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Capacity building for media would boost Maternal Accountability in Nigeria –Rafsanjani


By Sylvester Enoghase –   Lagos

Reviewing how the capacity building for media would helped to focus more attention on improving Maternal health accountability, especially the lives of the most vulnerable within the societies the Executive Director of Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Center (CISLAC), Auwal Musa Rafsanjani   has declared that targeting investment in skills development of media, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) would enhance their productivity in Nigeria

Rafsanjani, while calling on the three tiers of Governments’, the Federal, states and Local Government  to initiate policies toward strengthening the capacity of various stakeholders , especially the media through an enabling platform to engage maternal accountability in the country during a two-day roundtable on Maternal Health among CSOs, legislative, executive and the media in Kaduna and Kano States organized by CISLAC with support from MacArthur Foundation also stressed that Civil Society Organisations, Community Based Organisations and the Media, have benefited immensely from CISLAC’s efforts […]


Kano State House of Assembly, yesterday 27th of November, 2013, finally passed Kano State Street Begging Prohibition Bill.
Though, there was no public hearing concerning the Bill before its final passage, however, the Bill is meant to reposition and rebrand the state, being the only state having the highest population of street beggars in Nigeria with millions of people begging on the street.
In another development, the State House of Assembly between Monday 25th and 26th of November, 2013, has taken a critical look at the Kano State Harmonized LGAs Rate and Levy Bill, which is presently at the Committee level.
Also, of particular importance, is the Local Governments Audit Report, December, 2010 fiscal year. The House has finished reading the report.
Nura Maaji

Revenue Allocation: Between RMAFC and States

By: Abubakar Jimoh

The ongoing agitation for the review of revenue allocation formula has brought to the fore questions on the tangible benefits derived by the people at both State and Local Government levels from the huge monthly revenue allocation to their respective States from the Federation Account.
The issue of revenue allocation formula arose with the discovery of crude oil and its replacement for agricultural produce as the main source of revenue to the country. This led Nigeria to become a member of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in 1971 which paved way for the country to go into joint venture with international companies, and derived profits not only from the petroleum, but also from the mining rents and royalties.
The existing global financial crisis which has extended to every part of the world has worsened the regional, national and global economic environments. This has a significant negative consequence […]

New Mobile Site, Official Email Addresses, Mailing Lists for CISLAC!

Our Website is now Mobile Optimized!
Visit on your smartphone or tablet device, and you will see the latest content from CISLAC formatted for optimal viewing on the smaller screen.

New Official Email Addresses for CISLAC
We are moving away from Yahoo – please update your addressbooks! From now on, please use only to reach our head office in Abuja and to reach our regional office in Kano. CISLAC Executive Director Auwal Musa (Rafsanjani) is reachable at

CISLAC Content Now Delivered Directly To Your Inbox!
We post new content, press releases, communiques and news alerts regularly to the CISLAC website. Content is automatically syndicated to Facebook and Twitter, but now you can also make sure you are always kept up to date by subscribing to our Monthly Website Update and News Alert mailing lists.

CISLAC Advocates for Increase Allocation to Agric Sector

Civil Organization Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) has encouraged various state governments on increased budgetary allocation to the agricultural sector in the country to achieve maximum food production for the nation’s economic sustainability instead of the huge sums expended on the consumption of imported food.
The call was made recently at a one day workshop organized by CISLAC for Civil Society Organisations and farmers on the theme “CSOS/Farmers Network Capacity Building on Advocating for increased Budgetary Allocation in Agriculture in Benue State’’, held at the conference hall of Hallydays Hotel and Resort Markurdi, the Benue State Capital.
In his keynote address, Auwal Ibrahim Musa, Executive Director of CISLAC, who was represented by Mr. Kolawale Banwo, lamented on the poor funding of the agricultural sector in the country and Benue State in particular; while stressing that as the food basket of the nation, the state can feed the nation if its potential are […]

ERA, Civil Society Center to Partner on Tobacco Control Bill

Following the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that tobacco will kill more than 8 million people in 2030, the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Center (CISLAC) and Environmental Rights Action (ERA) have announce a strategic alliance to step up activities to fast-track the re-passage of the National Tobacco Control Bill (NTCB) which suffered a setback under the Sixth National Assembly following the failure of President Goodluck Jonathan to sign it into law.

ERA Director, Corporate Accountability & Administration, Akinbode Oluwafemi made the announcement during the World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) commemoration organised by the two organisations in Lagos while addressing issues of Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorships (TAPS).

Oluwafemi said that studies have shown that tobacco is the single most preventable cause of death globally and is currently responsible for killing one in 10 adults worldwide even as he added that by 2030, the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that tobacco will […]

Monitoring of Compliance and Implementation of African Union Protocols, Conventions, Decisions and Best Practices of Member StatesTerms of Reference for Country Researcher

Monitoring of Compliance and Implementation of African Union Protocols, Conventions, Decisions and Best Practices of Member States
Terms of Reference for Country Researcher
State of the Union (SOTU) is a coalition of 10 civil society organizations that advocates for the ratification, domestication and implementation of key African Union treaties and legal instruments. They range from governance, political, social and economic rights, to peace and security and development. Fourteen of them – ten legal instruments and four policy standards – if implemented, have tremendous promise for the lives of millions in Africans. As part of its commitment, SOTU conducts bi-annual research to review country compliance and status of implementation of the selected AU instruments. The first State of the Union compliance reports were published in July 2010 and they were well appreciated by the AUC, member states and other interested stakeholders. SOTU members are currently planning to launch a second round of […]

National News: House Flays Detention of Nigerian Pilgrims

House Flays Detention of Nigerian Pilgrims

The House of Representatives yesterday condemned the detention of about 400 Nigerian female Pilgrims in Jeddah Saudi Arabia. The Pilgrims were detained on arrival at the Jeddah airport Sunday September 23 2012.

This Day, Wednesday 26 September, 2012. Page 43

National News: Demand with a Familiar ring

Demand with a Familiar ring

Last week’s request by members of the House of Representatives for an increment in their quarterly allowances brings to mind a similar situation in the last session of the House that led to the ongoing trial of the former Speaker, Honourable Dimeji Bankole and his deputy, Honourable Usman Nafada.

This Day, Wednesday 26 September, 2012. Page 17