Critics of a proposed law to regulate NGOs in Nigeria have said it is an attempt to frustrate operations of organisations that push for government accountability.
The law which according to media reports will also monitor operations of churches and mosques is currently being debated in the lower house of representatives.
The NGO regulatory agency, if established, would be headed by officials appointed by the Nigerian president for a five-year tenure.
Its functions would include issuing licences to NGOs, renewable every two years.
The agency would also have the power to revoke NGO licences.
NGOs would be required to seek permission from the regulator before executing any project.
The agency would also regulate how donated funds were spent, the report adds.
Nigeria’s Centre for Social Justice has produced a public awareness video about the bill: