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‘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 […]

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 […]

Niger Delta: Group demands prompt clean-up of polluted communities

Salaudeen Hashim
A group of Nigerian non-state actors working on good governance has called on the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency end environmental degradation and fast-tract total clean-up of polluted communities in the oil-rich Niger Delta region.
The group made this call at a National Summit on the ‘Niger Delta Clean-up organised by Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) in Abuja.
Giving his opening remarks at the Summit, Auwal Ibrahim Musa (Rafsanjani), Executive Director of CISLAC, said the effects and impact of environmental degradation constituted nothing but evident violation of human rights and major impediment to the development of the region.
The Executive Director bemoaned deliberate institutional bureaucracy slowing down the implementation of Ogoni clean-up project launched by the Federal Government since 2015, calling for inclusive process and participation of the concerned communities in the clean-up exercise.
He said: “More than a year after the federal government launched the implementation of […]

CISLAC launches SDGs Shadow Report, Global Office in New York

By Chioma Kanu and Abubakar Jimoh

Effort to complement current effort by Nigerian government in advancing the fight against corruption brought to the fore, a ‘Shadow Report’ developed and launched by Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) at the UN General Assembly 72 Session Side Event in New York.

Apart from the launched Report, the event also availed CISLAC the opportunity to deepen advocacy and launch her ‘Global Office’ in New York.

As emphasised in the opening address of the Executive Director, CISLAC, Auwal Ibrahim Musa (Rafsanjani), the shadow report focuses mainly on the anti-corruption agenda, in particular on SDG 16, which specifically addresses illicit financial and arms flows, bribery and other forms of corruption, and access to information.

He said: “We are very much aware of the harmful of effects of corruption as it relegates development efforts to the background plunging countries into underdevelopment. A society free of corruption is healthy, wealthy, […]

CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATION STATEMENT AT A ONE-DAY INTERACTIVE TECHNICAL ROUNDTABLE BETWEEN NATIONAL ASSEMBLY AND CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATION ON THE ‘BILL TO PROVIDE FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS COMMISSION FOR THE COORDINATION, SUPERVISION AND HARMONIZATION OF THE ACTIVITIES OF NGOs AND CSOs IN NIGERIA’ HELD ON 25 JULY 2017 AT THE ROCKVIEW ROYALE HOTEL, ABUJA

 

Preamble

We the representatives of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Nigeria met in Abuja on July 25, 2017 at the National Assembly & Civil Society Interactive Technical Roundtable to discuss the ‘Bill to Provide for the Establishment of the Non-Governmental Organizations Commission for the Coordination, Supervision and Harmonization of the Activities of NGOs and CSOs In Nigeria’ aka NGO Bill.

The event which was organized by the House of Representatives Committee on Civil Society and Development Partners and Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) was attended by over 200 delegates from the Executive, Legislative, Judiciary and […]

Two years on: Institutionalising the ‘Buhari-effect’ in defence sector reform

Two years on: Institutionalising the ‘Buhari-effect’ in defence sector reform

 

President Buhari’s election has been a turning point for the Nigerian anti-corruption struggle. The President moved quickly to dismiss the service chiefs and make his own appointments, while a number of those implicated in defence sector corruption are being prosecuted.

Two presidential ad hoc audit committees were quickly established to identify who was responsible for arms procurement fraud leading to losses under the previous administration estimated by Acting President Osinbajo at US$ 15 billion. The Nigerian armed forces have also attempted to cut out third parties by contracting for key equipment directly with governments and working with the Bureau for Public Procurement to increase oversight.

These are significant steps and deserve recognition. But it is our view that on their own they are not enough to institutionalise the ‘Buhari-effect’ and ensure that there is no repetition of ‘Dasukigate’ in 2, 5 or 10 years time.

To build […]

Civil Society Experts Devise 14 Steps to Combat Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs)

Civil Society Experts Devise 14 Steps to Combat IFFs
By Abubakar Jimoh
A group of civil society experts has identified 14 holistic steps for African Leaders to curtail the endemic Illicit Financial Flow (IFF) resulting in monumental financial losses in the continent.
The group made this known in a recent statement issued as national leaders converged at the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa to discuss issues of critical importance affecting the growth and development of the continent.  
The experts’ positions entitled “Accelerated Agenda for Addressing Illicit Financial Flows in Africa” comes at a time where there is vacuum in global leadership on the issues of IFFs. The 14 point agenda integrates fundamental political and institutional steps that African governments and African multilateral agencies can take to curb IFFs.  
The experts said: “Robbing the African continent of more than $70 billion per year, IFFs represent one of the largest problems facing Africa […]

Vacancy Announcement

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), the National Contact for Transparency International (TI), the leading international NGO devoted to combating corruption is seeking a suitably qualified person to fill the vacant position of Advocacy and Legal Advice (ALAC) Officer.

 

Key Duties and Responsibilities

Ensure that ALAC provides client-friendly, professional and quality legal advice and guidance to victims and witnesses of corruption
Ensure all cases receive adequate legal advice and/or are followed to secure redress from appropriate state/private institutions
Oversee the systematic collection of ALAC complaints to update ALAC Database
Analyse ALAC information and carry out advocacy for reforms
Design and carry out public sensitizations and mobile ALACs
Develop and maintain close working relationship with key partners
Organise Review Committee/Stakeholder meetings

Qualification, Experience and Skills

The qualified candidate must have at least First Degree in Law with minimum of 3-5 years working experience. Good interpersonal and communication skills, computer literacy, knowledge of […]

Vacancy Announcement

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), the National Contact for Transparency International (TI), the leading international NGO devoted to combating corruption is seeking a suitably qualified person to fill the vacant position of Advocacy and Legal Advice (ALAC) Officer.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

i. Ensure that ALAC provides client-friendly, professional and quality legal advice and guidance to victims and witnesses of corruption
ii. Ensure all cases receive adequate legal advice and/or are followed to secure redress from appropriate state/private institutions
iii. Oversee the systematic collection of ALAC complaints to update ALAC Database
iv. Analyse ALAC information and carry out advocacy for reforms
v. Design and carry out public sensitizations and mobile ALACs
vi. Develop and maintain close working relationship with key partners
vii. Organise Review Committee/Stakeholder meetings

Qualification, Experience and Skills
The qualified candidate must have at least First Degree in Law with minimum of 3-5 years working experience. Good interpersonal and communication skills, computer literacy, knowledge […]