Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) is a non-governmental, non-profit, advocacy, information sharing, research, and capacity building organisation. Its mission is to strengthen the link between civil society and the legislature through advocacy and capacity building for civil society groups and policy makers on legislative processes and governance issues. CISLAC was integrated as a corporate body (CAC/IT/NO22738) with the Nigeria’s Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) on the 28th December 2006. Prior to this incorporation, however, CISLAC had actively been engaged in legislative advocacy work since 2005. The organisation is also compliant with the Anti-Money Laundering Act 2007. The Organisation reports to SCUML, any transaction that is above One thousand dollars, detailing the payee, purpose and the other KYC (Know Your Customer) requirements. This is done on a weekly or monthly basis depending on the volume of transactions and to ensure appropriate compliance with anti-money laundering laws.
CISLAC is registered organisation under the National Planning Commission.
In recognition of its broad perspective the CISLAC was granted an ECOSOC status by the United Nations in 2011 giving it the mandate and the instrumentality of the UN.
EFCC Anti-Money Laundary Compliance
CISLAC is duly registered in accordance with the provisions of Section 5(1) (a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC).
CISLAC is the National Chapter of Transparency International (TI).
Also, CISLAC is registered organisation under the National Planning Commission.
As indicated above, the organisation emerged from the need to address the gaps in legislative advocacy work of civil society and government access to civil society groups. CISLAC’s engagement with Federal Ministries, National and State Assemblies, Local Government Administrations, private sector interests, and non-government organisations, has opened a window through which the public and policy officials can interact and collaborate.
CISLAC through its engagement of the governance processes in Nigeria has contributed towards the passage of several primary legislations such as the Fiscal Responsibility Act, Public Procurement Act, and Nigeria Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative Act which promotes transparency and accountability in governance as well as the domestication of international conventions at the Federal and state levels in Nigeria through advocacies, presentation of memoranda and public enlightenment programmes and media engagement. CISLAC along with other civil society organizations campaigned and advocated for passage of the Freedom of Information Act. CISLAC is among the movement advocating for the passage of such pieces of legislations as the National Tobacco Control Bill, National Health Bill, Disability Bill, Gender and Equal Opportunity Bill, Violence against Persons Prohibition Bill, Whistleblower Protection Bill, Prison Reform Bill, etc.
CISLAC has created civil society awareness through the publication and dissemination of a monthly newsletter Legislative Digest and Tobacco Control Update which have been in circulation for both public and legislative consumption since October 2006 and June 2013 respectively. It has been a central medium of accountability, as it provides citizens a platform to monitor the performance of their Legislators, and a channel for Civil Society Organizations advocacy on critical issues that require legislative intervention. Also, CISLAC has a wide range of publications such as Textbooks and Policy Briefs, which examines policies requiring amendment and providing recommendations.
As a renowned CSO in Legislative advocacy in the region, CISLAC has on several occasions shared its experience on best practises for legislative advocacy on invitation from its international partners such as the World Bank Parliamentary Forum and the United Nations Millennium Campaign in African countries such as Kenya and Zimbabwe. Similarly, Ghana, Kenya, and Democratic Republic of Congo have also requested support from CISLAC for replication of their work in Legislative advocacy. In many West African countries such as Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Cameroon, Niger, Togo and Benin Republic, CISLAC has carried out experience sharing and advocacy exercises on the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative processes through supporting the passage of extractive industry initiative laws in these countries. CISLAC has also undertaken capacity building for legislators, CSOs and Media on policy engagements in the above countries.
CISLAC’s sub-granting experience includes grants to national organisations. With skilled, committed, experienced and proactive leadership and employees, particularly in the areas of coalition building, tenacious advocacy, community mobilization and the clout needed to engage lawmakers at all levels, the organization proven capacity to attract international solidarity, engage policy makers and mobilize local civil society groups and communities into action.
“To make government accessible, responsive and accountable to citizens.”
“A Nigeria where legislators and policy makers are safeguarding citizens’ rights and welfare, while citizens effectively demand accountability.”
“To engage state and non-state actors for improved policy and legislative frameworks, transparency and accountability in governance for people oriented development.”
CISLAC has successfully engaged key members of the National Assembly in order to wield their influence in ensuring that civil society positions are accommodated. In 2006, for instance, CISLAC targeted key players and created public awareness on draft legislation and questionable provisions incorporated by the National Assembly. Such efforts improved the levels of discipline, transparency, and accountability in the management and openness of fiscal responsibility, public procurement, and the nation’s extractive Industry sector in Nigeria.
