National/State Laws & Documents
1999 Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria
Enacted in 1999 at the commencement of the 4th republic when Nigeria returned to democracy, the constitution states the duties and obligations of government and citizens as well as fundamental human rights of every Nigerian citizen. It has since been amended twice. The right to life, dignity, freedom of association et al are captured in the document.
Click here to download a copy of the constitution and perform a civic duty of reading and understanding the constitution.
Freedom of Information Act 2011
After about 12 years of advocacy, President Goodluck Jonathan signed the Freedom of Information Act into law on May 27th 2011. The Act amongst other provisions oblige government institutions to make public records and information available on request and proactively.
Click here to download a copy of the FOI Act. Send an FOI request to public institutions. See a sample of an FOI request here to guide you.
Oyo State Child Rights Law 2006
In October, 2006, the then Governor of Oyo State, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala signed the Child Rights Bill into Law. Section 26 of this law explicitly prohibits Female Genital Mutilation with a fine of N20,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years or to both.
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Africa Youth Charter
In July 2006, African Union Head of States and Governments meeting in Banjul, Gambia, endorsed the African Youth Charter (AYC) as a political and legal document which serves as the strategic to give direction for youth empowerment and development at continental, regional and national levels. Nigeria, one of 28 members states of the African Union, signed and ratified the instrument.
Africa Youth Charter consists of 31 articles grouped into two parts. The charter defines youth as any person between the ages of 15 and 35 years. It makes provision for freedom of movement, freedom of expression, freedom of association for every African youth.
Access a copy of the Africa Youth Charter here.
National Youth Policy 2009
Realizing the importance and inevitability of youths in the country’s economy, the National Youth Policy document in 2009 was reviewed to capture the intent of the country to develop her youth and provide necessary support. The document is a framework that describes the roles of agencies concerned with youth development in the nation especially the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
Click here to download a copy of National Youth Policy, 2009. See here efforts to support the ongoing review of the document.
Electoral Act 2010
The Electoral Act became law in 2010. It has over the years witnessed lots of amendment. The most recent amendment was in 2017. The electoral act dictates the timing for every election year, processes, order, franchise age, and most recently addresses the adoption of technology for the electoral process.
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Sexual Health & Reproductive Rights
Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey 2013
The NDHS 2013 provides information on the population and health situation in Nigeria that is very key for programming. It is the 5th survey since the first one in 1990. It gives an analysis on health related issues, prevalence and dominance in Nigeria. Onelife Initiative’s reproductive health issue work is guided by data from this document. Policy drivers and programme officers and managers in the development health space also depend on it.
Oyo State Violence Against Women Law 2016
Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi on the 23rd of January, 2017 signed Oyo State Violence against Women bill into law. The law prohibits harmful traditional practices against women (including Female Genital Mutilation). Every form of violence against women in public and private life is also forbidden. According to the law, any person found guilty of performing female genital mutilation is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding four years or a fine of N100,000 or both. Punishments are also spelt out for accessories.
Ekiti State Female Circumcision (Prohibition) Law, 2002
In 2002, having been confronted with facts around FGM, the House of Assembly of Ekiti State of Nigeria enacted a law to prohibit FGM. Under this law, a fine of N10,000 or a term of imprisonment not exceeding 2 years in the first instance and imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 years without an option of fine for every subsequent conviction is spelt out for perpetrators of Female Genital Mutilation. This law addresses only Female Genital Mutilation and enables police force, officers of ministry of health, health officers in the local government areas and any person authorized by law to arrest offenders of this law. The first executive governor of Ekiti State, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo signed the law.
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National Reproductive Health Policy 2017
This policy is a follow-up on other attempts and policies at promoting Reproductive Health of Nigerian citizens. National Reproductive Health policy 2017 analyses the current situation of reproductive health in the country and also discusses the federal government intervention in the context of national development efforts. It is the third edition. It also provides the road map to addressing the reproductive health necessities of Nigerians as it connects to ensuring national development.
Click here to download a copy of National Reproductive Health Policy 2017
National Policy and Plan of Action for the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation in Nigeria
The Policy and Plan for the Elimination of FGM is an effort of the Federal Ministry of Health with inputs from various stakeholders. The document was ratified at the 56th National Council on Health in 2013. The document aims to have its implementation contribute to the significant reduction of FGM prevalence across all tiers of government in other to improve the quality of life of girls and women.
Enterprise Development Related
Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) 2017-2020
This Medium Term Plan of the Federal Republic of Nigeria was designed to tackle the huge decline in the country’s economy since her shift from agriculture sector to crude oil and gas sector in the late 1960s. The plan’s objective includes restoring growth, investing in citizens and building a globally competitive economy.
Click here to download a copy of the Economy Recovery and Growth Plan.
The Agriculture Promotion Policy (2016-2020)
This policy was put together by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural development. It sets out to bridge the gaps identified in the agricultural sector of Nigeria which includes inability to meet domestic food requirement and inability to export at quality levels required for market success. The ministry intends working closely with states and other Ministries, Departments and Agencies in achieving these goals.
Read a copy of the Agriculture Promotion Policy here.