A Policy Brief on the Nigerian Criminal Justice System

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The Nigerian criminal justice system is fundamentally flawed  and the problem is represented at every processing point on the entire criminal justice system line – from the failure of governance institutions to design a suitable criminal justice policy that serves the current need of the country, to the inability of the legislature to appropriately transform policies into laws, from an  …

President Buhari Swears in His Cabinet

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Over seven months after he was elected, President Buhari has finally sworn in his cabinet. Buhari reduced the total number of ministries from 29 to 24, and ministers from 42 to 36, scrapping some ministries and merging others.  Below is a list of the ministers along with their designated portfolios, as well as a list of scraped/merged ministries and a quick …

CPPA Pilots the VAKA-YIKO Information Literacy for Urban Service Delivery

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After months of planning and stakeholder engagements, CPPA piloted the Info-Literacy capacity building project on September 29 and 30, 2015. The training was held at the Lagos State Public Service Staff Development Centre (PSSDC), Lagos, Nigeria. Participants at the training were drawn from four key agencies in Lagos state: the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Lagos State Environmental Protection …

Will President Buhari Win the War Against Indiscipline the Second Time Around?

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When he began his first stint as Nigeria’s Head of State after a coup in 1983, General Mohammadu Buhari promised not to allow the “the nonsenses of litigation” interfere with his fight against corruption. He then proceeded to oversee an anti-corruption drive characterized by public executions, secret military tribunals, and imprisonment for journalists who dared to disagree with his policies. …

A Primer on the New SDGs

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On September 25, 2015, the United Nations officially launched the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA. The SDGs are a universal set of goals, targets and indicators that UN member states are expected to use in framing their development agenda and policies over the next fifteen years. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) builds …

Governance Institutions: Local Government in Lagos

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CPPA’s series on Nigerian Institutions of Governance continues with a look at local government in Lagos, courtesy of Tosin Osasona. SUMMARY States and governments across the world irrespective of their nomenclature use the concept and practice of local government as an effective strategy for ensuring good governance at the local level. Local governments are modeled to serve three purposes: first, as …

Transparency Challenges for Nigeria’s 8th National Assembly

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President Muhammadu Buhari is faced with the reality of Nigeria’s economic challenges, including declining oil revenues and endemic institutional corruption. One such institution is the National Assembly, whose transparency has recently been an issue of rigorous debate on social media. The 469-member National Assembly (NASS), consisting of members in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, has come under …

Governance Institutions: Nigeria’s 8th Senate

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CPPA’s series on Nigerian Institutions of Governance continues with a look at Nigeria’s 8th Senate, courtesy of Tosin Osasona.  The 1999 constitution of Nigeria in Section 4(1) places the legislative power of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the National Assembly, which is composed of the Senate and House of Representatives. Section 4(2) goes further to state that the National …

Governance Institutions: The Nigerian Supreme Court

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As Nigeria celebrates its first democratic transfer of power, CPPA looks ahead to the critical work of institution building needed to consolidate Nigeria’s democracy.  First in a series of pieces about various institutions is a look at the Supreme Court. HISTORY The Supreme Court came into being in 1963 Between 1963 and 2015, 89 judges have sat on the Nigerian …