Through such efforts, CISLAC has empowered communities mostly affected by the extractive industry sector, improved the levels of information dissemination, and ensure due process and transparency in the payments made by extractive industry companies to the Federal Government and its agencies. It has also educated State and Federal legislators, their advisory staff, CSOs, the media, and key stakeholders on their oversight roles in legislation and has reviewed their commitment in implementation.
PUBLICATION OF MONTHLY NEWSLETTERS
CISLAC has strengthened civil society intervention by the publication of a monthly newsletter Legislative Digest and Tobacco Control Update which have been in circulation for both public and legislative consumption since October 2006 and June 2013 respectively. It has been a central medium of accountability, as it monitors the performance of Legislators, and a channel for advocacy on critical issues that need legislation. Also, CISLAC has a wide range of publications such as Textbooks and Policy Briefs.
CISLAC’S MAJOR DONORS
- Oxfam Novib
- Oxfam International
- Oxfam GB
- Ford Foundation
- McArthur Foundation
- PACT Nigeria/USAID
- United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC)
- Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA)
- Heinrich Boll Foundation (HBF)
- United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
- Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids (CTFK)
- Friedrich Ebert Stiftung
- The Federal Public Administration Reform (FEPAR)/DFID
- T.Y Danjuma Foundation
- National endowment for Democracy
- Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme (NSRP)
CISLAC in its efforts to deepen its engagement on issues and impact positively by ensuring that civil society views are adequately inputted in public policies, has defined governance structure. At foundation, some key allies who are well grounded in development issues and are currently at the decision making level in their organisations were consulted and accepted to serve on both the Board and Advisory Council of the organisation.
The Board of Trustee
This is the policy-making organ of the organisation. It approves the budget of the organisation, provides contacts for operational funds and supports the operation of the secretariat.
1. Mr. Auwal Ibrahim Musa (Rafsanjani)
2. Mr. Adesina Oke
3. Mr. Y.Z Y’au
4. Ms. Nkoyo Toyo
5. Ms. Hadiza Kangiwa
6. Mr. Adagbo Onoja
7. Hon. Uche Onyeaguocha
8. Bukhari Bello
The Advisory Council is an advisory organ consisting of people with vast experience and knowledge of socio-economic and political dynamics in the country and across the world.
- Prof. Okey Ibeanu
- Prof. Sam Egwu
- Chom Bagu
- Gen. Ishola Williams (rtd)
- Dr. Afia Zakiya (Ms)
- Prof. Muhammed Tawfiq Ladan
- Halima Ben Umar (Ms.)
- Dr. Chichi Anagolu-Okoye
- Rahama Kassim
The Secretariat is vested with the day-to-day running of the organization. It implements the decisions of the Board of Trustees. It is headed by an Executive Director who oversees the day-to-day running of the organisation while a Senior Program Officer oversees programmes implementation along with other programme staff.
Head Office, Abuja:
Auwal Ibrahim Musa (Rafsanjani) – Executive Director
Kolawole Banwo – Senior Programme Officer (Extractive, Environment and Security)
Mr. Okeke Anya – Senior Programme Officer (ECOWAS & AU)
Ms. Chioma Blessing Kanu – Programme Officer (MDGs, Gender, Reproductive Health and Anti-corruption)
Mr. Salaudeen Hashimu Nurani – Programme Officer (Human Rights/Migration, Agriculture/ Livelihood)
Mr. Augustine Erameh – Assistant Programme Officer
Mr. Abubakar Jimoh – Communication, Information and Publication Officer
Ms. Lovelyn Agbor – Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
Ms. Onyekachi Eke – Media Officer
Mrs. Hauwa’u Bin Abdallah – Admin Officer
Mr. Gonji Dadoh Timbut – Finance Officer
Ms. Abimbola S. Okoilu-Miró – Secretary/Assistant Programme Officer
Chinedu Bassey – Programme Officer (Tax Justice)
Ms. Abiodun Oladipupo – Office Assistant
Ms. Fatimah Shuaibu – Office Assistant
Regional Office: Kano
Mr. Nura Maaji – Programme Officer
16 P.O.W. Mafemi Crescent, Off Solomon Lar Way,
Behind Chida Hotel, Utako District, Abuja. Nigeria.
Regional Office, Kano:
Block 3, Sharifawa House,
Kofar Kabuga Along BUK Old Site Kano,
No. 110 Alyuma House
Maiduguri Road, Kano, Kano State.
Motto: Strengthening Civil Society Legislative Advocacy