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Chinda Hails Tonye Jaja For Being Among Nominees For 2021 Gani Fawehinmi Integrity Award

The House of Representatives member representing Obio/Akpor Federal Constituency of Rivers State, Hon. Kingsley Chinda, has hailed Dr. Tonye Jaja for making the final list of the 2022 Gani Fawhinmi Outstanding Integrity Award.

The award ceremony which held recently was organised by the Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA) Resource Centre.

Dr. Jaja an alumnus of Rivers State University, Port Harcourt is one of the finalists and first Rivers State man to get to this final stage of nomination since the debut of the awards.

The nominee who is a lawyer and law lecturer at the National Institute for Legislative Studies, Abuja, holds a Ph.D in law (legislative drafting) from the University of London.

He is currently the acting head of the bills and legislative drafting division of the National Institute for Legislative Studies.

Since 2012, Dr. Jaja has served as the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Legislative Drafting and Law Reform.

He was the chairman of the governing board of the Nigerian Copyright Commission from May 2019 to October 2020.

Upon his assumption of office, Dr. Jaja discovered evidence of conflict of interest, and corrupt practice(s) allegedly perpetrated by the director-general of the NCC.

Despite offers of inducement, threats to his position, employment and veiled threats to his life, Dr. Jaja reported the infractions to the Code of Conduct Bureau.

Within the context, he was fired from his position as chairman of the governing board of the Nigerian Copyright Commission.

In spite of his travails, Dr. Jaja has continued to exemplify integrity and incorruptibility.