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Call For Internship

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), a non-governmental civil society organisation with focus on policy and legislative engagement based in Abuja, Nigeria, is seeking recent Masters’ graduates in African Studies, Development Studies or Public Policy who are interested in hands-on learning about governance and policymaking in West Africa.
CISLAC (www.cislacnigeria.net) was founded to forge links between civil society and parliamentary policymakers in Nigeria’s transitional democracy, and to strengthen the legislative oversight process in Nigeria’s Legislature both at National and State level. CISLAC has taken a lead in such activities as monitoring the budget process, scrutinising the implementation of the Nigeria Executive Industries Transparency Initiative ACT, Fiscal Responsibility Act, Freedom of Information Act and examining National rules on Public Procurement Act 2007, advocating for the mainstreaming of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Nigeria as well as many other areas of policy and legislation at a National and State level.
CISLAC is […]

LETTER OF CONGRATULATION

 
The President Elect,

Mr. Barrack Obama

713 Hart Office Building

Washington, DC

Through: The American Ambassador to Nigeria
 Dear Mr. President,
 LETTER OF CONGRATULATION
 On behalf of the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) and on my good self, I extend congratulations to you on your well deserved victory at the just concluded presidential election in the United States of America and on the vote of support you received from the citizens of your country. Your victory clearly demonstrates functional democratic system, from which my country must learn. This victory is obviously a demonstration of the confidence the citizens of America repose in you and the people-oriented developmental programs you have pursued in the past four years. I sincerely wish you success in taking on new challenges and ensuring the well-being, security and peace in God’s own country.
 As you forge ahead to justify this confidence reposed in you by the people of America for another four […]

RIBADU REPORT: ECHOES OF A CULTURE OF IMPUNITY

RIBADU REPORT: ECHOES OF A CULTURE OF IMPUNITY

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, CISLAC wishes to state that the recently released report by the Nuhu Ribadu-led task Force is not only a vindication of our long held position that the Oil and Gas Sector is a cesspool of scandalous, monumental and shameful corruption, but that the culture of impunity and conspiracy which this present administration shamelessly displays singularly provides the added impetus for perpetuating the graft that has become the trade mark of the sector in Nigeria.
We note without enthusiasm that the findings of this task force is in no way innovative, neither does it provide information that is fresh and therefore newsworthy. We are aware of the sensationalism and melodramatic media hype and theatrics that preceded and has attended its release.
We however remind Nigerians that the information is only reminiscent of all three Audit Reports released by the […]

CIVIL SOCIETY LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY CENTRE, CISLACMEDIA INTERACTION ON THE NEITI PROCESS IN NIGERIA, SEPTEMBER 27, 2012

CIVIL SOCIETY LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY CENTRE, CISLAC
MEDIA INTERACTION ON THE NEITI PROCESS IN NIGERIA, SEPTEMBER 27, 2012
 
We in CISLAC have observed the events in the Nigeria Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (NEITI) process in the recent times and as civil society stakeholders in the process, we wish to state as follows:
Observations
A.  Delay in Constitution of the NEITI Board: We note with disappointment the delay by the President in constituting the NSWG. This is not good for the process and in our opinion suggests a lack of commitment by the federal government. We expected the government to be more proactive for smooth and seamless transition in the leadership of such a sensitive institution. The tenure of the last NEITI NSWG ended on January 28, 2012 and the new board was only inaugurated in August 22, 2012 with effect from August 14, 2012 creating a vacuum of about 8 months. This is […]

CISLAC CONDEMNS ASSAULT ON AND ILLEGAL DETENTION OF DEVELOPMENT WORKER IN ENUGU

CISLAC CONDEMNS ASSAULT ON AND ILLEGAL DETENTION OF DEVELOPMENT WORKER IN ENUGU
The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre condemns in the strongest of terms the unlawful, inhumane and crass act of assault and extortion unleashed on the staff of South Saharan Social Development Agency, a not for profit organization dedicated to improving the plight of women and children based in Enugu, Ms Ukaoma Nma. This was perpetrated by the leadership of the Enugu State Waste Disposal Agency, ESWAMA, on the 29th of August 2012.
CISLAC laments and is scandalized that the head of a government Agency, supposedly established to promote the health of the people, in the person of Mrs. Ogaku and her assistant Mr Nnamani could degenerate to uncivilized methods of harassment, brutalization, abduction and extortion reminiscent of military juntas under a democratic dispensation.
CISLAC is further agitated that this barbaric treatment was meted out to the hapless Development Worker for […]

