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DOMESTICATION OF EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES TRANSPARENCY INITIATIVE (EITI) IN NIGERIA                                             ISBN: 8-978-48297-1-7                                          2010
Gaps Between Commitment and Implementation.A Civil society Assessment of the performance of extractive industries Initiatives (NEITI)
Edited by: Dr. Sofiri, Joab –Peterside , Ekanem – Bassey
 Natural resources belongs to the citizens, the general population therefore has the right to know the financial details of any revenues such as royalties fees, and exploration licences generated from this resources.The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiatives (EITI) was established in 2002 and has taken giant steps in the direction with its list of principles and criteria of upholding the view that revenues generated from natural resources should contribute to development and poverty alleviation.
Nigeria […]

Legislative Digest Jan 2010

Presidency: Remove Constitutional Impediments
The essential ingredient of any democratic process is the presence of an executive president, who the people routinely elected as a mark of their mandate for his/her governance.
Since November 23, 2009, President Umaru Yar’Adua left the shores of Nigeria in search of appropriate medical attention in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  It is true that the Islamic Republic has more modern, technically superior and reliable medical facilities and personnel.
What is of interest here is not the high-brow medicaments and medics of the Saudis.  It is the very long absence of our President from duty without properly notifying the citizens, and the attendant power vacuum created in the statecraft of the country. (more…)

Legislative Digest Nov.-Dec. 2009

CISLAC Board Hails Rafsanjani on Legislative Advocacy
–-Inaugurates Kano zonal office
Mallam Auwal Musa (Rafsanjani), Executive Director, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) has been commended by the Board  of Trustees (BOT) of the organization, for nurturing the body to an enviable height.
The BOT met recently at Mambayya House, the Centre for Democracy Research and Training (CDRT) of Bayero University, Kano (BUK) to review the activities of CISLAC over the past year.
The meeting chaired by Malam Y.Z.Y’au Executive Director, Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD), Kano, noted that it was not an easy task setting up a focused organization like CISLAC to achieve so much within its short history.
“We congratulate ourselves for the success of CISLAC within its short history. We particularly congratulate Rafsanjani for his initiatives that have kept CISLAC in the front burner in the struggle to entrench democracy, good governance, transparency and accountability through legislative advocacy,” the […]

Legislative Digest Sept-Oct 2009

CSOs Brainstorm on PIB, Demand More Powers of Oversight for NASS
Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in the country engaged in the areas of transparency, accountability and anti-corruption in the oil and gas sector recently took their turn to brainstorm on the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) pending passage at the National Assembly.
The event which held in Abuja attracted 50 participants from the 9nCSOs, the media and other stakeholders. It was organised by the Civil Society legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) with support from Pact-Nigeria Project of USAID.
At the end of the forum, participants agreed on a memorandum to be forwarded to the National Assembly during the public hearing on the bill. They noted that Sections 9 to 11 of the draft law “vested a large amount of discretionary powers to the Ministry/Minister in charge of petroleum, with a very limited oversight role to the legislature’’. They, therefore, proposed that the oversight role […]


MANAGING OIL EXTRACTIVE RESOURCES FOR GROWTH AND EQUITY: TRAINING MODULES                                                       ISBN: 9789784829786                                       2009
The Training Manual on “Managing Extractive Resources for Growth and Equity”,highlights the essence of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiatives (EITI) and provides a framework for propagating its elements using the tool of advocacy. The manual conveys the central message that people can be trained to employ the instruments of transparency and accountability to promote sustainable development.
 There are five modules in the Manual. The first is an overview of extractive industries in Nigeria. Module Two focuses on the principles, objectives, and structure of governance of EITI as it is implemented in Nigeria. Module Five […]


BUDGET ADVOCACY: EXPERIENCES OF WEST AFRICAN CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS      ISBN: 978-978-48297-5-5                                    2008
This publication is a compilation of workshop report on the activities of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) on budget advocacy across the West African region. The book offers a collection of shared experiences on public expenditure management, transparency and accountability through budget interventions by providing an overview of the role of appropriation committees on legislative budgetary processes. Civil engagement as a tool for budget advocacy for fighting poverty was also discussed by the Director-General of the Nigerian Budget Office of the Federation, Dr. Bright Okogu. Akey component of the civil engagement process was further highlighted by the nature of deliberations under which were adopted on the platform of the Medium Term Sector Strategy (MTSS).
Experiences shared by Nigerian Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) […]


DEEPENING STATE LEVEL LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY IN NIGERIA                              ISBN: 978-978-48297-6-2                                   2008
Nigeria experienced a return to democratic rule on May 29th 1990; upon this return to democracy, it was discovered that the legislative arm of governance which is the key distinctive feature of a democracy was highly incapacitated following long periods of suspended democratic law making processes. As a way of building State level capacities and strengthening state legislative advocacy the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) with support from the Heinrich Boll Foundation over a period covering December 2007 to July 2008 engaged in various stakeholders meetings and capacity building workshops across three states namely Nasarawa, Niger and Jigawa States. This CISLAC publication is a compilation of reports from several of […]


As a result of the challenges faced in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) engaged officials such as the Presidential Adviser on MDGs, National Planning Commission (NPC), media, and the members and support staff of the MDGs committees of both chambers of the National Assembly in a capacity building workshop and a one-day CSO-Media Interactive Session.

This book consists of sections dealing with a report of a one-day capacity building workshop for staff of the NPC and MDGs Committees of the National Assembly; report of a one-day CSOs-Media interactive session on National Planning and the MDGs in Nigeria; National planning and Budgeting as instruments for achieving National development goals; the progress, challenges, and prospects of the MDGs; the role of committee staff in enhancing the constitutional roles of the State Assembly; essentials of report writing […]

Legislative Digest May, 2007

CISLAC calls for speedy passage of pending bills
The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) recently expressed deep concern over the delay by the National Assembly to pass pending legislations that have the potentials of curbing corruption in the country.
“The present National Assembly have fought hard to defend its independence and to garner popular public support, has a patriotic responsibility to assist Nigeria consolidate its strategic reform of governance to infuse transparency and accountability and to prevent and minimize corruption at all levels.  This consolidation cannot be achieved without solid legislation, many of which are still pending at the National Assembly,” it said. (more…)


ENHANCING CSOS’ PARTICIPATION IN THE NEITI AUDIT PROCESS IN NIGERIA      ISBN:978-978-48297-3-1                                     2007
This publication is a documentation of activities and lessons learnt. It showcases workshops attended and papers presented by resource persons during a two day capacity training workshop on oversight role of the legislators in the extractive industry.
The paper presented by Prof. Adele Jinadu, the Executive Director for the Centre for Advance Social Sciences focused on the historical background of NEITI process, the subsequent actions on the part of the government on providing information on revenues from the sector and its subsequent allocations to the different Tiers of Government and on the part of the oil companies the reportage of their payments in terms of royalties and petroleum profit tax. This he said however raises the question of accountability on […]