Monthly Archives - August 2018

Press Statement on Nigeria’s Criminal Justice System

THE CIVIL SOCIETY LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY CENTRE PRESS STATEMENT ON NIGERIA’S CRIMINAL JUSTICE (CRIMJUST) SYSTEM

30thAUGUST 2018

 

Over the years, Nigeria has been the centre of a number of transnational crimes. West Africa is also conveniently situated for drug and illegal weapon’s trade between South America and Europe. Porous borders and the free flow of arms in and out of Nigeria has contributed to the increase in the number of violent conflicts in the country.
Nigeria accounts for about 70% of the illegal small arms in the West Africa sub-region.
Human trafficking, including its worst forms such as child trafficking in Benin and Nigeria, is one dominant form of increasingly sophisticated regional trend in cross-border crime that extends through West and Central Africa into several European cities. Needless to say, human and drug trafficking has been, and still is, a constant challenge to various authorities including Nigeria.
It will be glad […]

PRESS RELEASE: UK-AFRICA PARTNERS FOR TRADE OPPORTUNITY

UK-AFRICA PARTNERS FOR TRADE OPPORTUNITY, the priority areas for Nigeria

As the British Prime Minister, Theresa May embarks on a trade mission to African continent being part of the strategic diplomatic efforts to establish and deepen ties with nations ahead of the Britain’s exit from European Union in 2019, the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), United Kingdom (UK) demands total sincerity, openness, transparency and accountability in repatriation of various Nigeria’s illicit monumental financial outflows in the coffer of the UK Government into the country.

While we welcome the proposed visit to Nigeria, CISLAC UK calls on Nigerian Government to prioritise mutual benefits, given congnisance to the country’s lingering but whopping sums—in custody and tax havens, stashed in the British economy awaiting repatriation, as such have tendency to adequately finance Nigeria’s poorly funded critical sectors and positively transform the economy.

We are not unaware that as Britain prepares to exit the European […]

Press Statement

LEADERSHIP CRISIS AND THE IMPERATIVE OF THE RETURN TO GOOD GOVERNANCE ISSUES: CIVIL SOCIETY CONCERNS

16th August 2018

 

The crisis around the Senate and the Presidency today is causing alarm among democratic forces in Nigeria. There are multiple signs that the political class is even more self-serving than it has been in the past and civil society believes the time has come to clearly define the national interest and work towards edifying it. The lingering and recurrent leadership crisis that has characterized the upper Legislative Chamber since the return to democracy in 1999 has developed into a threat to the democratic system. We recall that a combination of internal and external crisis has at different times, resulted in the removal of three Senate Presidents and the Speaker of the House of Representatives by 2014. We also note that since 2015, there has been crisis between the Executive and the Legislature that has […]

‘PIGB will enhance fiscal efficiency in the oil and gas sector’ – Group

By Kate Onyeka

A group of civil society organisations advancing transparency and accountability in the extractive sector has said the existing Petroleum Industry and Governance Bill (PIGB) before President Muhammadu Buhari would enhance fiscal efficiency and streamline operations in the oil and gas sector, if eventually transmitted into law.

The group, led by Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) with support from FOSTER, gave this hint during advocacy visits to media outfits in Abuja.

Speaking during the visits, the Programme Manager on Environment and Conservation of Nature, CISLAC, Kolawole Banwo, recalled that the Bill was passed by both chambers of the National Assembly on March 28, 2018 and transmitted for assent by the President on July 3, 2018.

According to Mr Banwo, the Bill offers sweeping reforms in the oil and gas industry to make for increased fiscal benefits and streamlined operations in line with best global practices.

He said in order to enable the desired reform in conformity to […]

Misconduct in Policing: CISLAC Partners Nigerian Police to Ensure Justice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Asimi Samuel

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), National Contact of Transparency International in Nigeria, has partnered with the Police Complaint Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU) of the Nigeria Police Force to enhance transparency and justice in handling reported cases of misconduct by police personnel in the country.  

Speaking during a courtesy visit targeted at formalising the partnership to the Unit, Kolawole Banwo, Programme Manager, CISLAC, said the new collaboration would encourage appropriate reporting, investigation and timely resolution of complaints of police misconduct by both parties.  

The visit was conducted under the aegis of Criminal Justice (CRIMJUST) Project aimed at mainstreaming the Unit in facilitating reported cases of police personnel misconducts by the citizen.

Giving a background of the Project, Advocacy Coordinator, CRIMJUST Project, Asimi Samuel, said that it was a multinational joint initiative by Transparency International, the UNODC and INTERPOL.

According to Samuel, the Project “aims at strengthening […]

Communique Issued at The End of A Civil Society Capacity Building Workshop on Basic Health Care Funding in Nigeria

 

 

 

COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF CIVIL SOCIETY CAPACITY BUILDING WORKSHOP ON BASIC HEALTHCARE FUNDING IN NIGERIA ORGANISED BY CIVIL SOCIETY LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY CENTRE (CISLAC) AT CHEZ MOI HOTEL, IKEJA-LAGOS ON 31ST JULY, 2018.

Preamble:

Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) organised a Civil Society Capacity Building Workshop on Basic Healthcare Funding in Nigeria under the aegis of a project titled “Reinvestment: Increasing Legislative Oversight on Primary Health Care in Nigeria.” The workshop aimed at educating the CSOs on techniques for engaging the legislators, building their knowledge on advocacy approach to legislative engagement and ensuring they have effective means of educating and informing state legislators and other policy makers about the importance of health care investments and other interventions. After exhaustive deliberations on various thematic issues such as “Understanding the Role of Legislature and Civil Society towards Primary Healthcare Revitalisation in Nigeria” and “Financing for Primary Healthcare: Harnessing Domestic Funding Opportunities, Enabling Policies and Legislation,” the […]

Call for Expression of Interest (EoI)

CALL FOR EXPRESSION

 

Project background and context

Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre is calling for expression for researchers on one of the world’s largest independent oil traders, focusing on its business operations in Nigeria.

The project seeks to raise awareness on the risks associated with the lack of transparency and oversight in the oil trade business, particularly focusing on how these risks play out when oil traders do business with host states affected by conflict and fragility. The independent oil trader is a particularly interesting case to analyse, because it is one of the biggest players in the world but little is known about the company: they are not stock listed but privately-owned and are therefore not bound by the same transparency rules as stock listed companies, they operate mainly ‘behind the scenes’, and most of their activities are in trading rather than production, which makes it more difficult to assess […]

Returning Nigerians’ stolen millions

The stakes are high in the planned distribution of US$322 million in stolen Nigerian public money.

Of the estimated US$20-40 billion stolen annually from developing countries and hidden abroad every year, sometimes a small proportion is successfully confiscated and returned to the country it came from.

In Nigeria, plans are in motion to distribute US$322 million recovered in Switzerland from the late General Sani Abacha, the country’s former military ruler. Abacha is suspected of looting between US$3 and $5 billion in public money.

Where institutions of accountability are not working well, such cases pose a complex problem: how to make sure that the money is not embezzled again, and actually benefits the real victims of corruption – the ordinary people whose state finances were plundered. In 2006, US$723 million illicitly acquired by Abacha’s family was returned to Nigeria from Switzerland. A significant amount of these funds remains unaccounted for.

That past experience led Switzerland to controversially […]