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Press Statement: Corruption Perception Index 2017

CORRUPTION PERCEPTION INDEX 2017

Nigeria slipping further down in international ranking: No progress in the fight against corruption

 The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), the National Contact of Transparency International (TI) is seriously worried about the new but unfavorable trend in the fight against corruption in the country, as buttressed in the newly published Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2017 which shows that Nigeria is slipping further down in the international ranking in the fight against corruption.

In the update of the CPI, Nigeria ranks 148 out of 180 countries assessed in 2017 on the perception of the state of corruption in the country. Out of 100 points signaling maximum transparency and no corruption, Nigeria scored 27 points.

These results show a slight deterioration in the scoring of the perception about corruption in public administration compared to 2016. In 2016, Nigeria scored 28 points and ranked 136th in the ranking of countries Despite one-point […]

Corruption Perception Index 2017

Corruption Perceptions Index 2017 shows a high corruption burden in more than two-thirds of countries Analysis of results from Transparency International finds crackdowns on NGOs and media are associated with higher levels of corruption.

Berlin, 21 February 2018 – An index released today by Transparency International, which marks its 25th anniversary this year, reveals some disturbing information – despite attempts to combat corruption around the world, the majority of countries are moving too slowly in their efforts. While stemming the tide against corruption takes time, in the last six years many countries have still made little to no progress. Even more alarming, further analysis of the index results indicates that countries with the lowest protections for press and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) also tend to have the worst rates of corruption.

To view the results, visit: www.transparency.org/cpi2017

The index, which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption […]

The Terms of Reference for Project Website Development

TERMS OF REFERENCE (ToR) FOR WEBSITE DESIGN, HOSTING AND MAINTENANCE

(REF: CISLAC/NG/PLT/ICT/001)

The Terms of Reference for Project Website Development

1            Project Background
·         Civil Society Legislative and Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) has been in existence since 2005 and has worked to promote good governance in Nigeria, through activities relating to accountability and the fight against corruption. CISLAC has pushed the passage of Bills that project national development in Nigeria. In recent years, Nigeria has witnessed a strong crackdown on corruption following its commitment to join the Open Government Partnership as the 70th member at the 2016 London Anti-Corruption Summit convened by the UK Government and made 14 commitments which was approved for implementation at the Global Summit in Paris (France) in December 2016, this project will serve as a tool to follow up on the progress of implementation, and milestones achieved on these commitments. CISLAC as an organization will leverage on this opportunity as […]

Sustainable Development Goal’s Shadow Report 2017

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ‘Shadow’ report is an independent review of the government-led ‘National Voluntary

Review’ (NVR) SDG process in Nigeria.This assessment attempts to provide an objective account of the progress made within the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Nigeria. The report focuses mainly on the anti-corruption agenda, in particular on SDG 16. More specifically, targets 16.4 (illicit financial and arms flows), 16.5 (reduce bribery and other forms of corruption) and 16.10 (access to information) are analysed in depth. This research is based on 175 indicators explicitly developed as part of the global Transparency International project. Secondary data has been collected from publicly available sources and compiled into a report by Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), a leading Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) in Nigeria and national contact for Transparency International Nigeria.

Click below to download the Sustainable Development Goal’s Shadow Report 2017

CISLAC SDG Shadow Report

Group urges FG to step-up implementation of oil and gas sector reforms

By Kolawole Banwo

A group of civil society working on transparency and accountability in the extractive sector also known as Accountability in the Extractive Sector (AES) Cluster under the aegis of the Strengthening Advocacy and Civic Engagement (SACE) project has urged the Federal Government to step up its implementation of the reforms in the oil and gas sector.

The group made this call during a press conference held recently in Abuja.

It said the Federal Government under the present administration had committed to the implementation reforms to enhance transparency, accountability and efficiency in the oil and gas sector.

“This included the Short and Medium Term Priorities to grow Nigeria’s Oil & Gas Industry 2015–2019 conveniently called 7 Big Wins which was unveiled in October 2016 by the President with much fanfare and media hype.

“There were also sector specific commitments in the National Action Plan of the Open Government Partnership. This is in addition […]

Ethnocentrism: as an impediment to peaceful coexistence

While persuasion is better than force as a means of drawing public support or attention, the intuition remains that some speeches are in fact dangerous to the peaceful co-existence of the society. In this piece, SALAUDEEN HASHIM presents the impacts of ethnocentrism with resultant tendency for hate speech.

Hate speech mostly originated from ethnocentrism has hitherto been regarded as a dangerous but often neglected phenomenon that has set many countries ablaze and sent many more into cold war.

While hate speech is largely borne of deeply entrenched ethnocentric tendencies, it is undeniable that through malicious rhetoric, one time German Chancellor, Adolf Hitler stirred up murderous hatred that claimed the lives of over six million Jews.

In the bible book of Esther, Haman sort to instigate his people against the children of Israel by making them believe that the Israelites had no regard for their king. His plan almost worked, but for […]

Buhari and the six new laws

In December, 2017 President Muhammadu Buhari assent to six different bills that brought to limelight specific laws that will henceforth abolish a devastating practice in the nation’s health care emergency response system, eradicate the use of torture to extract confessional statements in investigation process, ensure adequate financing for NDDC to effectively pursue its objectives, establish a coordinating national institution to through rigorous research detect and prevent cancer diseases, among others.

By Abubakar Jimoh

As Nigerians prepared for the New Year celebrations, the nation witnessed the much awaited development from the executive arm with President Muhammadu Buhari signing into law six different bills.

The new laws which include Compulsory Treatment and Care for Victims of Gunshot Act, Anti-Torture Act, Niger Delta Development Commission (Establishment) Amendment Act, National Institute for Cancer Research and Treatment (Establishment) Act, Federal Capital Appropriation Act, and Federal Capital Territory Water Board (Establishment) Act, came at the moment when […]

Reps laud CISLAC on amendment to Tobacco Control Act

By Austin Erameh

The Chairman, House Committee on Agriculture and Production, Hon. Mohammed Tahir Monguno has commended Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) on its on-going effort in ensuring effective and comprehensive implementation of the National Tobacco Control Act 2015 through a proposed amendment Bill to specific provisions of the Act.

Hon. Monguno made this commendation while receiving a civil society delegation working on tobacco control under the aegis of African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) led by Okeke Anya, Programme Manager, Democratic Governance, CISLAC, at his office in National Assembly Complex, Abuja.

He, however, scheduled another meeting to ensure full participation by Members of the Committee for exhaustive deliberations on the way forward to fast-track the passage of the amendment Bill.

“This is a very important visit that demands full participation by all Members of the Committee. We will schedule another meeting with Members to discuss the way forward on passage of the amendment Bill. […]

Tobacco Control: Controlling the flavour appeal monster

The devastating health, social, economic and environmental effects of tobacco consumption—in whatever form and exposure to tobacco use remain a burden to the nation’s productivity and development. In this piece, GLORIA CHINYERE OKWU examines the dreaded impacts of tobacco use and exposure, giving cognisance to the emerging but growing use of ‘Shisha’ in Nigeria.

Despite tobacco control policies, which aim to nip tobacco consumption and its attendant consequences in the bud, tobacco industries have continued to emerge with new strategies to recruit “new” smokers. The latest and most patent tool in their offing is the flavour appeal, which has sashayed almost unnoticed into the Nigerian market through the shisha cafes and bars.

Shisha also known Hookah, Argileh or Goza originated centuries ago in ancient Persia and India. It is prepared in a glass bottomed water pipe in which flavoured tobacco is covered with foil and roasted with charcoal. The smoke, which […]