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NASS Resumption: CISLAC charges Legislators on Priority Issues

As the National Assembly resumes legislative activities for the New Year, the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) calls on the legislators to, as a matter of urgency, prioritise pending and important issues affecting the nation’s socio-economic development such as the Petroleum Industry and Governance Bill, openness and transparency in the 2017 Appropriation Bill, Constitutional and Electoral Reforms, Constituency Accountability, and Sustainable Security.

We are not unaware of the existing efforts by the legislators towards the passage of Petroleum Industry Governance and Institutional Framework Bill 2015. Indeed, the Bill was subjected to a Public Hearing in December 2017 in which CISLAC and her partners actively participated. We call on the legislators to fast-track passage of the Bill, which remains highly imperative to provide for the Governance and Institutional Framework for the Petroleum Industry to attain increased transparency and accountability and significant growth and progress […]

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CISLAC CALLS ON NATIONAL ASSEMBLY (NASS) TO COME CLEAN ON REPEATED SCANDALS AND MOVE TO REDEEM HER DAMAGED REPUTATION AMONG NIGERIANS

The Civil Legislative Advocacy Centre, CISLAC, calls on the National Assembly to come clean on the various scandals continues to bedevil and distract her and continues to dent her image in the estimation of citizens.

CISLAC views the recent revelations by the erstwhile Chairman of the Appropriation Committee of the House of Representatives as further exposure of the institutional fraud that has characterized the NASS over the years. We note that such practices have been going on for a long time as the NASS has been known, in the past, to in addition to padding the budget at the point of defence, made dubious inclusions of Constituency Projectsas well as have demanded and received inducement for sectorial allocation, the Fabian Osuji calls to mind. They are also known to have, […]

PRESS RELEASE: Defence corruption in Nigeria fuelling extremism

Systemic weaknesses in Nigerian defence’s anti-corruption systems must be addressed to fight Boko Haram

19th January 2016, London – The Nigerian army’s fight against Boko Haram is strongly undermined by the very high risk of defence corruption, according to a new report by Transparency International. Nigerians defence institutions are ranked “E” meaning they are at a “very high risk” of corruption.

The findings show that parliamentarians fail to exercise their oversight of defence and security policy, defence budgets lack transparency despite making up for 20% of the national budget and soldiers fail to receive the necessary equipment to adequately fight Boko Haram as military hardware procurement is not scrutinised on grounds of national security. This has undermined efforts to combat the growing threat of Boko Haram.

Positive steps have been taken by President Buhari to address corruption, including the arrest of former defence officials. The Transparency International report, however, highlights that the […]

AMINA MOHAMMED: CIVIL SOCIETY DEMANDS INCLUSIVENESS IN THE MINISTERIAL APPOINTMENT

We the undersigned members of civil society condemn in totality the ongoing baseless petitions, gender-biased submissions and selfish positions by unpatriotic persons or groups of persons against the appointment of Mrs. Amina Mohammed as a Minister by President Muhammadu Buhari.We have observed some disgraceful efforts by some pocket-serving sycophants against the appointment of Mrs. Mohammed, who is a well-known woman with sterling credentials, credibility, experience, integrity and track records suitable for the Ministerial appointment.We have no hesitation to clearly state that in terms of experience, Mrs. Mohammed has distinguished herself in the field of human development for over 30 years both in the public and private sectors. Her passion and commitment towards improving the quality of lives of citizens of the world including poverty eradication is universally recognized and commended.Mrs. Mohammed’s vast experience and credibility both at national and international levels spurred her recognition and subsequent appointment as the […]

CISLAC Lauds NNPC on Publication of Transaction Report

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) commends the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for the release of its Oil and Gas Report for the month of August, 2015 as earlier promised by her Group Managing Director.It is heartwarming to note that the NNPC is making efforts to increase the frontiers of transparency in its operations. We note that CISLAC had demanded, in a Press Statement of August 6, 2015, for regular reports by the NNPC of its transaction as a sharp contrast from opacity that had characterized the institution. The Group managing Director then who was just newly appointed consequently made a commitment to commence the publication of a monthly report from the month of September 2014. This promised was fulfilled in the second week of October, 2015.CISLAC notes with delight efforts to publicize the report through its upload on the NNPC website, as well as, select newspapers. […]

