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Situation Report

Continental: Africa

Arterial Network Elects New Leadership

broadwayworld.com, 23 October

From 6th to 9th October, delegates from fifty different countries congregated at Cape Town's
City Hall for four days of analysis, performances, networking and debate at the 2013 edition
of the African Creative Economy Conference. Arterial Network is a pan
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African civil society
network of artists, creative enterprises, cultural NGOs and activists. The key aim of the
annual event is to interrogate the role of the creative and cultural industries in helping meet
Africa's human, social and economic development
challenges. The conference was attended
by over 300 delegates and featured 32 programmed speakers from the African Union,
European Union,
the United Nations,
creative entrepreneurs, editors, think tank directors,
journalists, musicians, playwrights and aca
demics. Aadel Essaadani of Morocco was elected
Chairperson and Korkor Amarteifio of Ghana, Deputy Chair.

http://www.broadwayworld.com/south
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af
rica/article/Arterial
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Network
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Elects
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New
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Leadership
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20131023



Zambia:

NGOs continue to speak out against “repressive” NGO Act

The Post Online, 19 October

Transparency International Zambia (TIZ) has called on the government to cancel the
registration of NG
Os and concentrate on revising the 2009 NGO Act. Under the act, NGOs
will be required to register with the government and provide annual reports to the NGO
Registration Board. Those who refuse to register will be prohibited from operating within
Zambia. TI
Z executive director Goodwell Lungu rejected the claims that NGOs
are refusing
to register for fear of being scrutinised and held accountable. He said that his organisation
would not register under the act in its current form, denouncing it as a “violation

of
fundamental civil and political rights to freedom of association and expression”.

http://postzambia.com/post
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read_article.php?articleId=39489


Earlier articles from lusakatimes.com:
http://www.lusakatimes.com/2013/09/05/csos
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demand
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suspension
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of
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ngo
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registration
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exercise/

http://www.lusakatimes.com/2013/09/13/government
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threatens
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ngos
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with
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deregistration
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if
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they
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dont
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register
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under
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ngo
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act/



Regional: West
Africa

Ministerial round table discussion on Peace and Security in the Sahel
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the role of Civil
Society

Centre for Strategies and Security for the Sahel Sahara, 13 October

Ministers of states in the Sahel region, West Africa and partner countries, high
-
level officials
from the African Union, the European Union and the United Nations as well as
representatives of civil society met on 13 October to discuss the role of civil society in peace
and security in the Sahel. The roundtable precedes the debates on
the Sahel region scheduled
to take place at the 68th UN General Assembly. Below is a summary of the co
-
chairmen’s
joint declaration:

1)

Sustainable peace can only be achieved through broad, systematic and continued
inclusion of all groups of civil society, in
cluding formal and informal groups, women
and youth.

2)

All actors must work together to facilitate dialogue and reconciliation which is the
basis for long term development and growth.

3)

We commend the AU, ECOWAS, the EU, and other international partners for th
eir
efforts in the Sahel and support the work of the UN Secretary
-
General in
implementing the UN Integrated Strategy for the Sahel, including a focus on the role
and inclusion of all groups of civil society

http://allafrica.com/stories/201310171300.html



Country: Ghana


West African development practitioners equipped to better monitor and evaluate
projects
tv3network.com, 24 October

34 civil society practitioners from civil society organisations (CSOs) and a government
institution have benefitted from a three day training on Results
-
Based Monitoring and
Evaluation (M&E) organised by the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) in A
ccra.
WACSI organised this training to help beneficiary organisations to assess how well they are
promoting development initiatives through the projects they are implementing, and to help
them enhance their development interventions. “The training was prac
tical and provided a
good mix of ideas from participants from CSOs and government organisations like ours”,
said Ismail Y. Ilu, the Executive Director of the National Agricultural Extension Research
Liaison Services of the Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria,

Nigeria.

http://tv3network.com/Local
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News/west
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african
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development
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practitioners
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equipped
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to
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better
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monitor
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and
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e
valuate
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projects.html



