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Legislative Digest Aug '12

NASS Laments Unsigned Bill: Threatens to Over-Ride Jonathan
Ton Rules and Business, Mr. Sam Tsokwa, recently lamented cases of unsigned bills by the President during one year anniversary of the seventh House.
He has indeed threatened that the House would by next legislative year over-ride President Jonathan on bills that do not have Presidential assent within the stipulated time limit. He also decried the slow implementation of House’s resolution by the executive arm of government.
The Deputy speaker of the House, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha similarly renewed the agitation recently for the pending bills awaiting presidential assent during a visit from a delegation of the Nigerian Institute for Food Science Technology (NIFST) who were at the National Assembly advocating for the passage of the bill on the establishment of the Nigerian Council of Food Science and Technology. It may be recalled that the bill has been passed by the National Assembly on the […]

CISLAC CALLS FOR A HUMANE APPROACH TO THE ONGOING DEMOLITION OF 19 VILLAGES OF THE FCT

Our attention has been drawn to a notice for demolition by the administration of the Federal Capital Territory which has marked over 1000 houses in Mpape one of the 19 villages of Bwari Area Council of the FCT. The residents with a population of over 1.8million people feel that their human rights have been violated. The inhabitants claim that the FCT map reveals clearly that the area was earmarked for the indigenes of the FCT for use as farmlands, but was later sold to the residents as residential area. Recall that under the jurisdiction of the law this move can be seen as forced eviction. Furthermore, considering the time of the year – the raining season, many women and children are left to suffer the harsh weather conditions. Some people that site their business areas in Mpape and its environs also find it difficult to cope with this harsh reality […]

Legislative Digest July 2012

House Threatens To Impeach Jonathan
The lower chamber of the National Assembly – House of representative during its plenary session recently threatened to impeach President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan if the 2012 budget did not yield the expected result by September, 2012 (more…)

CISLAC Executive Director Robbed By Armed Men

Armed men attacked the Executive Director (Auwal Musa Ibrahim) of the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) in the early hours of Tuesday 19th June, 2012 at his Abuja residence and carted away his valuables and properties. The men, about six in number, forced their way into his residence in Wuse at about 1.30am on Tuesday 19th June, 2012 and made away with his laptop computers, including an external hard drive, telephone handsets, car, cash and other valuables.

CISLAC expresses deep sorrow that this incidence was carried out by youths who ordinarily should be channeling their energies into productive and useful ventures that would have added value to society and facilitated the development of our nation but may have become involved in such acts due to the absence of opportunities occasioned by the absence of effective youth development strategies, bad governance, visionless leadership and corrupt administration of resources that has […]

Bribe Allegation: CISLAC Uncovers Plan to Remove House of Representative Speaker

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) has raised alarm over an alleged plot to use the alleged bribery scandal involving the chairman of the House of Representatives Ad Hoc committee on Fuel Subsidy, Hon. Faruk Lawan, as an excuse to oust the current leadership of the House of Representatives.

CISLAC, in a statement issued to the media pointed accusing fingers at both the executive arm of government and some fuel importers which, according to the CISLAC was never comfortable with the way the present leadership of the House of Representatives conducts its legislative business.

The statement which was signed by the Executive Director of CISLAC, Auwal Musa Rafsanjani maintained that “An offence allegedly committed by an individual member should not be used as an excuse to create another crisis in the House of Representatives.

“And if indeed those agitating for the use of an individual’s alleged misdeed to oust the present […]

Legislative Digest June 2012

NASS Ends First Legislative Year
on a Low Key, Rates Self High
Both the upper and lower chambers of the seventh national assembly on June 6, 2012 mark its first legislative year on a low key as sign of last respect and commemoration to the victims of Dana plane crash in Lagos recently.
The leadership of the national assembly who visited the site of the crash in Lagos shortly after the incident call off its earlier plans to mark the end of its first legislative year respectively in other to mourn the nation’s loss and pay homage to the dead.
The two highest lawmaking body in the country rates self high in terms of performance evaluation and sees its first legislative year as remarkable, eventful, engaging and fruitful respectively; in the area of bill’s passage, oversight engagements, monitoring and execution of its other constitutional mandates. (more…)

Legislative Digest May 2012

NASS Assures Workers Of Friendly
Legislation And Improved Welfare
The members and leadership of both lower and upper chambers of the National Assembly have assured workers in Nigeria of friendly legislation and improved welfare package that will see to its low earnings and other incentive challenges. This was disclosed during the year 2012 international workers day celebration in Nigeria on May 1 by the federal legislators.
While commemorating with the teeming Nigerian workers during the May Day celebration, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal said that the National Assembly would continue to enact laws that will ensure security of employment, health and welfare of all working people in the country.
According to him, as partner in progress, the lawmakers and the labour unions have shared goals and responsibilities whose ultimate aim is to see to the development of the country. (more…)

GOLD AND GRAVES: ZAMFARA LEAD POISONING AND THE FAILURE OF REGULATORY OVERSIGHT

GOLD AND GRAVES: ZAMFARA LEAD POISONING AND THE FAILURE OF REGULATORY OVERSIGHT                          ISBN: 978-978-50222-5-4                                   2012
The Zamfara State lead poisoning saga highlights the gross inadequacies in the enforcement of regulatory compliance by respective environmental government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs). The nation awoke to the news of the tragic deaths from lead and chemical poisoning from mining communities in Zamfara State. The inability of respective emergency agencies to effectively tackle this disaster showcases a glaring failure of government to safeguard the lives of Nigerian.
Sadly, it was only after the international community and environmental non-governmental organizations raised an alarm on the devastating catastrophe of the unreported lead poisoning disaster that the Nigerian government was forced to respond.   The argument remains that the scale of […]

PROMOTING POLICY AND LEGISLATIVE INTERVENTION FOR FOOD SECURITY IN NIGERIA. “AN AUDIT OF EXISTING POLICIES ON FOOD RESERVE SYSTEMS

PROMOTING POLICY AND LEGISLATIVE INTERVENTION FOR FOOD SECURITY IN NIGERIA. “AN AUDIT OF EXISTING POLICIES ON FOOD RESERVE SYSTEMS                            By CISLAC                                                         ISBN: 978-978-50222-7-8                                    2012
A Nation is said to be food secured if food is always available, accessible and affordability in a balanced manner. Food security is therefore dependent on food supply at any given point in time. According to the World Food Summit of 1996, food security is defined as “when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life”. For […]

MEETING THE TARGETS: PROMOTING LEGISLATIVE INTERVENTION FOR THE ATTAINMENT OF THE MDGS IN NIGERIA.

MEETING THE TARGETS: PROMOTING LEGISLATIVE INTERVENTION FOR THE ATTAINMENT OF THE MDGS IN NIGERIA.
ISBN: 978-978-50222-2-3                                   2012
The Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s) consisting of 8 goals, 18 targets and 48 indicators were agreed upon by the government of the world in the year 2000. These have set priorities for international development. The MDGs are currently the highest-level expression of the international community’s development priorities. They commit the international community to an action agenda which emphasizes sustainable human development as the key to attaining socio-economic program. For about 13 years since its inception, analysis indicates that there is still progress to be made if the 2015 MDGs benchmark is to be met in Nigeria.
Even though Nigeria is making progress on the MDGs, variations from state to state still hamper achieving success. While different stakeholders have targeted […]