Addressing the plight of irregular migrants

By Gloria Chinyere Okwu

“Migration is an expression of the human aspiration for dignity, safety and a better future; a part of the social fabric, part of our very make-up as a human family,” says the former Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban-ki Moon.

The aforementioned therefore, describes migration as a phenomenon that will remain a part of human existence as humans continue to move from one place to another to better their existence.

Fundamentally, there are two forms of migration—regular and Irregular migration. This piece will focus mainly on irregular migration which possesses severe and disastrous consequences.

Irregular migration causes numerous challenges to the migrants, countries of origin, transit and destination. Migrants in this situation are particularly vulnerable to discrimination, abuse and also in danger of being exploited by crime organizations involved in migrant smuggling and human trafficking.

They are exposed to torture, starvation and death. Nigeria has the highest number of […]

Adamawa Assembly parleys CISLAC on comprehensive humanitarian law

By Austin Erameh

The Speaker of the Adamawa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Kabiru Mijinyawa has assured of the state’s readiness to support Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) in formulating a comprehensive legislative framework to effectively coordinate humanitarian issues and harmonise existing fractional laws which attempt to achieve same.

Mijinyawa gave the assurance while receiving a delegation of CISLAC under the aegis of Embassy of Switzerland in Nigeria project in his office at Adamawa State House of Assembly Complex, Yola.

The Speaker, who acknowledged non-existence of a comprehensive and proactive legislation to effectively coordinate humanitarian issues despite having a number of laws which have attempted to achieve same in piecemeal, encouraged the delegation to consider adequate review of existing laws in its plan to formulate a comprehensive framework that will harmonised humanitarian issues.

Also, speaking during the visit, the delegation led by Okeke Anya, Programme Manager (Democratic Governance), CISLAC, said the […]

Cross River parleys CISLAC to strengthen humanitarian response

By Austin Erameh

The Cross River State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Joe Oshie Abang, has assured of his administration’s commitment to strengthen collaboration with the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) in the formulation of appropriate internationally-complied policy or legal frameworks for guiding humanitarian response in the state.

Abang gave this assurance while receiving a group of civil society organisations led by Okeke Anya, Programme Manager (Democratic Governance), CISLAC, at his office in Calabar, Cross River State’s capital.

The Commissioner reiterated commitment to partner CISLAC in advancing holistic solutions to complement existing efforts by the state and developmental partners in addressing the growing challenges associated with human trafficking.

Also speaking during the visit, Anya explained that the meeting aimed at advocating to relevant government agencies on the need for the introduction of state-based frameworks on emergency response.

“This visit aims primarily at advocating for a state law and/or policy that will […]

Humanitarian crisis: CISLAC charges the media on accurate reportage


By Austin Erameh

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) has urged the media on accurate and effective public and policy sensitisation on issues bothering the passage, assent and implementation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Policy to alleviate the plight of the IDPs in the country.

Making this call at the recently concluded Media Dialogue session in Rivers state, the Executive Director of CISLAC, Auwal Ibrahim Musa (Rafsanjani), represented by Program Manager, Democratic Governance, Okeke Anya, said the increasing humanitarian crisis in the South-South region with apparent capacity gaps by media practitioners to accurately cover and report on related issues had informed the need for the Dialogue.

He commended relevant authorities in the state for their continued support for affected persons in the wake of crisis including the hundreds of thousands of IDPs in the Bakassi region and the on-going influx of Refugees who flee violence and persecution in Southern Cameroun.

Also speaking at […]