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Adamawa Assembly parleys CISLAC on comprehensive humanitarian law

By Austin Erameh

The Speaker of the Adamawa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Kabiru Mijinyawa has assured of the state’s readiness to support Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) in formulating a comprehensive legislative framework to effectively coordinate humanitarian issues and harmonise existing fractional laws which attempt to achieve same.

Mijinyawa gave the assurance while receiving a delegation of CISLAC under the aegis of Embassy of Switzerland in Nigeria project in his office at Adamawa State House of Assembly Complex, Yola.

The Speaker, who acknowledged non-existence of a comprehensive and proactive legislation to effectively coordinate humanitarian issues despite having a number of laws which have attempted to achieve same in piecemeal, encouraged the delegation to consider adequate review of existing laws in its plan to formulate a comprehensive framework that will harmonised humanitarian issues.

Also, speaking during the visit, the delegation led by Okeke Anya, Programme Manager (Democratic Governance), CISLAC, said the […]

Human rights abuses and the inconsistencies in recruitment, selection for peacekeeping missions

By Abubakar Jimoh

There are indications that faulty recruitment and selection processes by the security forces could be major contributory factors to persistent human rights abuses and violations by Nigerian peacekeeping troops in various United Nations’ missions.

These hints are contained in a 78-page report titled “Nigeria: Navigating Secrecy in the Vetting and Selection of Peacekeepers” published by the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) in collaboration with Asia Centre for Human Rights, supported by Open Society Institute, New York.

The report attributes persistent human rights violation and abuses by peacekeeping troops to systemic corruption and inconsistencies associating with personnel recruitment and selection of troops for peacekeeping where “personal relationships and political positioning drive the promotion and assignment” activities.

While the reported cases of misconduct by Nigeria and other security forces during peacekeeping missions triggered the development of uniform standards of conduct for all personnel by the United Nations, the report however faults […]

Press Statement on the State of the Nation

STATE OF THE NATION

 

We the undersigned Civil Society groups working on transparency, accountability and good governance in the country express utmost worries over the recent but unwary developments invading the nation’s socio-economic and political spheres with propensity to back-pedal progress in achieving a stable, secured and prosperous country.

VIOLATION OF ELECTORAL GUIDELINES, INTERNAL POLITICAL PARTIES’ DEMOCRACY AND HATE SPEECH

We are worried by the persistent violation of the provisions of the Electoral Act with the improper use of electoral timetable as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by political parties and politicians who continue to engage in premature campaign activities.

We are not unaware of the violation of various regulations guiding political party financing including deliberate effort to take advantage of individual’s socio-economic situation and buying of votes that resultantly undermine free, fair and credible electoral process.

The on-going recurring unresolved leadership, congressional and conventional conflicts erupting within political parties […]

Press Statement: Reforms in the Extractive Sector, Slow and Not Deep Enough

REFORMS IN THE EXTRACTIVE SECTOR, SLOW AND NOT DEEP ENOUGH

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) having observed the state of affairs in the extractive sector in the past four months wish to state that the reforms initiated by the present administration have been slow and are not deep enough.

We note the high expectations heralded by the anti-corruption stance of the government and numerous promises made during the electoral campaigns. These include the commitment to addressing corruption in the oil and gas sector through drastic reforms, plugging of leakages, passing of the Petroleum Industry Bill into law and implementing recommendations from the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) audit reports.

CISLAC recalls that many of these commitments were also conveyed as recommendations in a memo CISLAC and her partners had submitted to the Minister of State for Petroleum who was then GMD of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in the early stages of this […]

Request for Expression of Interest (EoI)

Expression of Interest (EoI) for the Development of Policy Brief on Improved Legislative Oversight on Accountability in Public Sector Operations.

 

Introduction

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), as National Contact of Transparency International in Nigeria is requesting expression of intrest from intrested consultant to develop a policy brief on Improved Legislative Oversight on Accountability in Public Sector Operations. The consultancy is within the project “Strengthening Legislative Accountability and Anti-Corruption Mechanisms” (SLAAM) in Nigeria with financial support from MacArthur Foundation. The aim is to create better understanding of what is required of National Assembly on oversight and how citizens are abreast of the work the legislative arm is doing to enable it build citizens’ confidence in the oversight role of the legislature.

