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22 May, 2020

CFL is pleased to announce the commencement of a Digital Freedom Advocacy which is being sponsored by Voice Nigeria and aimed at facilitating citizens’ engagement on digital freedom, with the specific goal of ensuring the withdrawal of legislative bills threatening citizens’ rights to digital freedom.

At an online press briefing on Friday, the group disclosed that it has developed a comprehensive memo to guide the government in its fight against the pandemic. Bukky Shonibare, founder of Girl Child Africa, said, “To augment government efforts, some CSOs have implemented projects to support the poor and vulnerable while raising concerns about areas of improvement. “To articulate these gaps, CSOs in Nigeria have produced a Joint Memo covering eight thematic issues and many recommendations aimed at ensuring more effective and efficient responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria,” she said. The eight focus areas of the document include safeguarding frontline workers, strategy for lockdowns and curfews, access to essential services, composition of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, standardisation, human rights and security, gender equality, and transparency and accountability.

22 May, 2020

CFL is pleased to announce the commencement of a Digital Freedom Advocacy which is being sponsored by Voice Nigeria and aimed at facilitating citizens’ engagement on digital freedom, with the specific goal of ensuring the withdrawal of legislative bills threatening citizens’ rights to digital freedom.

At an online press briefing on Friday, the group disclosed that it has developed a comprehensive memo to guide the government in its fight against the pandemic. Bukky Shonibare, founder of Girl Child Africa, said, “To augment government efforts, some CSOs have implemented projects to support the poor and vulnerable while raising concerns about areas of improvement. “To articulate these gaps, CSOs in Nigeria have produced a Joint Memo covering eight thematic issues and many recommendations aimed at ensuring more effective and efficient responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria,” she said. The eight focus areas of the document include safeguarding frontline workers, strategy for lockdowns and curfews, access to essential services, composition of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, standardisation, human rights and security, gender equality, and transparency and accountability.

2 May, 2020

A coalition of 407 Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Nigeria have called on the government to ensure transparency and accountability in its disbursement and use of COVID-19-related funds. The CSOs also urged the government to prevent further abuses of human rights by law enforcement agencies.

At an online press briefing on Friday, the group disclosed that it has developed a comprehensive memo to guide the government in its fight against the pandemic. Bukky Shonibare, founder of Girl Child Africa, said, “To augment government efforts, some CSOs have implemented projects to support the poor and vulnerable while raising concerns about areas of improvement. “To articulate these gaps, CSOs in Nigeria have produced a Joint Memo covering eight thematic issues and many recommendations aimed at ensuring more effective and efficient responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria,” she said. The eight focus areas of the document include safeguarding frontline workers, strategy for lockdowns and curfews, access to essential services, composition of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, standardisation, human rights and security, gender equality, and transparency and accountability.

4 May, 2020

Coalition of Nigerian Civil Society organisations are concerned about the Control of Infectious Diseases Bill currently before the National Assembly. The bill titled ‘Control of Infectious Diseases Bill 2020’, which was sponsored by Gbajabiamila and his colleagues, Pascal Obi and Tanko Sununu, seeks to empower the Federal Government to convert any property in the country, including private properties, to isolation centres.

The Coalition in a statement signed by 40 members, appeal to members of the National Assembly to provide a comprehensive legal and policy framework that ensures the effective management of circumstances involving infectious diseases; streamlining of public health responseand preparedness;involvement of all tiers of government;and transparency in the management of infectious diseaseswould be a positive development. The bill sponsored by Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, hurriedly passed first and second readings on the same day – NewsWireNGR exclusively reported the contents of the bill which led to a nationwide uproar.

The sponsors of the bill, largely plagiarised a similar law on disease control by Singapore but in a statement made available to NewsWireNGR, members of civil society organisations in Nigeria, “are alarmed by the House of Representatives’ attempt to give accelerated passage to such a critical legislation like the Control of Infectious Diseases Bill without consultation and inputs from relevant stakeholders and the public”.

22 March, 2020

A year after the 2019 general election, one would have thought that Nigerian citizens, the civil society, political parties and even government ought to have been sufficiently angry to have set in motion, measures to reform the electoral process. The main opposition party in the land, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is only huffing and puffing. What is needed now is not anger alone.

09 March, 2020

A group, Coalition of Civil Society Organisations for Protection of Civil Space, has staged a protest at the entrance of the National Assembly in Abuja against the passage of the controversial social media bill..

04 March, 2020

A Coalition of 110 Civil Society Organizations, CSOs, has urged the Senate to reject the anti-social media bill, saying that it is unconstitutional and inconsistent with Nigeria’s international obligations. The group, which stated this on Wednesday in Abuja during a press conference, stated that its position was an expression of the people’s and civil society’s analysis of the protection from internet falsehood and manipulations and related matters bill, 2019, ahead of the senate public hearing, slated for 9th March, 2020.

5 March, 2020

The CFL-ERA team paid a courtesy visit to @AbdulMahmud01. We had a very brilliant chat on electoral reforms, and he expressed his commitment to the advocacy, both as a personal focus and a civic duty. We are happy to have your support.

26 Feb, 2020

Our team has met with the Chief of Staff to the Deputy President of the Senate, Dr. Otive Igbuzor @otiveigbuzor, to push for the speedy passage of the Electoral Amendment Bill currentl before the 9th @nassnigeria #GiveUsElectoralReform #PassElectoralBill

20 Feb, 2020

The Electoral Reform Advocacy team paid a courtesy visit to DAAR communications, met with the Chairman Chief Raymond Dokpesi Jnr. and successfully enlisted his support for the Electoral Reform Advocacy.

27 Jan, 2020

This was contained in a statement signed by the conveners, CACLD, Deji Adeyanju, Ariyo-Dare Atoye, and Adebayo Raphael, where the group called for urgent attention to be given to electoral reforms ahead of Edo and Ondo States’ 2020 governorship elections. According to the group recent elections in the country including the just concluded nationwide re-run elections, have repeatedly exposed the inherent loopholes in Nigeria’s electoral process, hence the urgent need for electoral reforms./