CISLAC/TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL NIGERIA APPLAUDS BRITISH GOVERNMENT’S ARREST OF FORMER NIGERIA PETROLEUM MINISTER

Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC)/Transparency International Nigeria welcome the recent arrest of the former petroleum minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Deziani Allison Madueke, in London.
We vividly support this move of President Muhammad Buhari to align with the international community to bring to book those who have abused the public trust while in office and to make them account for and return all the looted public funds and utilize such funds for develop
mental purposes that will affect every Nigerian.
We have observed that in similar cases, some powerful corrupt individuals have rushed to some judges or courts to obtain expatriate orders to prevent arrest, investigation and prosecution on perpetual basis. This lives a huge deficit on the integrity of the Nigerian judicial system.
This is also a lesson for the Nigerian judicial system to redeem their integrity by not giving such kind of frivolous injunction which encourages further looters […]

CISLAC MOURNS BILKISU YUSUF

It is with deep sadness that the Board, Management and Staff of Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) mourn the death of a reputable Nigerian anti-corruption crusader, human right and gender activist, and the first northern female editor, Hajiya Bilkisu Yusuf, who died on Thursday in Saudi Arabia.
We recognize and appreciate the remarkable contributions and infallible efforts of Hajiya Yusuf, advancing advocacy for the betterment of common citizens, providing the much needed mentorship  for young people, as well as advancing the growth and development of humanity.
As a founding and Advisory Council member of CISLAC, Hajiya Bilkisu was a reliable personality providing tremendous support towards CISLAC’s pursuit of transparency, accountability and good governance through legislative and policy advocacy at all levels. 
Similarly, her priceless contribution towards the establishment and sustainability of such prominent human right organizations and associations such as Transparency International (TI) Nigeria, Federation of Muslim Women […]

TEXT OF A PRESS CONFERENCE ON NIGER DELTA MINISTRY SCANDAL AND OUR DEMAND FOR ADEQUATE PROTECTION FOR WHISTLEBLOWERS

 
We the coalition of civil society organisations working on transparency, accountability and good governance in Nigeria have observed that the ongoing effort by the present administration at combating corruption in all ramifications may not yield the desired result, unless adequate protection is accorded whistleblowers.  
We believe that passage of Whistle Blower Protection Bill in the eighth National Assembly remains one of the tools that can be used to fight against corruption, the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria provides for freedom of expression.  This includes speaking out in a case of observed wrongful conducts and corrupt practices.   
Whistleblowers are hitherto perceived as disloyal employees and troublemakers, who are out to unveil all manners of corruption practiced in secrecy. Reporting misconduct has caused some employees to be victimized by their employers as well as fellow employees, thus employees generally do not feel protected enough to come forward with information on misconducts and […]

ZERO CORRUPTION COALITION (ZCC) COMMENDS THE INAUGURATION OF PRESIDENTIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE AGAINST CORRUPTION

Nigerians voted for President Muhammadu Buhari and his party, because of the faith and belief they have in the President Muhammadu Buhari  integrity and his party’s mantra of “change” coupled with his campaign promises, to rid the country of the cankerworm of corruption, which in our humble opinion, represents the greatest challenge facing our dear nation.

Corruption has resulted in the needless death of many Nigerians, especially as scarce resources that should have been used to provide qualitative healthcare services for all, particularly the vulnerable groups in our midst, good roads, qualitative education in public schools, employment opportunities for our teeming unemployed population including the youth, amongst others, have been diverted into private pockets, thus depriving majority of Nigerians the opportunity of benefiting from the nation’s God-given wealth.

It is against this background that Zero corruption Coalition (ZCC) and its partners commend the timely inauguration of the Presidential Advisory Committee against […]