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RIBADU REPORT: ECHOES OF A CULTURE OF IMPUNITY

RIBADU REPORT: ECHOES OF A CULTURE OF IMPUNITY

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, CISLAC wishes to state that the recently released report by the Nuhu Ribadu-led task Force is not only a vindication of our long held position that the Oil and Gas Sector is a cesspool of scandalous, monumental and shameful corruption, but that the culture of impunity and conspiracy which this present administration shamelessly displays singularly provides the added impetus for perpetuating the graft that has become the trade mark of the sector in Nigeria.
We note without enthusiasm that the findings of this task force is in no way innovative, neither does it provide information that is fresh and therefore newsworthy. We are aware of the sensationalism and melodramatic media hype and theatrics that preceded and has attended its release.
We however remind Nigerians that the information is only reminiscent of all three Audit Reports released by the […]

Legislative Digest Oct 2012

Absence of Legislative Arm in Local Government Dire to Grassroot Democracry
Local government which is a third tier of government in Nigeria’s purported federation was created for the sole aim of taking government ‘dividend’ and development to the people at the grass root. However, it is regrettable that despite the whole local government reform, this third tier of government is yet to achieve the aim it was created for. More worrisome is that, out of 36 states in Nigeria, only about 13 states among them are Enugu, Rivers, Jigawa and Lagos have conducted elections in their local government areas (LGA). This then means that all the remaining local government is being run by care taker or other informal arrangements. Obviously, this has completely thrown away the legislative organ in the local government and also denying the people in the grassroot the opportunity to elect representatives in the local government chamber. (more…)

Monitoring of Compliance and Implementation of African Union Protocols, Conventions, Decisions and Best Practices of Member StatesTerms of Reference for Country Researcher

Monitoring of Compliance and Implementation of African Union Protocols, Conventions, Decisions and Best Practices of Member States
Terms of Reference for Country Researcher
Introduction
State of the Union (SOTU) is a coalition of 10 civil society organizations that advocates for the ratification, domestication and implementation of key African Union treaties and legal instruments. They range from governance, political, social and economic rights, to peace and security and development. Fourteen of them – ten legal instruments and four policy standards – if implemented, have tremendous promise for the lives of millions in Africans. As part of its commitment, SOTU conducts bi-annual research to review country compliance and status of implementation of the selected AU instruments. The first State of the Union compliance reports were published in July 2010 and they were well appreciated by the AUC, member states and other interested stakeholders. SOTU members are currently planning to launch a second round of […]

CIVIL SOCIETY LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY CENTRE, CISLACMEDIA INTERACTION ON THE NEITI PROCESS IN NIGERIA, SEPTEMBER 27, 2012

CIVIL SOCIETY LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY CENTRE, CISLAC
MEDIA INTERACTION ON THE NEITI PROCESS IN NIGERIA, SEPTEMBER 27, 2012
 
We in CISLAC have observed the events in the Nigeria Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (NEITI) process in the recent times and as civil society stakeholders in the process, we wish to state as follows:
Observations
A.  Delay in Constitution of the NEITI Board: We note with disappointment the delay by the President in constituting the NSWG. This is not good for the process and in our opinion suggests a lack of commitment by the federal government. We expected the government to be more proactive for smooth and seamless transition in the leadership of such a sensitive institution. The tenure of the last NEITI NSWG ended on January 28, 2012 and the new board was only inaugurated in August 22, 2012 with effect from August 14, 2012 creating a vacuum of about 8 months. This is […]

National News: House Flays Detention of Nigerian Pilgrims

House Flays Detention of Nigerian Pilgrims

The House of Representatives yesterday condemned the detention of about 400 Nigerian female Pilgrims in Jeddah Saudi Arabia. The Pilgrims were detained on arrival at the Jeddah airport Sunday September 23 2012.

This Day, Wednesday 26 September, 2012. Page 43

National News: Demand with a Familiar ring

Demand with a Familiar ring

Last week’s request by members of the House of Representatives for an increment in their quarterly allowances brings to mind a similar situation in the last session of the House that led to the ongoing trial of the former Speaker, Honourable Dimeji Bankole and his deputy, Honourable Usman Nafada.

This Day, Wednesday 26 September, 2012. Page 17

National News: Comments on N/A resolutions

Comments on N/A resolutions

Senate President David Mark yesterday talked tough on the Minister of Information Mr. Laraban Maku saying he is given to unguarded and careless comments. The Senate President was reacting to Maku’s recent comments that resolutions of the National Assembly were not binding on the executive.

Daily Trust, Wednesday 26 September, 2012.News page 1

National News: Reps orders Navy to release arrested vessels

Reps orders Navy to release arrested vessels

The House of Representatives joint committees on petroleum downstream Navy and Defence yesterday directed the Navy authorities to release a foreign vessel MT ST Vanessa and its crew now in its custody over alleged illegal operations on the Nigerian territorial waters.

Daily Trust, Tuesday 25 September, 2012, Page 10