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Corruption: Experts demand adequate response to cases

 

By Abubakar Jimoh

A group of national and international anti-corruption actors has called for ample and sincere policy response to reported corruption, giving zero chance to nepotism to revert current unfavourable corruption indices and successfully combat the menace in Nigeria.

The group made this call at a One-day High Level Workshop to Share International Anti-Corruption Best Practices to Address Emerging Issues themed “Preventing the Facilitation of Corruption in Public and Private Sector: Leveraging on International Frameworks to Promote Sustainable Development” organized by Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) with support from  MacArthur Foundation and Ford Foundation in Abuja.

Speaking at the High Level meeting, human right activist and former Minister for Education, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili urged immediate dismissal of excessive centralized power operating in opaque context, especially in the oil and gas sector to successfully wage war against corruption in the country.

She bemoaned the refusal of the President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint […]

Civil Society Holds Public Lecture in Honour of Taju, Winnie & Momoh

The Nigerian Civil Society groups have scheduled a public lecture in honour of the past renowned human rights activists and pan-Africanists such as late Tajuddeen Abdulraheem, Abubakar Momoh and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

The late trio stand out as Activists, pan-Africanists and Gender Advocates who lived fighting for human causes and therefore deserve periodic remembrances to inform and inspire young Africans who are able to learn from the experiences and uncommon struggles of these trio.

It is on this note that CSOs in Nigeria are working round the clock to commemorate Tajuddeen, Abu and Winnie during a commemorative annual lecture with a theme “PAN-AFRICANISM, GENDER & AFRICAN LIBERATION: REFLECTIONS ON TAJJUDDEEN ABDULRAHEEM, ABUBAKAR MOMOH & WINNIE MANDELA.” This year’s memorial lecture will be delivered by the respected African Scholar on International Peace and Justice, Horace Campbell, at The Electoral Institute on the 25th of May 2018.

Below is a brief on the trio activist.

ABUBAKAR […]

Clamour for State Police: Beyond Sloganeering and Grandstanding

 

By Salaudeen Hashim and Jaye Gaskia

Whenever the question of restructuring and devolution of powers are raised by the contending factions and fractions of Nigeria’s prodigal ruling class, they bring to the fore incessant outcry for State Police and fiscal federalism.

As always, these issues, like the parent concepts of Restructuring and Devolution of powers, are simply thrown and bandied around without content, reflection, and any sense of responsibility.

Just as we had challenged them to come up with programmes of action on how to restructure Nigeria and achieve devolution of powers; we are equally duty bound now to once again throw up the challenge to ask them to provide content.

From a careful and critical analysis of the various responses given by different fractions of the ruling class to the challenge of providing concrete programmes on restructuring; it is now very clear that no serious, deep and reflective thought had been given […]

Adamawa Assembly parleys CISLAC on comprehensive humanitarian law

By Austin Erameh

The Speaker of the Adamawa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Kabiru Mijinyawa has assured of the state’s readiness to support Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) in formulating a comprehensive legislative framework to effectively coordinate humanitarian issues and harmonise existing fractional laws which attempt to achieve same.

Mijinyawa gave the assurance while receiving a delegation of CISLAC under the aegis of Embassy of Switzerland in Nigeria project in his office at Adamawa State House of Assembly Complex, Yola.

The Speaker, who acknowledged non-existence of a comprehensive and proactive legislation to effectively coordinate humanitarian issues despite having a number of laws which have attempted to achieve same in piecemeal, encouraged the delegation to consider adequate review of existing laws in its plan to formulate a comprehensive framework that will harmonised humanitarian issues.

Also, speaking during the visit, the delegation led by Okeke Anya, Programme Manager (Democratic Governance), CISLAC, said the […]

Human rights abuses and the inconsistencies in recruitment, selection for peacekeeping missions

By Abubakar Jimoh

There are indications that faulty recruitment and selection processes by the security forces could be major contributory factors to persistent human rights abuses and violations by Nigerian peacekeeping troops in various United Nations’ missions.

These hints are contained in a 78-page report titled “Nigeria: Navigating Secrecy in the Vetting and Selection of Peacekeepers” published by the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) in collaboration with Asia Centre for Human Rights, supported by Open Society Institute, New York.

The report attributes persistent human rights violation and abuses by peacekeeping troops to systemic corruption and inconsistencies associating with personnel recruitment and selection of troops for peacekeeping where “personal relationships and political positioning drive the promotion and assignment” activities.

While the reported cases of misconduct by Nigeria and other security forces during peacekeeping missions triggered the development of uniform standards of conduct for all personnel by the United Nations, the report however faults […]

Request for Expression of Interest (EoI)

Expression of Interest (EoI) for the Development of Policy Brief on Improved Legislative Oversight on Accountability in Public Sector Operations.

 

Introduction

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), as National Contact of Transparency International in Nigeria is requesting expression of intrest from intrested consultant to develop a policy brief on Improved Legislative Oversight on Accountability in Public Sector Operations. The consultancy is within the project “Strengthening Legislative Accountability and Anti-Corruption Mechanisms” (SLAAM) in Nigeria with financial support from MacArthur Foundation. The aim is to create better understanding of what is required of National Assembly on oversight and how citizens are abreast of the work the legislative arm is doing to enable it build citizens’ confidence in the oversight role of the legislature.

As part of its commitments in the project implementation, CISLAC is currently seeking the services of a consultant to conduct a desk review on the above subject matter.

 

Nature of Work:

The consultant will reflect technical expertise to facilitate […]

Cross River parleys CISLAC to strengthen humanitarian response

By Austin Erameh

The Cross River State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Joe Oshie Abang, has assured of his administration’s commitment to strengthen collaboration with the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) in the formulation of appropriate internationally-complied policy or legal frameworks for guiding humanitarian response in the state.

Abang gave this assurance while receiving a group of civil society organisations led by Okeke Anya, Programme Manager (Democratic Governance), CISLAC, at his office in Calabar, Cross River State’s capital.

The Commissioner reiterated commitment to partner CISLAC in advancing holistic solutions to complement existing efforts by the state and developmental partners in addressing the growing challenges associated with human trafficking.

Also speaking during the visit, Anya explained that the meeting aimed at advocating to relevant government agencies on the need for the introduction of state-based frameworks on emergency response.

“This visit aims primarily at advocating for a state law and/or policy that will […]

Vacancy Announcement

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

 

Location:  Abuja

Application Deadline: 20th April, 2018

Type of Contract: Annually renewable contract

Languages Required: English

Starting Date: 27th of April, 2018

 

Organizational Summary

Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) is a non-governmental, non-profit legislative advocacy, information sharing and research organization that is currently a Transparency International (TI) in Nigeria. CISLAC works towards bridging the gap between the legislature and the electorate, by enhancing campaign and advocacy strategies; engagement of bills before their passage into law; manpower development for law makers, legislative aides, politicians and the civil society, as well as civic education on the tenets of democracy and Human Rights promotion. CISLAC undertakes activities related to capacity strengthening, advocacy, policy analysis, citizen’s education and mobilization, civil society networks and coalition enhancement. CISLAC seeks to promote transparency, accountability, good governance and anti-corruption efforts among multiple stakeholders in the areas of public finance management, revenue mobilization, including tax justice and extractive revenue management.

The organization is seeking a qualified candidate […]

‘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 […]