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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...

Examining Nigeria’s proposed Social Media and NGO Regulation Bill in light of international Human Rights standards

Is the regulation of NGOs or social media a viable step forward for Nigeria’s current democratic situation? In 2017, Rep. Buba Jubrin sponsored a bill that sought to regulate Non-governmental organisations and CSOs. The bill passed a second reading at the House and was subsequently referred to the Committee on Civil Society Organisations and Development Partners. After a massive protest, the bill died at the committee stage. However, the bill saw a revival very recently...

Nigeria scores impressively high in EITI assessment

Nigeria’s highly successful scaling of the EITI global assessment is a true testament to NEITI’s hard work Nigeria has successfully scaled through the final global assessment of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). With high scores reaching 90 on data integrity, comprehensiveness of report, outcomes and impacts, contribution to economic growth and adherence to legal frameworks, Nigeria made an overall score of 72, according to a statement released by the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative...

Reps call for decongestion of correctional centres

The motion sponsor said correctional centers across the country house more inmates than they are built to accommodate. To address the overcrowded state of correctional centers across the country, the House of Representatives has called for the assessment and rehabilitation of offenders. The House also directed the Federal Ministry of the Interior to rehabilitate and decongest Nigeria’s correctional centers.  These resolutions are contained in a motion on the “Decongestion of Correctional Service Centres in Nigeria,”...

Energy transition: Biofuel as viable alternative to fossil fuel

Biofuel is a goldmine for Nigeria to harness in the quest for energy transition but the government must get its act right while industry players should live up to the billing Nigeria, often referred to as the “Giant of Africa”, is grappling with the dual challenge of energy sustainability and environmental responsibility. With a population of over 200 million people and an economy heavily reliant on fossil fuels, the nation faces increasing energy insecurity and...

Akpabio advocates collaboration between Nigeria and the US

Akpabio implored the American government to continue to play the role of big brother to the world as that is what is needed. President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, has advocated for increased cooperation between the United States and Nigeria. Akpabio made the call on Tuesday while addressing a delegation from the American embassy in Nigeria, led by the Chargé d’affaires, David Greene. He emphasised the important role the United States plays in spreading democracy...

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