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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 […]

A TEXT OF THE PRESS CONFERENCE BY CIVIL SOCIETY LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY CENTRE (CISLAC) ON THE STATE OF THE OIL AND GAS SECTOR IN NIGERIA ON 6TH AUGUST 2015

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Center, CISLAC has observed developments in the oil and gas sector in Nigeria since the commencement of this administration. As a stakeholder concerned in promoting transparency and accountability in the sector to ensure that this non renewable resources benefit the lives of all citizens, we feel a need to speak and place on record our concerns, expectations and suggestions for achieving progress. Three broad areas capture our attention and evoke our reaction.
OIL THEFT
Firstly, is the seeming intractable problem of oil theft. Even though this menace predates this administration, its effects are nonetheless even more grievous. So serious is this problem that stakeholders are unable to determine either the volumes of crude stolen or the magnitude of the financial loss to the nation. The Chair of Shell Companies in Nigeria puts the estimates at about $6 Billion loss annually in 2014. The immediate past Finance […]

The Position of Civil Society Groups working on Transparency, Accountability and Good Governance in Nigeria on the Dissolution of Boards of Federal Government Parastatals, Agencies and Departments by President Muhammadu Buhari on July 16th, 2015.

 The undersigned Civil Society Groups working on Transparency, Accountability and Good Governance in Nigeria wish to publicly commend President Muhammadu Buhari for his bold and courageous decision to dissolve the Boards of Federal Parastatals, Agencies and Departments in Nigeria.  The landmark decision taken by Mr. President and announced on July 16th, 2015 is not only timely but has come as a great relief to the management and staff Federal Parastatals, Agencies and Departments nationwide, and to ordinary Nigerians who have watched helplessly as Boards have become the conduit for corruption in the country.
The stakeholders of the respective agencies who have operated under fear and bondage following the unwholesome activities of the so called board members especially in the last eight years have also applauded this decision. We in the civil society movement welcome and support Mr. President’s decision for the following reasons:

Appointments to serve on the Board of any […]

A TEXT OF PRESS CONFERENCE ORGANISED BY CIVIL SOCIETY LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY CENTRE (CISLAC) ON THE LEADERSHIP CRISIS IN THE NATIONAL AND STATE HOUSES OF ASSEMBLY

Address delivered at the National Assembly Complex on 25th June 2015
The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) is worried by the ongoing lingering crisis emanating from persistent undemocratic and self-centred struggles for leadership positions in both National and State Houses of Assembly.
While the citizens expect the legislators to discharge such fundamental functions as lawmaking, oversight, representation, constituency outreach and accountability to impact positively on their well-being and the nation’s democracy, the legislative arm has been thrown into endless crisis arising from disagreement over the elections and appointments into leadership positions in the National Assembly. The phenomenon is fast becoming a priority over the legislators’ fundamental assignments.
CISLAC is  aware of the crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC) arising from tussle for the leadership of the National Assembly, which if unresolved might feature in the State Houses of Assembly as it is presently taking turn in Benue State House of […]