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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 […]

Addressing the plight of irregular migrants

By Gloria Chinyere Okwu

“Migration is an expression of the human aspiration for dignity, safety and a better future; a part of the social fabric, part of our very make-up as a human family,” says the former Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban-ki Moon.

The aforementioned therefore, describes migration as a phenomenon that will remain a part of human existence as humans continue to move from one place to another to better their existence.

Fundamentally, there are two forms of migration—regular and Irregular migration. This piece will focus mainly on irregular migration which possesses severe and disastrous consequences.

Irregular migration causes numerous challenges to the migrants, countries of origin, transit and destination. Migrants in this situation are particularly vulnerable to discrimination, abuse and also in danger of being exploited by crime organizations involved in migrant smuggling and human trafficking.

They are exposed to torture, starvation and death. Nigeria has the highest number of […]

Mitigating the impact of climate change in Nigeria

By Salmat Abdulwaheed and Gideon Ojigi

Climate change remains a serious development threat to the present generation with dreadful impact manifesting disproportionately across globe.

Nigeria as a developing country with a population of about 190 million is likely to be adversely affected by the impact of climate change giving its vulnerability and low response capability.

Realising the significance and inevitability of the environment for survival of man, environmental experts have been arguing boisterously that without the environment man cannot exist since human activities are made possible by the existence of his environment.

While climate change constitutes environmental threat of the 21st century, the current experience alongside its adversity has left nations to seek immediate measures to adapt and mitigate impact.

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) defines ‘climate change as a change which is attributed directly or indirectly to human activity that alters the composition of the global atmosphere over comparable […]

Simplifying extractive information for all

By Kate Onyeka

As part of the efforts to ensure well-informed and empowered citizens on issues affecting the extractive sector, the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) with support from United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has published in a simplified form, extractive information kit covering the operations, revenue collection mechanisms, enforcement and regulatory regimes of the sector.

The 52-pages information kit entitled ‘Extractive 101—A Basic and Comprehensive Companion’ through 7 different modules provide essentially 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.

While the ongoing reforms by the present administration in the extractor sector requires constant engagements by all stakeholders, the tool kit aims at deepen capacity of the citizens to effectively engage natural resources governance at all levels for sustainable development.

The publication provides a detailed introduction into the structure of oil […]

Nigeria: Report exposes monumental revenue loss to ill-managed oil and gas sector

 By Abubakar Jimoh

Poor management of expectation by the government coupled with weak oversight capacity of the Legislative Committees and other agencies have been identified as contributory setbacks to the management of natural resources wealth for the benefit of current and future generations.

These disclosures are contained in a published 233-page study entitled ‘2017 Benchmarking Exercise Report’ of the Nigeria Natural Resource Charter in collaboration with Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), Centre for Public Policy Alternatives (CPPA), Centre for Study of the Economies of Africa (CSEA), Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) and Social Action (SA).

The Report, through 12 broad principles, evaluates the existing effort and capacity by the government in the management of natural resources wealth for the benefit of current and future generations; and bemoans the unfavourable oil and gas fiscal regimes to Nigeria regardless of complexity of the agencies administering taxes in the sector.

It observes total weakness in […]

Press Statement on the Agitation for Separation and Ultimatum for Citizens to Leave Some Parts of the Country

 Abuja

Tuesday, June 22, 2017

JOINT STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE CIVIL SOCIETY LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY CENTRE (CISLAC) AND PROTEST TO POWER (P2P) MOVEMENT ON THE AGITATION FOR SEPARATION AND ULTIMATUM FOR CITIZENS TO LEAVE SOME PARTS OF THE COUNTRY

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) and Protest to Power (P2P) Movement express concern and urge for caution on the on-going agitations by some groups calling for separation from Nigeria and also on those issuing ultimatum to Nigerian citizens to leave some parts of the country.

Section 2(1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) clearly states that “Nigeria is one indivisible and indissoluble sovereign state…”Furthermore, the Constitution provided in section 41(1) that “every citizen of Nigeria is entitled to move freely throughout Nigeria and to reside in any part thereof, and no citizen of Nigeria shall be expelled from Nigeria or refused entry thereby or exit thereof…”

Furthermore, relevant international charters, including the UN and […]

VACANCY

CALL FOR CONSULTANT

Title of Activity: FACILITATE STRATEGY UPDATE AND ACTION PLAN FOR IMPLEMENTATION FOR CISLAC/TI NIGERIA

Period of Service: JUNE 2017

 

Background

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), as National Contact of Transparency International, (TI) has been mandated by the TI- International Secretariat (TI-S), Berlin, to engage a consultant to facilitate strategy update and action plan for implementation as part of process requirement to become a full-fledged TI National Chapter in Nigeria. This is being pursued within the framework of our new project “Tackling Inequalities in Nigeria through Transparent, Accountable and Participatory Governance” which is being implemented in collaboration with TI- S in Berlin, with support from the Ford Foundation under their governance project.

The main objective of the assignment is to update Transparency International strategy for Nigeria as well as a detailed implementation plan. While the overall objective of the project is to strengthen the presence of TI and the anti-corruption movement at […]

Press Release

CSO Groups Decries Attack on Amnesty International

A group of civil society organisations finds the attack on Amnesty International, Abuja, very disheartening and considers it a huge set back, considering how much civil society organisations have fought to ensure the right to freedom of expression.

Amnesty International is a credible global movement that campaigns for human rights, is independent of any political ideology, economic interest or religious affiliations and is reputed to report facts established by empirical research. The 2016 Annual Report is not an exception. It is based on verifiable facts, including documented interviews of real victims. Amnesty International reported issues of arbitrary arrests both in the North East and Niger Delta; death penalties carried out in a Benin prison in Edo State; the killing of over 100 members and supporters of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). None of these have been disproved by the protesters. Their resorting to […]

Interview with Salaudeen Hashim on the Recession in Nigeria

Salaudeen Hashim is a senior programme officer who is in charge of security, human rights, migration, agriculture and livelihoods at the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) based in Abuja.

CISLAC is a non-governmental, non-profit, advocacy, information sharing, research and capacity building organisation. Its purpose is to strengthen the link between civil society and the legislature through advocacy and capacity building for civil society groups and policy makers on legislative processes and governance issues.

In this encounter with LUBEM GENA, he spoke on how Nigeria got into the recession, how to get out of it, as well as made instructive comments about fundamental issues in the oil sector. Excerpts:

 

What is your centre’s view around the economic recession in the country?

Basically we think one needs to understand the trajectory that has led to this problem which is based on what happened in the past, what is happening now and the tendency […]