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Western Corporations Gulp 43% of Nigeria’s Oil Export – SocialAction

By Abubakar Jimoh

As part of the efforts to address rising fraud in the oil and other extractive industry in Nigeria and other countries in the Gulf of Guinea region of Africa, Social Action in collaboration with Gulf of Guinea Citizen Network (GGCN), Faculty of Environment Studies, York University, Canada and the New Centre for Social Research, recently organized a two-day international conference in Abuja.
The conference which was themed Beyond Transparency: Oil and Crisis of Democratic Governance in Nigeria and Gulf of Guinea aimed at critiquing the transparency discourse based on political realities of the states in the region as well as the conditions in the site of extraction; identifying prospects for innovative synergies between the different transparency initiatives and extractive sector/economic development agendas in Africa so as to promote robust and coherent regulatory framework in turbulent political environments such as Nigeria; examining the interconnections between transparency in the […]

Senate Snubs President Jonathan's N160 Billion Loan Request

The Senate yesterday proceeded on two months annual recess without considering the request by President Goodluck Jonathan to take a foreign loan of $1 billion to finance the fight against Boko Haram insurgents.

Jonathan had on Wednesday written to the two chambers of the National Assembly seeking permission to borrow $1 billion (N160 billion) external loan to combat Boko Haram.

The President wrote to Senate President David Mark on the need to upgrade arms and ammunition for the nation’s Armed Forces to fortify them in the fight against insurgency.

However, the upper chamber did not list the item on its order paper of yesterday and has adjourned sittings to September which is contrary to its procedures and conventions where executive communications are usually given immediate attention, our correspondent reports.

The red chamber conducted other legislative businesses including passage of bills and consideration of some reports without making any reference to the request before […]

CISLAC urges Social Equity in Tax Regime

By Abubakar Jimoh

As part of its efforts to promote justice, equity and fairness in the nation’s tax regime, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) with support from Transparency International yesterday organized a stakeholder capacity building forum on multiple taxations for Nyanya market women in Abuja.  

While speaking at the event, the Executive Director of CISLAC, Mr. Auwal Ibrahim Musa (Rafsanjani) represented by Programme Officer of CISLAC, Chioma Blessing Kanu, said: “It is interested to know that women constitute about 60% of farming population in Nigeria, mostly small scale and a majority in wholesale and retail trade. Women are taxed at National, State and Local Government levels on their goods, such taxes as custom tariff, port developer, net vat corporate income, ECOWAS levy, sharp duties, plus 45 other taxes depending on the type of business are levied on women.

“Local market women are the worst hit by the era of […]

Group Slams Unlawful Financial Flows in Africa

By Abubakar Jimoh

As part of the efforts to combat continuous illicit financial flows across African regions and table before the Seventh Session of the AU Conference of African Ministers of Economy and Finance, other critical matters to drive sustainable development across the region, civil society organisations under the aegis of Tax Justice Network Africa has organized one-day Pan African Consultative Meeting on Fiscal Justice and Financing Sustainable Development in Africa on Monday in Abuja.

The event emerged various stakeholders on Tax Justice Advocacy across the continent including Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), ActionAid, Oxfam, Christian Aid, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and other agencies of civil society.

While addressing the media at the Conference, Mr. Kolawole Banwo, Senior Programme Office of CISLAC, emphasized that civil society in Africa recognize the efforts of the ministers of economy and finance development in Africa to address challenges surrounding financial development in […]

UNHRC calls for inclusive politics in Nigeria

By: Abubakar Jimoh

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has called on the Federal Government to promote implementation of UN Declaration on the Rights of National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities.

Making the call yesterday was the United Nations Independent Expert on Minority issues, Rita Izsak, who addressed a press conference in Abuja to mark the end of her research into minority issues in Nigeria.

She said: “Nigeria is a country of incredible ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities. I have come to understand that the term minority is far from an easy one to define in the Nigerian context. The Nigerian Constitution provides guarantees of equality for all.”

“I have learnt about some of the problems and threats to minority rights that exists in several States and that in some case, have threatened historical harmonious inter-communal relations. In some places that I have visited, including Plateau State and Kaduna […]

Senate Passes National Health Bill

By Omololu Ogunmade

After months of hectic legislation, the Senate Wednesday passed the National Health Bill (NHB).

 The bill which has been a subject of controversy in the nation’s health sector, seeks to provide framework for the regulation, development and management of the national health system. It is also aimed at setting standards for health services in the federation.

According to the Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, the new bill will help Nigeria achieve what he described as universal health service and also meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) target.

Briefing journalists after the bill was passed, Okowa expressed confidence that it would not only guarantee improvement in the health care sector, but would also regulate health care practice, promote professionalism as well as eliminate quacks.

Okowa also said the bill, if signed into law, would provide basic health funds that were needed in Nigeria this time, […]

NNPC missing funds: CSOs call for thorough investigation

Adam Alqali

Civil society groups under the aegis of the Say No Campaign- Nigeria
have called for a thorough investigation regarding various allegations
of non-remittance of $20bn oil revenue to the federation account of
the CBN by the NNPC.

The Say No Campaign- Nigeria is a coalition of CSOs, the media, labour
unions, the organized private sector, faith-based organizations as
well as CBOs committed to fighting corruption, impunity, poverty,
violence and other governance challenges in Nigeria.

And this was made known at a press conference organised by the Say No
Campaign- Nigeria coalition in Abuja on Tuesday. Speaking on behalf of
the CSOs, Auwal Musa Rafsanjani said: “The Say No Campaign-Nigeria and
its collaborating civil society partners have followed with keen
interest the on-going probe of non-remittance of oil revenue to the
Federation Account by the Ahmed Makarfi-led Senate Committee on
Finance.”

“This is on the heels of revelations made through a letter
communicated by the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to the
President on […]

National Conference: CSOs call for more non-state actors’ representation

 

By Adam Alqali

A coalition of Nigerian civil society organisations working in the area of promoting democracy have called for the inclusion of more non-state actors in the forthcoming National Conference. The coalition demanded for the reduction of government appointed delegates and that not less than two-thirds of the delegates to the conference are non-state actors.

This was made known yesterday at a press conference by the pro-democracy civil society organisations in Abuja on Wednesday. Addressing journalists, on behalf of the conveners, Auwal Ibrahim Musa (Rafsanjani), the Executive Director of CISLAC said: “There is so much to be said about the way and manner that numbers of delegates have been allocated to different organisations and constituencies.

“Nevertheless, our focus today is on the National Conference in its connection with the demands of the civil society movement as represented by the pro-democracy organisations with their roots in the anti-military struggle, and which […]

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 […]