video evidence of police brutality was presented in Edo State;
  • A police victim’s hospital card was presented as evidence of treatment in Gombe State;
    Pictures of a victim of police brutality in Nasarawa State;
  • Pictures of a victim of police brutality in Benue State;
  • A medical report corroborating bullet holes in the ears of a police victim, medical receipts from Idiaraba General Hospital, Lagos and a referral letter to Enugu State for treatment were presented by a petitioner in Lagos State.

Yiaga Africa and EiE Nigeria note and recommend the following:

  1. Proactive Media Engagements to Provide Updates and Information on the Work Conducted by the Panels: Yiaga Africa and EiE Nigeria note the dearth of information and official updates from the Panels of Inquiry in the states in relation to the number of petitions submitted, number of cases heard, deadlines for submission of petitions and expected date which the Panels are to complete their assignments. We call on the Panels in the states to proactively engage with the media to ensure citizens are informed of the work done by the Panels since their establishment. As the Panels resume, they should provide a status report and the next steps to promote transparency and build confidence in the process.
  2. Support and Welfare for Judicial Panels of Inquiry: We call on both the Federal and State governments to provide adequate support and resources needed to ensure that the Panels function optimally and safely during the sittings especially as Nigeria experiences the second wave of COVID-19. The lack of support and welfare for members of the Panel prevents the Panels from functioning optimally within the allocated time for the hearing of petitions in line with their terms of reference.
  3. Legal and Psycho-Social Support for Victims of Police Brutality Across the Judicial Panels of Inquiry: Yiaga Africa and EiE note that victims of police brutality across the panel require legal support in order to effectively seek justice. We commend the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) in Kwara, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, Ogun and Plateau States for committing to providing free legal representation to victims of police brutality and recommend that such support should be provided in other states. We also note the commitment of Citizens’ Gavel, a non-governmental organization, to support victims of police brutality with free legal aid. Similarly, we recommend legal and/or psycho-social support to victims and their families. This will be very helpful to them as they seek justice for the abuse experienced in the hands of the officers of the law.

 

Signed
Cynthia Mbamalu                                                                                                        ‘Yemi Adamolekun
Yiaga Africa                                                                                                                 Enough is Enough (EiE)

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25 Jan
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Call for Expression of Interest for Administration and Human Resource Manager

Yiaga Africa is in search of an Administration and Human Resource Manager to be responsible and accountable for the smooth running of our organization’s Administrative and Human resource department. Our ideal candidate will have advanced Administrative ability, a proven professional with experience in Human Resource management with capacity for strengthening institutional policy, administration and governance systems and procedures that will propel the organization forward using industry’s best practice.

Position: Administration and Human Resource Manager

Duty Station: Abuja

Type of Appointment: Full time

Duration: 1 year contract (subject to renewal)

Closing Date: 15 February 2021

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Human Resource Management 

  • Recruitment functions & continuous improvement of the onboarding program for new employees 
  • Develop recognition programs to highlight employees & their achievements
  • Work closely with the management to assess & prioritize the organization’s strengths & weaknesses in diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Effective use of the Performance Management System including the establishment of clear, measurable objectives, regular feedback, periodic reviews and fair & unbiased employee evaluation.
  • Point person for conflict resolution and work in collaboration with management to provide appropriate recommendations/actions.
  • Work in collaboration with the management on local legal issues 
  • Prepare and review contracts, vendor agreements, permits & leases and ensure they are compliant with the Nigerian government guidelines and other legal requirements
  • Monitor and maintain legal & ethical behavior standards within the organization.
  • Planning, scheduling, and promoting office events, including meetings, conferences, interviews, orientations, and training sessions.

Budgets Planning, Payroll and Compensation Management

  • Manage the preparation of staff payroll & ensure leave and time sheet tracking for updating any payroll changes accurately and timely.
  • Provide advice to staff & managers in relation to salaries, employee benefits, insurance (life & health), and any other employee related issues.
  • Ensure employee records are accurately maintained, regularly updated, and handled with a high level of confidentiality.
  • Working with accounting and management team to set budgets, monitor spending, and processing payroll and other expenses
  • Working with management and program managers in reviewing grants to ensure adherence to donor requirements, acceptability of cost allocation and other proposal requirements.

Policies, Procedures & Administration

  • Develop, review & co-ordinate the overall functioning of administrative support systems for the organization, in terms of services, supplies and consumables
  •  Ensure the office is fully functioning and fit for purpose to enable staff members operate with maximum efficiency.
  • Development and maintenance of policies and procedures, staff handbook, travel policies and recruitment policies.
  • Provide administrative support for the department liaising with procurement department in respect of travels, allocation of office resources equipment and supplies to the organization.
  • Develop & maintain a central asset register; regularly evaluate equipment and plan/recommend up-grade for future needs.
  • Ensure the effective flow of communication (policies, procedures and information) within the organization.
  • Manage & supervise Administrative team; define expectations, provide leadership and technical support as needed.
  • Work with respective management team to update and implement Yiaga Africa development strategy, oversees individual solicitation leads and processes, as agreed with the ED.
  • Serve as a member and secretary of Yiaga Africa’s management team.