Journalists urged to i
ntensify reportage on child labour

Ghana News Agency, 21 October

Journalists have been called upon to dig deeper
and

expose forms of societal abuse and child
labour. Mr Emmanuel Kwame Mensah, Programme Officer
for the International Labour
Organization (ILO), made the call during a sensitization workshop organized by the Ghana
Journalists Association (GJA) at Wa in the Upper West Region.
Mr Mensah said in Ghana,
child labour could be found in many sectors of the
workforce, and is caused by poverty,
ignorance, misconception, apathy and negligence.
The objective of the work
shop was to
enable j
ournalists to contribute to the implementation of the National Plan of Action (NPA)
for the elimination of Worst Forms of Chi
ld Labour (WFCL) in Ghana
,

through enhanced
media reportage.

http://www.ghananewsagency.org/social/intensify
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reportage
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on
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child
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labour
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journa
lists
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urged
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66246



NGOs network to improve business environment

VibeGhana.com
, 20 October

The Network of Associations of Registered NGOs in Ghana (NARN) has lined up a number of
events targeting business organisations, to help improve the country’s busine
ss environment.
One of the events will be a strategic partnerships forum for the business community to
promote products, goods and services, and pledge support to the activities of the Church, the
Ghanaian public services and charitable initiatives such as

the Needy Students Support
Project and Food for Needy Senior Citizens and Widows.

http://vibeghana.com/2013/10/20/ngos
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network
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to
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improve
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business
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environment/
ts



Ghana’s external debt rises 300% in six years


AFRODAD workshop

Ghana Business News, 18 October

On 16 October, the African Forum and Network on Debt and Development (AFRODAD) and
the Ghana Anti
-
Corruption Coalition (GACC) organised a workshop in Accra
on Ghana’s
Public Loan Contraction
and Management.
Nyasha Munditi, Policy Research Assistant

at

AFRO
DAD,

revealed that Ghana’s external debt has increased by 306% between 2006 and
2012 to reach $8.835 billion by the end of 2012.
Dakarayi

Matanga, Senior Policy Officer on

Domestic Debt at AFRODAD, said
CSOs
must be given legislative recognition and a role

in
the process of loan contraction and management. He called for the establishment of a Debt
Monitoring Board that would check the conformity of any new project loan with overall
economic policy before its approval
.

http://www.ghanabusinessnews.com/2013/10/18/ghanas
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external
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debt
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rises
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300
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in
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six
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years
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afrodad/


CSOs urge government to design strategic policy options for natural gas

Ghana Busi
ness News, 18 October

At a forum organised by the
Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP)
, CSOs called on the
government to engage with all stakeholders in the oil and gas sector, such as
policy makers
and civil society;

to update them on policies and progr
ammes and to consult them on
strategic policy options for natural gas development.

Mr John Peter Amewu, Research Fellow at ACEP, said that a National Gas Policy should
have been in place long before Ghana started developing her gas infrastructure. He said
that
ACEP wants to ensure that the views of Ghanaians
a
re ref
lected in the Policy
,

addressing
issues on
domestic pricing and the
domestic infrastructure
for
gathering, processing,
transport
ing

and distributi
ng gas
.



In reply, Mr Kwesi Twum Addo, Ministry
of Energy and Petroleum Deputy Director of
Petroleum, gave examples of initiatives the government had already embarked on to address
the needs of Ghanaians concerning the gas sector.

http://www.ghanabusinessnews.com/2013/10/18/csos
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urge
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government
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to
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design
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strategic
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policy
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options
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for
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natural
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gas/



Chief of Staff expresses support for civil society as the Fourth Policy Fair
ends

Government of Ghana Official Portal, 18 October

At the closing ceremony of the Fourth Ghana Policy Fair in Accra, Chief of Staff
,

Mr Prosper
Bani
,

said the government would welcome partnership
s with

CSOs

in
developing Ghana as a
middle
-
income state.
He also stressed the need to give civil society limitless space to
participate in the governance system for sustainable economic growth, in order to ensure a
healthy growth of democratic governance in the country.

