WHAT IS AN NGO?

     A Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) is a legal association officially registered and approved by the Federal government of Nigeria, through its agency, the Corporate Affairs Commission, to pursue any legitimate vision, cause, or movement, or offer services for the benefit of the public and the Nigerian nation. In its purest form, NGO’s are not-for-profit, and not for the personal gain of the person or group that founded it. NGO’s are legally authorized to carry out a wide range of activities and causes for the common good of citizens and the Nigerian nation.

    WE THE PEOPLE of Nigeria have registered a legal entity, a non-governmental organization (NGO) with the registered name of, “The People’s Grassroots Association for a Corruption-Free Nigeria.” All Nigerians, of every tribe, language, state of origin, and religion are eligible and encouraged to join. The only requirement is that all members must shun bribery, corruption, impunity and prejudice in all forms and commit to an honest and accountable lifestyle, as outlined in the WE THE PEOPLE PLEDGE which every intending member must sign and embrace.

Similarly, we have registered a non-profit foundation in the United States, “Foundation for Integrity in Governance in Africa,LLC (FIGA)”, as an educational foundation to propel and sustain the WE THE PEOPLE movement in Nigeria and all Africa. Membership in FIGA is open to individuals and corporations worldwide who have interest in promoting and supporting Integrity in Governance in Africa. FIGA is awaiting approval of 501(c)3 tax-exempt status from the U.S IRS. FIGA will support the educational activities of WE THE PEOPLE in Africa through tax-deductible contributions, grants, and other gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporations in the United States and worldwide.

ABOUT OUR MOVEMENT

Nigeria as a nation has suffered incredible developmental setbacks compared with peer nations such as Singapore and Malaysia, even though Nigeria is blessed with so much more natural resources than these nations. It is usual to blame poor leadership for Nigeria’s misfortunes as a nation. While bad leadership has hurt Nigeria tremendously, bad followership and the bad and corrupt behavior of WE THE PEOPLE of Nigeria is also an important factor in the burden carried by the nation, and the developmental setbacks of Nigeria.

 

A group of 18 distinguished Nigerians from all six geopolitical zones of Nigeria living in four different countries of the world; the United States of America, Nigeria, England and France, have written a compelling book that examines the problems of leadership and followership in Nigeria. Unlike several previously failed attempts made to clean up Nigeria from top to bottom, such as the “War on Indiscipline,” we believe that the only way to save Nigeria is with a bottom to top cleanup process. Clean up the bottom first and then the clean bottom will clean up the top. Only a clean bottom can produce a clean top.

 

The book, “WE THE PEOPLE: Building a New Democracy in Nigeria as a Model for Africa,” is an eminent teaching tool designed to change the mindset of Nigerians through facts and information that will cause change in behavior and build a new breed of clean and accountable WE THE PEOPLE of Nigeria. This new, clean, and accountable WE THE PEOPLE, from every state, tribe, and religion shall bond together in a nationwide movement to clean the bottom, the Nigerian grassroots. The clean bottom will clean the top.

PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

In our challenge to recruit at least 50 million new breed of WE THE PEOPLE who will bond to clean up Nigeria from bottom to top, we need to partner with many individuals, groups, churches, mosques, youth groups, bloggers, educational institutions, professional groups such as pharmacists, doctors, lawyers, engineers, etc, etc. Interested individuals, groups, and establishments who want to be part of this divine and worthy project of transforming Nigeria should please contact our national secretary, Prof. U.M.O Ivowi, through email:ivowi@wethepeoplenigeria.org, or by telephone at:+234 802 223 4037.

