Frequently Asked Questions

Any business, of any size, operating in Nigeria can be a member of NESG.

From start-ups to established multinational companies and medium-sized family run or privately owned firms – we represent businesses of all sizes across every sector and region within Nigeria.

NESG membership is for your entire organization and not just one individual. There are a variety of opportunities for your employees to be involved. Typically, your organization’s membership is managed by your senior management team, where we will work together to build the relationship and assist in meeting your business needs.

Leveraging on the Policy Commission structure of the Group, NESG members take advantage of their membership in different ways depending on what they are looking to achieve from the partnership. Members have the flexibility to opt for a combination of access to government, influence over policy in the national interest, good practice sharing, B2B networking opportunities to grow their business, as well as insight & intelligence to help their business planning.

NESG membership is structured to include a corporate tier as well as individual tier. Based on your company size, the Corporate tier is further split into Corporate Elite and Corporate Enhanced. The NESG Network caters to the interest of individuals that want to associate with the NESG beyond their corporate entity. This is graduated in to Associates, Experts, Fellows and Trustees based on your expertise and years of experience in a policy area. This approach is deployed to ensure fairness and equity among corporates and individuals.

The NESG is a voluntary, formal membership organization. Upon joining the NESG, companies are asked to make a one-time commitment/signup fee as well as a regular annual contribution to support the work of the Group. This revenue is critical to the development of value-maximizing programmes, projects and resources for the benefit of all participating companies. These contributions are received as membership dues on an annual basis.

As equal partners and important stakeholders, civil society and other non-business organisations can participate through a number of NESG engagement mechanisms, including policy commission dialogues, as well as partnership projects. In these areas, such organizations have a crucial role to play in helping to foster partnerships and produce substantive action.

The NESG was incorporated in 1996 as a not-for-profit, non-partisan private sector organization with a mandate to promote and champion the reform of the Nigerian economy into an open private sector-led globally competitive economy. While the Group works closely with diverse stakeholders including government, it is neither a government ministry nor department.

The goal of the NESG Youth Integration Initiative is to develop the next generation of future leaders capable of advancing the NESG’s ideology. It is a five-year program that seeks to engage and deliberate on public policy issues in Nigeria, resulting in improved action and solutions that will shape their future and contribute to national development.

This initiative involves competency building through a mentoring program, work shadowing program, communication and social media as well as research skills development through NESG academy foundation and intermediate schools and also rapporteur opportunities.

Anyone with a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent between the ages of 18 and 32, and with a passion to influence public policy can join.

As a NESG 200 youth participant, you build capacity and have direct access to experts and peer network. You are also enabled with a resource pool of energetic young professionals.

Application for NESG youth initiative must be completed online and submitted with other required documents. Applications are processed once a year and the program starts in January, the following year with 40 new members.

After successfully completing the five-year program, each participant has the opportunity to graduate to Associate level, which is one of four levels of network, each with its unique benefits.


If a participant does not complete the program, that participant is not eligible for graduation. Therefore, such participant remains in the program beyond five years until successful completion before moving up to another network level.