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Passage of PIGB: CISLAC commends the House, calls for the passage of other outstanding PIG Bills

Passage of PIGB: CISLAC commends the House, calls for the passage of other outstanding PIG Bills

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) commends the House of Representatives for the recent passage of the much awaited Petroleum Industry and Governance Bill (PIGB).

While we welcome and applaud the passage, we find such development worthy of commendation as it will, to appreciable extent, promote transparency, accountability and governance, as well as curtail monumental financial losses in our nation’s oil and gas sector.

We are not unaware that the passage, which aims primarily at the restructuring and reformation of the nation’s oil and gas sector has set the pace for unbundling of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to establishing independence agency for effective operationalization and regulation of the sector and merger of its subsidiaries into an entity for appropriate supervision and coordination.

We recall that both the House and the Senate passed the PIGB for a second […]

Humanitarian crisis: CISLAC charges the media on accurate reportage

 

By Austin Erameh

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) has urged the media on accurate and effective public and policy sensitisation on issues bothering the passage, assent and implementation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Policy to alleviate the plight of the IDPs in the country.

Making this call at the recently concluded Media Dialogue session in Rivers state, the Executive Director of CISLAC, Auwal Ibrahim Musa (Rafsanjani), represented by Program Manager, Democratic Governance, Okeke Anya, said the increasing humanitarian crisis in the South-South region with apparent capacity gaps by media practitioners to accurately cover and report on related issues had informed the need for the Dialogue.

He commended relevant authorities in the state for their continued support for affected persons in the wake of crisis including the hundreds of thousands of IDPs in the Bakassi region and the on-going influx of Refugees who flee violence and persecution in Southern Cameroun.

Also speaking at […]

CISLAC Lauds Renovation of the Dilapidated Dausara Health Care Centre

CISLAC Lauds Renovation of the Dilapidated Dausara Health Care Centre

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) commends the on-going effort by the Kano State Government in collaboration with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) at renovating the dilapidated Dausara Primary Health Care Centre, in Ungogo Local Government Area of Kano state which had suffered from long-time policy neglect, rendering the facility monumentally inefficient to discharge maternal and child healthcare services.

We recall that in the mid-2017, CISLAC, with support from Macarthur Foundation, supported journalists across Kano, Kaduna, Katsina and Jigawa states on field investigation to undercover and report maternal health budget allocation, release and utilisation in the respective states.

The rigorous investigative process by the journalists in Kano state uprooted and exposed issues with alarming reports (See: Guardian Newspapers– https://t.guardian.ng/sunday-magazine/failing-primary-healthcare-in-kano/ and Daily Trust Newspapers — https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/bats-sack-workers-patients-from-kano-health-centre.html) pointing at the ill-equipped and pitiable condition of Dausara Primary Health Care Centre that had denied […]

CISLAC Demands Transparency and Accountability in Recovered Assets

CISLAC Demands Transparency and Accountability in Recovered Assets

 

The recently concluded Global Forum on Asset Recovery (GFAR) that took place in Washington, DC, sealed the return of stolen assets worth $321 million looted by the late former Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha and his family. The assets will be repatriated from the Swiss Government to Nigeria under the auspices of the World Bank. Selected Nigerian Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) have co-signed a memorandum of understanding, which recognizes the right and duty of CSOs to monitor the utilization of the repatriated funds.

While CISLAC commends this deal, it calls on the Government for urgent expedition of asset recovery management guidelines and greater transparency in the end-use of recovered assets.

The anti-corruption summit in London in 2016 prompted the government to make two specific commitments in regards to asset recovery: i) Strengthening of the asset recovery legislation through the passing of the Proceeds of […]

The Civil Society Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) Condemns Attack on Ibrahim Magu

The Civil Society Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) Condemns Attack on Ibrahim Magu

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), the National Contact for Transparency International condemns the recent attack on the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, and the unfortunate death of one of the policemen detailed for his protection.

It will be recalled that the EFCC facility was attacked on the 16th of August 2017 by unknown armed group with death threats issued against the Commission’s operatives.

In June also, an operative in the Fraud Section was also attacked in Port Harcourt and CISLAC also issued a press statement expressing concern over the emerging trend where officials are singled out as targets in the course of their duty and service to the nation.

