Communiqué of the One Day meeting for the formation of the State of the Africa Union Nigeria (SOTU-N-CAMP)

Communiqué of the One Day meeting for the formation of the State of the Africa Union Nigeria (SOTU-N-CAMP)

Communiqué of the One Day meeting for the formation of the State of the Africa Union Nigeria (SOTU-N-CAMP) Held in the Ekiti Syndicate Hall of Lagos Airport Hotel Limited, Ikeja on the 21st Day of March, 2013

INTRODUCTION
The State of the Union Nigeria Campaign Platform hosted by the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) with support from Oxfam is a direct response to SOTU Africa’s implementation demand to Strengthen Nigerian Citizen’s Participation in Policy Development, Implementation and Monitoring within the African Union. On the basis of a new and deeper analysis of the state of ratification, domestication and implementation of 15 legal instruments, frameworks and vision, there is a belief that there is need for inclusive national platform that is capacitated to popularize, engage and hold Governments accountable on the below-mentioned fifteen legal instruments, frameworks and vision. Such platform needed to be formed and supported to work on issues that engage its stakeholders and that have the potential to lead to government implementation of the African Union instruments.

SOTU-N-CAMP is one of the main vehicles for supporting the ratification, domestication and implementation of the instruments in Nigeria.

The meeting had over 30 participants comprising of representatives from relevant organizations working in the various thematic areas of the 15 instruments of the African Union and participation from media representatives.

During the meeting, a key presentation was delivered on ‘Understanding and Engaging the African Union and its Structures’. The forum aimed at creating a campaign platform for interaction to foster collaboration toward the achievement of the African Union instruments among the major stakeholders from members of the CSOs to understand how to engage the implementation of the African Union Instruments on the basis of a new and deeper analysis of the state of ratification, domestication and implementation of 15 identified legal instruments and frameworks. At the end of the discussion, the meeting had the following observations and recommendations;

Observations
1. That the level of implementation of the Africa Strategy on Health needs to be engaged by the SOTU-N-CAMP both at the regional and continental levels.
2. That the SOTU-N-CAMP members needs to pay an advocacy visit to the Speaker of the Pan African Parliament as a matter of urgency to fashion out the road map of engagement in Nigeria.
3. That CSOs need to build adequate working relationship with relevant coalitions at both continental and regional levels like Center for Citizen Participation on African Union (CCPAU), Society for Women in Africa (SWOA) and other Continental CSO networks working on AU issues for robust engagement.
4. That members should take it as responsibility to share any relevant document and information on the African Union and its structures for further engagement.
5. That SOTU-N-CAMP need to organize capacity development for CSOs working in the thematic areas of the African Union instruments on how to engage the process.
6. That Nigerians should take the opportunity of accessing justice from African Court of Justice and Human Rights.
7. The meeting adopted the governance structure of the SOTU-N-CAMP for the smooth take off of the campaign.

Recommendations
1. That CSOs should harmonize their strategies to engage and lobby some of the African leaders to influence some of the decision or policies that are not people oriented both at regional and continental levels.
2. That citizens need to be enlightened and sensitized on the African Union engagement process.
3. That SOTU-N-CAMP need to develop an action plan with time frames especially on how to engage the protocol.
4. There is a need for massive advocacy, education, information, communication and lobbying of relevant institutions and stakeholders both at regional and continental, to ensure that domestication is in place on the aspect of guaranteeing the rights of the people in all the fifteen identified African Union instrument in Nigeria.
5. That Nigeria Government should ensure policy consistency, strengthen relevant institutions to achieve optimal policy implementation, and to ensure formulation and implementation of a national strategy to be based on human rights principles and should comply with principles of accountability, good governance and people participation around the issues in the African Union instruments and independent of the judiciary.

Conclusion
Participants thanked CISLAC and Oxfam for providing the platform for the formation of the SOTU-N-CAMP as it would serve to further strengthen CSOs engagement towards the attainment of successful implementation of the African Union instruments in Nigeria.

After the meeting, there was an Executive Committee election into the various Executive Council posts and the following organizations emerged:

1. Azubike Nwokoye    – Chairperson, National Association of Nigerian Traders
2. Osai Ojigbo             – Vice Chairperson, Alliances for Africa
3. Lukman Adefolahan – Treasurer, Zero Corruption Coalition (ZCC)
4. Kabiru S. Dakata     – North West Zonal Coordinator,
Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD)
5. Oluwaseyi Moses    – North Central Zonal Coordinator,
Publish What You Pay (PWYP)
6. Ada Agina-Ude         – South-West Zonal Coordinator,
Gender and Development Action
7. Anicetus Atakpu       – South-South Zonal Coordinator,
African Network on Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ)
8. Okeke Anya             – Secretary/National Coordinator

Signed:

Auwal Ibrahim Musa (Rafsanjani)
Executive Director,
Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC)

Azubike Nwokoye
Chairperson Executive Council
SOTU-N-CAMP

Osai Ojigho
Vice Chairperson Executive Council
SOTU-N-CAMP

Okeke Anya
Coordinator
SOTU-N-CAMP

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