• The Gender Equal Opportunity Bill: Matters Arising

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    The rejection of the Gender and Equal Opportunities (GEO) Bill by the National Assembly (NASS) for the third time, on March 15 2016 is a study in squandered opportunities. The first and most obvious is the chance to deepen our collective understanding of the Constitution. The public accounts of the latest rejection of the bill…

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  • A Case For A Better Blend Of Youth And Experience

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    Anyone monitoring discussions about the age of public officers in Nigeria would have recorded a spike recently. The list of questions some Nigerians had after the Senate president disclosed the potential members of the president’s cabinet included variations of ‘will the old guard ever make way for the new?’ The most consistent response to this…

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    When Will ASUU Wake Up To Its Responsibilities?

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    There is a justified presumption when children go to school that they will be safe and protected by those in authority. It is the ultimate betrayal when they are abused and taken advantage of by those they trust and ignored by those with fiduciary obligations. Exams on a Saturday contrary to regulations, exam paper torn,…

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  • Being Female In Nigeria

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    The world sat up and listened two weeks ago when Nigerian women used Twitter and the hashtag #beingfemaleinnigeria to share their experiences – a catalogue of stories about navigating a world coloured by patriarchy and deep-rooted social and culture stereotypes. The most popular tweets were the ones that dealt with the double standards around marriage,…

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  • Making A Case For A Transition Act

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    Never mind fears of over legislation, law-making fatigue or that we have more laws than we care to implement – Nigeria needs a transition act. The ongoing discussions about the true state of the country’s finances, as well as worry about the delay in the staffing of key positions are connected to the transition process….

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  • 10 Lessons From Our NASS Drama

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    There is an ancient Chinese curse that says ‘may you live in interesting times’. Nigeria epitomises this – never a dull moment. While we struggle with our individual dramas whether trying to rescue our pensions from the clutches of those who have better uses for it or navigating life without steady power supply (fridges turned…

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  • The Struggle To Lead NASS

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    Everything seems set for a fiercely contested race for the leadership of the Senate and the House of Representatives. In the Senate, being more heavily entrenched in the status quo, there is rarely dissension in the chorus of ‘ayes’ and as such the selection of the leaders has not been as contentious as the House….

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  • What Do We Mean When We Say Corruption?

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    There is a strong perception that Nigeria is one of the most corrupt countries in the world. Despite the best efforts to fight it through the Economic & Financial Crimes Commission, Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), Bureau of Public Procurement and a bureaucratic maze of forms and sign offs, the impression of corruption remains robust….

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