SECURING A FRIENDLY AND PROTECTIVE ENVIRONMENT® FOR CHILDREN AND SPECIALIZED LEGAL RETAINERSHIP FOR THE SOCIAL SECTOR: INSTITUTIONS OF LEARNING, CHILD FOCUSED ORGANIZATIONS, NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION (INCLUDING FAITH BASED ORGANIZATIONS), SOCIAL ENTERPRISES.

The services under this expression are executed in partnership with Taiwo Akinlami Academy Limited.

Gilgal Partners is a public interest law firm established close to two decades ago to provide quality and cutting-edge legal advice to clients, noting that for four(4) years the leadership of the firm maintained well-read columns focusing on law and its inevitable relationship with business, Social Entrepreneurship and Non-Governmental Organizations known as LAWPRENEURSHIP® for notable national dallies like the BUSINESSDAY, Daily Independent and the Sun Newspaper, providing unique perspectives to leadership, management and workforce of Businesses, Social Enterprises and Non-Governmental Organizations with matters relating to the legal implications of their short-term and long-term decisions and the processes of making the same, the day-to-day management of their businesses and social concerns, Corporate Governance Excellence and Compliance with regulatory laws and engaging with regulatory bodies.

The firm also runs the LAWPRENEURSHIP® Academy, serving leadership, management and workforce of Businesses, Social Enterprises and Non-Governmental Organizations in the areas identified above.

Taiwo AKINLAMI Academy Limited is Legal Enlightenment and Social Development Firm, which flagship project is Securing A Friendly and PROTECTIVE Environment® for the precious African Child by addressing, challenging and changing our Belief System as primary and secondary caregivers and the impact of same on how we see and treat our precious children.

The academy works with private and public institutions to develop SYSTEMS of Securing A Friendly and PROTECTIVE Environment®, codified into an IMPLEMENTATION POLICY and broken down into PROCESSES OF EXECUTION, on which the members and workforce of the private and public institutions are sensitized and trained. The sensitization and training mentioned above also extends to children and train-the-trainer programs for primary and secondary parents.

CATEGORIES OF PROSPECTS

  1. Institutions of Learning
  2. Child Focused Organizations
  3. Non-Governmental Organization (including Faith Based Organizations)
  4. Social Enterprises

THE PREMISE OF RETAINERSHIP

  1. Institutions of Learning

We have operated within the private and public-school sector since 1997 as legal advisers on law and school management and business, consultants in the areas of establishing systems and develop policies, aimed at Securing A Friendly and Protective Environment® for children, child protection and school leadership training and in other general capacity.

By virtue of our interaction and engagement with the School System in Nigeria, we have gained tremendous insight into the operations of the School System and understand perfectly how same works to achieve an enduring impact.

We have seen the good, the bad and the ugly within the School System and the factors responsible for the same.

It is our irresistible conclusion that the devil is always in the details we ignore as institutions of learning.  It is also an established fact that most details are hidden under the letters of the law, which are not always visible to untrained eyes. Therefore, where there are no eagle and trained eyes, deliberately engaged to fish them out, details are ignored, and they become the seed for peril.

Having focused immensely on this area since 1997, we possess the skills and eagle eyes to help institutions of learning gain countless steps ahead identifying details and responding to same with the right knowledge, skill and attitude. 

  1. Child Focused Organizations:

Since 1999 we have worked with Child Focused Organizations at the highest level both locally and internationally developing SYSTEMS of Securing A Friendly and PROTECTIVE Environment®, codified into an IMPLEMENTATION POLICY and broken down into PROCESSES OF EXECUTION, working on curriculum, training of personnel and partners and consulting generally on Corporate Governance matters.

During the foregoing, we have worked with UNICEF, the British Council, SOS Children’s Village International, UNFPA and many others.

It is important to note that most abuses happen within Child Focused Organizations as a result of the access to the precious children they work with directly and indirectly.

Therefore, to prevent abuse within a Child Focused Organizations, there must be a commitment to system, policies, processes and training, aimed at Securing A Friendly and PROTECTIVE Environment®, for the precious children they engage with or encounter within the course of their work.

We have discovered that the foregoing answers to strong and effective Corporate Governance, beginning from the constitution of the same and the day-to-day, short- and long-term decisions that determine how the organizations are run thereof.

We provide exceptional legal services covering SYSTEMS of Securing A Friendly and PROTECTIVE Environment®, Corporate Governance, effective interactions with regulatory bodies, compliance with regulatory rules, according to global standards.

