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CIVIL SOCIETY PRESS STATEMENT ON PRESIDENTIAL PARDON TO DSP ALAMIEYESEIGHA

CIVIL SOCIETY PRESS STATEMENT ON PRESIDENTIAL PARDON TO DSP ALAMIEYESEIGHA HELD AT TRANSCORP HILTON HOTEL ON THURSDAY, 14 MARCH, 2013
The civil society groups working on anti-corruption and good governance in Nigeria received with shock the presidential pardon granted to the impeached and convicted Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr. DSP Alamieyeseigha, along with other persons, after a National Council of State meeting held at Aso Rock Villa on Tuesday, 12 March, 2013. The presidential pardon was granted under a constitutional provision on prerogative of mercy (Section 175). The Council of State meeting was reportedly attended by former president and heads of state, namely: Gen. Yakubu Gowon, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, Chief Ernest Shonekan and the Governors of AkwaIbom, Anambra, Adamawa, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Kaduna, Kebbi, Kwara, Ondo, Ogun, Niger, Kwara, Rivers and Sokoto states.
This action of the Jonathan administration raises concerns about its commitments to the acclaimed fight against corruption.  […]

CONSTITUTIONAL IMMUNITY FOR LAWMAKERS IN NIGERIA: AN ATTEMPT TO COVER CORRUPTION IN NATIONAL ASSEMBLY?

CONSTITUTIONAL IMMUNITY FOR LAWMAKERS IN NIGERIA: AN ATTEMPT TO COVER CORRUPTION IN NATIONAL ASSEMBLY?  
In an obvious attempt to shield National Assembly members from prosecution, a bill seeking to grant constitutional immunity to legislators has scaled through its second reading in the lower chambers of the National Assembly.
This bill effectively seeks to provide extended protection for the activities of legislators
during legislative proceedings, plenary sessions and debates i.e. the bill covers all spoken and written speeches from questioning and prosecution by a competent court of jurisdiction.
The consolidation of the amended bill, sponsored by Hon. Ali Ahmed (PDP, Kwara), seeks to secure the freedom of speech and liberate the legislative actions of members during official plenary sessions of the National Assembly. It therefore begs the question “what is the rationale behind the shadow of constitutional immunity to make reckless statements and incitements on the floor of the National Assembly?’’ However, if […]

CISLAC DECRIES SUDDEN CRAVE FOR FOREIGN DEBTS BY STATE GOVERNORS

CISLAC DECRIES SUDDEN CRAVE FOR FOREIGN DEBTS BY STATE GOVERNORS

 
The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre wishes to condemn the sudden crave for foreign debts by state governors in the nation. We consider this development as portending dangers for sustainable development, reducing the options for development for future generations of Nigerians and possessing traits of generational inequity.

It will be recalled that under the 2012/14 Medium Term External Borrowing Plan (revised) and the much touted pipeline projects in the Medium Term Expenditure Framework 2012-2014, the Federal and State Governors seek to borrow the $7.9 billion in foreign loans. We find it worrisome that as at September 2012 our external debt reportedly escalated to $6.2 billion, a domestic debt profile ofN6.3trn and that the nation’s debt profile could rise as high as $25 billion by 2015.

CISLAC finds it even more disturbing that in spite of the claim by the Federal Ministry of […]

CISLAC AND CDD REJECT THE STANCE OF GOVERNORS’ FORUM ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT AUTONOMY

CISLAC AND CDD REJECT THE STANCE OF GOVERNORS’ FORUM ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT AUTONOMY

 
The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) and the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) completely reject the position of the State Governors on Local Government autonomy. We consider the position of the Governor’s Forum, an association unknown under Nigerian laws, to subvert the constitution review process, by sabotaging efforts to strengthen the performance of Local Government Councils within the Federation to be undemocratic, anti-development and autocratic.

We are shocked that individuals elected to represent the Nigerian people for the purpose of promoting their interests and enhancing their welfare through people-oriented development policies and programmes can conspire to oppose a constitutional arrangement that will affect the lives of the people, if properly implemented.