We also have opportunity to partner with bookshops, book sellers, pharmacy shops, supermarkets, other shops, groups and individuals who want to distribute or sell our book “WE THE PEOPLE: Building A New Democracy in Nigeria as a Model for Africa.” If interested, please contact our national secretary here

ABOUT THE PEOPLE’S GRASSROOTS ASSOCIATION FOR A CORRUPTION FREE NIGERIA:

1. Uduogie Michael Ivowi, Ph.D., FNTI., FNAE

Renowned Professor of Physics Education
President Nigerian Academy of Education
Former President and Fellow, Science Teachers Association of Nigeria
Former Executive Secretary, Nigerian Educational Research & Development Council

Address: 7, Jaiye Oyedotun Street
Magodo GRA Phase 2
Shangisha, Lagos

2. Gary Maxey, Ph.D., D. Miss

Founder and Development Director
West African Theological Seminary
Lagos, Nigeria

Address: 36, Olukunle Akinola Street
Ipaja, Lagos

3. Aminu S. Mikailu, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.

Professor of Accountancy, Usmanu Danfodiyo University
Former Vice Chancellor, Usmanu Danfodiyo University
Former Vice Chancellor, Kaduna State University

Address: Department of Accounting
Usman Danfodiyo University
Sokoto, Sokoto State

4. Daniel I. Nwangwu, B.Sc. (Berkeley)

Oakland Raiders NFL Football Team, Oakland, California

Address: 2-4, Umudoma Drive
Umudoma Village
Ogidi, Anambra State

5. Peter U. Nwangwu, M.Sc., Pharm.D., Ph.D., FACCP., FASCP

Professor of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Clinical Pharmacy
Senior Vice President for Africa
Global Edison Corporation, Irving, Texas

Address: 2-4, Umudoma Drive
Umudoma Village
Ogidi, Anambra State

6. Lewis Obi

Editorial Consultant, Sun Publishing, Ltd.
Former Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief, African Concord Newspapers
Lagos, Nigeria

Address: Block A, Bibi Santos Villa
Logos Street
Osapa, Lekki, Lagos

7. Abimbola Oyindamola Odumosu, B.Sc., Ph.D., DSE

Founder, RRHM and Accountability Movement
Senior Water and Sanitation Engineer (WASH)
WASH Consultant to UNICEF, WHO, and other United Nation Agencies

Address: 51B Isaac John Street
GRA
Ikeja, Lagos

8. Grace C. Offorma, B.A.Ed., M.Ed., Ph. D., FCON

Professor of Curriculum Studies
Former Dean, Faculty of Education
University of Nigeria, Nsukka
President, World Council for Curriculum and Instruction (Nigerian Chapter)

Address: Department of Arts Education
University of Nigeria
Nsukka, Enugu State

9. Elewechi Okike, Ph.D., M.Phil., M.Sc., B. Sc., FHEA., FRSA., MNIM

Visiting Professor, Quassim University, Saudi Arabia
Chief Executive, Academy for Excellence in Education
Director, International Center for Research in Accountability and Governance, Washington, UK
Founder and Chair, Book Aid for Africa

Address: 9, Olugbenga Fasheun Close
Off Iju Road
Ogba-Agege, Lagos

10. John Tor-Agbidye, DVM., M.Sc., Ph. D

President/CEO and Neurotoxicologist
Jatco Network International, Inc.
Abuja, Nigeria

Address: Zeto Court, Suite 302
No. 3 Oshogbo Close
Garki Area 11
Abuja, FCT.

THE CONSTITUTION OF THE PEOPLE’S GRASSROOTS ASSOCIATION FOR A CORRUPTION-FREE NIGERIA

 

CONSTITUTION OF PEOPLE’S GRASSROOT ASSOCIATION FOR A CORRUPTION FREE NIGERIA

 

PREAMBLE

 

We, the member of PEOPLE’S GRASSROOT ASSOCIATION FOR A CORRUPTION FREE NIGERIA a non-profit and non-political organization do firmly and solemnly resolve to provide for ourselves a constitution and to be governed by the provisions therein contained.

