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Passage of PIGB: CISLAC commends the House, calls for the passage of other outstanding PIG Bills

Passage of PIGB: CISLAC commends the House, calls for the passage of other outstanding PIG Bills

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) commends the House of Representatives for the recent passage of the much awaited Petroleum Industry and Governance Bill (PIGB).

While we welcome and applaud the passage, we find such development worthy of commendation as it will, to appreciable extent, promote transparency, accountability and governance, as well as curtail monumental financial losses in our nation’s oil and gas sector.

We are not unaware that the passage, which aims primarily at the restructuring and reformation of the nation’s oil and gas sector has set the pace for unbundling of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to establishing independence agency for effective operationalization and regulation of the sector and merger of its subsidiaries into an entity for appropriate supervision and coordination.

We recall that both the House and the Senate passed the PIGB for a second […]

CISLAC Lauds Renovation of the Dilapidated Dausara Health Care Centre

CISLAC Lauds Renovation of the Dilapidated Dausara Health Care Centre

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) commends the on-going effort by the Kano State Government in collaboration with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) at renovating the dilapidated Dausara Primary Health Care Centre, in Ungogo Local Government Area of Kano state which had suffered from long-time policy neglect, rendering the facility monumentally inefficient to discharge maternal and child healthcare services.

We recall that in the mid-2017, CISLAC, with support from Macarthur Foundation, supported journalists across Kano, Kaduna, Katsina and Jigawa states on field investigation to undercover and report maternal health budget allocation, release and utilisation in the respective states.

The rigorous investigative process by the journalists in Kano state uprooted and exposed issues with alarming reports (See: Guardian Newspapers– https://t.guardian.ng/sunday-magazine/failing-primary-healthcare-in-kano/ and Daily Trust Newspapers — https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/bats-sack-workers-patients-from-kano-health-centre.html) pointing at the ill-equipped and pitiable condition of Dausara Primary Health Care Centre that had denied […]

CISLAC Demands Transparency and Accountability in Recovered Assets

CISLAC Demands Transparency and Accountability in Recovered Assets

 

The recently concluded Global Forum on Asset Recovery (GFAR) that took place in Washington, DC, sealed the return of stolen assets worth $321 million looted by the late former Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha and his family. The assets will be repatriated from the Swiss Government to Nigeria under the auspices of the World Bank. Selected Nigerian Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) have co-signed a memorandum of understanding, which recognizes the right and duty of CSOs to monitor the utilization of the repatriated funds.

While CISLAC commends this deal, it calls on the Government for urgent expedition of asset recovery management guidelines and greater transparency in the end-use of recovered assets.

The anti-corruption summit in London in 2016 prompted the government to make two specific commitments in regards to asset recovery: i) Strengthening of the asset recovery legislation through the passing of the Proceeds of […]

The Civil Society Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) Condemns Attack on Ibrahim Magu

The Civil Society Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) Condemns Attack on Ibrahim Magu

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), the National Contact for Transparency International condemns the recent attack on the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, and the unfortunate death of one of the policemen detailed for his protection.

It will be recalled that the EFCC facility was attacked on the 16th of August 2017 by unknown armed group with death threats issued against the Commission’s operatives.

In June also, an operative in the Fraud Section was also attacked in Port Harcourt and CISLAC also issued a press statement expressing concern over the emerging trend where officials are singled out as targets in the course of their duty and service to the nation.

This second attack on the acting chairman’s farmhouse located at Kirshi, FCT, and barely 48 hours after his declaration that the anti-corruption war will be a […]

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, […]