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New Official Email Addresses for CISLAC
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CISLAC Advocates for Increase Allocation to Agric Sector

Civil Organization Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) has encouraged various state governments on increased budgetary allocation to the agricultural sector in the country to achieve maximum food production for the nation’s economic sustainability instead of the huge sums expended on the consumption of imported food.
The call was made recently at a one day workshop organized by CISLAC for Civil Society Organisations and farmers on the theme “CSOS/Farmers Network Capacity Building on Advocating for increased Budgetary Allocation in Agriculture in Benue State’’, held at the conference hall of Hallydays Hotel and Resort Markurdi, the Benue State Capital.
In his keynote address, Auwal Ibrahim Musa, Executive Director of CISLAC, who was represented by Mr. Kolawale Banwo, lamented on the poor funding of the agricultural sector in the country and Benue State in particular; while stressing that as the food basket of the nation, the state can feed the nation if its potential are […]

ERA, Civil Society Center to Partner on Tobacco Control Bill

Following the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that tobacco will kill more than 8 million people in 2030, the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Center (CISLAC) and Environmental Rights Action (ERA) have announce a strategic alliance to step up activities to fast-track the re-passage of the National Tobacco Control Bill (NTCB) which suffered a setback under the Sixth National Assembly following the failure of President Goodluck Jonathan to sign it into law.

ERA Director, Corporate Accountability & Administration, Akinbode Oluwafemi made the announcement during the World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) commemoration organised by the two organisations in Lagos while addressing issues of Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorships (TAPS).

Oluwafemi said that studies have shown that tobacco is the single most preventable cause of death globally and is currently responsible for killing one in 10 adults worldwide even as he added that by 2030, the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that tobacco will […]

Monitoring of Compliance and Implementation of African Union Protocols, Conventions, Decisions and Best Practices of Member StatesTerms of Reference for Country Researcher

Monitoring of Compliance and Implementation of African Union Protocols, Conventions, Decisions and Best Practices of Member States
Terms of Reference for Country Researcher
State of the Union (SOTU) is a coalition of 10 civil society organizations that advocates for the ratification, domestication and implementation of key African Union treaties and legal instruments. They range from governance, political, social and economic rights, to peace and security and development. Fourteen of them – ten legal instruments and four policy standards – if implemented, have tremendous promise for the lives of millions in Africans. As part of its commitment, SOTU conducts bi-annual research to review country compliance and status of implementation of the selected AU instruments. The first State of the Union compliance reports were published in July 2010 and they were well appreciated by the AUC, member states and other interested stakeholders. SOTU members are currently planning to launch a second round of […]

National News: House Flays Detention of Nigerian Pilgrims

House Flays Detention of Nigerian Pilgrims

The House of Representatives yesterday condemned the detention of about 400 Nigerian female Pilgrims in Jeddah Saudi Arabia. The Pilgrims were detained on arrival at the Jeddah airport Sunday September 23 2012.

This Day, Wednesday 26 September, 2012. Page 43

National News: Demand with a Familiar ring

Demand with a Familiar ring

Last week’s request by members of the House of Representatives for an increment in their quarterly allowances brings to mind a similar situation in the last session of the House that led to the ongoing trial of the former Speaker, Honourable Dimeji Bankole and his deputy, Honourable Usman Nafada.

This Day, Wednesday 26 September, 2012. Page 17

National News: Comments on N/A resolutions

Comments on N/A resolutions

Senate President David Mark yesterday talked tough on the Minister of Information Mr. Laraban Maku saying he is given to unguarded and careless comments. The Senate President was reacting to Maku’s recent comments that resolutions of the National Assembly were not binding on the executive.

Daily Trust, Wednesday 26 September, 2012.News page 1

National News: Reps orders Navy to release arrested vessels

Reps orders Navy to release arrested vessels

The House of Representatives joint committees on petroleum downstream Navy and Defence yesterday directed the Navy authorities to release a foreign vessel MT ST Vanessa and its crew now in its custody over alleged illegal operations on the Nigerian territorial waters.

Daily Trust, Tuesday 25 September, 2012, Page 10


The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre condemns in the strongest of terms the unlawful, inhumane and crass act of assault and extortion unleashed on the staff of South Saharan Social Development Agency, a not for profit organization dedicated to improving the plight of women and children based in Enugu, Ms Ukaoma Nma. This was perpetrated by the leadership of the Enugu State Waste Disposal Agency, ESWAMA, on the 29th of August 2012.
CISLAC laments and is scandalized that the head of a government Agency, supposedly established to promote the health of the people, in the person of Mrs. Ogaku and her assistant Mr Nnamani could degenerate to uncivilized methods of harassment, brutalization, abduction and extortion reminiscent of military juntas under a democratic dispensation.
CISLAC is further agitated that this barbaric treatment was meted out to the hapless Development Worker for […]