 

ARTICLE 1: NAME

 

 

 

The Name of the ASSOCIATION is “INCORPORATED TRUSTEES OF PEOPLE’S GRASSROOT ASSOCIATION FOR A CORRUPTION FREE NIGERIA

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE 2: ADDRESS

 

 

 

The address of the ASSOCIATION shall be NO.24, UMUDOMA DRIVE, PROFESSOR PETER NWANGWU’S ESTATE, OGIDI, ANAMBRA STATE, situated in Nigeria

 

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE 3: AIMS &OBJECTIVES

 

 

 

  1. To initiate a grassroots movement in the Federal Republic of Nigeria whereby the common man has the capacity and power to change the system for the better, through democratic processes
  2. To advocate for a new nation based on the principles democracy, equity and social justice for all regardless of race, religion, ethnicity of gender
  3. To embark on projects and programs designed to transform Nigeria into a low-crime and prosperous nation for WE THE PEOPLE
  4. To embark on projects and programs designed to bring about a safe, decent, corruption-free and law-abiding nation where there is level playing field for all citizens
  5. To be constantly mindful of the voiceless poor of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, to be their abiding advocate, and to work tirelessly for their freedom and emancipation from government-induced poverty, from years of bad governance.
  6. To educate WE THE PEOPLE, the grassroots of Nigeria on Accountability and corruption-free practices as a daily, normal lifestyle.
  7. To grow a new breed of WE THE PEOPLE, from every tribe and religion in Nigeria who will commit to a clean way of life, and help clean up Nigeria from bottom-to-top, once changed life at a time.
  8. To grow into a strong and potent national association of new breed of WE THE PEOPLE, with strong patriotic and democratic convictions, who will carefully and properly exercise their voting rights to reject corrupt leaders and legislator and support the election of clean men and women of integrity for public office and service throughout Nigeria
  9. To advocate for government founded on the Constitution and deriving all its power and authority from the Constitution, solely for the benefit and blessing of WE THE PEOPLE.
  10. To help build a democratic framework that will serve as a model for Africa.
  11. To create a sense of cooperation, mutual harmony and affection amongst the member of the ASSOCIATION.

 

ARTICLE 4: THE TRUSTEES

 

 

 

  • The Trustees of PEOPLE’S GRASSROOTS ASSOCIATION FOR A CORRUPTION-FREE NIGERIA for the purpose of the Companies and Allied Matters Act of 1990 shall be elected at a General Meeting charged with the responsibility of selecting the Trustees with (2/3) majority votes of members present.
  • Such Trustees (hereinafter referred to as “The Trustees” shall not be less than two (2) and not more than ten (10) in number.
  • The Trustees shall hold offices in accordance with their tenure allowed under the constitution but a trustee shall cease to hold office if s/he:
    1. Resigns their office
    2. Ceases to be a member of the registered Trustees of the Body

 

  • Becomes insane

 

  1. Is officially declared bankrupt
  2. Is convicted of a criminal offence involving dishonesty by a court of competent jurisdiction
  3. Is recommended for removal from office by a board of Governors and Trustees majority vote of members present at any General Meeting of the Body

 

  • Ceases to reside in Nigeria
  • Is not re-elected to occupy the specific office(s)

 

  • Upon a vacancy occurring in the number of Trustees, a General Meeting will be held to appoint another eligible member of the ASSOCIATION

 

ARTICLE 5: COMMON SEAL

 

 

 

  • The Trustees shall have a common seal
  • Such Common Seal will be kept in the custody of the SECRETARY who shall produce it when required for use by the Trustees
  • All documents to be executed by the Trustees shall be signed by such number of them and sealed with the Common Seal

 

ARTICLE 6: MEETINGS

 

 

 

6.1- For effective administration of the ASSOCIATION there shall be the following meetings

 

 

 

  1. An Annual General Meeting of the ASSOCIATION during the month agreed upon by the Governing Board every year
  2. Monthly General Meeting – once every month
  3. Meeting of the Executive Council
  4. Special General Meeting
  5. Executive Meeting shall be held twice a month and when the Executive Council deem fit, they may call for a General Meeting
  6. The venue/host of the meeting shall be rotational

 

 

 

6.2- The quorum for the meetings shall respectively be:

 

 

 