  1. Non-Governmental Organization (including Faith Based Organizations)

Our vast legal consultancy services extend to being engaged by Non-Governmental Organizations of diverse interests under retainership arrangements on the subject matter of Corporate Governance, compliance with regulatory obligations, interface with regulatory bodies and authorities, proactively providing legal advice, responding to legal matters relating to employment, general contract, safety and security, Securing A Friendly and PROTECTIVE Environment® for Children, providing Company Secretarial Services and conducting independent research on pressing issues relating to the legal and social existence of Non-Governmental Organizations in Nigeria.

Recently we engaged in research, which produced rich Position Papers on the following areas and subject matter, published in leading journals:

  1. Exposure Draft of the National Code of Corporate Governance of the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) Of Nigeria
  2. Part F of Companies and Allied Matters Act 2020
  • Under this retainership we offer to develop for children departments of religious places of worship and organisations SYSTEMS of Securing A Friendly and PROTECTIVE Environment®, codified into an IMPLEMENTATION POLICY and broken down into PROCESSES OF EXECUTION, on which leaders, teachers, volunteers, parents and other stakeholders are sensitized and trained. The sensitization and training mentioned above also extends to children and train-the-trainer programs for primary and secondary parents.
  1. Social Enterprises

Operating within the social space in a Third World environment like Nigeria can be very dauting considering the state of development.

There are regulations but they are often hidden from our sights but applicable to us and activities.

To operate effectively, we must be aware of existing social and legal regulations and how to proactively respond to them in our internal and external commitment.

Over the years, we have worked with many Social Enterprise to focus on their primary areas of commitments through developing Corporate Governance policies and compliance systems.

Under this retainership, we offer to social enterprises services relating to Securing A Friendly and Protective Environment® for the precious children under their care as enumerated in the immediate paragraph.

SCOPE OF RETAINERSHIP

  1. Legal Audit: Conducting Preliminary Legal Audit through general review of existing policies, processes and corporate governance practices to ascertain the state of legal health and compliance (internal and external) of the engaging organization and offer immediate recommendations.
  2. General Legal Counsel: Offering General Legal Advice/Opinion/Response as preventive and early response measures.
  3. Specialized Legal Counsel: Offering Specific/Specialized Legal Advice, requiring specific or specialized attention.
  4. S.A.F.E® for Children Systems Approach:  Developing or Strengthening Securing A Friendly and Protective Environment® SYSTEMS, POLICIES and conducting induction and other TRAININGS.
  5. Safer Recruitment and Human Resources Intervention: Provide preventive and curative legal advice safer recruitment as it relates with working with children and concerning general Human Resources Intervention
  6. Drafting and Vetting of Documents and Contracts: there more to a document and contracts/agreements than meets the ordinary eyes as every word, conjunction and even punctuation has legal meaning beyond what it means in English language. We bring our legal expertise to guide you through the drafting processes and being our eyes to check the legal health of your documents.
  7. Interface with Regulatory Bodies and Updates: THE EXPERTS Interface with regulatory bodies, including initiating and exchanging correspondences, requesting and attending meetings and in any other capacity that this service may be required.
  8. Legal and Policy Alerts: Nigeria as a developing country churn out laws and policies seeking to regulate the school system and the business environment and school, and business organizations are not excused from compliance as a result of ignorance. It is our duty to bring such laws and policies to the knowledge of the prospects and advise them on how to effectively comply with same.

MODE OF EXECUTION

Upon signing up for the Retainership scheme, a CLARITY SESSION is held with the assigned personnel (principal officers) of the engaging organizations, aimed at providing enough facts to develop an IMPLEMEMTATION ROADMAP, covering the entire spectrum of interventions as they relate to all the services enumerated under the Scope of Retainership above.

FEE

The fee is affordable and at the same time competitive considering the extensiveness and quality of services we bring to the engaging organizations. The same will be discussed upon an indication of Interest and our Relationship Concession Discount plays a major role in determining a win-win Retainership Fee.

Conclusion

The law rules all thing, and we implore you to allow us to guide you through its rulership, which is always on the side of chance but on the side of deliberate and wise efforts.

By our personal and professional engagements and history, we evidently live, breathe and represent the best interest of the precious African children, who we love, care for and passionate about in the last 21 years makes us the best and most reliable deal in your noble quest to seek the best of legal advice in the day-to-day management of your highly esteemed institution of learning and Securing A Friendly and Protective Environment® for the precious children under your care.

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