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Constituency Projects And Nationa Development Process: Threat Or Opportunity By Jaye Gaskia

Fourteen years after the practice and phenomenon of Constituency projects began to evolve in the legislative practice and appropriation process of the 4th Republic, the phenomenon has grown to become pervasive across the Federation with both Federal and state legislatures now fully embracing the practice. Yet, nearly a decade and ...

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Elites And Political Capture: Some Reflections On Nature Character And Potential For Transformation By Jaye Gaskia

The most appropriate place to begin this reflection is to try to unravel the inherent contradiction in the notion of elite capture of politics and political space. If we understand the phenomenon of the elite and the character of politics and power, then it seems to me that the potential ...

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Why The New Excise Duty On Tobacco Should Stay

Last month’s call by the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) that the federal government halt the proposed hike in the excise duty on tobacco products starting from June 4, 2018 is not all together unanticipated. But the fact that it is the umbrella body of manufacturers that spoke on behalf ...

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Inside The Lagos/Visionscape Deal That Costs Taxpayers Up To N85bn

In 2016, Akinwunmi Ambode the Lagos State Governor had a bright idea to reform the established Waste Management processes for one of the largest cities in the world. He would consolidate the various environmental policies in the state including restructuring of the existing waste collection and management system to ensure ...

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Insecurity And The Clamour For State Police: Beyond Sloganeering And Grandstanding By Jaye Gaskia

Whenever the question of restructuring and devolution of powers have been raised by the contending factions and fractions of Nigeria’s prodigal ruling class, one of the issues that have always been brought to the fore is that of State Police, alongside that of fiscal federalism. And as always, these issues ...

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Progressive Communication And The Defence of Good Governance By Semiu Okanlawon

As a postgraduate student some years back, I chose to do a thesis on Politics and the New Media. This decision was inspired then by what I envisioned was going to be a boom in new communication religion with the burgeoning fortunes of telephony in Nigeria and the rest of ...

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BUILDING A DEVELOPMENTAL AND WELFARE STATE: TOWARDS A NEW NATIONAL ECONOMIC AND DEVELOPMENT PLANNING FRAMEWORK FOR NIGERIA. BY JAYE GASKIA

THE CURRENT FAILED ECONOMIC PARADIGM Let us begin by trying to understand where we are at – at the moment, so that we can put things in their proper perspective. This is because a clear unambiguous understanding of where we are and how we got here is decisive with respect ...

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Obasanjo and the extent of presidential powers

More than a week after President Olusegun Obasanjo released his state of the nation commentary and devastating assessment of the Buhari administration, it has remained the main subject in the public arena in Nigeria. It is a measure of the stature, influence and capacity of the elder statesman that whenever ...

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Aisha Buhari: The critic in the other room By Reuben Abati

Mrs Aisha M. Buhari, the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari is probably the most loved person in Nigeria today, especially by critics of her husband’s administration. She first came to our notice in this regard when in the course of her ailing husband’s medical vacation in London, she famously declared ...

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It Is Time To Renegotiate Our Union-Bakare

BEING TEXT OF SPEECH BY PASTOR ‘TUNDE BAKARE AT THE STATE OF THE NATION BROADCAST ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 14, 2018. VENUE: THE LATTER RAIN ASSEMBLY, END-TIME CHURCH, 4, AKILO ROAD, OFF OBA AKRAN AVENUE, OGBA, IKEJA, LAGOS, NIGERIA. THEME: IT IS TIME TO RENEGOTIATE OUR UNION SCRIPTURAL TEXTS: JEREMIAH 8:20–22; ...

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