‘PIGB will enhance fiscal efficiency in the oil and gas sector’ – Group

By Kate Onyeka

A group of civil society organisations advancing transparency and accountability in the extractive sector has said the existing Petroleum Industry and Governance Bill (PIGB) before President Muhammadu Buhari would enhance fiscal efficiency and streamline operations in the oil and gas sector, if eventually transmitted into law.

The group, led by Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) with support from FOSTER, gave this hint during advocacy visits to media outfits in Abuja.

Speaking during the visits, the Programme Manager on Environment and Conservation of Nature, CISLAC, Kolawole Banwo, recalled that the Bill was passed by both chambers of the National Assembly on March 28, 2018 and transmitted for assent by the President on July 3, 2018.

According to Mr Banwo, the Bill offers sweeping reforms in the oil and gas industry to make for increased fiscal benefits and streamlined operations in line with best global practices.

He said in order to enable the desired reform in conformity to […]

Misconduct in Policing: CISLAC Partners Nigerian Police to Ensure Justice


















By Asimi Samuel

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), National Contact of Transparency International in Nigeria, has partnered with the Police Complaint Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU) of the Nigeria Police Force to enhance transparency and justice in handling reported cases of misconduct by police personnel in the country.  

Speaking during a courtesy visit targeted at formalising the partnership to the Unit, Kolawole Banwo, Programme Manager, CISLAC, said the new collaboration would encourage appropriate reporting, investigation and timely resolution of complaints of police misconduct by both parties.  

The visit was conducted under the aegis of Criminal Justice (CRIMJUST) Project aimed at mainstreaming the Unit in facilitating reported cases of police personnel misconducts by the citizen.

Giving a background of the Project, Advocacy Coordinator, CRIMJUST Project, Asimi Samuel, said that it was a multinational joint initiative by Transparency International, the UNODC and INTERPOL.

According to Samuel, the Project “aims at strengthening […]

Communique Issued at The End of A Civil Society Capacity Building Workshop on Basic Health Care Funding in Nigeria






Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) organised a Civil Society Capacity Building Workshop on Basic Healthcare Funding in Nigeria under the aegis of a project titled “Reinvestment: Increasing Legislative Oversight on Primary Health Care in Nigeria.” The workshop aimed at educating the CSOs on techniques for engaging the legislators, building their knowledge on advocacy approach to legislative engagement and ensuring they have effective means of educating and informing state legislators and other policy makers about the importance of health care investments and other interventions. After exhaustive deliberations on various thematic issues such as “Understanding the Role of Legislature and Civil Society towards Primary Healthcare Revitalisation in Nigeria” and “Financing for Primary Healthcare: Harnessing Domestic Funding Opportunities, Enabling Policies and Legislation,” the […]

Call for Expression of Interest (EoI)



Project background and context

Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre is calling for expression for researchers on one of the world’s largest independent oil traders, Vitol, focusing on Vitol’s business operations in Nigeria.

The project seeks to raise awareness on the risks associated with the lack of transparency and oversight in the oil trade business, particularly focusing on how these risks play out when oil traders do business with host states affected by conflict and fragility. Vitol is a particularly interesting case to analyse this, because it is one of the biggest players in the world but little is known about the company: they are not stock listed but privately-owned and are therefore not bound by the same transparency rules as stock listed companies, they operate mainly ‘behind the scenes’, and most of their activities are in trading rather than production, which makes it more difficult to assess the […]

Returning Nigerians’ stolen millions

The stakes are high in the planned distribution of US$322 million in stolen Nigerian public money.

Of the estimated US$20-40 billion stolen annually from developing countries and hidden abroad every year, sometimes a small proportion is successfully confiscated and returned to the country it came from.

In Nigeria, plans are in motion to distribute US$322 million recovered in Switzerland from the late General Sani Abacha, the country’s former military ruler. Abacha is suspected of looting between US$3 and $5 billion in public money.

Where institutions of accountability are not working well, such cases pose a complex problem: how to make sure that the money is not embezzled again, and actually benefits the real victims of corruption – the ordinary people whose state finances were plundered. In 2006, US$723 million illicitly acquired by Abacha’s family was returned to Nigeria from Switzerland. A significant amount of these funds remains unaccounted for.

That past experience led Switzerland to controversially […]

Extractive 101 – A Basic and Comprehensive Companion

“Extractive 101—A Basic and Comprehensive Companion’ is a 52-page document that essentially provides 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, through seven different modules.

The publication provides a detailed introduction into the structure of oil and gas industry operations giving conginsance to the Upstream, Midstream and downstream.

It extensively discusses various arrangements under the upstream sector such as Joint Venture—the standard agreement between the national oil company and international oil company; Production Sharing Contract—adopted as a response to the funding pressure from Joint Venture; Service Contract—where contract undertakes exploration, development and production activities for, and on behalf of NNPC or the concession holder, at its own risk; Marginal Field Concession—adopted to promote Nigerian content development in oil exploration and production.

The publication further highlights the evolution of mining in Nigeria, detailing its rapid transformation from […]

Rafsanjani: FG Should Establish Integrity Trust Fund for Transparent Management of Recovered Monies



In this interview with Funke Olaode, Executive Director, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), a not-for-profit organisation based in Abuja, Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, shares his views on the federal government’s effort on looted funds and why the establishment of Integrity Trust Fund is necessary to ensure that the looted fund is not re-looted


You have been an advocate for accountability and good governance. What is your take on the recent happenings in Nigeria in the area of looted funds?

We have been advocating for the Nigerian government and supporting them to ensure that all assets stolen and kept abroad are brought back, but with the condition that these monies and assets are not re-looted. Last December, we had a foreign Asset Recovery Forum, which was organised by both United States and United Kingdom governments, and CISLAC was one of the organisations that were invited to that meeting. In that meeting, we […]



On Thursday the 19th of July 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 at the sidelines of a workshop for investigators and prosecutors in Golf View Hotel, Lagos Nigeria organized by the UNODC under the CRIMJUST project.

The meeting was to discuss the recommendations of the CRIMJUST assessment of the Nigerian Police Force, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and the Federal High Court conducted by CISLAC.

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

Present at the meeting was the Global Coordinator of the CRIMJUST project, Marco Moreira De […]



By Salmat Abdulwaheed and Gideon Ojigi

As part of a number of activities lined up towards the attainment of the overall objectives of the project “Turning up the Pressure: Tackling anti-money laundering through multi-stakeholder approaches in ECOWAS countries,” Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) paid a visit to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) liaison office in Abuja on the 17th of July 2018.

The delegation was led by the programme officer on Democratic Governance, Austin Erameh, who, in a brief introduction, gave a brief overview of what the anti-money laundering project intends to achieve and areas of policy engagement as well as its spread across the continent. He thanked the NDLEA team for receiving CISLAC and encouraged further partnership beyond the day’s interaction. He also used the opportunity to invite NDLEA formally to the multi-stakeholders’ meeting coming up in September and expressed

Afterwards, the assistant programme officer on Anti-Money Laundering (AML) project, Gloria Okwu, presented an outline of the project, […]