The fair was intended to provide
adequate
and reliable information on the various developmental issues of concern to
citizens, to spark discussion and produce feedback for innovation and development.

http://www.ghana.gov.gh/index.php/2012
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02
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47/general
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news/3457
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fourth
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policy
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fair
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ends



Ghana Anti
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Corruption Coalition (GACC) organises workshop

VibeGhana.com, 17 October

The GACC, in collaboration with the Commission of Human Rights and Administrative
Justice, organised a workshop on Wednesday 16 October for CSOs and media to review the
United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC). The aim was to develop a
comprehe
nsive policy against corruption. UNCAC was adopted in 2003 and the current cycle
is entitled “Criminalization and Law enforcement and International Cooperation”. In the
mechanism for assessing the level of implementation of UNCAC, each party to the
Convent
ion reviews and is reviewed by its peers, once every five years. Each state also
completes self
-
assessment reviews. Ghana has developed a National Anti
-
Corruption Action
Plan (NACAP) to fill the gaps not covered by UNCAC.

http://vibeghana.com/2013/10/17/anti
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corruption
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coalition
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organizes
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workshop/



HRAC moves to reduce gender based violence

VibeGhana.com, 17 October

Civil Society Organisation Human Rights Advocac
y Centre (HRAC), has embarked on a
project aimed at reducing the prevalence of Gender
-
Based Violence (GBV) in basic schools. It
has produced a Strategic Framework on mechanisms for monitoring gender based violence,
reporting and investigating allegations o
f gender based violence, dealing with perpetrators,
and counselling and support for victims. HRAC appealed to the government and other
stakeholders to adopt and implement the framework.

http://vibeghana.com/2013/10/17/hrac
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moves
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to
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reduce
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gender
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based
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violence/



Ghana m
arks World Food Day

Government of Ghana

Official Portal, 17 October

Ghana marked World Food Day with a flag raising ceremony in Accra, on the theme “
The
s
ustainable food systems for food security and nutrition
”. Mr Clement Kofi Humado,
Minister for Food and Agriculture, stressed the need not only to produce enough food for the
growing population, but to manage handling, storage and distribution systems

as well as
ensure food reaches the poorest households. Pippa Bradford, World Food Programme (WFP)
Country Director in Ghana, said the organisation had been working with regional offices of
the Ministry of Food and Agriculture and with District Assemblies,

on projects such as
rehabilitating small dams and dug
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outs and extending irrigation systems which communities
rely on for water, farming and crop production. The function was attended by Ministers of
State, heads of United Nations agencies in Ghana, tradi
tional rulers, farmers, fishermen,
school children, civil society organisations, the academia, and the public.

http://www.ghana.gov.gh/index.
php/2012
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02
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08
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08
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32
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47/general
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news/3439
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ghana
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marks
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world
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food
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day



Country: Liberia

Palava Hut Program
me

launched

The News, 21 October

President Ellen Johnson
-
Sirleaf has officially launched the National Palava Hut Program
me,

a community
-
based
conflict management mechanism

meant to promote and consolidate
lasting peace and harmony throughout Liberia. This program
me

will afford anyone who has
committed any wrongful act against an individual or the state during the Liberian civil war,
to admit the

wrongful act and seek pardon from the people of Liberia through the Palava
Hut. President Sirleaf called on all Liberians
-

the traditional leaders, elders, civil society,
political parties, religious groups, and others
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to join the effort as all of them

have a part to
play in the process of ensuring lasting peace and harmony in the country, the sub
-
region, the
continent and the world.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201310210853.html



Rights
Groups caution Liberia Anti
-
Corruption Commission (LACC)

The New Republic Liberia, 18 October

A civil society group Consortium of Right Groups (CRC) has joined the vilification of the
Liberia Anti
-
Corruption Commission (LACC) emanating from the recently re
leased findings
of the Asset Declaration Process. In the latest report, the LACC nailed several officials for
failing to provide clear cut information on their assets or for wilfully snubbing the process.
The CRC has accused the LACC of poor communication
and providing “confusing” reports
and stresses the need for an independent body to verify assets and professional training
within the ranks of the LACC to improve the organisation.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201310180473.html



Condoms and lube campaign launched to prevent HIV & Aids infection in Liberia

FrontPageAfrica, 18 October

Local NGO Stop AIDS in Liberia (SAIL), in collaboration with the National AIDS
Commission (NAC) of Li
beria, has launched the Global Lube Access Mobilization (GLAM)
Project to contribute to the national response on the prevention of HIV and AIDS by
promoting the accessibility of Condom Compatible Lubricants (CCL). GLAM aims to make
safe, affordable, condom
-
compatible lubricant available to all Africans who engage in
intercourse.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201310180386.html?page=2



