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Stop The Killings, Protect The People: A Reminder To The Government Of The Responsibility Of The State By Jaye Gaskia

Let us begin by clearing the air on the contentious issue of the legitimacy or otherwise of the current constitution. I like many others who old or young, nevertheless date back to the Anti-Military and Pro-Democracy struggles have very serious reservations about this current constitution – the 19999 Constitution Of ...

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A Note on the Economic Implications of the New Tobacco Tax Policy

The Nigerian government recently reviewed the excise duty rate and structure applicable to tobacco products and alcoholic beverages. Specifically, the government approved an additional ₦1 specific tax on each stick of cigarette (₦20 per pack), which would increase to ₦2 per stick in 2019 (₦40 per pack) and eventually ₦2.90 ...

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Synagogue Building Tragedy: A Case Beyond The Ordinary By Dare Adejumo

As Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) is about to open its defence in the criminal charges brought against it over the collapse of its six-storey guest house in September 2014 in which scores of people died, the world is waiting eagerly for this historic titanic legal battle. Clearly it ...

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Alleged Kano Underage Voters: INEC is not culpable By Mahmood Yakubu

  Following the Kano State Local Government election held on 10th February 2018, there were several reports in the media, particularly the social media, alleging that underaged persons voted in the election. Both explicit and implicit in some of these reports was the suggestion that since the National Register of ...

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Coming in the Fortieth year of existence of the Nigeria Labour Congress [NLC], Nigeria’s main and largest trade union center, the leadership of both the NLC and the Trade Union Congress [TUC], have chosen the very appropriate theme of ‘’The role of the labour movement in national development: dare to ...

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2019: Nigeria’s Emerging Political Leaders

A strong indication of both the quality and failure of politics in Nigeria, as the people look forward to the next general elections in 2019, is the manner in which virtually “every” Nigerian believes that he or she is good enough to be President of Nigeria. This may speak to ...

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NDDC BOARD: Destabilizing A Peace Formula By Kesiye Newman

They were appointed to complete the tenure of their predecessors. And they tried to acquit themselves well in office as heads of the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). But towards the twilight of the appointed term, a controversy began to build around the tenure of Nsima Ekere ...

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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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