Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre

Clement Danhutor

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) and the State of the Union (SOTU) Coalition are jointly launching the 2015 Nigeria Country Report on Compliance with African Union (AU) Instruments.

The formal launch, according to a release issued by the Executive Director of CISLAC, Mr. Auwal Ibrahim Musa (Rafsanjani), would be taking place on Thursday, March 31 (today) at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja. The Chair of the SOTU Nigeria Campaign is Mr. Ken Ukaoha, while the African Chair is Mr. Okeke Anya, who also works with CISLAC.

According to Rafsanjani, “CISLAC as the implementing partner of the State of the Union (SOTU) Project in Nigeria has within the past four years of implementation produced two country reports on Nigeria’s implementation of African Union Instruments.

“As a coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) spread across the African continent, one of the strategies adopted by the coalition is the production of country reports as a means of auditing and accessing various countries’ compliance along the 14 Key Instruments that SOTU is currently working on.

“With the two previous reports previously produced highlighting thematic governance areas such as Human Rights, Democratic Governance, Environment, Agriculture and Gender, the reports have consistently analysed and tracked Nigeria’s level of progress or otherwise in these areas with key recommendations for policymakers, civil society and other stakeholders involved in the Nigerian project.

“The implementation year of 2014/2015 came with significant and remarkable times for both the country and the project. With the 2015 Country Report taking into account a wide range of issues in our civic and democratic space, progress made so far and noticeable gaps, the review of activities and relevant sectors of the nations has been systematically reviewed and documented to serve as an information and advocacy tool in engaging all stakeholders for the benefit of the nation”, the release added.