IREX and CSML guide the Media against lawsuits

The Info
rmer, 17 October

The International Research Exchange Program (IREX), in collaboration with The Civil
Society and Media Leadership Program (CSML) conducted a forum on free speech and libel,
to protect journalists from costly and frivolous lawsuits. This for
um comes after the case
against Frontpage Africa, which is one of four cases filed against journalists and media
institutions since President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf came to power. The reporting of the forum
has not yet been published.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201310211006.html


Liberian women’s radio listening group impacts constitutional reform

IREX, 15 October

The Liberia Women Media Action Committee (LIWOMAC) in Kamara Town, have been
following a weekly program run by the Constitution Review Committee (CRC) on Liberian
Women Democracy Radio. The radio program explains the constitution article by article in
Liberian English, in anticipation for the upcoming constitutional review. The lis
tening group
have created awareness and promoted participation among the citizens of their community
and surrounding areas by sparking discussion on the constitution, meeting with the CRC and
running a suggestion box for the community to contribute their o
wn ideas on the
constitutional review.

http://www.irex.org/news/liberian
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women%E2%80%99s
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radio
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listening
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group
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impacts
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constitutional
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refo
rm



Country: Nigeria

Military
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Civil Society relations workshop Ibadan: Nigerian Army to recruit 9000 soldiers

World Stage Online, 21 October

In a workshop entitled

“Consolidating civil
-
military relations

for improved national
security

, the Chief of Army

Staff, Gen. Azubike Ihejirika, announced the Army’s intention to
recruit more soldiers as well as collaborate with the civil society in its determination to win
the war against insurgency. Military representatives expressed their openness to listening to
to the ideas of civil society actors, their hopes for taking the relationship to another level and
commended CSOs


defence of human rights.

http://www.
worldstagegroup.com/worldstagenew/index.php?active=news&newscid=11469
&catid=2



CSOs react to controversy over Aviation Minister’s purchase of two BMW armoured cars
worth US$1.6 million

Afriquejet.com,

Vanguard, Premium
Times
: 18, 19

&
20 October

In response to the leak that Aviation Minister Stella Oduah bought two armoured cars worth
US$1.6 million (N255 Million), numerous Nigerian CSOs have called for action. The Socio
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Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) said the funds from the sa
le should be
used to provide compensation to families of victims of recent air accidents and to set up a
trust fund to jump
-
start 'genuine reform of the aviation industry”. The Anti
-
Corruption
Network gave the
minister

a 72
-
hour ultimatum to resign her pos
ition or face mass protest
,
and called for the money to be refunded. The Civil Society Network Against Corruption
(CSNAC) has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to sack Oduah. Nicholas Edwards, a
staff of the ministry who allegedly leaked the informatio
n to journalists, was now on the run
from the Aviation Ministry who are threatening prosecution for obtaining and distribution
the information in an "illegal manner".

http://www.afriquejet.com/news/12795
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nigeria
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group
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seeks
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sale
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of
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nigeria
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aviation
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minister
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s
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armoured
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cars.html

http://allafrica.com/stories/201310210136.
html

http://allafrica.com/stories/201310210173.html

http://allafrica.com/stories/201310210072.html



Civil Soci
ety group u
rges
ASUU t
o call off s
trike

Sunday Observer, 20 October

The Executive Director of Conscience Nigeria (CN) has urged the
Academic Staff Union of
Universities (ASUU)

to call off
its
strike “in the interest of the nation”. The labour union is
refusing to shift
ground until their demands are met. According to the statement, the
government has made N100 billion available for infrastructure as against N30 billion for
allowances, and CN has stated that the ASUU should have accepted this offer. CN also urged
ASUU to
work with the National Assembly and other stakeholders to fashion a workable
road map to realise its objectives.

http://nigerianobservernews.com/20102013/news/news5.
html#.UmefiXBJOxI



Civil Society Group condemns Ilorin Sallah stampede

Premium Times, 20 October

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) has condemned th
e Sallah
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day
stampede in Ilorin, Kwara state, which left more than 20 women dead.

The s
tampede
occurred during a struggle for gifts presented by a former governor of the state, Bukola
Saraki. In a statement, Executive Director Ibrahim Musa said “CISLAC recommends that
both Kwara State Assembly and the executive immediately increase resources

that would
benefit women and other vulnerable groups in the state” blaming the stampede on the
poverty and marginalisation which led the desperate women to take unnecessary risks.

http://premiumtimesng.com/news/national/146923
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group
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condemns
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ilorin
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sallah
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stampede.html