It has been reported that some International Non-Governmental Organisations are operating in the country unregistered.
It has now reached the extent where the Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration issues a warning to these NGOs reminding them that failure to register could result in punitive measures.
The Directorate started the registration exercise in January this year which was supposed to end in April but four months after the deadline, a good number of these NGOs continue to operate illegally.
Conventionally, one would think that individuals running these organisations have the sense to understand that every community is governed by laws. And if you operate within these laws, you are certainly obliged to abide by them.
It is infact being polite on the part of the Directorate to remind these NGOs to register. Otherwise the law should take its course on those that fail to adhere to these requirements.
But the issue of NGOs goes beyond mere registration. There have been cases where individuals set up ambiguous NGO’s claiming they have an international presence and are serving a humanitarian purpose.
When one digs deep into their activities, you find they are driven by sinister motives that undermine existing government programs instead of complementing them.
Indeed some don a humanitarian hat when their intentions are purely profit driven.
Others are remote-controlled by their donors mainly in western capitals who dictate what must be done even when it’s not in the interests of the country.
Therefore registering these organisations is intended to bring order and to clearly understand the roles these NGOs play. Some do indeed have good intentions, but equally a handful of them simply play an antagonistic role.