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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 […]

ANALYSIS OF NIGERIA EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES TRANSPARENCY INITIATIVE (NEITI) AUDIT OF THE PERIOD 2006-2008: A CIVIL SOCIETY PERSPECTIVE

ANALYSIS OF NIGERIA EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES TRANSPARENCY INITIATIVE (NEITI) AUDIT OF THE PERIOD 2006-2008: A CIVIL SOCIETY PERSPECTIVE                      ISBN: 978-978-50222-4-7                                   2012

This analysis provides a concise, though critical, overview of the 2006-2008 NEITI audit, while pushing the bar on expectations, transparency and accountability in oil revenue management and promotion of good governance.
For the purpose of easy understanding the analysis is divided into seven sections. Section One introduces the Nigeria oil and gas industry and the combustible mix of the good and bad even leaning more to the negative it represents for the country and its citizens, while Section Two draws attention to procedures of the NEITI Audit. The third section highlights the Financial Audit which focuses attention on assessment and reconciliation of financial flows within […]

Legislative Digest April 2012

Jonathan Praises NASS Over Speedy
Passage of 2012 Budget
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has thanked the leadership and members of both chambers of the National Assembly for the speedy passage of the 2012 appropriation bill, despite its tight-fist schedule.
He disclosed this during the official signing of the 2012 budget into law four weeks after the upper and the lower chambers jacked the initial N4.6trillion naira budget proposal to N4.8trillion in order to accommodate other expenses like the SURE programme of the executive and signed the appropriation bill and also passed it to the president for his assent. (more…)

Policy Brief On The Petroleum Industry Bill

The Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, is a by-product of this reform process. It has been on the floor of the national Assembly since 2007 and like other aspects of the Reforms and existing policies, has continued to face challenges and attract divergent views from different quarters.

In the light of these, the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, CISLAC found it pertinent to undertake a more in-depth interrogation of the contents and forms of existing policy thrusts, including the provisions of the PIB with a bid to suggesting possible reviews by all concerned stakeholders. (more…)

State of the Nation Address by Civil Society Organisations in Nigeria

Civil society organizations, activists and concerned Nigerians invited you today to share with you our reflection on a number of issues of critical importance to the developments, security and prosperity of our country Nigeria.

CORRUPTION:
The fight against corruption is said to be on cause. Yet every day new Nigerian are inundated by allegations of corruption especially those in which government officials are alleged to be perpetrators. What is more, there are no signs that government is taking action to investigate these allegations so as to assuage the public that indeed it is committed to fighting corruption. In other countries, mere allegations of corruption would force government officials to resign their appointments; in Nigeria we are concerned about the allegations of corruption already preceding some of the recently cleared ministers into office.

While we reiterate our call for the strengthening and reinvigorating the anti-corruption organizations in Nigeria, we are worried by the […]