Press Releases

CISLAC Commends the Judiciary on Decisive Judgement on Anti-Corruption Cases

 

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) commends the judiciary for the judgement against the ex-governor of Plateau State, Senator Joshua Dariye, who was handed down a 14-year sentence on Tuesday June 12, for misappropriation of funds during his tenure as governor after a trial which lasted 11 years.

This judgement, coming shortly after the 14-year sentence of ex-governor of Taraba State, Jolly Nyame, on corruption charges in May this year without an option of fine, is a step towards restoring the confidence of the citizens in the fight against corruption, although long overdue.

We note that, until recently, despite numerous allegations and court proceedings levelled against Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs), it is worrisome that many of them move in and out of the country without consequences regarding the allegations of embezzlement and misuse of funds levelled against them. It is embarrassing to Nigerians and the nation as a whole that many of these […]

Press Release: Civil Society Group Condemns Recurring Threats against Amnesty International Nigeria

We, the undersigned civil society groups that work at the intersection of the protection and promotion of human rights and good governance in Nigeria, condemn in totality the recurrent breach of peace, brazen lack of patriotism, and absolute disregard for fundamental democratic values and principles of good governance by a malicious group that has persisted in threatening and issuing unjustified ultimatums to Amnesty International Nigeria to vacate the country.

We are aware that Amnesty International, as a duly registered organisation, possesses legal operational rights and mandate to protect and defend rights of the citizens irrespective of their socio-economic, ethno-religious and political backgrounds as pledged by the Government of Nigeria under relevant national, regional, and global laws including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Protocols on Human Rights and Rules of Law, and particularly, Section 33 to 44 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

We, in […]

Press Statement on the State of the Nation

STATE OF THE NATION

 

We the undersigned Civil Society groups working on transparency, accountability and good governance in the country express utmost worries over the recent but unwary developments invading the nation’s socio-economic and political spheres with propensity to back-pedal progress in achieving a stable, secured and prosperous country.

VIOLATION OF ELECTORAL GUIDELINES, INTERNAL POLITICAL PARTIES’ DEMOCRACY AND HATE SPEECH

We are worried by the persistent violation of the provisions of the Electoral Act with the improper use of electoral timetable as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by political parties and politicians who continue to engage in premature campaign activities.

We are not unaware of the violation of various regulations guiding political party financing including deliberate effort to take advantage of individual’s socio-economic situation and buying of votes that resultantly undermine free, fair and credible electoral process.

The on-going recurring unresolved leadership, congressional and conventional conflicts erupting within political parties […]

Press Statement: Reforms in the Extractive Sector, Slow and Not Deep Enough

REFORMS IN THE EXTRACTIVE SECTOR, SLOW AND NOT DEEP ENOUGH

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) having observed the state of affairs in the extractive sector in the past four months wish to state that the reforms initiated by the present administration have been slow and are not deep enough.

We note the high expectations heralded by the anti-corruption stance of the government and numerous promises made during the electoral campaigns. These include the commitment to addressing corruption in the oil and gas sector through drastic reforms, plugging of leakages, passing of the Petroleum Industry Bill into law and implementing recommendations from the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) audit reports.

CISLAC recalls that many of these commitments were also conveyed as recommendations in a memo CISLAC and her partners had submitted to the Minister of State for Petroleum who was then GMD of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in the early stages of this […]

Press Statement on the Drift towards Chaos and Return to the Agenda of Peace Building

PRESS STATEMENT ON ARRESTING THE DRIFT TOWARDS CHAOS AND RETURN TO THE AGENDA OF PEACE BUILDING

Abuja, 5th April 2018

The Working Group on Peace Building and Good Governance, the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) and the West African Network for Peace (WANEP), organised a civil society leaders’ conference on 5th April 2018 at Hilton Transcorp Abuja, to review the drift towards chaos in Nigeria and the imperative of urgent action to redress the situation.

In his opening remarks, Professor Attahiru Jega spoke about the dangers of the politics of brinkmanship played by our political class, which can take us over the edge if we are not careful. He drew attention to the lack of enlightened self-interest within the political class and castigated the deplorable culture of do or die politics. He called for active engagement by civil society in peace making and establishing codes of […]

Passage of PIGB: CISLAC Commends National Assembly, Urges President on Prompt Assent

Passage of PIGB: CISLAC Commends National Assembly, Urges President on Prompt Assent

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) commends the National Assembly on the recent passage of the long awaited Petroleum Industry and Governance Bill (PIGB). This follows the passage by both Chambers of the harmonized version on Wednesday March 28, 2018.

We recall that following the separate passage of the Bill by the two chambers, CISLAC and her partners have been engaging the relevant Committees to conclude the harmonisation process and have it ready for Presidential Assent in good time. We note that a commitment to do this by the end of March was made by the NASS and are therefore delighted that the timeline has been met and our legislators have kept their word.

CISLAC observes that the passage of the PIB was one of the campaign promises of the present administration to be delivered within the first one […]

CISLAC commends FG on new tobacco tax regime

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) commends the much awaited development in the nation’s tax regime with the recently approved amendment by President Muhammadu Buhari to the excise duty rates with tobacco constituting a major priority.

 

While we applaud the giant stride by the Federal Government, seeing it as one amongst many measures to discourage consumption of tobacco products and mitigate the devastating impacts – health, social and economic of tobacco use on the citizens and its growing burdens on limited and already overstretched public resources, we are not unaware of tactics of the Tobacco Industry globally who in their known fashion try to subvert such efforts by national governments.

 

We are delighted that the development is not only in line with the Government’s commitment to safe and secure the lives of Nigerians but also the overarching recommendations made by the Tobacco Taxation Working Group as well as those of the […]

Press Statement: Corruption Perception Index 2017

CORRUPTION PERCEPTION INDEX 2017

Nigeria slipping further down in international ranking: No progress in the fight against corruption

 The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), the National Contact of Transparency International (TI) is seriously worried about the new but unfavorable trend in the fight against corruption in the country, as buttressed in the newly published Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2017 which shows that Nigeria is slipping further down in the international ranking in the fight against corruption.

In the update of the CPI, Nigeria ranks 148 out of 180 countries assessed in 2017 on the perception of the state of corruption in the country. Out of 100 points signaling maximum transparency and no corruption, Nigeria scored 27 points.

These results show a slight deterioration in the scoring of the perception about corruption in public administration compared to 2016. In 2016, Nigeria scored 28 points and ranked 136th in the ranking of countries Despite one-point […]

Corruption Perception Index 2017

Corruption Perceptions Index 2017 shows a high corruption burden in more than two-thirds of countries Analysis of results from Transparency International finds crackdowns on NGOs and media are associated with higher levels of corruption.

Berlin, 21 February 2018 – An index released today by Transparency International, which marks its 25th anniversary this year, reveals some disturbing information – despite attempts to combat corruption around the world, the majority of countries are moving too slowly in their efforts. While stemming the tide against corruption takes time, in the last six years many countries have still made little to no progress. Even more alarming, further analysis of the index results indicates that countries with the lowest protections for press and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) also tend to have the worst rates of corruption.

To view the results, visit: www.transparency.org/cpi2017

The index, which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption […]

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

PREAMBLE

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 […]