The Catholic Church yesterday took a swipe at the proposed Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) bill pending before the House of Representatives, accusing the legislators of pursuing only selfish ends.
The Executive Director, Caritas Nigeria, an arm of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN), Rev. Fr Evaristus Bassey, said the bill was disingenuous in many respects.
He said: “Caritas Nigeria and JDPC are organs of relief and development on behalf of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria and are registered as Incorporated Trustees under the Corporate Affairs Commission of Nigeria.
“Caritas Nigeria and JDPC observe that most Catholic Dioceses and Archdioceses and Christian Churches that are registered in Nigeria under the CAC are registered as Incorporated Trustees and therefore fall under the NGO categorization; therefore unless a separate categorisation is established for religious organisations, by law they are seen as incorporated Trustees and therefore as NGOs.” Read more