CISLAC CALLS FOR A HUMANE APPROACH TO THE ONGOING DEMOLITION OF 19 VILLAGES OF THE FCT

Our attention has been drawn to a notice for demolition by the administration of the Federal Capital Territory which has marked over 1000 houses in Mpape one of the 19 villages of Bwari Area Council of the FCT. The residents with a population of over 1.8million people feel that their human rights have been violated. The inhabitants claim that the FCT map reveals clearly that the area was earmarked for the indigenes of the FCT for use as farmlands, but was later sold to the residents as residential area. Recall that under the jurisdiction of the law this move can be seen as forced eviction. Furthermore, considering the time of the year – the raining season, many women and children are left to suffer the harsh weather conditions. Some people that site their business areas in Mpape and its environs also find it difficult to cope with this harsh reality […]

CISLAC Executive Director Robbed By Armed Men

Armed men attacked the Executive Director (Auwal Musa Ibrahim) of the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) in the early hours of Tuesday 19th June, 2012 at his Abuja residence and carted away his valuables and properties. The men, about six in number, forced their way into his residence in Wuse at about 1.30am on Tuesday 19th June, 2012 and made away with his laptop computers, including an external hard drive, telephone handsets, car, cash and other valuables.

CISLAC expresses deep sorrow that this incidence was carried out by youths who ordinarily should be channeling their energies into productive and useful ventures that would have added value to society and facilitated the development of our nation but may have become involved in such acts due to the absence of opportunities occasioned by the absence of effective youth development strategies, bad governance, visionless leadership and corrupt administration of resources that has […]

Bribe Allegation: CISLAC Uncovers Plan to Remove House of Representative Speaker

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) has raised alarm over an alleged plot to use the alleged bribery scandal involving the chairman of the House of Representatives Ad Hoc committee on Fuel Subsidy, Hon. Faruk Lawan, as an excuse to oust the current leadership of the House of Representatives.

CISLAC, in a statement issued to the media pointed accusing fingers at both the executive arm of government and some fuel importers which, according to the CISLAC was never comfortable with the way the present leadership of the House of Representatives conducts its legislative business.

The statement which was signed by the Executive Director of CISLAC, Auwal Musa Rafsanjani maintained that “An offence allegedly committed by an individual member should not be used as an excuse to create another crisis in the House of Representatives.

“And if indeed those agitating for the use of an individual’s alleged misdeed to oust the present […]

State of the Nation Address by Civil Society Organisations in Nigeria

Civil society organizations, activists and concerned Nigerians invited you today to share with you our reflection on a number of issues of critical importance to the developments, security and prosperity of our country Nigeria.

CORRUPTION:
The fight against corruption is said to be on cause. Yet every day new Nigerian are inundated by allegations of corruption especially those in which government officials are alleged to be perpetrators. What is more, there are no signs that government is taking action to investigate these allegations so as to assuage the public that indeed it is committed to fighting corruption. In other countries, mere allegations of corruption would force government officials to resign their appointments; in Nigeria we are concerned about the allegations of corruption already preceding some of the recently cleared ministers into office.

While we reiterate our call for the strengthening and reinvigorating the anti-corruption organizations in Nigeria, we are worried by the […]

CISLAC condemns post-electoral violence

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre notes with grave concern, the outbreak of violence that has accompanied the Presidential elections of April 16, 2011. This spate of violence which has resulted in the destruction of lives and property is condemnable and rejected in the strongest of terms.

We also reject that attempt to give what is clearly a politically motivated reaction by yet to be identified people, an ethnic and religious coloration, thereby introducing divisive tendencies that constitute a threat to our unity and nationhood at this critical period of our national life and create a barrier to our collective efforts at nation-building.

We commend the statement credited to General Muhammadu Buhari, the presidential candidate of the CPC, on whose behalf this violence is purportedly perpetrated, in which he rejected the violence and dissociated himself from its perpetrators. We also commend the statement of the president-elect, Dr Goodluck Jonathan calling for […]