Deregulating the Oil Industry: Issues at Stake

Deregulation according to president Olusegun Obasanjo means, that "The government will stop interfering with the oil industry. Marketers will be free to import and sell at prices that are no longer determined by the NNPC. One direct consequences is that prices of fuel will vary from fuel station to fuel station, giving consumers the choice. Read full newsletter

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Privatization and GSM License Auction: Matters Arising

The recently concluded GSM auction was applauded by many and seen as open, fair and transparent. That none of the losers in the highly competitive auction could have no ground on which to complain about the process is a pointer to the fact that the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC ) deserves to be congratulated for conducting the auction successfully. And we congratulate the NCC for a job well done. Read full newsletter

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Governance in Nigeria: What Cost? Whose Benefits?

Governance is a social contract between leaders and followers in which the latter set the tasks (the responsibilities of government) for the former to carry out. The followers (people) give away their rights to govern themselves through elections to a group of representatives who in turn should give the people benefit of governance, that is, provision for welfare, security  and protection of lives and properties of the peoople etc. Read full newsletter

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Obasanjo’s Anti-Corruption Crusade: Real or Imagined?

This is a review of the corrupt practices which made headline news in the year 2000, along with the various instruments put in place  and actions taken by government to check abuse of office or seek redress for misappropriation of funds in the Nigerian public sector. Press reports form the basis of selection of cases and issues under review and each case (issue) analysed is identified by subsector  and classification, the level of media attention

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Anti Corruption Campaigns: Charity Begins at Home

On assumption of office, president Olusegun Obasanjo took some steps to stem corruption, the latest of which is the setting up of an independent Anti-Corruption Commission (IACC). However, it is curious that while expending time and energy on fighting corruption, the Executive (which is his primary vehicle for policy implementation) is structured in such a way that is likely to encourage graft, inefficiency and further entrench the patronage culture.

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Anti Corruption Commission: The Task Ahead

On the eve of its 40th anniversary, Nigeria was reported to be the most corrupt country in the world, according to a survey published by Transparency International ( a global anti-corruption coalition). However, the efforts of the Obasanjo's administration in fighting corruption were acknowledge by the International Organisation. One of such efforts is the setting up of the Independent Anti-Corruption  Commission (IACC) a 13 member body which has

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Anti Corruption: Crusade or Political Tool?

An anti corruption campaign becomes a political tool when the leader uses his power to mete out sanctions, with hold or distribute benefits in a way that is neither systematic nor comprehensive, but rather calculated to result in political advantage. The following oddities in Nigeria's public domain may begin to make sense when situated with context of the definition above. Read full newsletter 

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What Manner of Governance?

In two cardinal areas where people expect to feel the impact of government, word on the streets is that the government is not living up to expectations *Could this be the reason why there appears to be growing clamour for 'self-help' bodies like Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC)  and Bakassi Boys to take over more of government's functions? *Could government be making itself irrelevant to the people? *When would Nigerians be tasting the fruits of good

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What Anti Corruption Crusade?

Is Mr. President Really Committed to The Anti Corruption Drive? Six  Ways to Test Obasanjo's Anti Corruption Crusade Is it Systematic?                                      No Is it Comprehensive?                            No Is it Consistent?                                       No Does it have Focus?                               No Is it Well Publicized?              

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What Democracy Dividend?

Government was born to promote sustainable development in ways that reduce disparities in security, income and well-being, education and opportunity amongst its citizens. Thus, individuals in a society give up their will in exchange for good governance. This is the social contract, the raison d'etre for government. Nigerians entered into such a contract with president Obasanjo's government on May 29, 1999. Read full newsletter

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