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Manual for Civil Society Engagment with the Legislature

Legislature more than any other organs of governance embodies the sprite of democracy. It is also easier for this body to give connect to the principles of democracy. It can do this through consultative processes.  Even more important, modern legislatures must see themselves as agents and tools for development. As the authority for appropriate public funds, and ensure the effective utilization of these funds, the legislature is central to development of the society. This centrality is located in context that has framed the legislature as the key to the demanding inclusion and accountability in the budget processes, which is the key instrument for development. By even with the wider context of the functions and responsibilities of the legislature, which is law making, inclusion is critical to the process of the country and to the prospect for the deepening and consolidation of dem
ocratic systems and practice. By partnering with civil […]

Nigeria: Study to Audit and Monitor Compliance and Implementation of Protocols, Conventions and Decisions of the African Union Member States

  The State of the Union Nigeria Report 2013 is a study to audit and monitor compliance and implementation of protocols, conventions and decisions of the African Union (AU) Member States of which Nigeria is party to. The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has provided for the domestication of all international treaties that Nigeria ratified. The report focuses on the achievement of economic, social, political and cultural rights, which aim to improve standards of living of the citizens if well implemented. The study evaluates the gaps between policy and practice to ensure that the policies developed at the AU level have a positive impact on the development prospects at the national level. Generally, the results and the best emerging practices of the study will be used to engage with the AU Member States at the national, regional and continental level.
While the study has provided some useful recommendations, […]

FROM AUDIT TO ACTION By Sofiri Joab-Peterside

This work attempts an analysis of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) 2009-2011 Audit Report from a civil society perspective. The NEITI audit in question was conducted by Sada, Idris and Co. (Chartered Accountants). It is the first to be done by Sada, Idris & Co. After the three successive ones conducted by the hart Group and SS Afemikhe &Co.(Chartered Accountants).
Since its establishment seven years ago, CISLAC has been in the forefront of efforts to strengthen the performance of EITI implementation in Nigeria through greater information dissemination and capacity building for stakeholders – citizens, civil society, media, state and the national and state assemblies. This particular publication build on the past edition of analyses of NEITI audit reports.  Coming on the heel of the official launch of the 2013 Resource Governance Index (RGI) in which Nigeria ranked ‘weak’ with 40th position out of 58 countries evaluated, it is […]

BEYOND COMPLIANCE

BEYOND COMPLIANCE edited by Musa Abutudu, Dauda Garuba and Kolawole Banwo is an insightful, balanced and yet critical analysis of the contemporary state of the implementation of the Extractive Industries Transparency initiative (EITI) in Nigeria. Coming from persons that cut across different professional backgrounds, the book appraises and shadow-reports Nigeria’s EITI implementation in a post-compliant period. It is anchored on the understanding that validation test and compliance are not a one-off event, but a five-yearly exercise deserving of consistent progress. In doing that, the book brings forth new achievements and gaps between volunteered commitments and realities, as well as points direction to expanding the NEITI process from its oil and gas-focus to incorporate the solid mineral sector and other neglected, but necessary, stakeholders in the value chain of the extractive industry. Apart from deepening public knowledge of the EITI process in Nigeria, the book seeks to strengthen the country’s […]

OVERSIGHT: TRAINING ON ROLE OF THE LEGISLATURE IN NEITI AUDIT PROCESS

OVERSIGHT: TRAINING ON ROLE OF THE LEGISLATURE IN NEITI AUDIT PROCESS ISBN: 978-978-48297-4-8
Chapter One is a report of Two-Day training for Legislature on enhancing the oversight role of the legislature on NEITI Audit Process. The training session comprised of an overview on the NEITI and the Act; an industry perspective; an overview of financial/physical flows; the role of legislators for an effective oversight on the NEITI; federation accounts and financial flows; and a summary of 1999-2004 audit report. Chapter Two is a communiqué of the two-day CISLAC training workshop for members of the House Committee onPetroleum (upstream) under the topic, “Enhancing the Oversight Role of The Legislature on the NEITI Audit Process”. The first day involved a lucid overview on the NEITI and the Act and the second day involved an insightful summary of the 1999-2004 NEITI Audit report.
The third chapter is an overview of NEITI implementation in Nigeria. Chapter […]

TOWARDS A FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY REGIME IN NIGERIA THE CIVIL SOCIETY MASS MEDIA INTERVENTION

TOWARDS A FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY REGIME IN NIGERIATHE CIVIL SOCIETY MASS MEDIA INTERVENTION                                                ISBN: 978-078-069-6
 
The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre with funding from USIAD through a grant from PACT-Nigeria organized series of Roundtable meetings on the Fiscal Responsibility Regime. In pursuant to the creation of more accountable and transparent processes where the resources of the state are channelled towards the general good of the citizens and governance is strengthened. The publication comprises reports from the various meetings that were held over that period with relevant stakeholders including members of State Houses of Assembly and Civil Society Organizations.

The opening chapter was on a One Day Stakeholder’s meeting that was held on April 26th 2006 organized by CISLAC with support from PACT-Nigeria at Reiz Continental Hotel, Abuja. It entailed a […]

BASELINE STUDY ON TAX, TAX GAPS ANALYSIS AND TAXATION IN NIGERIA

BASELINE STUDY ON TAX, TAX GAPS ANALYSIS AND TAXATION IN NIGERIA      CISLAC                                                                ISBN: 978-978-50222-1-6
 
The importance of an effective tax system cannot be overemphasised especially as it is linked to improved governance and overall development. This report is an attempt to provide a baseline which seeks to promote country, research-based policy advocacy that will be allied to media strategies, popular mobilisation and encouraging international pressure to stimulate policy and regulatory reforms which make tax systems more accountable, transparent, fair and pro-poor.
This study offers an opportunity to its readers to understand citizens’ perception of taxation and the gaps that can inform collective action in supporting the necessary reforms of tax policies and administration in Nigeria and shore up […]

GOLD AND GRAVES: ZAMFARA LEAD POISONING AND THE FAILURE OF REGULATORY OVERSIGHT

GOLD AND GRAVES: ZAMFARA LEAD POISONING AND THE FAILURE OF REGULATORY OVERSIGHT                          ISBN: 978-978-50222-5-4                                   2012
The Zamfara State lead poisoning saga highlights the gross inadequacies in the enforcement of regulatory compliance by respective environmental government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs). The nation awoke to the news of the tragic deaths from lead and chemical poisoning from mining communities in Zamfara State. The inability of respective emergency agencies to effectively tackle this disaster showcases a glaring failure of government to safeguard the lives of Nigerian.
Sadly, it was only after the international community and environmental non-governmental organizations raised an alarm on the devastating catastrophe of the unreported lead poisoning disaster that the Nigerian government was forced to respond.   The argument remains that the scale of […]

PROMOTING POLICY AND LEGISLATIVE INTERVENTION FOR FOOD SECURITY IN NIGERIA. “AN AUDIT OF EXISTING POLICIES ON FOOD RESERVE SYSTEMS

PROMOTING POLICY AND LEGISLATIVE INTERVENTION FOR FOOD SECURITY IN NIGERIA. “AN AUDIT OF EXISTING POLICIES ON FOOD RESERVE SYSTEMS                            By CISLAC                                                         ISBN: 978-978-50222-7-8                                    2012
A Nation is said to be food secured if food is always available, accessible and affordability in a balanced manner. Food security is therefore dependent on food supply at any given point in time. According to the World Food Summit of 1996, food security is defined as “when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life”. For […]