The specters of bad governance has been the bane of most African countries; including Nigeria. However, Africa has made considerable progress in recent years, the 2012 overall governance level placed West Africa as ranking 3 rd in the 5 regions of Africa. This progress in the improvement of governance is positive due to declining levels of violent conflicts, civil wars, consolidation of peace and security, economic growth as well as modest improvement in the living standards of African people, Economic Governance and Public Financial Management.
These gains of governance across the political, social and economic spheres is emphasized to be consolidated in Africa, through reforms and by addressing the several challenges of electoral process, rule of law, observance of human rights, democracy and good governance for a guaranteed security. Thus, to promote peace, security development and the entrenchment of good governance, it is imperative for African leaders to restructure the functions, purposes, powers and duties of government at national, regional and global levels as most evident in the ECOWAS Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and Africa Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) and AU.
To this end, the Department is tasked to undertake rigorous research and studies on Constitutionalism, Rule of Law, Transparency and Accountability, Policy Formulation, Policy Making and implementation, Human Rights, Democracy, Participation, Elections, Political Parties and Civil Society Groups, with a view to contributing to the success made in deepening, democratization and good governance by adopting proactive measures in researching and formulating strategies for the promotion of good governance, human centered development and national security regionally and nationally.