  1. Notice of Meeting shall be given to the members by the secretary either in person or in writing
  2. In case of an Annual General Meeting, a notice of twenty-one (21) days shall be given. In case of an Extra Ordinary General Meeting, a notice of fourteen (14) days shall be given.
  3. A meeting of the ASSOCIATION notwithstanding the fact that it is called by shorter notice than that specified in this regulation shall be deemed to have been called if it is so agreed.
  4. Resolutions at Annual General Meeting shall be passed by a simple majority of the votes entitle to be cast by those present at the meeting.
  5. No business shall be transacted at any of Annual General Meeting unless quorum of members is present at the time the meeting proceeds, two-thirds (2/3) of the members entitled to attend a meeting shall constitute a quorum
  6. Each member shall have one vote on every resolution

 

ARTICLE 7: GOVERNING BODY

 

 

 

The Executive Council

 

 

 

ARTICLE 8: SOURCES OF INCOME

 

 

 

The sources of income for the ASSOCIATION shall include:

 

 

 

  1. Special levies which shall be made as the need arises
  2. Accepted donations from individuals, Trustees, friends, charity ASSOCIATION, corporate bodies and ASSOCIATION in Nigeria or elsewhere.
  3. Received grants or assistance from individuals, Trusts, ASSOCIATION and other charitable or philanthropic ASSOCIATION in Nigeria or elsewhere
  4. Collect monies and financial assistance from or by any other lawful source or means

 

ARTICLE 9: DISBURSEMENT AND APPLICATION OF FUNDS

 

 

 

The funds shall be applied for the purpose of achieving the aims and objective of the ASSOCIATION

 

 

 

ARTICLE 10: KEEPING OF ACCOUNT

 

 

 

  • The ASSOCIATION shall open bank accounts in reputable Nigerian Banks where her monies shall be kept.
  • The Chairman and the General Secretary shall be the signatories to the ASSOCIATION’s account for the purpose of withdrawal from the banks

 

ARTICLE 11: APPOINTMENT OF AUDITOR(S)

 

 

 

  1. Independent qualified and licensed Auditors shall be appointed by the general meeting to audit the financial records of the ASSOCIATION annually and submit an audited report to the Annual General Meeting of the ASSOCIATION
  2. The audited financial statements (balance sheet and income and expenditure account) duly certified by the independent auditor shall be annexed to the annual returns and file with the Corporate affairs Commission

 

ARTICLE 12: AMENDMENT OF CONSTITUTION

 

 

 

The ASSOCIATION may alter the provision of its Constitution at a General Meeting by a resolution passed by a simple majority of its members and approved by the Commission

 

 

 

ARTICLE 13: ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

 

 

 

  1. The ASSOCIATION shall hold the general meeting of its members as its annual general meeting (other than the year in which it is incorporated) in addition to other meetings it may hold in that year
  2. Notice of the meeting shall be given to all its members and the commission

 

ARTICLE 14: SPECIAL CLAUSE

 

 

 

  1. THE INCOME AND PROPERTY of PEOPLE’S GRASSROOT ASSOCIATION FOR A CORRUPTION FREE NIGERIA shall be applied solely towards the promotion of the objective of body as set forth in this RULES AND REGULATIONS/CONSTITUTION, and no portion thereof shall be paid or transferred directly or indirectly, by way of dividend, bonus or otherwise however by way of profit, to the members of PEOPLE’S GRASSROOT ASSOCIATION FOR A CORRUPTION FREE NIGERIA
  2. PROVIDED that nothing hereinshall prevent the payment in good faith or reasonable and proper remuneration to any officer or servant of the ASSOCIATION in return for any service actually rendered to the ASSOCIATION
    1. With the exception of ex-officio members of the Governing Council, no member of the Council of Management or Governing Body shall be appointed to any salaried office of the ASSOCIATION or any office of the ASSOCIATION paid by fees; and
    2. No remuneration or other benefit in money or money’s worth shall be given by the body to any given by the body to any member of such Council or Governing Body except repayment of out of pocket expenses or reasonable and proper rent for premises demised, or let to the ASSOCIATION or reasonable fees for services rendered.
  3. If in the event of the winding up or dissolution of the corporate body if there remains after the satisfaction of all its debts and liabilities, any property whatsoever, the same shall not be paid to or distributed among the member of the ASSOCIATION but shall be given or transferred to some other institutions, having objects similar to the object of ASSOCIATION, such institutions to be determined by the members of the ASSOCIATION at or before the time of dissolution

