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Inaugural meeting for RoLAC II project steering committee

April 17, 2024 • By Murkthar Suleiman
A cross section of all members of the project steering committee team in Abuja

On 17 of April 2024, the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption (RoLAC II) Programme, implemented by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance and funded by the European Union, hosted her first Project Steering Committee (PSC) Meeting. Central to the effective implementation of RoLAC II is the Project Steering Committee (PSC), which serves as a linchpin in the governance structure. Chaired by either the Minister of Justice or Budget and Planning, it is comprised of heads of selected boundary partners from government agencies, the European Union, IDEA and CSOs.  The PSC assumes the critical responsibility of providing strategic guidance, approving key documents, and addressing emergent challenges. Its role in ensuring alignment with national strategies and policies and in overseeing the program's progress underscores its significance in driving meaningful change.

The meeting was which was Chaired by the honourable minister of Justice and the Attorney General of the Federation Chief Lateef Olasunkanmi Fagbemi SAN, had in attendance the Ambassador of the European Union in Nigeria, Ms Samuela Isopi, the Regional Director for Africa and West Asia (International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance), Mr Roba Sharamo, the Chairman of the EFCC Olanipekun Olukoyede, and other representatives.

The Attorney General of the Federation, in his opening remarks, emphasised the pivotal role of the RoLAC Phase I Programme in advancing the rule of law, combating corruption, and addressing gender-based violence, aligning with national development plans. “Your …… unwavering commitment to advancing the rule of law and combating corruption serves as a beacon of hope for our nation” He also underscored the importance of the PSC meeting, stating, "As Steering Committee members, we can assess the implementation of these projects and programs and offer necessary advice that will improve effectiveness."

Furthermore, Dr Roba Sharamo, the regional director of International IDEA, expressed gratitude to the PSC members for their commitment to improving access to justice, fighting corruption, and strengthening the rule of law in Nigeria, highlighting the significance of these efforts for Nigeria's democratic journey. He said, "Your presence shows you value efforts being made to improve access to justice, fight corruption and strengthen the rule of law in Nigeria," affirming the importance of the PSC meeting in advancing these goals.

In Nigeria, the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Programme (RoLAC) Phase II represents a crucial initiative to fortify the pillars of justice and integrity within the nation. RoLAC II endeavours to facilitate reforms essential for Nigeria's societal, political, and economic advancement.

As the program progresses, the PSC meeting will serve as a platform to evaluate the achievements of preceding years and chart the course for the succeeding years through the approval of the annual work plan. It will also provide expert advice on navigating emerging risks and issues.

During this meeting, some key outcomes include the approval of the PSC ToR and the work plan for the 2024 and 2023 annual progress reports. It was further suggested that the PSC expand its members a bit to accommodate additional stakeholders, such as the Ministry of Women Affairs, a representative of States Attorneys General, and key anti-corruption agencies like the ICPC, CCB, and NFIU, to underscore the collaborative nature of RoLAC II's governance structure. 

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