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Discordant tunes over Tinubu’s address at National Assembly

There seems to be a growing confusion in the Presidency over President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s plan to address the National Assembly on the state of the nation today, Wednesday 29th May, 2024. There was an earlier statement on Tuesday by Tinubu’s Special Adviser on Information & Strategy, Bayo Onanuga who had confirmed that the president will address a joint session of the National Assembly on Wednesday. According to Onanuga, the President will not broadcast to...

INSIGHT: NNPCL, public revenues and the profit motive

Ever wondered how the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPCL) earns and utilizes money and on whose behalf? This piece explores how the state-owned company generates income and makes profits as empowered by the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) 2021 and how such revenues contribute to Nigeria’s economy. Until the enactment of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA), 2021, the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) was a state-owned behemoth that played both regulatory and commercial roles in...

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...

AFCON: NASS principal officers, committee members to watch Super Eagles in Cote d’Ivoire

Kawu says they will also look into the case of the Super Eagles coach, Jose Peseiro. The principal officers of the National Assembly have revealed that they will travel to Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire to support the Nigerian team at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), ahead of the crucial quarterfinal match between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Palancas Negras of Angola. The Chairman, Senate Committee on Sports, Senator Sumaila Kawu (NNPP, Kano...

Akpabio, Moro, Natasha, Wadada…24 lawmakers to watch in 2024

As the National Assembly (NASS) prepares for its first full year in the tenure, OrderPaper identifies 24 lawmakers to look out for in the year 2024. It has been 7 months since the inauguration of the 10th National Assembly and by January 30, 2024, the National Assembly will resume for the new year to continue its legislative activities. This will be the first full year of the 10th assembly since coming on board in June...

PERSPECTIVE: Safeguarding communites in the energy transition

In a global attempt to phase out fossil fuel, can Nigeria leverage its mineral resources to become a leading advocate for renewable energy, while upholding good climate practice and peace amongst the host communities? On the back of the COP28 Agreement for the world to shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy, it has become necessary to spotlight the mineral resources available in Nigeria that could move the country comfortably from the shackles of fossils...

National Assembly postpones plenary resumption by one week

The National Assembly had initially fixed 23rd January 2024 for its resumption after adjourning following approval of the 2024 Budget in December The National Assembly has postponed the resumption of its plenary session, originally scheduled for January 23, 2024 to the 30th of January, 2024. This was contained in a statement addressed to members of the House of Representatives by the Clerk to the House of Representatives, Yahaya Danzaria. Recall that the National Assembly had...

The GIFT Project, 2024 Budget and Strategies for Improved Public Finance Management

As 2024 commences, the financial tension in the air is palpable. From the lingering effects of fuel subsidy removal, steady rise in inflation and prices of essential commodities, unabating corrupt practices, and poor public finance management, a lot is hinged on the successful implementation of the 2024 budget. To achieve this, the GIFT Project advocates effective citizen engagement, pragmatic parliamentary oversight, and urgent fiscal reforms to stir things in the right direction. The ceremonies leading...

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