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‘Nigeria lacks legal framework to prosecute non-disclosure of beneficial ownership’ —Rafsanjani

By Abubakar Jimoh

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) has hitherto been involved in series of interventions on Beneficial Ownership disclosure with specific focus on the extractive sector as a means to promoting Transparency and Accountability, curbing Illicit Financial Flows and promotion of tax transparency. At a Global Forum for Asset Recovery (GFAR) held recently in Washington, USA, the Executive Director of CISLAC made some disclosures on Nigeria’s progress in Beneficial Ownership transparency.

There are indications that beneficial owners hide behind legal person members of a company in the award of contracts without being identified in Nigeria.
This disclosure was made by the Executive Director, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), Auwal Ibrahim Musa (Rafsanjani) at Global Forum for Asset Recovery (GFAR) held in Washington, USA.
The Executive Director, who was also a Nigerian delegate at the Forum, bemoaned absence of legal requirement for Nigerian companies to maintain a register of […]

CISLAC advocates open contracting regulation in the extractive sector

By Abubakar Jimoh

The Pan African Conference on Illicit Financial Flows (IFF) with theme “Linking Illicit Financial Flows to the Sustainable Development Goals” held recently in Nairobi, Kanya, emphasized the importance of domestic resources mobilisation through concerted effort to address IFF, corruption, tax evasion and avoidance, to effectively finance the implementation of SDGs at country level. Apart from mitigating fraud and corruption in public contracts, open contracting was observed as paramount to improve efficiency and harness funding for effective implementation of SDGs.

There are indications that the effective management of extractive sector through open contracting in accordance with the principles of ‘African Mining Vision’ is crucial to boost Nigeria’s growth and harness her domestic resources for impactful implementation of SDGs in the country.

These disclosures were made by Kolawole Banwo, Programme Manager (Legislative & Policy Advocacy), CISLAC, while speaking on ‘Nigerian Multi-stakeholders’ Perspective on Open Contracting’ at the recently concluded Pan African […]

Stringent tax regime and the unwanted fatalities from tobacco use

Stringent tax regime and the unwanted fatalities from tobacco use

 

By Abubakar Jimoh

The dreaded but preventable impacts of tobacco use like diseases and premature deaths in Nigeria with various studies showing potential opportunities for the country, if redirected focus on preventive rather than curative measures to mitigate effects of tobacco led to the intensive advocacy by Civil Society group for comprehensive National Tobacco Control Act to domesticates the World Health Organization’s Framework on Tobacco Control (WHO-FCTC).

 

Reports by WHO have shown that tobacco use costs national economies immensely through increased health-care cost and decrease productivity. It worsens health inequalities and increase poverty as the poorest people spend less on essentials such as food, education and health care.

While stringent measures like increasing taxes and levies on tobacco products have proven to reduce consumption and generates revenue which can be used to finance universal health coverage and other developmental health programme.

In order to […]

Niger Delta: Group demands prompt clean-up of polluted communities

Salaudeen Hashim
A group of Nigerian non-state actors working on good governance has called on the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency end environmental degradation and fast-tract total clean-up of polluted communities in the oil-rich Niger Delta region.
The group made this call at a National Summit on the ‘Niger Delta Clean-up organised by Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) in Abuja.
Giving his opening remarks at the Summit, Auwal Ibrahim Musa (Rafsanjani), Executive Director of CISLAC, said the effects and impact of environmental degradation constituted nothing but evident violation of human rights and major impediment to the development of the region.
The Executive Director bemoaned deliberate institutional bureaucracy slowing down the implementation of Ogoni clean-up project launched by the Federal Government since 2015, calling for inclusive process and participation of the concerned communities in the clean-up exercise.
He said: “More than a year after the federal government launched the implementation of […]

Nigeria Country Report: An Assessment of Nigeria’s Beneficial Ownership Transparency Legal Framework

Book Review: An Assessment of Nigeria’s Beneficial Ownership Transparency Legal framework

By Lovelyn Agbor-Gabriel and Abubakar Jimoh

In order to deepen awareness and understanding of state and non-state actors on outstanding shortcomings of Nigerian beneficial ownership transparency laws and practice, the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), in collaboration with Transparency International, has engaged a critical study into country’s commitment towards beneficial ownership information and regulation.

The 51-page published report titled “Nigeria country Report: An Assessment of Nigeria’s Beneficial Ownership Transparency Legal Framework” provides a detailed account of various limitations in the definition of beneficial ownership attributed to Nigerian anti-money laundering and Company Law that respectively defines beneficial ownership, but not covering control through other means in addition to legal ownership and issues affecting beneficial ownership of private companies.

In page 4, the report reveals country performance as the worst in the area of accessing beneficial ownership information. “There are no legal requirements […]

Report of the Second SANDS Round Table Meeting – July 12, 2017

Report of the One-day Civil Society Roundtable towards: Increasing Access to Information in the Nigerian Security Sector

 

Acronyms

BPP: Bureau for Public Procurement

FoIA: Freedom of Information Act 011

MDA: Ministries, Departments and Agencies (the Nigerian state)

MoD: Ministry of Defence

MoJ: Ministry of Justice

OGP: Open Government Partnership

OGP NAP: Open Government Partnership National Action Plan (approved at a presidential level)

ONSA: Office National Security Advisor

OSA: Official Secrets Act

PPA: Public Procurement Act 2007

PPDC: Public Private Development Centre (NGO)

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Introduction

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), in collaboration with the Transparency International Defence and Security Programme (TI-DS), and with support from the United Kingdom Conflict, Security and Stability Fund (UK CSSF), organised a civil society round table meeting on 12 July 2017, at Sandralia Hotel, Abuja, towards “Increasing Access to Information in the Nigerian Security Sector.”

The round table was attended by many of the primary civil society organizations tackling issues relating to conflict and instability, defence procurement and corruption, including […]