 

 

 

 

 

Dated this _____ day of ___________, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Prof. Peter U. Nwangwu                  __08035403832___                ________________________

 

 

 

Name of Chairman                          Chairman Tel. No.                Chairman Signature

 

 

 

Date of Signature:

 

 

 

 

 

Prof. Uduogie Michael Ivowi                     __09095236888___                _____________________

 

 

 

Name of Secretary                           Secretary Tel. No.                 Secretary Signature

 

 

 

Date of Signature:

THE NIGERIAN PEOPLE’S ASSOCIATION FOR A CORRUPTION-FREE NATION.

 

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

 

  1. To initiate a grassroots movement in the Federal Republic of Nigeria whereby the common man has the capacity and power to change the system for the better, through democratic processes.
  2. To advocate for a new nation based on the principles of democracy, equity, and social justice for all regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, or gender.

 

  1. To embark on projects and programs designed to transform Nigeria into a low-crime and prosperous nation for WE THE PEOPLE.

 

  1. To embark on projects and programs designed to bring about a safe, decent, corruption-free, and law-abiding nation where there is a level playing field for all citizens.

 

  1. To be constantly mindful of the voiceless poor of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, to be their abiding advocate, and to work tirelessly for their freedom and emancipation from government-induced poverty, from years of bad governance.

 

  1. To educate WE THE PEOPLE, the grassroots of Nigeria, on accountability and corruption-free practices as a daily, normal lifestyle.

 

  1. To grow a new breed of WE THE PEOPLE from every tribe and religion in Nigeria who will commit to a clean way of life, and help clean-up Nigeria from bottom-to-top, one changed life at a time.

 

  1. To grow into a strong and potent national association of a new breed of WE THE PEOPLE, with strong patriotic and democratic convictions, who will carefully and properly exercise their voting rights to reject corrupt leaders and legislatures, and support the election of clean men and women of integrity for public office and service throughout Nigeria.

 

  1. To advocate for Governance founded on the Constitution, and deriving all its powers and authority from the Constitution, solely for the benefit and blessings of WE THE PEOPLE.

 

  • To help build a democratic framework that will serve as a model for Africa.

The Foundation for Integrity in Governance in Africa, LLC, (FIGA), will be a non-profit 501(c) 3 foundation chartered to promote and cause integrity in governance in Africa. Membership in the foundation is open to persons and corporations from anywhere in the world who are committed to integrity and justice in governance in Africa.

 

Activities of the foundation include dissemination of information and facts regarding the compelling need for integrity, justice, sensitivity for the voiceless poor of the continent, and wiping out corruption and impunity in the governments of the nations of Africa, for the benefit of the common man who need fairness, a level-playing field for all, and a society free from corruption at all levels.

 

The grassroots, and all classes of people in the communities, in Africa, as well as those in diaspora, will be mobilized and educated on their civil rights and their collective rights to self-determination, through discussions and dialogue, published literature, and the social media. The primary teaching and educational tool is the book, “WE THE PEOPLE-Building A New Democracy in Nigeria As a Model for Africa. FIGA will work with and financially support a non-profit, non-governmental organization, an NGO registered as “THE PEOPLE’S GRASSROOTS ASSOCIATION FOR A CORRUPTION-FREE NIGERIA’. A proper platform will be created to allow people with integrity to be selected for governance through the mandate of the votes and goodwill of WE THE PEOPLE, the grassroots.

 

The foundation is supported financially by the free-will donation and gifts of men and women from all over the world who want to enthrone integrity and justice in governance in Africa