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‘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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

CISLAC Launches ALAC Office in Lagos State

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), national contact for Transparency International (TI) in Nigeria, conducted one-day orientation and training on the 17th of July, 2018, for focal staff of Arise Nigerian Woman Foundation, the partner organization hosting the Advocacy and Legal Advice Centre (ALAC) in Lagos State.

The training was organized as part of an ongoing project called “Integrity, Mobilization, Participation, Accountability, Anticorruption and Transparency in Nigeria (IMPACT Nigeria), in collaboration with the TI-International Secretariat, Berlin and with support from Global Affairs Canada. As part of implementation of the project, CISLAC is setting up Advocacy and Legal Advice Centre desks in three (3) geo- political zones of the country so as to cater to the size of Nigeria and make reporting of corrupt practices to the ALAC easier for citizens who wish to do so. These ALAC desks will be hosted by partner organizations based in those geo-political zones. The […]

CCB Commends CISLAC on Anti-Corruption Fight

By Onyekachi Eke


The Head of Reforms, Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), Mr Gwimi Sebastine Peters, has commended the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) and other non-state actors for their work in the fight against corruption. Mr Peters made this commendation when the staff of CISLAC visited the CCB office in Abuja today, July 16.

The visit was to introduce the project “Turning up the pressure: Tackling money laundering through multi-stakeholder approaches in ECOWAS countries” and to discuss areas of collaboration.

The focus of this project, which is funded by the European Union and Transparency International (TI), is on the implementation of existing commitments and recommendations related to Anti-Money Laundering (AML) in ECOWAS countries, with focus on Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Cote d’Ivoire.

It is often a challenge for elected officials to identify priorities in the fight against money laundering when faced with multiple recommendations and high-level commitments. […]

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.



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 […]