The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), the national chapter of Transparency International (TI) in Nigeria organised an Inception meeting on “Strengthening Accountability Networks Among Civil Societies in Nigeria”.
In his Speech, the Executive Director of the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre CISLAC, Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, said, “the SANCUS project is being implemented by Transparency International Secretariat through its chapters in 21 countries and is supported by the European Commission. The project runs from January 2021 to December 2023, the project aims to improve the democratic accountability of public institutions globally by empowering CSOs to demand for systemic change to address accountability and anti-corruption deficits.
In Nigeria, the ever increasing and soaring problem of dirty money in the Nigerian politics which suggest a high level of impunity among politically exposed individuals who seek to gain power and accrue wealth through illegal means with zero accountability has been a growing concern locally and internationally. The SANCUS project zooms in contributing to address this core problem of dirty money in Nigeria’s politics which perpetuates a culture of lack of accountability and corruption for power preservation and self-enrichment.”
In his words:
The project plans to advocate for: 1) the operational independence of anti-corruption agencies; 2) an increased enforcement of existing anti-money laundering provisions and policies; 3) an improved oversight function of the National Assembly; 4) improve capacity of the media and civil society to investigate the presence of dirty money in Nigeria’s political processes and finally 5) increase citizens demand for accountability in the funding of political processes. This hopefully, will instil some level of sanity in the Nigerian political elites whose actions continue to tarnish the good image of the country as a democratic space which operates within the purview of maximum respect for the rule of law.”