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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 […]

Call for Expression of Interest (EoI)

Organization: Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC)

Date of announcement: 20th June 2018

Type of Announcement: Request for Expression of Interest (EoI)

Station: Abuja

 

Subject: Request for Expression of Interest (EoI) to engage consultants to conduct a Review of Laws and Policies in Adamawa and Cross River States / Analysis of Humanitarian Intervention in Nigeria.

 

Background

Nigeria remains a country originating and receiving refugees in addition to playing host to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). The major components of current humanitarian needs have been fuelled by the activities of insurgent groups operating in various parts of the country in addition to the receiving of refugees from across the international borders just as environmentally induced needs remain evident.

 

More significantly, from 2012 the insurgent group Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād otherwise known as Boko Haram carried on a grave campaign of violence and destruction of lives and property leading to the designation of the group as the world’s deadliest terror group […]

CISLAC Commends the Judiciary on Decisive Judgement on Anti-Corruption Cases

 

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) commends the judiciary for the judgement against the ex-governor of Plateau State, Senator Joshua Dariye, who was handed down a 14-year sentence on Tuesday June 12, for misappropriation of funds during his tenure as governor after a trial which lasted 11 years.

This judgement, coming shortly after the 14-year sentence of ex-governor of Taraba State, Jolly Nyame, on corruption charges in May this year without an option of fine, is a step towards restoring the confidence of the citizens in the fight against corruption, although long overdue.

We note that, until recently, despite numerous allegations and court proceedings levelled against Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs), it is worrisome that many of them move in and out of the country without consequences regarding the allegations of embezzlement and misuse of funds levelled against them. It is embarrassing to Nigerians and the nation as a whole that many of these […]

Corruption: Experts demand adequate response to cases

 

By Abubakar Jimoh

A group of national and international anti-corruption actors has called for ample and sincere policy response to reported corruption, giving zero chance to nepotism to revert current unfavourable corruption indices and successfully combat the menace in Nigeria.

The group made this call at a One-day High Level Workshop to Share International Anti-Corruption Best Practices to Address Emerging Issues themed “Preventing the Facilitation of Corruption in Public and Private Sector: Leveraging on International Frameworks to Promote Sustainable Development” organized by Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) with support from  MacArthur Foundation and Ford Foundation in Abuja.

Speaking at the High Level meeting, human right activist and former Minister for Education, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili urged immediate dismissal of excessive centralized power operating in opaque context, especially in the oil and gas sector to successfully wage war against corruption in the country.

She bemoaned the refusal of the President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint […]

Press Release: Civil Society Group Condemns Recurring Threats against Amnesty International Nigeria

We, the undersigned civil society groups that work at the intersection of the protection and promotion of human rights and good governance in Nigeria, condemn in totality the recurrent breach of peace, brazen lack of patriotism, and absolute disregard for fundamental democratic values and principles of good governance by a malicious group that has persisted in threatening and issuing unjustified ultimatums to Amnesty International Nigeria to vacate the country.

We are aware that Amnesty International, as a duly registered organisation, possesses legal operational rights and mandate to protect and defend rights of the citizens irrespective of their socio-economic, ethno-religious and political backgrounds as pledged by the Government of Nigeria under relevant national, regional, and global laws including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Protocols on Human Rights and Rules of Law, and particularly, Section 33 to 44 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

We, in […]

Civil Society Holds Public Lecture in Honour of Taju, Winnie & Momoh

The Nigerian Civil Society groups have scheduled a public lecture in honour of the past renowned human rights activists and pan-Africanists such as late Tajuddeen Abdulraheem, Abubakar Momoh and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

The late trio stand out as Activists, pan-Africanists and Gender Advocates who lived fighting for human causes and therefore deserve periodic remembrances to inform and inspire young Africans who are able to learn from the experiences and uncommon struggles of these trio.

It is on this note that CSOs in Nigeria are working round the clock to commemorate Tajuddeen, Abu and Winnie during a commemorative annual lecture with a theme “PAN-AFRICANISM, GENDER & AFRICAN LIBERATION: REFLECTIONS ON TAJJUDDEEN ABDULRAHEEM, ABUBAKAR MOMOH & WINNIE MANDELA.” This year’s memorial lecture will be delivered by the respected African Scholar on International Peace and Justice, Horace Campbell, at The Electoral Institute on the 25th of May 2018.

Below is a brief on the trio activist.

ABUBAKAR […]