Technical Expertise, Skills and Knowledge

Qualifications and Experience

  • Degree in Law, Humanities or Social sciences, advanced degree
  • Membership of CIPM, SHRM or other professional body is compulsory 
  • Minimum of 6 years working experience as Administration and Human Resource personnel or relevant experience in similar field
  • Knowledge & understanding of a variety of areas within Human Resources including compensation & benefits, performance management, talent management and recruitment.
  • Experience working with funded partners
  • Familiarity with Nigerian laws

Skills & Knowledge

  • Proven management leadership skills, while taking a “hands on” implementation approach when needed, in an organization
  • Computer proficiency in Word, Excel, and Power point
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills
  • Flexibility and ability to work on multiple projects 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills

Behavior

  • Ability to handle sensitive information confidentially
  • High sense of responsibility and ability to handle difficult situations with tact & professionalism.
  • Proactive, motivated, ingenious, reliable, great attention to detail.
  • Team Leadership – ability to build a strong & cohesive team in alignment with Yiaga Africa’s culture, shared purposed and expectations.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should write not more than a one-page cover letter and send with a detailed resume as attached PDF documents to recruitment@yiaga.org on or before February 15, 2021. Only applications sent in the required format will be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Yiaga Africa is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of disability, sex, tribe, religion, etc. Qualified women are encouraged to apply.


 

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25 Jan
0

Call for Expression of Interest for Internal Auditor and Compliance Manager

Yiaga Africa is in search of an Internal Auditor and Compliance Manager who will be grossly responsible for ascertaining and assessing the soundness of accounting and financial controls and procedures. He/she will assess the accuracy, timeliness and relevance of management information, appraise the efficiency of established policies and procedures and ensure compliance. Our ideal candidate will determine the nature of operations to help Yiaga Africa meet its objectives while maintaining the industry’s best practice.

 

Position: Internal Auditor and Compliance Manager   

Duty Station: Abuja

Type of Appointment: Full time

Duration: 1-year contract (subject to renewal)

Reporting Line: Executive Director/ Board of Directors

Closing Date: 8 March, 2021

 

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Internal/External Audits

  • Prepare the Annual Audit Plan based on a comprehensive risk assessment of all the organization’s auditable activities and processes for the approval of the Management and endorsement of the Board
  • Coordinate all donors’ external audit requirements, ensuring that their requests are met on time and to budget.
  • Facilitate and oversee the external auditors’ engagement, the scope of work and subsequent delivery of the audit of the financial statements of the organization and supporting colleagues where required.
  • Coordinate the management response to the external auditors’ management letter.
  • As and when requested by the Management, perform special audit assignments.
  • As a member of the leadership team, discuss the audit plans and results, and make recommendations to resolve audit findings requiring corrective actions.
  • Prepare and present periodic reports to management and the board (as required).
  • Develop and update internal audit methodologies, techniques, systems and procedures in order to accomplish the long-and-short-term goals and objectives of the organization.
  • Supervise, review, and participate in the training of staff on audit-related issues.
  • Liaise with donors, stakeholders and partners over audit and investigation issues, providing briefings when / as required.
  • Ensure conformance and compliance with Policies, Procedures, and Professional Standards, as well as a high delivery of operations in accordance with the approved budget. 

Investigations

  • Conduct high-quality investigations of misappropriation of funds, workplace harassment; sexual harassment; abuse of authority; or failure to observe prescribed regulations, rules, relevant administrative issuances and standards of conduct.
  • Conduct investigations in accordance with generally recognized international investigation standards ensuring the integrity of all evidence obtained are maintained through the course of investigations.
  • Manage issues that are time-sensitive and highly confidential and pose significant financial, a legal and reputational risk to the organization.
  • Conduct fraud and corruption prevention and awareness training including formal presentations, workshop and written materials.
  • Contribute to fraud and corruption prevention-related policies, documents, guidance, tools, procedures and directives.
  • For each investigation, maintain and update records, protocols and fraud incident database.

Risk Management

  • Support Management to develop the risk management process, and work with management to facilitate the identification and assessment of risks.
  • Promote a culture of risk awareness and appropriate mitigation amongst management and staff.
  • Support management to evaluate risks in new projects, initiatives, processes and procedures.
  • Perform other tasks as may be requested by the Executive Director.

 Requirement

Education

  • BSc. in Accounting, Finance, or any other related field, with a relevant advanced degree and/or certificates and professional membership. 
  • Minimum of 10 years cognizant experience with other relevant professional certifications e.g CPA, FCA, ACA, CISA

Experience

  • Ability to establish good working relationships with donors, stakeholders, and partners, through impeccable communication, presentation and negotiation skills.
  • Capacity to work collaboratively with the Management and Board as well as relevant committees and advisory bodies.
  • Demonstrated skills, knowledge and experience in auditing, internal audit standards, ethics and fraud awareness.
  • Ability to lead and manage effective audit and investigations teams.
  • Ability to formulate a strategy that meets organizational and oversight requirements in a global, complex and culturally diverse setting.
  • Proven ability to deliver results that focus on key organizational goals in the context of multiple competing risks and demands.
  • Thorough understanding of the principles and application of good corporate governance, business and operational risk management, and effective internal controls.
  • Thorough working knowledge of modern risk-based audit
  • Good knowledge of information systems auditing and security
  • Strong analytical and documentation skills.
  • Experience recommending Results/Corrective Actions
  • Experience of working with NGOs, in the development/humanitarian sector, with knowledge of donor rules and regulation is a significant advantage.

