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By Svlester Enoghase / Lagos
The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) says the newly released State of the Union (SOTU) report of the African Union (AU) is an indication that improved human capacity building by Nigerians would address key developmental challenges that fall mostly under the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s).
CISLAC said the report, which audits and monitors Nigeria’s level of compliance, and implementation of protocols, conventions and decisions of the AU, would also improve the wellbeing of majority of those living on the African continent.
SOTU is a project that was initiated in 2011, comprising 10 Civil Society Organisation (CSOs) spread across the continent, working on a number of issues, and pushing for increased country ratification, domestication and implementation of the decisions our leaders enter into on our behalf as a people at the continental level.
Speaking at the official launch of the report as it relates to Nigeria in Abuja, CISLAC’s Executive Director, Auwal Ibrahim Musa, observed that a number of the AU conventions and protocols are often dead on arrival from such summits by the government. He therefore called for more effort s to be put on achieving the MDG’s goals by Africa leaders
He said the Nigerian country report shows that across the globe, developmental issues are increasingly attracting the attention of both state and non-state actors.
“It is a situation which has witnessed the active participation of dedicated government institutions whose activities are targeted towards addressing key developmental challenges that fall mostly under the MDG’s as well as Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) that are committed genuinely towards making a change in society and also improving the living standards of those in the environments in which they operate”, he said.
He said stakeholders in the development sector and across board agree on the need for increased level of compliance not just as it relates to ratification of various AU instruments, but also in the level of their domestication
“The truth of the matter is that of implementation, since the major challenge mostly lies at the level of implementation at the grassroots where most of these laws are meant to impact positively in the lives of ordinary citizens considering the immense benefits they hold inherent in them.
“The study was conducted over a period of 2 years by the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) through the engagement of an independent consultant, and several inputs from renowned professionals working across areas that include Governance, and Democracy, Gender, Human Rights, Agriculture, Health, Youth, and most importantly the Rights and welfare of the Child who undoubtedly are the future of our great nation”.