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Tobacco use: A major contributory factor to cancers, other diseases – Anya

By Austin Erameh

There are indications that tobacco consumption could be a major contributory factor to cancer, cardiovascular ailments and other diseases.

These hints were given by Okeke Anya, Programme Manager (Democratic Governance), CISLAC, while presenting the priorities and challenges for advancing the WHO FCTC in Nigeria’s Public Health Systems at the recently concluded 17th World Conference on ‘Tobacco Or Health’ held in Cape Town, South Africa.

He said a recent study conducted by the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), a coordinating ministry for the implementation of the National Tobacco Control Act, 2015, to ascertain the implementation progress of the Act across eight selected Public Health Institutions in the Federal Capital Territory, reveals that no fewer than 75% of the respondents had come in contact with a patient whom had been diagnosed with cancer, cardiovascular ailment and other related diseases with 71% of them linking tobacco consumption to cancer, cardiovascular ailments […]

COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF CISLAC’s SIDE EVENT DURING UNITED NATIONS COMMISSION FOR THE STATUS OF WOMEN 62 (CSW 62)

COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF CISLAC’s SIDE EVENT DURING UNITED NATIONS COMMISSION FOR THE STATUS OF WOMEN 62 (CSW 62) ON THE 14TH OF MARCH 2018 IN 4 WEST 43RD STREET New York, NY.

 

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The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) on the 14th of March 2018, held a side event at the United Nations Commission for the Status of Women 62. The event was attended by over 40 participants from across the globe of notable repute and from different backgrounds including civil society, development partners, the international community, private sector, Nigerians in the diaspora and the media. The meeting was also ably attended by CISLAC global board of Trustee members such as Dr. Afia Zakiya, Mr. Francis John and Mr. Auwal Ibrahim Musa (Rafsanjani), among others. The meeting aimed at highlighting government’s core policy and legislative interventions that seek to empower the Girl-Child and to address the factors […]

‘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 […]

Tobacco Use: Stakeholders Lament Growing Burdens on Public Resources

  By Austin Erameh

The Cross Rivers State Ministry of Environment has said the associated risks to tobacco use remained endemic increasing burdens on public resources.

This disclosure was made by Mr. Samuel Njar representing the Ministry at the recently concluded ‘Expanded Workshop for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in South-South Nigeria’ organised by the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC)  under the aegis of African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) in Calabar, Cross Rivers state.

Speaking from environmental perspective at the Workshop, Mr. Njar identified tobacco as a major challenge to public resources, noting that a considerable amount of resources is currently being spent by the Ministry in addressing environmental challenges of which tobacco is a priority.

Also, the State Ministry of Health, represented Dr. Mrs Virginia O. Inah, added that the health risks associated with tobacco use makes it a major concern for the Ministry and Cross Rivers State Government.

Dr. Inah acknowledged […]

The Terms of Reference for Project Website Development

TERMS OF REFERENCE (ToR) FOR WEBSITE DESIGN, HOSTING AND MAINTENANCE

(REF: CISLAC/NG/PLT/ICT/001)

The Terms of Reference for Project Website Development

1            Project Background
·         Civil Society Legislative and Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) has been in existence since 2005 and has worked to promote good governance in Nigeria, through activities relating to accountability and the fight against corruption. CISLAC has pushed the passage of Bills that project national development in Nigeria. In recent years, Nigeria has witnessed a strong crackdown on corruption following its commitment to join the Open Government Partnership as the 70th member at the 2016 London Anti-Corruption Summit convened by the UK Government and made 14 commitments which was approved for implementation at the Global Summit in Paris (France) in December 2016, this project will serve as a tool to follow up on the progress of implementation, and milestones achieved on these commitments. CISLAC as an organization will leverage on this opportunity as […]

Rafsanjani bestowed ‘2018 ICON of Community Development Award’

Rafsanjani bestowed ‘2018 ICON of Community Development Award’

The Arewa Student Forum (ASF) has bestowed on the Executive Director of Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), Auwal Ibrahim Musa (Rafsanjani) “2018 ICON of Community Development Award”.

Presenting the Award to the Executive Director on behalf of the Forum, a delegation led by Comrade Abdullahi Muhammad Saleh, Treasurer, ASF, said the award was in recognition of his “immense contribution towards societal development, human upliftment, youth development and service to the nation”.

According to the Comrade Saleh, the recipient was nominated after a thorough deliberation and scrutiny at a recent meeting held by the Forum in Jigawa state where his outstanding leadership qualities in the service to humanity was highly acknowledged and commended, stating that the Forum had no hesitation to bestow on him, 2018 ICON of Community Development Award.

He said: “We acknowledge your principle, infallible moral background and community driven development.

“We are […]

Press Conference to Address the State of the Nation

A TEXT OF A PRESS CONFERENCE ORGANISED BY CIVIL SOCIETY LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY CENTRE (CISLAC) TO ADDRESS THE STATE OF THE NATION ON 23RD JANUARY, 2018

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The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, CISLAC, having observed the disturbing trends, events and occurrences in our dear nation; noting the responses from government, groups and different stakeholders in the Nigerian Project; worried that politics, ethno-religious sentiments and grandstanding rather than reason, restraint and desire for the common good has characterised and greatly influenced the utterances, actions and activities of various individuals, groups and organizations; concerned that the situation could escalate and degenerate into anarchy and jeopardise the lives and property of innocent citizens and our collective aspiration for a peaceful and just society; and mindful of the ultimate effect of this on our national unity as we approach the elections in 2019, have found it necessary to make the following statement:

INCREASING THREATS TO THE […]

‘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 and Austin Erameh

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 […]

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 […]