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Corruption: Experts demand adequate response to cases

 

By Abubakar Jimoh

A group of national and international anti-corruption actors has called for ample and sincere policy response to reported corruption, giving zero chance to nepotism to revert current unfavourable corruption indices and successfully combat the menace in Nigeria.

The group made this call at a One-day High Level Workshop to Share International Anti-Corruption Best Practices to Address Emerging Issues themed “Preventing the Facilitation of Corruption in Public and Private Sector: Leveraging on International Frameworks to Promote Sustainable Development” organized by Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) with support from  MacArthur Foundation and Ford Foundation in Abuja.

Speaking at the High Level meeting, human right activist and former Minister for Education, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili urged immediate dismissal of excessive centralized power operating in opaque context, especially in the oil and gas sector to successfully wage war against corruption in the country.

She bemoaned the refusal of the President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint […]

Civil Society Holds Public Lecture in Honour of Taju, Winnie & Momoh

The Nigerian Civil Society groups have scheduled a public lecture in honour of the past renowned human rights activists and pan-Africanists such as late Tajuddeen Abdulraheem, Abubakar Momoh and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

The late trio stand out as Activists, pan-Africanists and Gender Advocates who lived fighting for human causes and therefore deserve periodic remembrances to inform and inspire young Africans who are able to learn from the experiences and uncommon struggles of these trio.

It is on this note that CSOs in Nigeria are working round the clock to commemorate Tajuddeen, Abu and Winnie during a commemorative annual lecture with a theme “PAN-AFRICANISM, GENDER & AFRICAN LIBERATION: REFLECTIONS ON TAJJUDDEEN ABDULRAHEEM, ABUBAKAR MOMOH & WINNIE MANDELA.” This year’s memorial lecture will be delivered by the respected African Scholar on International Peace and Justice, Horace Campbell, at The Electoral Institute on the 25th of May 2018.

Below is a brief on the trio activist.

ABUBAKAR […]

Clamour for State Police: Beyond Sloganeering and Grandstanding

 

By Salaudeen Hashim and Jaye Gaskia

Whenever the question of restructuring and devolution of powers are raised by the contending factions and fractions of Nigeria’s prodigal ruling class, they bring to the fore incessant outcry for State Police and fiscal federalism.

As always, these issues, like the parent concepts of Restructuring and Devolution of powers, are simply thrown and bandied around without content, reflection, and any sense of responsibility.

Just as we had challenged them to come up with programmes of action on how to restructure Nigeria and achieve devolution of powers; we are equally duty bound now to once again throw up the challenge to ask them to provide content.

From a careful and critical analysis of the various responses given by different fractions of the ruling class to the challenge of providing concrete programmes on restructuring; it is now very clear that no serious, deep and reflective thought had been given […]

Nigeria and corruption cankerworms

 

By Aminat Yusuf and Salmat Abdulwaheed

In Nigeria, endemic corruption permeating the three arms of government constitutes a major threat to social, economic and political development.

Apart from the arms of government, corruption is consciously and unconsciously encouraged in the smallest unit of the society like the family.

Corruption spreads like epidemic in all ramifications with a clear tendency to hinder growth and development in the country.

It is mainly responsible for the vast inequalities in the country with incessant diversion of public treasury into private pockets by public office holders giving chances to greater impunity and their lavish lifestyles.

The recent Corruption Perception Index (CPI) released by Transparency International, a global anti-corruption watchdog, further exposes the extent of the country’s vulnerability to corruption epidemic despite the present administration’s campaign against corruption.

Meanwhile, the CPI ranks Nigeria high in corruption showing lack of progress in anti-corruption as the country regressed in ranking from 136 in […]

Human rights abuses and the inconsistencies in recruitment, selection for peacekeeping missions

By Abubakar Jimoh

There are indications that faulty recruitment and selection processes by the security forces could be major contributory factors to persistent human rights abuses and violations by Nigerian peacekeeping troops in various United Nations’ missions.

These hints are contained in a 78-page report titled “Nigeria: Navigating Secrecy in the Vetting and Selection of Peacekeepers” published by the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) in collaboration with Asia Centre for Human Rights, supported by Open Society Institute, New York.

The report attributes persistent human rights violation and abuses by peacekeeping troops to systemic corruption and inconsistencies associating with personnel recruitment and selection of troops for peacekeeping where “personal relationships and political positioning drive the promotion and assignment” activities.

While the reported cases of misconduct by Nigeria and other security forces during peacekeeping missions triggered the development of uniform standards of conduct for all personnel by the United Nations, the report however faults […]

Tobacco use: A major contributory factor to cancers, other diseases – Anya

By Austin Erameh

There are indications that tobacco consumption could be a major contributory factor to cancer, cardiovascular ailments and other diseases.

