Nigeria’s monarchs are unconstitutional – SAN

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Lagos, Nigeria – October 17, 2017. The constitution of Nigeria makes no provision for the existence of Obas and Chiefs; it therefore amounts to a violation of our constitution to pay traditional rulers from the public purse. This was stated by Mr. Olasupo Shasore, a former Attorney-General of Lagos State and Senior Advocate of Nigeria at a policy dialogue hosted …

The Farcical Process of Drivers Licensing in Nigeria

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Abayomi Adelodun To be clear, drivers licensing falls within the purview of the Motor Vehicle Administration Agency. The Agency’s webpage lists the Issuance and renewal (in collaboration with the Federal Road Safety Corps) of Motor vehicle licenses, local Driving License, Learner’s Permit, and Certificate of Roadworthiness as some of its primary functions. Theoretically, temporary licenses are issued within three working …

A New Agenda for Managing Nigeria’s Petroleum Industry

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The Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) and Nigeria's Oil Industry

The first tranche of the Petroleum Industry bill (PIB) famously known as the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) scaled through the third reading at the Senate in May 2017. If the bill scales through the house of representatives and is signed into law by the President, it will streamline the powers of the Minister of Petroleum to policy and administrative …

G7 and Africa: Think Tank Summit in Rome

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On May 5, in the context of the G7 “engagement groups” promoted by Italy’s Presidency of the G7, ISPI organized the Think Tank 7. The high–level panel involved representatives and experts from the G7 and selected African think tanks (here the list of participants). The conference, promoted with the support of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, …

The Moral Leadership Imperative for Quality Citizenship

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Abayomi Adelodun   “…I’d have preferred to carry through to the finish whatever the personal agony it’d have involved, and my family unanimously urged me to do so. But the interest of the Nation must always come before any personal considerations… I have never been a quitter. To leave the office before my term is completed is abhorrent to every …

Improving information literacy for urban service planning and delivery at local government level in Nigeria

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The Centre for Public Policy Alternatives, supported by a VakaYiko grant, recently completed a project aimed at improving the use of evidence public service delivery at the local government level in Nigeria. A key objective of the Improving Information Literacy for Urban Service Planning and Delivery (INFO_LIT) Project was to facilitate an understanding of the significance of data among urban …

Barriers to a Successful Shift towards an Evidence-Based Public Health

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by Adedamola Akinbode Evidence-based public health (EBPH) is the prudent use of current best evidence in making decisions about the well-being of populations regarding disease prevention, health promotion, health protection as well as health maintenance (Jenicek, 1997). Brownson et al (2009) described EBPH as “making decisions based on the best available scientific evidence, using data and information systems systematically, applying …

Public Opinion on Current Economic and Political Issues

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This poll was conducted by the Centre for Public Policy Alternatives to investigate public opinion on key economic and political issues in Nigeria. The issues include the state of Nigerian currency (Naira), willingness to patronise local products, power supply, and presidential trips and appointments. The main objective of this poll was to elicit responses on the effect of the fall in exchange …

Democracy and the Supreme Court

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by Tosin Osasona   The controversies that dogged recent judgments of the Supreme Court overruling the decisions of electoral tribunals and the Court of Appeal on governorship elections in Rivers, Cross Rivers and Taraba States raises fundamental questions about what ought to be the role of the Supreme Court in a democratic order. Should the Supreme Court confine itself to …

Nigeria: What Might Have Been

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Abayomi Adelodun Nigeria does not need to tag along with the consensus on foreign direct/portfolio investment and loans; it could yet generate the required capital for development from its natural resources. The huge sums of money that have been looted could have funded Nigeria’s development many times over. If Nigeria had been under a competent development-oriented leader(s), the country would …