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EXPLAINER: All you need to know about the State Police Bill

The State Police Bill has become the most talked about item from the National Assembly this week. In this article, we present everything there is to the bill. OrderPaper, in its Legislative Intelligence Forecast Entry (LIFE) article for the week, had predicted that the issue of state policing would be on the radar at the national assembly. (Read the full article here.) As predicted, the House of Representatives on Tuesday passed for a second reading...

INSIGHT: NNPC and the Akara Company Story

In discussions surrounding the transitioning of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPC) to Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPCL), misunderstandings persist about its ownership and mode of operations.   One of the major misconceptions is whether or not the NNPC is a commercial or private company. Confused about what these terms mean? There is a story about the Akara for 4 the People Company that can help us understand what is important here. In case...

EXPLAINER: The 20 Subsidiaries of NNPC Limited

NNPC, Now NNPCL, Nigeria’s national oil company has undergone some rapid and significant metamorphosis in the last three years. Here’s why and these are the structural changes you need to know.  Despite the numerous motions to diversify Nigeria’s economy, there has not been a very significant movement away from petroleum as the mainstay. And given that the Nigerian state has been putting its mouth where its money is, the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has...

Nigeria’s Education Funding: A Step Forward, But UNESCO Benchmarks Still Elusive

The Nigerian government’s allocation to Education is a far cry from the benchmark recommended by UNESCO. This affects education in the country in many ways. In a bid to prioritize education and invest in the intellectual capital of its citizens, the Nigerian government has shown a commendable increase in education spending from 2018 to 2024. Although substantial, it falls short of the recommended benchmark set by UNESCO as the nation has yet to meet the...

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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