These hints were given by Okeke Anya, Programme Manager (Democratic Governance), CISLAC, while presenting the priorities and challenges for advancing the WHO FCTC in Nigeria’s Public Health Systems at the recently concluded 17th World Conference on ‘Tobacco Or Health’ held in Cape Town, South Africa.

He said a recent study conducted by the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), a coordinating ministry for the implementation of the National Tobacco Control Act, 2015, to ascertain the implementation progress of the Act across eight selected Public Health Institutions in the Federal Capital Territory, reveals that no fewer than 75% of the respondents had come in contact with a patient whom had been diagnosed with cancer, cardiovascular ailment and other related diseases with 71% of them linking tobacco consumption to cancer, cardiovascular ailments […]

How poverty worsens child marriage, Almajiri system in Nigeria

By Aminat Yusuf and Salmat Abdulwaheed

Just as needle injects content into the body, poverty remains a systemic menace breeding insecurity, socio-economic deprivation and instability, especially in the Northern part of the country where high level illiteracy and child destitution prevails.

Poverty, in the analysis of United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), is a denial of choices and opportunities, a violation of human dignity. By this, it denotes susceptibility to violence, inaccessibility to basic needs, economic incapacitation and social exclusion.

The resultant impact of poverty continues to prey on community and family’s socio-economic decisions with rising perception of child marriage and Almajiri system as opportunities to escape chronic poverty or alleviate socio-economic burdens.

Early child marriage across the North hinders the girl-child’s ability to pursue an education and gain independence.

As part of the wrong socio-cultural attitude to education, girls are often instructed to stay home and perform domestic responsibilities, while their brothers head to the classroom. This automatically […]

COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF CISLAC’s SIDE EVENT DURING UNITED NATIONS COMMISSION FOR THE STATUS OF WOMEN 62 (CSW 62)

COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF CISLAC’s SIDE EVENT DURING UNITED NATIONS COMMISSION FOR THE STATUS OF WOMEN 62 (CSW 62) ON THE 14TH OF MARCH 2018 IN 4 WEST 43RD STREET New York, NY.

 

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The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) on the 14th of March 2018, held a side event at the United Nations Commission for the Status of Women 62. The event was attended by over 40 participants from across the globe of notable repute and from different backgrounds including civil society, development partners, the international community, private sector, Nigerians in the diaspora and the media. The meeting was also ably attended by CISLAC global board of Trustee members such as Dr. Afia Zakiya, Mr. Francis John and Mr. Auwal Ibrahim Musa (Rafsanjani), among others. The meeting aimed at highlighting government’s core policy and legislative interventions that seek to empower the Girl-Child and to address the factors […]

‘Nigeria accounts for about 70% of the illegal small arms in West Africa’ – Report

 

By Vaclav Prusa and Abubakar Jimoh

There are indications that West Africa is conveniently situated for drug and illegal weapons’ trade between South America and Europe, and Nigeria accounts for about 70% of the illegal small arms in the sub-region.

These hints are contained in 20-page report titled ‘CrimeJust: Fact Sheet Nigeria’ published by Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) under the aegis of Criminal Justice project supported by the European Union (EU), implemented by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in partnership with INTERPOL and Transparency International.

The report, which aims at raising policy consciousness on the dreadful impacts of Organised Crime and enhancing the capacity of relevant authorities to effectively devise appropriate countermeasures, reveals that Nigeria stands at the centre of a number of transnational crimes.

According to the report, the existing porous borders have not only paved ways for free flow of arms in and out of […]

Tobacco Use: Stakeholders Lament Growing Burdens on Public Resources

  By Austin Erameh

The Cross Rivers State Ministry of Environment has said the associated risks to tobacco use remained endemic increasing burdens on public resources.

This disclosure was made by Mr. Samuel Njar representing the Ministry at the recently concluded ‘Expanded Workshop for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in South-South Nigeria’ organised by the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC)  under the aegis of African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) in Calabar, Cross Rivers state.

Speaking from environmental perspective at the Workshop, Mr. Njar identified tobacco as a major challenge to public resources, noting that a considerable amount of resources is currently being spent by the Ministry in addressing environmental challenges of which tobacco is a priority.

Also, the State Ministry of Health, represented Dr. Mrs Virginia O. Inah, added that the health risks associated with tobacco use makes it a major concern for the Ministry and Cross Rivers State Government.

Dr. Inah acknowledged […]