Governance: Harnessing NILDS’ expanded mandate

President Muhammadu Buhari on January 24 assented to a clean copy of an amendment bill that rechristened the National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILS). The bill, which has now become the 2018 Amendment Act, provides the legal basis upon which the institute is now described and referred to as National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS).     The Act has also legally expanded the mandate of the institute to include the complete critical subject area of democracy in its curriculum. In essence, the institute has been repositioned to…

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Between decamping and governance

The other day Dele Agekameh continued the hype of Atiku’s decamping from the APC to the PDP. It is clear it has generated a spirit that has possessed Nigeria in recent times. The hullabaloo is buzzing, akin to Nigeria having successfully won the World Cup or the Nigerian economy having overtaken that of the USA and China.   More to that, it is being believed to be a criminal thing since words like “political prostitution” were used to describe this lawful and basic right of a public figure who has…

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A vote for good governance

Over the weekend, the issue of transparency and accountability by those who have the privilege to lead  resonated in the nation’s capital when the Open Government Partnership( OGP) engaged the media on the need to demonstrate more professionalism in holding government accountable for good governance. CALEB ONWE reports Bringing media practitioners and civil society people together to deliberate on good governance mechanism and the effort of government in deepening democracies is said to be one of the ideals of The Open Government Partnership, a global initiative that is already gaining…

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World Bank: Good governance, key for private investment

To ensure accountability, Nigeria has put details of its private, public partnerships (PPPs) on a website To close the finance gap in infrastructure development in Africa, the governance gap would have to be closed, the Vice President, global themes, at the World Bank Group, Hartwig Schafer, has said. “We need to design a strategic vision for infrastructure development in Africa, coordinate across all levels of government and procure with integrity,” he said at the First African Roundtable on Infrastructure Governance, which took place in South Africa last weekend. “Good governance…

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Editorial: Okorocha’s unacceptable form of governance

Owelle Rochas Okorocha, the governor of Imo State, has come across as an unconventional governor. He has also become a man who courts controversies, without actually minding what the people say. Elected on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in 2011, the first major controversy Okorocha brought to his governance was when he left APGA for the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the chagrin of Imo people, who elected him based on the conviction of the name of the late Igbo leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu. That move…

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Sustained development for Etche

As at May 29, 2015 when the good people of Rivers State rightly expelled the All Progressives Congress ( APC) from government, the people of Etche Ethnic Nationality were one of the most neglected communities. They were denied developmental projects, appointments and respect from their own state government. Due to no fault of theirs, they were degraded to second class citizens in a state where they served as food basket and also have some of the critical oil producing communities. Their situation was worsened by the fact that Etche APC…

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Is Arik slipping into oblivion?

Government is at a crossroads on what to do with Arik Air, having injected N1.5 billion since it took over the carrier. It’s time to take far reaching decision on the airline’s future, writes WOLE SHADARE   Arik on life support For those who don’t know, Arik Air is currently dying a slow death and here are some of the signs. The airline has just five aircraft from the over 29 it acquired when it made a debut 10 years ago. It purportedly came with a difference with state-of-the-art aircraft,…

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