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Press Statement on the Drift towards Chaos and Return to the Agenda of Peace Building

PRESS STATEMENT ON ARRESTING THE DRIFT TOWARDS CHAOS AND RETURN TO THE AGENDA OF PEACE BUILDING

Abuja, 5th April 2018

The Working Group on Peace Building and Good Governance, the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) and the West African Network for Peace (WANEP), organised a civil society leaders’ conference on 5th April 2018 at Hilton Transcorp Abuja, to review the drift towards chaos in Nigeria and the imperative of urgent action to redress the situation.

In his opening remarks, Professor Attahiru Jega spoke about the dangers of the politics of brinkmanship played by our political class, which can take us over the edge if we are not careful. He drew attention to the lack of enlightened self-interest within the political class and castigated the deplorable culture of do or die politics. He called for active engagement by civil society in peace making and establishing codes of […]

Passage of PIGB: CISLAC Commends National Assembly, Urges President on Prompt Assent

Passage of PIGB: CISLAC Commends National Assembly, Urges President on Prompt Assent

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) commends the National Assembly on the recent passage of the long awaited Petroleum Industry and Governance Bill (PIGB). This follows the passage by both Chambers of the harmonized version on Wednesday March 28, 2018.

We recall that following the separate passage of the Bill by the two chambers, CISLAC and her partners have been engaging the relevant Committees to conclude the harmonisation process and have it ready for Presidential Assent in good time. We note that a commitment to do this by the end of March was made by the NASS and are therefore delighted that the timeline has been met and our legislators have kept their word.

CISLAC observes that the passage of the PIB was one of the campaign promises of the present administration to be delivered within the first one […]

COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF CISLAC’s SIDE EVENT DURING UNITED NATIONS COMMISSION FOR THE STATUS OF WOMEN 62 (CSW 62)

COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF CISLAC’s SIDE EVENT DURING UNITED NATIONS COMMISSION FOR THE STATUS OF WOMEN 62 (CSW 62) ON THE 14TH OF MARCH 2018 IN 4 WEST 43RD STREET New York, NY.

 

PREAMBLE

 

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) on the 14th of March 2018, held a side event at the United Nations Commission for the Status of Women 62. The event was attended by over 40 participants from across the globe of notable repute and from different backgrounds including civil society, development partners, the international community, private sector, Nigerians in the diaspora and the media. The meeting was also ably attended by CISLAC global board of Trustee members such as Dr. Afia Zakiya, Mr. Francis John and Mr. Auwal Ibrahim Musa (Rafsanjani), among others. The meeting aimed at highlighting government’s core policy and legislative interventions that seek to empower the Girl-Child and to address the factors […]

‘Nigeria accounts for about 70% of the illegal small arms in West Africa’ – Report

 

By Vaclav Prusa and Abubakar Jimoh

There are indications that West Africa is conveniently situated for drug and illegal weapons’ trade between South America and Europe, and Nigeria accounts for about 70% of the illegal small arms in the sub-region.

These hints are contained in 20-page report titled ‘CrimeJust: Fact Sheet Nigeria’ published by Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) under the aegis of Criminal Justice project supported by the European Union (EU), implemented by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in partnership with INTERPOL and Transparency International.

The report, which aims at raising policy consciousness on the dreadful impacts of Organised Crime and enhancing the capacity of relevant authorities to effectively devise appropriate countermeasures, reveals that Nigeria stands at the centre of a number of transnational crimes.

According to the report, the existing porous borders have not only paved ways for free flow of arms in and out of […]

CISLAC commends FG on new tobacco tax regime

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) commends the much awaited development in the nation’s tax regime with the recently approved amendment by President Muhammadu Buhari to the excise duty rates with tobacco constituting a major priority.

 

While we applaud the giant stride by the Federal Government, seeing it as one amongst many measures to discourage consumption of tobacco products and mitigate the devastating impacts – health, social and economic of tobacco use on the citizens and its growing burdens on limited and already overstretched public resources, we are not unaware of tactics of the Tobacco Industry globally who in their known fashion try to subvert such efforts by national governments.