It is an established fact that majority of Nigerians reside in the rural areas, it is also on record that the vast majority of our […]

Call For Internship

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), a non-governmental civil society organisation with focus on policy and legislative engagement based in Abuja, Nigeria, is seeking recent Masters’ graduates in African Studies, Development Studies or Public Policy who are interested in hands-on learning about governance and policymaking in West Africa.
CISLAC (www.cislacnigeria.net) was founded to forge links between civil society and parliamentary policymakers in Nigeria’s transitional democracy, and to strengthen the legislative oversight process in Nigeria’s Legislature both at National and State level. CISLAC has taken a lead in such activities as monitoring the budget process, scrutinising the implementation of the Nigeria Executive Industries Transparency Initiative ACT, Fiscal Responsibility Act, Freedom of Information Act and examining National rules on Public Procurement Act 2007, advocating for the mainstreaming of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Nigeria as well as many other areas of policy and legislation at a National and State level.
CISLAC is […]

LETTER OF CONGRATULATION

 
The President Elect,

Mr. Barrack Obama

713 Hart Office Building

Washington, DC

Through: The American Ambassador to Nigeria
 Dear Mr. President,
 LETTER OF CONGRATULATION
 On behalf of the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) and on my good self, I extend congratulations to you on your well deserved victory at the just concluded presidential election in the United States of America and on the vote of support you received from the citizens of your country. Your victory clearly demonstrates functional democratic system, from which my country must learn. This victory is obviously a demonstration of the confidence the citizens of America repose in you and the people-oriented developmental programs you have pursued in the past four years. I sincerely wish you success in taking on new challenges and ensuring the well-being, security and peace in God’s own country.
 As you forge ahead to justify this confidence reposed in you by the people of America for another four […]

RIBADU REPORT: ECHOES OF A CULTURE OF IMPUNITY

RIBADU REPORT: ECHOES OF A CULTURE OF IMPUNITY

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, CISLAC wishes to state that the recently released report by the Nuhu Ribadu-led task Force is not only a vindication of our long held position that the Oil and Gas Sector is a cesspool of scandalous, monumental and shameful corruption, but that the culture of impunity and conspiracy which this present administration shamelessly displays singularly provides the added impetus for perpetuating the graft that has become the trade mark of the sector in Nigeria.
We note without enthusiasm that the findings of this task force is in no way innovative, neither does it provide information that is fresh and therefore newsworthy. We are aware of the sensationalism and melodramatic media hype and theatrics that preceded and has attended its release.
We however remind Nigerians that the information is only reminiscent of all three Audit Reports released by the […]

CIVIL SOCIETY LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY CENTRE, CISLACMEDIA INTERACTION ON THE NEITI PROCESS IN NIGERIA, SEPTEMBER 27, 2012

CIVIL SOCIETY LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY CENTRE, CISLAC
MEDIA INTERACTION ON THE NEITI PROCESS IN NIGERIA, SEPTEMBER 27, 2012
 
We in CISLAC have observed the events in the Nigeria Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (NEITI) process in the recent times and as civil society stakeholders in the process, we wish to state as follows:
Observations
A.  Delay in Constitution of the NEITI Board: We note with disappointment the delay by the President in constituting the NSWG. This is not good for the process and in our opinion suggests a lack of commitment by the federal government. We expected the government to be more proactive for smooth and seamless transition in the leadership of such a sensitive institution. The tenure of the last NEITI NSWG ended on January 28, 2012 and the new board was only inaugurated in August 22, 2012 with effect from August 14, 2012 creating a vacuum of about 8 months. This is […]

CISLAC CONDEMNS ASSAULT ON AND ILLEGAL DETENTION OF DEVELOPMENT WORKER IN ENUGU

CISLAC CONDEMNS ASSAULT ON AND ILLEGAL DETENTION OF DEVELOPMENT WORKER IN ENUGU
The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre condemns in the strongest of terms the unlawful, inhumane and crass act of assault and extortion unleashed on the staff of South Saharan Social Development Agency, a not for profit organization dedicated to improving the plight of women and children based in Enugu, Ms Ukaoma Nma. This was perpetrated by the leadership of the Enugu State Waste Disposal Agency, ESWAMA, on the 29th of August 2012.
CISLAC laments and is scandalized that the head of a government Agency, supposedly established to promote the health of the people, in the person of Mrs. Ogaku and her assistant Mr Nnamani could degenerate to uncivilized methods of harassment, brutalization, abduction and extortion reminiscent of military juntas under a democratic dispensation.
CISLAC is further agitated that this barbaric treatment was meted out to the hapless Development Worker for […]

CISLAC CALLS FOR A HUMANE APPROACH TO THE ONGOING DEMOLITION OF 19 VILLAGES OF THE FCT

Our attention has been drawn to a notice for demolition by the administration of the Federal Capital Territory which has marked over 1000 houses in Mpape one of the 19 villages of Bwari Area Council of the FCT. The residents with a population of over 1.8million people feel that their human rights have been violated. The inhabitants claim that the FCT map reveals clearly that the area was earmarked for the indigenes of the FCT for use as farmlands, but was later sold to the residents as residential area. Recall that under the jurisdiction of the law this move can be seen as forced eviction. Furthermore, considering the time of the year – the raining season, many women and children are left to suffer the harsh weather conditions. Some people that site their business areas in Mpape and its environs also find it difficult to cope with this harsh reality […]