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EXPLAINER: The Budget: What it means and why it is important

The annual budget determines how our lives as citizens are impacted by the government, which, acting on our behalf, allocates resources from our commonwealth to provide services for our benefit Do you know that the budget is a law? And like all laws passed by the legislature, it follows the same stages that a bill travels to become law. Since it is one of the most critical laws enacted annually in the country, is it...

EXPLAINER: Why Kano, Lagos dominate the lopsided composition of Nigeria’s House of Representatives

The Nigerian National Assembly is the democratically elected body that makes laws, oversights the government, and represents the interests of Nigerians and the country. It is a bicameral legislature comprising the Senate and the House of Representatives. The House consists of 360 members representing the 360 Federal Constituencies in the country. In this explainer, we break down the membership of the House by geo-political zone.   Zones, states and local governments… Nigeria is broadly divided...

EXPLAINER: All you need to know about the student loan law

The enactment of the student loan law is a unique initiative that provides students from low-income families access to higher education through interest-free loans and the financial flexibility it offers. Here are key provisions and consequential implications of the law   On the 12th of June, 2023, the Access to Higher Education Bill, popularly known as the students loans scheme, was passed into law with the assent of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. The Act aims...

MTEF: What it means and why it matters

The acronym MTEF may sound technical, and many citizens tend to ignore it. But it should not be so because the document lies at the heart of the annual budget, which determines how better or worse our lives get as Nigerians You must have heard and read about MTEF in the last few days. That is if you keep up with the news aside from gossip, entertainment, and sports, etc. This week, at OrderPaper Nigeria,...

Governance: 7 steps of how bills become laws

Have you ever wondered how governance works? How do we get ruled by politicians? Why are we obliged to obey laws made by the government? Read along as we dive into “how bills become laws.” Every law out there, from civil to criminal laws, you name it, has gone through different processes before becoming a ‘law.’ First of all, what’s a bill? A bill is a proposed law that is before the legislature for approval....

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