Press Releases

CISLAC URGES PRIORITIZATION AND REVISITING THE PASSAGE OF THE PIGB

CISLAC URGES PRIORITIZATION AND REVISITING THE PASSAGE OF THE PIGB

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre urges the National Assembly and the Executive to re-visit and prioritize the passage of the PIGB into law.

We recall that the National Assembly had passed the PIGB and sent it to the president for Assent. However, while the legislature was on recess, the president withheld his assent to the Bill raising some issues he was said to be uncomfortable with.

CISLAC recollects that the progress recorded so far in getting a law to regulate the oil and gas sector and deepen the reforms proposed by this administration has been a result of the initiative, proactiveness, doggedness and resilience of the two chambers of the NASS, which is quite commendable.

It is common knowledge that the PIGB being considered originated as a private member Bill. It is also on record that both […]

Press Release: UN @73: CISLAC urges increased implementation priority for SDGs in Nigeria

UN @73: CISLAC urges increased implementation priority for SDGs in Nigeria
As the world marks the Global Day of Action on SDGs, the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) commemorates with the United Nations on its 73rd Anniversary, urging increased legislative priority and inclusive process in the implementation of SDGs.

While the SDGs remains the globally ratified blue print to effectively drive development agenda and priorities, we find the critical roles of the legislators as paramount in actualising such priorities in Nigeria.

As effective implementation of the SDGs requires greater transparency, accountability and political will, CISLAC calls on the legislators as custodians of the SDGs to promote, safeguard and strength oversight activities on implementation of the SDGs to high impact and efficiency at all levels.

This syndicated action will enhance appropriate domestication and implementation of the SDGs by all levels of government with prioritised citizens’ engagements to promote sustainability and ownership.

The Sustainable Development […]

Press Statement on Nigeria’s Criminal Justice System

THE CIVIL SOCIETY LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY CENTRE PRESS STATEMENT ON NIGERIA’S CRIMINAL JUSTICE (CRIMJUST) SYSTEM

30thAUGUST 2018

 

Over the years, Nigeria has been the centre of a number of transnational crimes. West Africa is also conveniently situated for drug and illegal weapon’s trade between South America and Europe. Porous borders and the free flow of arms in and out of Nigeria has contributed to the increase in the number of violent conflicts in the country.
Nigeria accounts for about 70% of the illegal small arms in the West Africa sub-region.
Human trafficking, including its worst forms such as child trafficking in Benin and Nigeria, is one dominant form of increasingly sophisticated regional trend in cross-border crime that extends through West and Central Africa into several European cities. Needless to say, human and drug trafficking has been, and still is, a constant challenge to various authorities including Nigeria.
It will be glad […]

PRESS RELEASE: UK-AFRICA PARTNERS FOR TRADE OPPORTUNITY

UK-AFRICA PARTNERS FOR TRADE OPPORTUNITY, the priority areas for Nigeria

As the British Prime Minister, Theresa May embarks on a trade mission to African continent being part of the strategic diplomatic efforts to establish and deepen ties with nations ahead of the Britain’s exit from European Union in 2019, the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), United Kingdom (UK) demands total sincerity, openness, transparency and accountability in repatriation of various Nigeria’s illicit monumental financial outflows in the coffer of the UK Government into the country.

While we welcome the proposed visit to Nigeria, CISLAC UK calls on Nigerian Government to prioritise mutual benefits, given congnisance to the country’s lingering but whopping sums—in custody and tax havens, stashed in the British economy awaiting repatriation, as such have tendency to adequately finance Nigeria’s poorly funded critical sectors and positively transform the economy.

We are not unaware that as Britain prepares to exit the European […]

Press Statement

LEADERSHIP CRISIS AND THE IMPERATIVE OF THE RETURN TO GOOD GOVERNANCE ISSUES: CIVIL SOCIETY CONCERNS

16th August 2018

 

The crisis around the Senate and the Presidency today is causing alarm among democratic forces in Nigeria. There are multiple signs that the political class is even more self-serving than it has been in the past and civil society believes the time has come to clearly define the national interest and work towards edifying it. The lingering and recurrent leadership crisis that has characterized the upper Legislative Chamber since the return to democracy in 1999 has developed into a threat to the democratic system. We recall that a combination of internal and external crisis has at different times, resulted in the removal of three Senate Presidents and the Speaker of the House of Representatives by 2014. We also note that since 2015, there has been crisis between the Executive and the Legislature that has […]

CISLAC Commends the Judiciary on Decisive Judgement on Anti-Corruption Cases

 

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) commends the judiciary for the judgement against the ex-governor of Plateau State, Senator Joshua Dariye, who was handed down a 14-year sentence on Tuesday June 12, for misappropriation of funds during his tenure as governor after a trial which lasted 11 years.

