FOUNDATION FOR INTEGRITY IN GOVERNANCE IN AFRICA
The Foundation for Integrity in Governance in Africa, Inc., (FIGA), is a Texas non-profit foundation chartered to promote and cause integrity in governance in Africa. The 501(c)3 tax-exempt status has been approved by the the United States Internal Revenue Service, effective from May 16, 2017. Contributions to the foundation are tax-deductible. Membership in the foundation is open to persons and corporations worldwide who are committed to integrity and justice is governance in Africa.
Activities of the foundation include the dissemination of information and facts regarding the compelling need for integrity, justice, sensitivity for the voiceless poor of Africa, and wiping out corruption and impunity in the governments of the nations of Africa, for the benefit of the common man who needs fairness, a level-playing field for all, and a society free from corruption at all levels.
The grassroots, and all classes of the 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-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.
THE VISION: The continent of Africa, with its vast natural and economic resources, and many well educated intelligent individual citizens, remains underdeveloped and corrupt because of a handful of corrupt recycled leaders who lack integrity in governance. These selfish leaders who embezzle their nation’s treasury with impunity, leave their nations underdeveloped and financially empty, and cause severe deprivation and poverty for the voiceless grassroots of the nation. These recycled evil leaders keep coming back because they use some of their stolen wealth to buy the votes of the hungry voiceless grassroots who are short-sighted by hunger.
THE MISSION: The mission is to educate the grassroots of the continent and help them understand that only responsible leaders with integrity in governance can free them from their endless cycle of poverty. Through education and dialogue, our foundation will help them do the right thing by refusing the bribery of corrupt leaders to buy their votes. Instead they will look for leaders with integrity in their society and work with them to enthrone integrity in governance for the benefit of the voiceless grassroots.
THE SCOPE: The scope of the educational work of our foundation is to change the mindset of the grassroots towards corruption-free behavior, resistance to bribery and buying their votes by corrupt leaders, and massive support of integrity in governance by the grassroots through proper enlightenment and change of mindset from our education.
THE STRATEGY: About 25% of the grassroots or population of the continent of Africa live in Nigeria. Therefore, our work will start with Nigeria. By transforming Nigeria, we will transform 25% of Africa. Once we transform Nigeria, the momentum of that transformation will sweep through the rest of the continent of Africa. Our primary teaching tool is a recently published book titled, “WE THE PEOPLE: Building a New Democracy in Nigeria as a Model for Africa.” The book has been universally applauded and praised by distinguished statesmen of great integrity inside and outside Africa. Our strategy is to distribute this compelling book to over ten million people in Nigeria, including raising the funds to give complimentary copies of the book to about 10% of the 10 million people who cannot afford to buy the book because they are unemployed and poor.
Our strategy will also include using social media and all media to give a powerful voice to the central truths and message in the book, as we mobilize a new breed of clean WE THE PEOPLE who through education will do the right thing and exercise their civil rights to enthrone integrity in governance in Africa. A television mini-series of the central truths and educational message of the book may be produced and aired on national television to teach integrity in governance to those in society who may not read the book because they are too busy or illiterate.
BY LAWS OF THE FOUNDATION FOR INTEGRITY IN GOVERNENCE IN AFRICA, INC. A NOT-FOR-PROFIT CORPORATION INCORPORATED UNDER THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF TEXAS
BRIEF BIOGRAPHY OF BOARD MEMBERS OF THE FOUNDATION FOR INTEGRITY IN GOVERNANACE IN AFRICA, INC.
- Professor Peter U. Nwangwu, Pharm.D., Ph.D, a world-class educator who has taught Pharmacology, Toxicology and Clinical Pharmacy at several U.S. universities, and at the University of Nigeria, is a volunteer director and President of the non-profit foundation. His duties are spelled out in our By-Laws, and include leading the meetings of our board of directors as chairman and participating in fundraisers. He will preside at all the meetings of the board. Dr. Nwangwu currently serves as Senior Vice President for Africa at Global Edison Corporation, a large power plants and energy company with experience building power plants in different parts of the world. Dr. Nwangwu has had deep and passionate concern about the injustice and poverty for the voiceless poor in countries of Africa, resulting from abject lack of integrity in governance in Africa. He has volunteered his time to work as needed in educating the grassroots on integrity in governance using a new book, “WE THE PEOPLE: Building a New Democracy in Nigeria as a Model for Africa.” Dr. Nwangwu does not receive compensation for his services, and will devote at least 15 hours per week working for the foundation.
