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Formal launch of EU-funded RoLAC Program Phase II in Nigeria

The rule of law, a political ideology that all citizens, irrespective of status, are accountable before the law, is a fundamental pillar of a robust democracy.

The Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption (RoLAC II) Programme, funded by the EU under the Neighbourhood Development and International Cooperation Instrument, aims to bolster the tenets of the rule of law in combating corruption, reducing gender-based violence, and promoting human rights and inclusivity in Nigeria. This programme builds upon the accomplishments of its predecessor (RoLAC Phase I), operating at the federal level and in the focal states of Adamawa, Anambra, Edo, Kano, and Lagos.

The official launch of the RoLAC Phase II programme took place on November 21, 2023, at the Nigeria Air Force (NAF) Conference Centre in Abuja. The event witnessed the presence of notable figures, including H.E. Samuela Isopi, Ambassador of the European Union to Nigeria and ECOWAS; Fiona Rowley, Executive Director of International IDEA, and representatives from various government agencies, development organisations, civil society, and the media.

International IDEA Executive Director Fiona Rowley thanked the EU for entrusting the institute with the delivery of the programme. She underscored the significance of combating corruption and strengthening the rule of law while aligning with the 8-point agenda of Nigeria’s Federal Government.

"RoLAC II will contribute to supporting Nigeria in meeting its global commitments, such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and national aspirations by aligning with the National Development Plan, National Justice Policy, and National Anti-Corruption Strategy", expressed Fiona Rowley.

H.E. Samuela Isopi emphasised the EU's commitment to supporting Nigeria in enhancing democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. It was highlighted that RoLAC II will build upon previous achievements and strive to improve access to justice, reduce corruption, support legal and institutional reforms, and empower women and youth.

"Corruption weakens the trust of citizens in democratic institutions and can threaten stability. The fight against corruption is, therefore, a fundamental part of the EU's agenda, both internally and externally, and is a priority in our engagement with partner countries", explained H.E. Samuela Isopi.

RoLAC Phase II is succeeding Phase I, which collaborated with state and non-state actors to advocate policy and practice changes, resulting in the passage of over 23 laws at federal and state levels. Additionally, it impacted 35,000 survivors of sexual and gender violence through the support for the establishment and operations of sexual assault and referral centres.


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Murkthar Suleiman
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Grace Akpan
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