Press Releases

CSOs URGES FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO STEP UP IMPLEMENTATION OF OIL AND GAS SECTOR REFORMS

 

The Accountability in the Extractive Sector (AES) Cluster of the Strengthening Advocacy and Civic Engagement (SACE) project urges the Federal Government to step up its implementation of the reforms in the oil and gas sector.  It would be recalled that the Federal Government under this administration has committed to the implementation reforms to enhance transparency, accountability and efficiency in the oil and gas sector. This included the Short and Medium Term Priorities to grow Nigeria’s Oil & Gas Industry 2015–2019 conveniently called 7 Big Wins which was unveiled in October 2016 by the President with much fanfare and media hype. There were also sector specific commitments in the National Action Plan of the Open Government Partnership. This is in addition to the already established subscription to the EITI principles and standards through the NEITI since 2007.

The AES cluster is a group of 30 civil society organizations spread across the country […]

CISLAC Demands Undiscriminating Fight against Corruption

As Nigeria commemorates the 2017 Anti-corruption Day, the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) condemns in totality, the recent malicious developments which manifest in selective approach and procedure, and deliberate political reluctance permeating the fight against corruption in the country.
While we are aware of the various commitments including the 2016 Anti-Corruption Summit in London and campaign promise by the Present administration to combat corruption in all ramifications without fear or favour, we find it disturbing that official corruption is deeply embedded and fast becoming a permanent fixture whose subculture melts seamlessly into the public servants’ daily life.
We are worried over the administration’s continued unwillingness to exert appropriate sanction against erring officials found wanting in cases of silent but illegitimate re-engagement of the former Chairman of the Presidential Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, who was disengaged from service by the previous administration over N2.7b Pension Fraud; non-investigated N120bn security scam […]

Press Statement on the Agitation for Separation and Ultimatum for Citizens to Leave Some Parts of the Country

 Abuja

Tuesday, June 22, 2017

JOINT STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE CIVIL SOCIETY LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY CENTRE (CISLAC) AND PROTEST TO POWER (P2P) MOVEMENT ON THE AGITATION FOR SEPARATION AND ULTIMATUM FOR CITIZENS TO LEAVE SOME PARTS OF THE COUNTRY

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) and Protest to Power (P2P) Movement express concern and urge for caution on the on-going agitations by some groups calling for separation from Nigeria and also on those issuing ultimatum to Nigerian citizens to leave some parts of the country.

Section 2(1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) clearly states that “Nigeria is one indivisible and indissoluble sovereign state…”Furthermore, the Constitution provided in section 41(1) that “every citizen of Nigeria is entitled to move freely throughout Nigeria and to reside in any part thereof, and no citizen of Nigeria shall be expelled from Nigeria or refused entry thereby or exit thereof…”

Furthermore, relevant international charters, including the UN and […]

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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 […]