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Vacancy for Legislative Advocacy Liaison Officer

Vacancy Announcement


Job Title:             Legislative Advocacy Liaison Officer (LALO)

Job Location:      Abuja


Role Purpose:

Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the position has responsibility for ensuring smooth legislative programme engagements by CISLAC with the legislature and other relevant government agencies both at national and state levels. In collaboration with other Programme Managers, the position will help to identify and define issues relating to key governance issues and coordinate necessary analysis, and participate in the formulation and implementation of legislative advocacy engagement approaches and strategies.


The Legislative Advocacy Liaison Officer (LALO) will assist in the development and implementation of legislative programmes of CISLAC. The position will also be responsible for developing and maintaining contact with members and staff of the National and State Legislatures, key line Ministries, Department and Parastatals, and other national and international advocacy organizations and agencies that are focused on legislative issues.


The position will identify bills of interest to CISLAC, assess […]

Call for Research Consultant – Military Involvement in the Nigerian Elections

Research Consultant – Military Involvement in the Nigerian Elections


Strengthening the Accountability of the Nigerian Defence Sector (SANDS) project:


The SANDS project, implemented by Transparency International Defence and Security and the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) aims to reduce corruption risks and strengthen accountability in the Nigerian defence sector. It holds two broad objectives: to increase political and military commitments to defence accountability through increased public debate; and to build capacity of the defence institutions and related state bodies to effectively develop, contribute to, and monitor anti-corruption reforms processes in the sector.


The SANDs project has undertaken several research pieces and reports. The latest – titled


‘Camouflaged Cash: How ‘Security Votes Fuel Corruption in Nigeria’ was published in May 2018. Our research aims to include practical recommendations that influence policy makers and provide civil society with well-evidenced data to engage in public debate.




Like the 2015 elections, the 2019 polls will determine the […]








The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), as National Contact of Transparency International in Nigeria wish to engage the services of consultants to conduct a desk review on the above subject matter. The consultants are to work in collaboration with CISLAC staff in this regard on information coming out from verifiable media reports on anti-corruption including that of MacArthur Foundation’s support for journalism which is expected to increase the spate and quality of corruption investigations by the media.


The consultancy is within the project “Strengthening Legislative Accountability and Anti-Corruption Mechanisms” (SLAAM) in Nigeria with financial support from MacArthur Foundation. The work of the consultants’ would be to synthesize investigative reports of corruption from journalists with a view of using the report to engage the relevant committees of the National Assembly to carry out legislative oversight responsibilities over […]

‘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, focusing on its 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. The independent oil trader is a particularly interesting case to analyse, 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 […]

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, […]