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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

CISLAC CONDEMNS ASSAULT ON AND ILLEGAL DETENTION OF DEVELOPMENT WORKER IN ENUGU

CISLAC CONDEMNS ASSAULT ON AND ILLEGAL DETENTION OF DEVELOPMENT WORKER IN ENUGU
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 […]

THE COMMUNIQUE OF THE PUBLIC PRESENTATION ON REPORT OF BASELINE STUDY ON TAX IN NIGERIA AND THE LAUNCHING OF NATIONAL PLATFORM ON TAX JUSTICE IN NIGERIA

THE COMMUNIQUE OF THE PUBLIC PRESENTATION ON REPORT OF BASELINE STUDY ON TAX IN NIGERIA AND THE  LAUNCHING OF NATIONAL PLATFORM ON TAX JUSTICE IN NIGERIA AT BOLTON WHITE HOTEL, ABUJA, ON AUGUST 14, 2012
Preamble

Civil Society organisations in Nigeria at the presentation of a report titled ‘Baseline Study on Tax in Nigeria and Launching of National Platform on Tax Justice’ on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 launched a National Platform on Tax Justice Research and Advocacy with the aim of engaging the government in raising awareness on the need for a just, equitable and efficient Tax System.

The study which was commissioned by the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), with support from Oxfam Novib, examined the tax system in Nigeria, paying special attention to relationship between tax, social inequality, resource mobilisation for national development and accountability in governance.

The public presentation of the study and launch of the National platform on […]

Why Should African CSO engage in Tax Justice?

Why Should African CSO engage in Tax Justice?
A speech at the launch of Nigerian Tax Justice Platform, Abuja, 14th August 2012

Dr. Dereje Alemayehu
Chair, Tax Justice Network – Africa
The following quotation from Christian Aid’s rationale for Christian Aid when it decided to engage in global tax justice advocacy and campaign is a good summary

“The neglect of tax as a development issue has gone on for far too long. …For Christian Aid, in particular, this is an area where the moral impetus demands a position – to address the poverty and inequality that the donors’ tax consensus will not, and to stress the moral principle that it is right that those most financially able to do so, bear the proportionately larger responsibility to contribute, through tax, to building a world without poverty”. (more…)

CISLAC CALLS FOR A HUMANE APPROACH TO THE ONGOING DEMOLITION OF 19 VILLAGES OF THE FCT

Our attention has been drawn to a notice for demolition by the administration of the Federal Capital Territory which has marked over 1000 houses in Mpape one of the 19 villages of Bwari Area Council of the FCT. The residents with a population of over 1.8million people feel that their human rights have been violated. The inhabitants claim that the FCT map reveals clearly that the area was earmarked for the indigenes of the FCT for use as farmlands, but was later sold to the residents as residential area. Recall that under the jurisdiction of the law this move can be seen as forced eviction. Furthermore, considering the time of the year – the raining season, many women and children are left to suffer the harsh weather conditions. Some people that site their business areas in Mpape and its environs also find it difficult to cope with this harsh reality […]