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 […]

CISLAC Legislative Digests (September 2013 to April 2014)

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 Hitherto, African continent has embarked on series of development frameworks and policies, primarily to revive agricultural sector as counter-approach to the regional rising poverty, food crisis and unemployment.

Without doubt, agriculture continues to be the dominant contributor to Nigeria’s GDP and growth with an average contribution over the last five years of about 34%; and also remains the largest employer of productive labour, with an average of 65% of gainfully employed working in agriculture.

The sector is dominated by small scale agriculture, with small scale farmers constituting more than 80% of farmers and being responsible for more than 90% of food domestically produced and consumed in the country.

Nevertheless the sector continues to be ravaged by age-old impediments for which the Maputo Declaration and CAADP was instituted in 2003 to tackle and overcome the alarming at the levels of undernourishment which affected 30% of the African population at that time.  The […]

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, […]

Tobacco Control Update for August 2013

In the developed world, overwhelming scientific consensus on the dreadful effects of tobacco smoke,coupled with sobering statistics, have led to increased public awareness of the dangers occasioned by direct and second hand smoke.While the tobacco industry has always used its significant economic, political and media reach to protect its vested interest in the continued practice of smoking, these efforts have been met with equally energetic lobbying from tobacco control advocates. The result has been increasingly stringent legislation regulating the sale, marketing and consumption of tobacco in many countries around the world. Click Here for Tobacco Control Update for August 2013


Tobacco Control Update for July 2013

Tobacco Control: Groups want Youth Ministry, Others in NATOCC
Rising from a one-day Pre-Public hearing meeting on the National Tobacco Control Bill (NTCB) in Lagos, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), the media as well as Non-GovernmentalOrganizations(NGOs) in the country, have urged the National Assembly to include some vital Ministries in the proposed National Tobacco Control Committee (NATOCC). Click Here for Tobacco Control Update for July 2013