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CISLAC Policy Brief on Quality Assurance in Basic and Secondary Education Delivery in Nigeria

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The quality of education in Nigeria has fallen so badly that the tendency for affluent families and members of the ruling class to send their wards to foreign educational institutions has gained ascendancy. In an attempt to improve this statistics, the government has approved increased participation of the private sector at every level of education including the tertiary level. These are however largely expensive and require such huge resources that is outside the reach of the average Nigerian household, thereby making it exclusive. (more…)

CISLAC Policy Brief on Gender Equity and Empowerment towards achieving the MDGs

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Women are the most disadvantaged especially in the poorest countries. Opportunities for educational, social and economic advancement are usually markedly inferior to those of men and they often face barriers in gaining access to good education and health care for both economic and cultural reasons. This is manifest in less developed countries in lower level of education attainment for girls than boys and a lower life expectancy for women relative to men. There are indications of continuing bias against women, exhibited in the labour market where women face lower wages and fewer job opportunities, and continue to encounter discrimination in financial markets. Women also usually have fewer opportunities to participate in public decision making. (more…)

Petroleum Industry Bill: Issues of Concern To Communities and Civil Society

The Environmental Rights Action, Social Action and Civil  Society Legislative Advocacy Centre are among the leading Non Governmental Organisations in Nigeria that have been at the forefront of the campaign for the passage of a Nigerian peoples Petroleum Industry Bill since the introduction of the Bill by the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua’s administration in 2008.
In the course of time, the Petroleum Industry Bill became the most celebrated, interesting, discussed and controversial bill in the annals of legislative history of Nigeria in recent times.
The above was not surprising as the bill meant different things to different sectors of the Nigerian society and foreign business associates depending on what their expectations were.
While the three organisations and their colleagues as grassroots organisations tried hard to create a balance in the final outcome of the bill in other to satisfy to a very large extent the desires and expectations of the Nigerian […]

CISLAC condemns post-electoral violence

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre notes with grave concern, the outbreak of violence that has accompanied the Presidential elections of April 16, 2011. This spate of violence which has resulted in the destruction of lives and property is condemnable and rejected in the strongest of terms.

We also reject that attempt to give what is clearly a politically motivated reaction by yet to be identified people, an ethnic and religious coloration, thereby introducing divisive tendencies that constitute a threat to our unity and nationhood at this critical period of our national life and create a barrier to our collective efforts at nation-building.

We commend the statement credited to General Muhammadu Buhari, the presidential candidate of the CPC, on whose behalf this violence is purportedly perpetrated, in which he rejected the violence and dissociated himself from its perpetrators. We also commend the statement of the president-elect, Dr Goodluck Jonathan calling for […]

CONFRONTING THE RESOURCE CURSE: THE NIGERIA EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES TRANSPARENCY INITIATIVE IN PERSPECTIVE’

CONFRONTING THE RESOURCE CURSE: THE NIGERIA EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES TRANSPARENCY INITIATIVE IN PERSPECTIVE’ by MUSA ABUTUDU & DAUDA GARUBA ISBN:978-978-50222-3-0                                     2011
The formation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) was necessitated by the growing concerns about the irreconcilable gap between the magnitude of highly prized natural resources exploited in so many developing countries and the sheer record of poverty and underdevelopment posted by these same countries. Tony Blair, then Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, in the World Sustainable Summit Development held in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2002, tipped off the need for a process that manages the extractive industry effectively. Of course, government has over the years encouraged the intensity of corruption in the extractive industry because the activities of practitioners were shrouded in secrecy aided by government.
 Nigeria was one of the first […]

MDGs: BUILDING INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT FOR EFFECTIVE SERVICE DELIVERY

AN AUDIT OF THE NATIONAL HEALTH, EDUCATION AND GENDER POLICY FRAMEWORKS IN ATTAINING THE MDGs IN NIGERIA

ISBN: 978-978-50222-0-9                                     2011
As the 2015 target implementation deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) approaches, Nigeria has failed to show consistent credible advancements in fulfilling this International public charter. This is despite the numerous strategies and policies already adopted by different Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) respectively; and yet Nigeria cannot lay claim to substantial or meaningful achievements in this regard. Clearly, there are daunting challenges that remain evident in articulating the full implementation of the MDGs across the diverse spectrum of the developmental fabric of Africa’s most populous nation.
Available figures on the state of implementation of respective MDGs indicators depict a rather disappointing outcome e.g. 157 deaths per 1,000 live births, 98% failure rates […]

PASSAGE OF FOI BILL – CISLAC Salutes House of Representatives

The passage of the Freedom of Information Bill represents a historical event for Nigeria’s Democracy. This Bill is the longest in Nigeria’s legislative history which was first presented in June 1999 during the first National Assembly. The Bill has undergone three readings and a public hearing in each chamber before being passed by the House of Representatives.

Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre would like to express its recognition of the Honourable Members of the House of Representatives for having passed the Freedom of Information Bill. Special mention has to be made of the patriotic task undertaken by the Honourable Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, and other Honourable members who worked assiduously for the passage of the bill.

CISLAC would also like to thank the Freedom of Information Coalition and Civil Society groups for having played a proactive role in its passage and would like to encourage Civil Society […]

Communiqué Issued at the end of a 2-day Multi Stakeholders’ Conference on IDP Protection in Nigeria and the African Union Convention on the protection and Assistance of IDPs held at the Bolton White Hotel, Abuja on 21st and 22nd November 2011

Introduction

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), Abuja in partnership with the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre / Norwegian Refugee Centre (IDMC/NRC), Geneva, Switzerland organized a 2-day multi stakeholders’ conference on Internally Displace Persons (IDPs). The Conference was aimed at examining the plight of IDPs in Nigeria in the light of relevant international and domestic legal frameworks including the Kampala Convention and designing a plan of action for its ratification and domestication, as well as identifying measures for attaining durable solutions to the challenges of internal displacements in Nigeria.

The Conference was attended by about 75 participants drawn from Civil Society and Faith Based Organizations, the academia, international and national humanitarian assistance providing Agencies, relevant government institutions and the media.  There were four plenary sessions in which nine presentations were made by Resource Persons and representatives of relevant organizations and Agencies. There were interactive sessions with questions and answers and three […]

Policy Brief On Solid Mineral Sector

Nigeria is blessed with several natural and mineral resources that are widely distributed across the length and breadth of our land. However the dominance of oil as a major foreign exchange earner has completely eclipsed the over 34 other different minerals in 500 known mineral deposit sites Nacross the 36 states and federal capital. The result has been a vulnerable economy and an underdeveloped non-oil sector, specifically the solid mineral sector.
This sector was left in the hands of an informal group of untrained ands ill-equipped artisans who carried out their activities unregulated in several communities making negligible contributions to the overall GDP. The absence of inadequate legislation and poor law enforcement in the mining sector not only deprived the nation of the potential wealth available from this sector, but also put the health and lives of millions of people in jeopardy. This stems from the dire environmental and health consequences of the unsophisticated methods deployed by its […]