This judgement, coming shortly after the 14-year sentence of ex-governor of Taraba State, Jolly Nyame, on corruption charges in May this year without an option of fine, is a step towards restoring the confidence of the citizens in the fight against corruption, although long overdue.

We note that, until recently, despite numerous allegations and court proceedings levelled against Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs), it is worrisome that many of them move in and out of the country without consequences regarding the allegations of embezzlement and misuse of funds levelled against them. It is embarrassing to Nigerians and the nation as a whole that many of these […]

Press Release: Civil Society Group Condemns Recurring Threats against Amnesty International Nigeria

We, the undersigned civil society groups that work at the intersection of the protection and promotion of human rights and good governance in Nigeria, condemn in totality the recurrent breach of peace, brazen lack of patriotism, and absolute disregard for fundamental democratic values and principles of good governance by a malicious group that has persisted in threatening and issuing unjustified ultimatums to Amnesty International Nigeria to vacate the country.

We are aware that Amnesty International, as a duly registered organisation, possesses legal operational rights and mandate to protect and defend rights of the citizens irrespective of their socio-economic, ethno-religious and political backgrounds as pledged by the Government of Nigeria under relevant national, regional, and global laws including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Protocols on Human Rights and Rules of Law, and particularly, Section 33 to 44 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

We, in […]

Press Statement on the State of the Nation

STATE OF THE NATION

 

We the undersigned Civil Society groups working on transparency, accountability and good governance in the country express utmost worries over the recent but unwary developments invading the nation’s socio-economic and political spheres with propensity to back-pedal progress in achieving a stable, secured and prosperous country.

VIOLATION OF ELECTORAL GUIDELINES, INTERNAL POLITICAL PARTIES’ DEMOCRACY AND HATE SPEECH

We are worried by the persistent violation of the provisions of the Electoral Act with the improper use of electoral timetable as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by political parties and politicians who continue to engage in premature campaign activities.

We are not unaware of the violation of various regulations guiding political party financing including deliberate effort to take advantage of individual’s socio-economic situation and buying of votes that resultantly undermine free, fair and credible electoral process.

The on-going recurring unresolved leadership, congressional and conventional conflicts erupting within political parties […]

Press Statement: Reforms in the Extractive Sector, Slow and Not Deep Enough

REFORMS IN THE EXTRACTIVE SECTOR, SLOW AND NOT DEEP ENOUGH

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) having observed the state of affairs in the extractive sector in the past four months wish to state that the reforms initiated by the present administration have been slow and are not deep enough.

We note the high expectations heralded by the anti-corruption stance of the government and numerous promises made during the electoral campaigns. These include the commitment to addressing corruption in the oil and gas sector through drastic reforms, plugging of leakages, passing of the Petroleum Industry Bill into law and implementing recommendations from the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) audit reports.

CISLAC recalls that many of these commitments were also conveyed as recommendations in a memo CISLAC and her partners had submitted to the Minister of State for Petroleum who was then GMD of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in the early stages of this […]

Press Statement on the Drift towards Chaos and Return to the Agenda of Peace Building

PRESS STATEMENT ON ARRESTING THE DRIFT TOWARDS CHAOS AND RETURN TO THE AGENDA OF PEACE BUILDING

Abuja, 5th April 2018

The Working Group on Peace Building and Good Governance, the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) and the West African Network for Peace (WANEP), organised a civil society leaders’ conference on 5th April 2018 at Hilton Transcorp Abuja, to review the drift towards chaos in Nigeria and the imperative of urgent action to redress the situation.

In his opening remarks, Professor Attahiru Jega spoke about the dangers of the politics of brinkmanship played by our political class, which can take us over the edge if we are not careful. He drew attention to the lack of enlightened self-interest within the political class and castigated the deplorable culture of do or die politics. He called for active engagement by civil society in peace making and establishing codes of […]