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Passage of PIGB: CISLAC Commends National Assembly, Urges President on Prompt Assent

Passage of PIGB: CISLAC Commends National Assembly, Urges President on Prompt Assent

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) commends the National Assembly on the recent passage of the long awaited Petroleum Industry and Governance Bill (PIGB). This follows the passage by both Chambers of the harmonized version on Wednesday March 28, 2018.

We recall that following the separate passage of the Bill by the two chambers, CISLAC and her partners have been engaging the relevant Committees to conclude the harmonisation process and have it ready for Presidential Assent in good time. We note that a commitment to do this by the end of March was made by the NASS and are therefore delighted that the timeline has been met and our legislators have kept their word.

CISLAC observes that the passage of the PIB was one of the campaign promises of the present administration to be delivered within the first one […]

CISLAC commends FG on new tobacco tax regime

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) commends the much awaited development in the nation’s tax regime with the recently approved amendment by President Muhammadu Buhari to the excise duty rates with tobacco constituting a major priority.

 

While we applaud the giant stride by the Federal Government, seeing it as one amongst many measures to discourage consumption of tobacco products and mitigate the devastating impacts – health, social and economic of tobacco use on the citizens and its growing burdens on limited and already overstretched public resources, we are not unaware of tactics of the Tobacco Industry globally who in their known fashion try to subvert such efforts by national governments.

 

We are delighted that the development is not only in line with the Government’s commitment to safe and secure the lives of Nigerians but also the overarching recommendations made by the Tobacco Taxation Working Group as well as those of the […]

Press Statement: Corruption Perception Index 2017

CORRUPTION PERCEPTION INDEX 2017

Nigeria slipping further down in international ranking: No progress in the fight against corruption

 The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), the National Contact of Transparency International (TI) is seriously worried about the new but unfavorable trend in the fight against corruption in the country, as buttressed in the newly published Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2017 which shows that Nigeria is slipping further down in the international ranking in the fight against corruption.

In the update of the CPI, Nigeria ranks 148 out of 180 countries assessed in 2017 on the perception of the state of corruption in the country. Out of 100 points signaling maximum transparency and no corruption, Nigeria scored 27 points.

These results show a slight deterioration in the scoring of the perception about corruption in public administration compared to 2016. In 2016, Nigeria scored 28 points and ranked 136th in the ranking of countries Despite one-point […]

Corruption Perception Index 2017

Corruption Perceptions Index 2017 shows a high corruption burden in more than two-thirds of countries Analysis of results from Transparency International finds crackdowns on NGOs and media are associated with higher levels of corruption.

Berlin, 21 February 2018 – An index released today by Transparency International, which marks its 25th anniversary this year, reveals some disturbing information – despite attempts to combat corruption around the world, the majority of countries are moving too slowly in their efforts. While stemming the tide against corruption takes time, in the last six years many countries have still made little to no progress. Even more alarming, further analysis of the index results indicates that countries with the lowest protections for press and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) also tend to have the worst rates of corruption.

To view the results, visit: www.transparency.org/cpi2017

The index, which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption […]

Press Conference to Address the State of the Nation

A TEXT OF A PRESS CONFERENCE ORGANISED BY CIVIL SOCIETY LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY CENTRE (CISLAC) TO ADDRESS THE STATE OF THE NATION ON 23RD JANUARY, 2018

PREAMBLE

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, CISLAC, having observed the disturbing trends, events and occurrences in our dear nation; noting the responses from government, groups and different stakeholders in the Nigerian Project; worried that politics, ethno-religious sentiments and grandstanding rather than reason, restraint and desire for the common good has characterised and greatly influenced the utterances, actions and activities of various individuals, groups and organizations; concerned that the situation could escalate and degenerate into anarchy and jeopardise the lives and property of innocent citizens and our collective aspiration for a peaceful and just society; and mindful of the ultimate effect of this on our national unity as we approach the elections in 2019, have found it necessary to make the following statement:

INCREASING THREATS TO THE […]

Passage of PIGB: CISLAC commends the House, calls for the passage of other outstanding PIG Bills

Passage of PIGB: CISLAC commends the House, calls for the passage of other outstanding PIG Bills

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) commends the House of Representatives for the recent passage of the much awaited Petroleum Industry and Governance Bill (PIGB).

