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CISLAC Pledges Free Legal Services For The Less-privileged, Women

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CISLAC Pledges Free Legal Services For The Less-privileged, Women

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), has expressed determination to offer supportive and free legal services to poor citizens of Nigeria, especially women.

To this effect, the organization recently set up the Advocacy and Legal Advice Centre (ALAC) in Lagos State. It also created additional two centres in Delta and Kano States to empower citizens and pursue corruption-related complaints.

The Executive Director, Mr. Auwal Ibrahim Musa, iterated this during a one-day sensitization campaign held in Akure, Ondo State, to educate citizens, especially women on their rights.

Organized in partnership with Global Affairs Canada and Transparency International, Musa, who was represented by the Advocacy and Legal Advice Officer, Miss Bathsheba Tagwai, stated that the centre strengthens the link between civil society and the legislature through advocacy and capacity building on legislative processes and governance.

Tagwai further noted that ALAC is “a free, confidential and professional service that offers victims and witnesses of corruption an avenue to report and pursue incidences of corruption for redress.

“It provides legal advice and assistance to victims and witnesses of corruption; and set up a database on corruption in the country based on complaints received from the public.”

She identified the cases dealt with to include bribery and other types of petty corruption, grand corruption and conflict of interest across sectors such as health, education and land administration.

Listing all the processes employed to redress cases until a resolution is achieved, she added that the data on complaints are used to advocate greater structural and institutional change in the country.

The State Deputy Director, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mrs Olawumi Famuyiwa, who lectured the audience on the topic titled, “Your rights and responsibilities as a Nigerian”, expressed the need to educate citizens on their rights and responsibilities.

Famuyiwa noted that continuous sensitization would reduce the recurrent abuse of rights by persons and agencies, especially against women, youths and other vulnerable persons in the society.

An officer of Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), Mr. Jimoh Oladapo, presented a paper titled, ‘The role of citizens, especially women and ICPC in the fight against corruption.’

Oladapo declared the determination of the commission to support the fight against corruption through the ICPC Act 2000, which consists of 71 sections.

He disclosed that there are Anti-Corruption and Transparency Monitoring Units (ACTUS) in over 350 Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), to wage war against corruption.

The ICPC staff added that the commission coopts Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) as partners, and mobilize people using National Anti-corruption Coalition (NACC), National Anti-Corruption Volunteers Corps (NAVC), community development associates and town hall meetings.

He therefore urged every Nigerian to support the fight against corruption by reporting any crime to the appropriate agencies.

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US Ambassador Advises Nigeria To Diversify Economy

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US Ambassador Advises Nigeria To Diversify Economy

U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, has advised Nigeria to diversify its economy to experience deeper growth and development.

The ambassador gave the advice at the annual dinner of the Nigeria-American Chamber of Commerce annual dinner in Lagos on Sunday.

In a statement delivered by Ebuka Igochukwu, the chamber’s communication manager, Symington said Nigeria should reduce its dependence on crude oil.

Another speaker at the event, Chief Olusegun Osunkeye, a former Nestle Foods Chairman, said Nigeria has to unearth the golden opportunities for economic growth and development. To do that, he recommended Agriculture and ICT which he said are viable alternatives to crude oil.

Honeywell chairman, Oba Otudeko, expressed concern bout the low performance of non-oil nigerian businesses in taking advantage of African Growth and Opportunity Act, AGOA.

NACC president, Otunba Oluwatoyin Akomolafe, said the Chamber was committed to improving trade relations between Nigeria and the U.S.

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Tunde Kelani Resigns As National Film And Video Censors Board Boss

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Tunde Kelani Resigns As National Film And Video Censors Board Boss

Iconic filmmaker, Tunde Kelani, hs resigned as boss of the National Film and Video Censors Board. Kelani blamed his resignation on the make-up of the board, and what he described as contradictions in the mentality of board members.

He said in a statement that his life and career do not fit into the set up of the board. The film icon said the structure is not aware of its functions, or what it is supposed to accomplish. Kelani said this has made it difficult for him to even try to fulfill those functions.

The filmmaker said he has decided to resign because he needed to spend his time and energy on productive, developmental, cultural, social and meaningful projects.

He said the change expected was not possible within such a large group of 52 members.

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Drunk FRSC Official Causes Car Accident In Lagos

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Drunk FRSC Official Causes Car Accident In Lagos

It is a grave situation when an official, charged with guarding the law, himself is found breaking it.

That is the case of a federal road safety corps official who was allegedly drunk and who caused a car accident as a result in Lagos over the weekend.

The officer, Deputy Route Commander B. Ojeaamiren was reported to have been unable to react quickly to angry motorists whose vehicle he had bashed because of his alleged intoxication. His movement was said to be slow, and his speech slurred. The video of the incident has gone viral on social media.

Meanwhile, federal road safety corps marshal, dr. Boboye Oyeyemi has ordered an investigation into the incident.

Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, says the corps marshal has condemned the officer’s alleged behavior in its totality.  She also said the marshal has vowed to institute necessary disciplinary actions against the officer. He is quoted as sayng, if found guilty, the offending officer will face the law.

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