As part of its commitments in the project implementation, CISLAC is currently seeking the services of a consultant to conduct a desk review on the above subject matter.

 

Nature of Work:

The consultant will reflect technical expertise to facilitate […]

Progress Review Meeting of CrimJust Nigeria

PROGRESS REVIEW MEETING OF CRIMJUST NIGERIA

On Wednesday the 11th of April 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 in Bolton White Hotel in Abuja, Nigeria.

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, TI and INTERPOL. CISLAC as the National Contact of Transparency International is an implementing partner of this joint initiative in Nigeria.

 

Objectives of the Meeting

1) To discuss the on-going Institutional Mapping Phase (November 2017 – April 2018)

2) To plan and review the upcoming CRIMJUST Validation Workshop (24th – 27th April 2018)

3) To discuss the proposed activities for the upcoming advocacy phase

4) To outline ways of improving the synergy between UNODC and CISLAC in Nigeria.

 

Attendees:

CISLAC: 

Kolawole Banwo – Programme Manager

Samuel Asimi – CRIMJUST […]

Cross River parleys CISLAC to strengthen humanitarian response

By Austin Erameh

The Cross River State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Joe Oshie Abang, has assured of his administration’s commitment to strengthen collaboration with the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) in the formulation of appropriate internationally-complied policy or legal frameworks for guiding humanitarian response in the state.

Abang gave this assurance while receiving a group of civil society organisations led by Okeke Anya, Programme Manager (Democratic Governance), CISLAC, at his office in Calabar, Cross River State’s capital.

The Commissioner reiterated commitment to partner CISLAC in advancing holistic solutions to complement existing efforts by the state and developmental partners in addressing the growing challenges associated with human trafficking.

Also speaking during the visit, Anya explained that the meeting aimed at advocating to relevant government agencies on the need for the introduction of state-based frameworks on emergency response.

“This visit aims primarily at advocating for a state law and/or policy that will […]

Tobacco use: A major contributory factor to cancers, other diseases – Anya

By Austin Erameh

There are indications that tobacco consumption could be a major contributory factor to cancer, cardiovascular ailments and other diseases.

These hints were given by Okeke Anya, Programme Manager (Democratic Governance), CISLAC, while presenting the priorities and challenges for advancing the WHO FCTC in Nigeria’s Public Health Systems at the recently concluded 17th World Conference on ‘Tobacco Or Health’ held in Cape Town, South Africa.

He said a recent study conducted by the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), a coordinating ministry for the implementation of the National Tobacco Control Act, 2015, to ascertain the implementation progress of the Act across eight selected Public Health Institutions in the Federal Capital Territory, reveals that no fewer than 75% of the respondents had come in contact with a patient whom had been diagnosed with cancer, cardiovascular ailment and other related diseases with 71% of them linking tobacco consumption to cancer, cardiovascular ailments […]

How poverty worsens child marriage, Almajiri system in Nigeria

By Aminat Yusuf and Salmat Abdulwaheed

Just as needle injects content into the body, poverty remains a systemic menace breeding insecurity, socio-economic deprivation and instability, especially in the Northern part of the country where high level illiteracy and child destitution prevails.

Poverty, in the analysis of United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), is a denial of choices and opportunities, a violation of human dignity. By this, it denotes susceptibility to violence, inaccessibility to basic needs, economic incapacitation and social exclusion.

The resultant impact of poverty continues to prey on community and family’s socio-economic decisions with rising perception of child marriage and Almajiri system as opportunities to escape chronic poverty or alleviate socio-economic burdens.

Early child marriage across the North hinders the girl-child’s ability to pursue an education and gain independence.

As part of the wrong socio-cultural attitude to education, girls are often instructed to stay home and perform domestic responsibilities, while their brothers head to the classroom. This automatically […]