USING TECHNOLOGY TO DEEPEN OPEN GOVERNANCE IN EDO

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On a certain day in January this year, I left home for work as usual. The lingering fuel scarcity had not completely abated, and therefore what most residents of the Benin City metropolis did to avoid the cut-throat fares that commercial taxi and bus drivers ask, for long and short distances is a resort to […]

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DIGITALIZING THE FIGHT AGAINST DIRTY PROPERTY

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The Economist Magazine of February 17th 2018 carried what readers of the magazine often regard as a commonplace advert. Yes, right there on the top right hand corner on page 79, it says that a detached 6-bedroom chalet with ‘stunning views’ over the Meribel valley in France, and close to the Rond Point des Pistes, […]

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NIGER DELTA INSTITUTIONS TRANSPARENCY INDEX

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Nigeria signed on to the open government partnership (OGP) as the 70th member in July 2016 with the commitment to deepen institutional and policy reforms. Access to information and citizen engagement are two of the four thematic areas of focus, these thematic areas speak directly to the basis and growth of transparency and accountability in […]

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NDDC MOVES TO REVOKE CONTRACTS AS OIL-PRODUCING COMMUNITY DEMANDS COMPENSATION

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By Chido Okafor (Warri) and Gordi Udeajah (Umuahia) 29 September 2017   |   4:29 am The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) is set to revoke many contracts for projects in different parts of the oil-rich region to enable it to focus on strategic ones that would open up the areas. The commissioner representing Delta State […]

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Will the owners of unoccupied Abuja estates stand up?

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By Erhisohwode Assurance Ovie, ISWF Project officer According to the UNODC StAR report 2014, the Financial Action Task Force’s annual reports described in detail the variety and “creativity” behind money laundering mechanisms. An interesting feature of that “creativity” is that different types of crimes tend to rely on different types of laundering mechanisms. Relying on […]

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GETTING NIGERIA READY FOR A GREEN ECONOMY

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  Recent reports from around the world indicate that soon, there’s going to be a shift from a fossil reliant economy to a green one. That shift promises to be asymmetrical. Countries like the UK and Germany, after having spent a lot of money on research and implementation, have already set 2030/2040 to stop relying […]

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ABUSING HUMAN RIGHTS AGAINST NIGERIA’S ANTI-CORRUPTION WAR

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Last week, the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, released a report with a damning verdict: that irrespective of the good work being done by this administration to kill corruption, corruption has refused to die. The report said that monies paid out in 2015 and 2016 as bribes is about N400 billion, and that the police […]

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OPEN UP BUDGETS OF OIL & GAS COMMISSIONS IN THE NIGER DELTA

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  Earlier this month, I visited my home town, precisely Oghara in Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State. For the time, I was at home I suffered from mosquito bites. There was hardly electricity. And as we know, electricity usually powers the machines which pump water for domestic purposes. I also found out […]

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