 

We are delighted that the development is not only in line with the Government’s commitment to safe and secure the lives of Nigerians but also the overarching recommendations made by the Tobacco Taxation Working Group as well as those of the […]

Communiqué Issued at The End of a One-Day Executive, Legislative, CSOs and Media Dialogue on Maternal Health

COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE END OF A ONE-DAY EXECUTIVE, LEGISLATIVE, CSOs AND MEDIA DIALOGUE ON MATERNAL HEALTH ORGANIZED BY CIVIL SOCIETY LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY CENTRE (CISLAC) WITH SUPPORT FROM THE MACARTHUR FOUNDATION, HELD AT MAKERA HOTEL, KATSINA STATE ON 1ST MARCH, 2018.

PREAMBLE:

Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) organized a one-day Executive, Legislative, CSOs and Media Dialogue on Maternal Health. The dialogue was aimed at bringing Katsina state’s executive, legislators, CSOs and media under one roof to brainstorm on current trend, progress, opportunities and challenges on maternal healthcare service provision and delivery in the state. The meeting drew participants representing State House of Assembly, Ministries of Health, Education and the Media. After exhaustive deliberations on various thematic issues, the following trend, progress, opportunities, challenges and recommendations were recorded:

Progress:

In 2018 Appropriation, the state has allocated 11.8% of its total budget to the health sector.
The State House of Assembly has sustained […]

Communiqué Issued at The End of a One-Day Executive, Legislative, Csos and Media Dialogue on Maternal Health Accountability

COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE END OF A ONE-DAY EXECUTIVE, LEGISLATIVE, CSOs AND MEDIA DIALOGUE ON MATERNAL HEALTH ACCOUNTABILITY ORGANIZED BY CIVIL SOCIETY LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY CENTRE (CISLAC) WITH SUPPORT FROM THE MACARTHUR FOUNDATION, HELD AT ROYAL HOTEL, DUTSE JIGAWA STATE ON 22ND FEBRUARY, 2018.

PREAMBLE:

Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) organized a one-day Executive, Legislative, CSOs and Media Dialogue on Maternal Health Accountability. The dialogue was aimed at bringing Jigawa State’s executive, legislators, CSOs and media under one roof to brainstorm on current trend, progress, opportunities and challenges on maternal healthcare service provision and delivery in the state. The meeting drew about 20 participants representing Jigawa State House of Assembly, State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Budget and Economic Planning Directorate, Ministries of Health, Education and Women Affairs, Civil Society Organizations, and the Media. After exhaustive deliberations on various thematic issues, the following progress, challenges and opportunities were recorded:

Progress:

The state […]

Tobacco Use: Stakeholders Lament Growing Burdens on Public Resources

  By Austin Erameh

The Cross Rivers State Ministry of Environment has said the associated risks to tobacco use remained endemic increasing burdens on public resources.

This disclosure was made by Mr. Samuel Njar representing the Ministry at the recently concluded ‘Expanded Workshop for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in South-South Nigeria’ organised by the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC)  under the aegis of African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) in Calabar, Cross Rivers state.

Speaking from environmental perspective at the Workshop, Mr. Njar identified tobacco as a major challenge to public resources, noting that a considerable amount of resources is currently being spent by the Ministry in addressing environmental challenges of which tobacco is a priority.

Also, the State Ministry of Health, represented Dr. Mrs Virginia O. Inah, added that the health risks associated with tobacco use makes it a major concern for the Ministry and Cross Rivers State Government.

Dr. Inah acknowledged […]

Vacancy for the Post of Researcher

Call for Researcher

Title of Activity – Assessment of Military Corruption in the Niger-Delta, Nigeria.

 

Task Summary

Transparency International – Defence and Security is seeking a researcher to conduct research on corruption risks for military personnel operating in the Niger Delta Region in Nigeria.  This research will look at the involvement of military personnel in corruption while on mission in the Region. Specifically, it would look at the role played by military personnel in oil theft, oil bunkering; vessel diversion; illegal mining; kidnapping and other vices in the Niger Delta.

The research should include an initial review of assessment frameworks and scope for data collection; research into exiting military records and media resources; and interviews which should be coordinated and conducted by the researchers. The research should conclude with a report detailing the corruption risks identified and the involvement of military personnel, including relevant case studies, and a short summary of recommendations for […]