- Daniel Nwangwu, graduate of the University of California Berkeley in Legal Studies, is a volunteer director. Daniel played professional football as a defensive tackle for the Oakland Raiders briefly and also in Europe for a professional football team in Vienna, Austria. Daniel will serve as Treasurer with duties outlined in the bylaws, and include attending meetings of our board of directors, voting on board decisions and participating in fundraisers. Daniel is responsible for overseeing our foundation’s accounting books. His discipline, personality and experience as a football player, and his education and degree from U.C. Berkeley in Legal Studies makes Daniel a big asset to our non-profit foundation. Daniel currently works as a supervisor at a U.S. Oil Company, and will volunteer his time as needed for our non-profit. He does not receive compensation for his services to our non-profit foundation, and will work at least 10 hours per week.
- Grace Omenyi is a volunteer director. She is a long-term educator who has taught for over 30 years. Dr. Omenyi is the recording secretary of our non-profit foundation. Her duties are spelled out in our bylaws, and include attending meetings of our board of directors and voting on board decisions. She is responsible for the meeting minutes, corporate book and corporate seal, and ensures that all board members are kept apprised of the next board meeting time. Dr. Omenyi will volunteer her time to serve our non-profit as needed. She does not receive compensation for her services, and will devote at least 10 hours per week.
- United States Consul General (rtd.) Thomas Raymond Hutson who served as a Senior U.S. diplomat for over 50 years in over 40 countries, is a volunteer director for our non-profit foundation. Hutson’s many year of experience as a senior U.S. diplomat, including serving as U.S Consul General in many countries including Russia, Taiwan, Nigeria, etc, is of great benefit to our educational foundation as we teach integrity in governance in the continent of Africa, starting from Nigeria where 25% of the population of Africa reside. He will hold the position of board member and his duties are spelled out in the bylaws and include attending meetings of our board of directors, voting on board decisions, and participating in fundraisers. He serves on committees or task forces and special assignments. He will volunteer his time as needed which will be at least 5 hours per week. He does not receive compensation.
- Alan Sands, an educator, a screen-play writer and production director for movies, is a volunteer director for the board of our non-profit educational foundation. Currently, Mr. Sands is the screen writer and Executive Director of a World War 2 television mini-series, “The 42nd Rainbow Division,” for USA, Europe and many other peoples who made such enormous sacrifices during the “war to end all wars,” WORLD WAR 2. He will hold the position of board member and his duties include attending meetings of our board voting on board decisions, and participating in fundraisers. His experience as educator and television movie personality will be a great asset as we engage the media in Africa to educate the grassroots on integrity in governance in Africa. He does not receive compensation from the foundation, and will devote at least 5 hours per week.
- Peter R. Maffit, a distinguished Yale University Alumnus, is a volunteer director for our non-profit educational foundation. Mr. Maffit is a retired businessman who is very active in the Yale Alumni Club and their fundraisers. He is a prolific reader with abiding interest in cleaning out corruption in Africa and enthroning integrity and good governance in the countries of Africa, for the benefit of the poor of the continent. His duties include attending meetings of the board of directors, voting on decisions, and participating in fundraisers. He also serves on committees or task forces, and offers to take on special assignments as needed. He does not receive compensation for his services, and devotes at least 5 hours per week to the foundation.
CONFLICT OF INTEREST POLICY
Foundation for Integrity in Governance in Africa Conflict of Interest Policy
The purpose of the conflict of interest policy is to protect the Foundation for Integrity in Governance in Africa, Inc. (hereinafter the “Organization”) interest when it is contemplating entering into a transaction or arrangement that might benefit the private interest of an officer or director of the Organization or might otherwise result in a possible excess of benefit transaction. This policy is intended to supplement but not replace any applicable state and federal laws governing conflict of interest applicable to nonprofit and charitable organizations.