Monthly Archives - July 2018

Extractive 101 – A Basic and Comprehensive Companion

“Extractive 101—A Basic and Comprehensive Companion’ is a 52-page document that essentially provides fundamental guides to equip voices and interest groups with critical information in pushing and demanding appropriate reforms by government and other players in the extractive sector, through seven different modules.

The publication provides a detailed introduction into the structure of oil and gas industry operations giving conginsance to the Upstream, Midstream and downstream.

It extensively discusses various arrangements under the upstream sector such as Joint Venture—the standard agreement between the national oil company and international oil company; Production Sharing Contract—adopted as a response to the funding pressure from Joint Venture; Service Contract—where contract undertakes exploration, development and production activities for, and on behalf of NNPC or the concession holder, at its own risk; Marginal Field Concession—adopted to promote Nigerian content development in oil exploration and production.

The publication further highlights the evolution of mining in Nigeria, detailing its rapid transformation from […]

Rafsanjani: FG Should Establish Integrity Trust Fund for Transparent Management of Recovered Monies



In this interview with Funke Olaode, Executive Director, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), a not-for-profit organisation based in Abuja, Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, shares his views on the federal government’s effort on looted funds and why the establishment of Integrity Trust Fund is necessary to ensure that the looted fund is not re-looted


You have been an advocate for accountability and good governance. What is your take on the recent happenings in Nigeria in the area of looted funds?

We have been advocating for the Nigerian government and supporting them to ensure that all assets stolen and kept abroad are brought back, but with the condition that these monies and assets are not re-looted. Last December, we had a foreign Asset Recovery Forum, which was organised by both United States and United Kingdom governments, and CISLAC was one of the organisations that were invited to that meeting. In that meeting, we […]



On Thursday the 19th of July 2018, the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) alongside the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC), held a Criminal Justice (CRIMJUST) project progress review at the sidelines of a workshop for investigators and prosecutors in Golf View Hotel, Lagos Nigeria organized by the UNODC under the CRIMJUST project.

The meeting was to discuss the recommendations of the CRIMJUST assessment of the Nigerian Police Force, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and the Federal High Court conducted by CISLAC.

The CRIMJUST project, which aims at combating drug and organized crime along the cocaine route in South America, the Caribbean and Africa, is currently being implemented by the UNODC, transparency International (TI) and INTERPOL. CISLAC, as the National Contact of TI, is an implementing partner of this joint initiative in Nigeria.

Present at the meeting was the Global Coordinator of the CRIMJUST project, Marco Moreira De […]



By Salmat Abdulwaheed and Gideon Ojigi

As part of a number of activities lined up towards the attainment of the overall objectives of the project “Turning up the Pressure: Tackling anti-money laundering through multi-stakeholder approaches in ECOWAS countries,” Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) paid a visit to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) liaison office in Abuja on the 17th of July 2018.

The delegation was led by the programme officer on Democratic Governance, Austin Erameh, who, in a brief introduction, gave a brief overview of what the anti-money laundering project intends to achieve and areas of policy engagement as well as its spread across the continent. He thanked the NDLEA team for receiving CISLAC and encouraged further partnership beyond the day’s interaction. He also used the opportunity to invite NDLEA formally to the multi-stakeholders’ meeting coming up in September and expressed

Afterwards, the assistant programme officer on Anti-Money Laundering (AML) project, Gloria Okwu, presented an outline of the project, […]

CISLAC Launches ALAC Office in Lagos State

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), national contact for Transparency International (TI) in Nigeria, conducted one-day orientation and training on the 17th of July, 2018, for focal staff of Arise Nigerian Woman Foundation, the partner organization hosting the Advocacy and Legal Advice Centre (ALAC) in Lagos State.

The training was organized as part of an ongoing project called “Integrity, Mobilization, Participation, Accountability, Anticorruption and Transparency in Nigeria (IMPACT Nigeria), in collaboration with the TI-International Secretariat, Berlin and with support from Global Affairs Canada. As part of implementation of the project, CISLAC is setting up Advocacy and Legal Advice Centre desks in three (3) geo- political zones of the country so as to cater to the size of Nigeria and make reporting of corrupt practices to the ALAC easier for citizens who wish to do so. These ALAC desks will be hosted by partner organizations based in those geo-political zones. The […]

CCB Commends CISLAC on Anti-Corruption Fight

By Onyekachi Eke


The Head of Reforms, Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), Mr Gwimi Sebastine Peters, has commended the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) and other non-state actors for their work in the fight against corruption. Mr Peters made this commendation when the staff of CISLAC visited the CCB office in Abuja today, July 16.

The visit was to introduce the project “Turning up the pressure: Tackling money laundering through multi-stakeholder approaches in ECOWAS countries” and to discuss areas of collaboration.

The focus of this project, which is funded by the European Union and Transparency International (TI), is on the implementation of existing commitments and recommendations related to Anti-Money Laundering (AML) in ECOWAS countries, with focus on Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Cote d’Ivoire.

It is often a challenge for elected officials to identify priorities in the fight against money laundering when faced with multiple recommendations and high-level commitments. […]

Stakeholders urge sustained Civil Society legislative advocacy on anti-corruption

By Austin Erameh

The Chairman House Committee of Financial Crimes, Hon. Kayode Oladele has said sustained legislative advocacy by Civil Society groups remained paramount to successfully combat endemic corruption in Nigeria.

Oladele made this known while giving an opening remark at a Legislative Workshop on ‘Oversight, Ethic and Accountability’ organised by Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) under the aegis of a project entitled “Strengthening Legislative Accountability and Anti-Corruption Mechanisms (SLAAM)” in Calabar, the capital city of Cross River state.

Acknowledging the efforts hitherto that brought to the limelight some enabling policy and legislative frameworks to address the issues of corruption in the country, the legislator stressed the need for persistent legislative advocacy to sustain the fight against corruption, especially in the face of high rate of legislative turnover that threatens institutional building in every legislative life-cycle.

He identified the peculiar nature of the legislative arm in comparison to other Arms of Government […]