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies

  • Communication – Written and Oral English
  • Risk Management principles and techniques
  • Auditing principles and techniques
  • Process documentation
  • MS Office Word, Excel and Powerpoint.
  • Experience of working with NGOs, in the development/humanitarian sector, with knowledge of donor rules and regulation is a significant advantage.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should write not more than a one-page cover letter and send a detailed resume as attached PDF documents to recruitment@yiaga.org on or before March 8, 2021. Only applications sent in the required format will be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Yiaga Africa is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of disability, sex, tribe, religion, etc. Qualified women are encouraged to apply.

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23 Jan
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Ugandan Election Debacle and Sit-Tight Syndrome of African Leaders – Chinemerem Onuorah

The controversy, violence and human rights violations that were reportedly perpetrated by the incumbent President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni against main opposition parties is a microcosm of how some African leaders react to the slightest threat to their long reign in power. Mr Museveni has just been elected as President for the 6th term in controversial circumstances but his main opposition, 38-year old Bobi Wine is still under house arrest on the orders of the President. The young legislator who dared to challenge the status-quo is still licking his wounds as state security has barricaded him and his family from the outside world. This was preceded by total shutdown of the internet amidst massive reported election rigging.

The shocking aspect however is the silence of other African leaders to the happenings in Uganda during and shortly before the election. None of them spoke out about the violence, the intimidation, or the shutdown of the internet in the country. Their silence spoke louder than anything they could have said, however. It said that they were aware and in support of the oppression, and that they were all afraid of the political revolution which could possibly sweep through the continent.

Mr Museveni is not the only African leader culpable of sit-tight syndrome. The President of  Djibouti, Omar Guelleh is reportedly planning to extend his tenure to a fifth term as President. In his rule so far, all private media are banned, and so only state media exists in the country; opposition party members are often harassed and arrested; and the government has taken several steps to decrease citizens’ access to social media.  

Similarly, Idriss Déby who has been the President of Chad since 1990 is going to run for a sixth term come April 2021. Report by African Centre says, “Déby is one of Africa’s least constrained presidents”, because he controls other branches of government in Chad, runs the security sector, and holds a tight grip on the media. It is reported that when an opposition party tried to hold a conference in October, 2020, the police surrounded the venue, and prevented the meeting from taking place. 

When he runs for President again in March 2021, Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso would be Africa’s third longest-serving leader. For the people of Congo, 37 years of Nguesso in power has meant political suppression. Opposition parties exist, but only to fulfil constitutional righteousness, as members are always often bullied into stepping down. Private media exist, but they are placed under heavy regulations and risk fining and closure, should they break any regulations. 

Cameroon is not left out, as their President Paul Biya is the longest-serving non-royal leader in the world, having been in power since 1982. At 87, he is still ruling the country, and does not seem to be ready to relinquish power. 

The novel practice in some part of Africa lately is the constitutional removal of term limits for running for Presidential office. This is despite most of the conventional democracies in the world having a maximum of two tenure of four years apiece.

 While Nigeria may not have entirely the same case, former President Olusegun Obasanjo unsuccessfully tried to review the constitution to enable him to run for the third term, many Nigerian lawmakers have been in office for as much as 17 to 18 years. This is a result of lack of tenure restriction for lawmakers. This has hindered young emerging politicians from fulfilling the dreams of representing the people thereby restricted progress in constituencies.

 If African leaders see the Presidency as an opportunity to serve the country, rather than to wield and abuse power, they would not have a problem with stepping down after their tenures.  Do your best, then move out of the way for someone else to come in with novel ideas. A country should have leaders who love her enough to want her progress. Theodore Roosevelt once said, “a great democracy must be progressive or it will soon cease to be a great democracy“.

While many countries in Africa suffer from corruption, underdevelopment and general bad leadership, it is worse in countries whose presidents refuse to let go of power. None of these clingy leaders hold on to power in order to fully transform their country to become the best; the corruption in these countries are usually through the roofs.  Zimbabwe for example, ranked 160 out of 180 in the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index of 2016, under Robert Mugabe who was in power for 30 years.

All hope is not lost, however. The best way for Africa to do away with clingy leaders would be for the youths to increase their interest and participation in politics. It is better to actively run and not win, than to not run at all. The more you attempt, the better your chances of winning. In Nigeria, the NotTooYoungToRun bill already made the job easier by lowering the age limits for running for office, and movements like ReadyToRun seek to help groom and support young, aspiring candidates. The hope is that by the next batch of elections, especially that of Nigeria that comes up in 2023, there would be many more youth candidates. When the youths see themselves as the solution to this problem, only then would Africa be truly rid of clingy leaders. 

 

Chinemerem is a Communication Assistant at Yiaga Africa

She Tweets @Mererah

 

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