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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BATTLE OF THE REFINERIES?

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The federal government said in 2016, through the Honourable Minister of Petroleum Resources, that Nigeria was putting in place measures in the oil sector aimed at meeting the needs of Nigeria’s local consumption before the year 2019. There is also information to the effect that the federal government is planning the concession of some of […]

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IS BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP TRANSPARENCY POSSIBLE IN NIGERIA?

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People or entities whose real identities are shrouded in secrecy probably own more than half of the choice properties in Abuja, Nigeria. Part of the reason for this opacity is because they are probably current or former public officials, senior military officers, politicians, and politically exposed persons (PEPs), whose source of stupendous wealth cannot be […]

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Climate Change lessons from Oghara

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By MajiriOghene Etemiku Last year November-December 2015, nearly 200 countries converged in Paris France to ratify the Climate Change deal which the Conference of Parties, COP, had negotiated in April of that same year. That convergence was not new nor was it anything novel. Every year, the COP meets, at the instance of the United […]

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Demystifying the role of moneybags in elections

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By Charles Iyare About two weeks ago, August 17-20 to be precise, the Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ) organized an interactive session with the gubernatorial candidates of the various political parties. The motive was to get all 19 political parties to sell their programmes and policies to Edo people. Hitherto, there had […]

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