Policy Briefs

POLICY BRIEF ON PRIORITISING PUBLIC INVESTMENT FOR SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE DEVELOPMENT

 

 Hitherto, African continent has embarked on series of development frameworks and policies, primarily to revive agricultural sector as counter-approach to the regional rising poverty, food crisis and unemployment.

Without doubt, agriculture continues to be the dominant contributor to Nigeria’s GDP and growth with an average contribution over the last five years of about 34%; and also remains the largest employer of productive labour, with an average of 65% of gainfully employed working in agriculture.

The sector is dominated by small scale agriculture, with small scale farmers constituting more than 80% of farmers and being responsible for more than 90% of food domestically produced and consumed in the country.

Nevertheless the sector continues to be ravaged by age-old impediments for which the Maputo Declaration and CAADP was instituted in 2003 to tackle and overcome the alarming at the levels of undernourishment which affected 30% of the African population at that time.  The […]

POLICY OPTIONS ON IMPLEMENTING NIGERIA EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES TRANSPARENCY INITIATIVE FOR IMPACT

This policy brief is an effort by the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) to highlight the impact recorded by NEITI, identifying gaps and recommend necessary legislative interventions to strengthen NEITI process and propose Policy options around all these Nigerian legislators in order to strengthen the NEITI process.
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Policy Brief On The Petroleum Industry Bill

The Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, is a by-product of this reform process. It has been on the floor of the national Assembly since 2007 and like other aspects of the Reforms and existing policies, has continued to face challenges and attract divergent views from different quarters.

In the light of these, the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, CISLAC found it pertinent to undertake a more in-depth interrogation of the contents and forms of existing policy thrusts, including the provisions of the PIB with a bid to suggesting possible reviews by all concerned stakeholders. (more…)

CISLAC Policy Brief on MDGs 4 and 5 – On Reduction of Under Five and Maternal Mortality Rate

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Globally up to three hundred and fifty eight thousand women die every year due to lack of access to timely intervention and lack of skilled medical personnel. Similarly, many children under five years of age, statistically up to eight million lose their lives to preventable health conditions such as pneumonia, diarrhea, malaria, measles etc.

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CISLAC Policy Brief on Quality Assurance in Basic and Secondary Education Delivery in Nigeria

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The quality of education in Nigeria has fallen so badly that the tendency for affluent families and members of the ruling class to send their wards to foreign educational institutions has gained ascendancy. In an attempt to improve this statistics, the government has approved increased participation of the private sector at every level of education including the tertiary level. These are however largely expensive and require such huge resources that is outside the reach of the average Nigerian household, thereby making it exclusive. (more…)

CISLAC Policy Brief on Gender Equity and Empowerment towards achieving the MDGs

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Women are the most disadvantaged especially in the poorest countries. Opportunities for educational, social and economic advancement are usually markedly inferior to those of men and they often face barriers in gaining access to good education and health care for both economic and cultural reasons. This is manifest in less developed countries in lower level of education attainment for girls than boys and a lower life expectancy for women relative to men. There are indications of continuing bias against women, exhibited in the labour market where women face lower wages and fewer job opportunities, and continue to encounter discrimination in financial markets. Women also usually have fewer opportunities to participate in public decision making. (more…)

Petroleum Industry Bill: Issues of Concern To Communities and Civil Society

The Environmental Rights Action, Social Action and Civil  Society Legislative Advocacy Centre are among the leading Non Governmental Organisations in Nigeria that have been at the forefront of the campaign for the passage of a Nigerian peoples Petroleum Industry Bill since the introduction of the Bill by the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua’s administration in 2008.
In the course of time, the Petroleum Industry Bill became the most celebrated, interesting, discussed and controversial bill in the annals of legislative history of Nigeria in recent times.
The above was not surprising as the bill meant different things to different sectors of the Nigerian society and foreign business associates depending on what their expectations were.
While the three organisations and their colleagues as grassroots organisations tried hard to create a balance in the final outcome of the bill in other to satisfy to a very large extent the desires and expectations of the Nigerian […]

Policy Brief On Solid Mineral Sector

Nigeria is blessed with several natural and mineral resources that are widely distributed across the length and breadth of our land. However the dominance of oil as a major foreign exchange earner has completely eclipsed the over 34 other different minerals in 500 known mineral deposit sites Nacross the 36 states and federal capital. The result has been a vulnerable economy and an underdeveloped non-oil sector, specifically the solid mineral sector.
This sector was left in the hands of an informal group of untrained ands ill-equipped artisans who carried out their activities unregulated in several communities making negligible contributions to the overall GDP. The absence of inadequate legislation and poor law enforcement in the mining sector not only deprived the nation of the potential wealth available from this sector, but also put the health and lives of millions of people in jeopardy. This stems from the dire environmental and health consequences of the unsophisticated methods deployed by its […]

CISLAC Policy Brief on Nigeria's Progress Towards Achieving Millenium Development Goals of Combating HIVAIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

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The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Goal 6 is combating HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The targets are to halt and begin to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS and the incidences of malaria and other diseases by 2015, as well as, achieve, by 2010, universal access to treatment for HIV/AIDS for all those who need it.

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