This second attack on the acting chairman’s farmhouse located at Kirshi, FCT, and barely 48 hours after his declaration that the anti-corruption war will be a […]

CSOs URGES FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO STEP UP IMPLEMENTATION OF OIL AND GAS SECTOR REFORMS

 

The Accountability in the Extractive Sector (AES) Cluster of the Strengthening Advocacy and Civic Engagement (SACE) project urges the Federal Government to step up its implementation of the reforms in the oil and gas sector.  It would be recalled that the Federal Government under this administration has 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 to the already established subscription to the EITI principles and standards through the NEITI since 2007.

The AES cluster is a group of 30 civil society organizations spread across the country […]

CISLAC Demands Undiscriminating Fight against Corruption

As Nigeria commemorates the 2017 Anti-corruption Day, the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) condemns in totality, the recent malicious developments which manifest in selective approach and procedure, and deliberate political reluctance permeating the fight against corruption in the country.
While we are aware of the various commitments including the 2016 Anti-Corruption Summit in London and campaign promise by the Present administration to combat corruption in all ramifications without fear or favour, we find it disturbing that official corruption is deeply embedded and fast becoming a permanent fixture whose subculture melts seamlessly into the public servants’ daily life.
We are worried over the administration’s continued unwillingness to exert appropriate sanction against erring officials found wanting in cases of silent but illegitimate re-engagement of the former Chairman of the Presidential Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, who was disengaged from service by the previous administration over N2.7b Pension Fraud; non-investigated N120bn security scam […]

‘Nigeria lacks legal framework to prosecute non-disclosure of beneficial ownership’ —Rafsanjani

By Abubakar Jimoh

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) has hitherto been involved in series of interventions on Beneficial Ownership disclosure with specific focus on the extractive sector as a means to promoting Transparency and Accountability, curbing Illicit Financial Flows and promotion of tax transparency. At a Global Forum for Asset Recovery (GFAR) held recently in Washington, USA, the Executive Director of CISLAC made some disclosures on Nigeria’s progress in Beneficial Ownership transparency.

There are indications that beneficial owners hide behind legal person members of a company in the award of contracts without being identified in Nigeria.
This disclosure was made by the Executive Director, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), Auwal Ibrahim Musa (Rafsanjani) at Global Forum for Asset Recovery (GFAR) held in Washington, USA.
The Executive Director, who was also a Nigerian delegate at the Forum, bemoaned absence of legal requirement for Nigerian companies to maintain a register of […]

CISLAC advocates open contracting regulation in the extractive sector

By Abubakar Jimoh

The Pan African Conference on Illicit Financial Flows (IFF) with theme “Linking Illicit Financial Flows to the Sustainable Development Goals” held recently in Nairobi, Kanya, emphasized the importance of domestic resources mobilisation through concerted effort to address IFF, corruption, tax evasion and avoidance, to effectively finance the implementation of SDGs at country level. Apart from mitigating fraud and corruption in public contracts, open contracting was observed as paramount to improve efficiency and harness funding for effective implementation of SDGs.

There are indications that the effective management of extractive sector through open contracting in accordance with the principles of ‘African Mining Vision’ is crucial to boost Nigeria’s growth and harness her domestic resources for impactful implementation of SDGs in the country.

These disclosures were made by Kolawole Banwo, Programme Manager (Legislative & Policy Advocacy), CISLAC, while speaking on ‘Nigerian Multi-stakeholders’ Perspective on Open Contracting’ at the recently concluded Pan African […]

Stringent tax regime and the unwanted fatalities from tobacco use

Stringent tax regime and the unwanted fatalities from tobacco use

 

By Abubakar Jimoh

The dreaded but preventable impacts of tobacco use like diseases and premature deaths in Nigeria with various studies showing potential opportunities for the country, if redirected focus on preventive rather than curative measures to mitigate effects of tobacco led to the intensive advocacy by Civil Society group for comprehensive National Tobacco Control Act to domesticates the World Health Organization’s Framework on Tobacco Control (WHO-FCTC).

 

Reports by WHO have shown that tobacco use costs national economies immensely through increased health-care cost and decrease productivity. It worsens health inequalities and increase poverty as the poorest people spend less on essentials such as food, education and health care.

While stringent measures like increasing taxes and levies on tobacco products have proven to reduce consumption and generates revenue which can be used to finance universal health coverage and other developmental health programme.

In order to […]