While we welcome and applaud the passage, we find such development worthy of commendation as it will, to appreciable extent, promote transparency, accountability and governance, as well as curtail monumental financial losses in our nation’s oil and gas sector.

We are not unaware that the passage, which aims primarily at the restructuring and reformation of the nation’s oil and gas sector has set the pace for unbundling of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to establishing independence agency for effective operationalization and regulation of the sector and merger of its subsidiaries into an entity for appropriate supervision and coordination.

We recall that both the House and the Senate passed the PIGB for a second […]

CISLAC Lauds Renovation of the Dilapidated Dausara Health Care Centre

CISLAC Lauds Renovation of the Dilapidated Dausara Health Care Centre

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) commends the on-going effort by the Kano State Government in collaboration with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) at renovating the dilapidated Dausara Primary Health Care Centre, in Ungogo Local Government Area of Kano state which had suffered from long-time policy neglect, rendering the facility monumentally inefficient to discharge maternal and child healthcare services.

We recall that in the mid-2017, CISLAC, with support from Macarthur Foundation, supported journalists across Kano, Kaduna, Katsina and Jigawa states on field investigation to undercover and report maternal health budget allocation, release and utilisation in the respective states.

The rigorous investigative process by the journalists in Kano state uprooted and exposed issues with alarming reports (See: Guardian Newspapers– https://t.guardian.ng/sunday-magazine/failing-primary-healthcare-in-kano/ and Daily Trust Newspapers — https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/bats-sack-workers-patients-from-kano-health-centre.html) pointing at the ill-equipped and pitiable condition of Dausara Primary Health Care Centre that had denied […]

CISLAC Demands Transparency and Accountability in Recovered Assets

CISLAC Demands Transparency and Accountability in Recovered Assets

 

The recently concluded Global Forum on Asset Recovery (GFAR) that took place in Washington, DC, sealed the return of stolen assets worth $321 million looted by the late former Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha and his family. The assets will be repatriated from the Swiss Government to Nigeria under the auspices of the World Bank. Selected Nigerian Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) have co-signed a memorandum of understanding, which recognizes the right and duty of CSOs to monitor the utilization of the repatriated funds.

While CISLAC commends this deal, it calls on the Government for urgent expedition of asset recovery management guidelines and greater transparency in the end-use of recovered assets.

The anti-corruption summit in London in 2016 prompted the government to make two specific commitments in regards to asset recovery: i) Strengthening of the asset recovery legislation through the passing of the Proceeds of […]

The Civil Society Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) Condemns Attack on Ibrahim Magu

The Civil Society Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) Condemns Attack on Ibrahim Magu

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), the National Contact for Transparency International condemns the recent attack on the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, and the unfortunate death of one of the policemen detailed for his protection.

It will be recalled that the EFCC facility was attacked on the 16th of August 2017 by unknown armed group with death threats issued against the Commission’s operatives.

In June also, an operative in the Fraud Section was also attacked in Port Harcourt and CISLAC also issued a press statement expressing concern over the emerging trend where officials are singled out as targets in the course of their duty and service to the nation.

This second attack on the acting chairman’s farmhouse located at Kirshi, FCT, and barely 48 hours after his declaration that the anti-corruption war will be a […]

CSOs URGES FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO STEP UP IMPLEMENTATION OF OIL AND GAS SECTOR REFORMS

 

The Accountability in the Extractive Sector (AES) Cluster of the Strengthening Advocacy and Civic Engagement (SACE) project urges the Federal Government to step up its implementation of the reforms in the oil and gas sector.  It would be recalled that the Federal Government under this administration has committed to the implementation reforms to enhance transparency, accountability and efficiency in the oil and gas sector. This included the Short and Medium Term Priorities to grow Nigeria’s Oil & Gas Industry 2015–2019 conveniently called 7 Big Wins which was unveiled in October 2016 by the President with much fanfare and media hype. There were also sector specific commitments in the National Action Plan of the Open Government Partnership. This is in addition to the already established subscription to the EITI principles and standards through the NEITI since 2007.

The AES cluster is a group of 30 civil society organizations spread across the country […]