How Buhari’s PFI programme boosts fertiliser supply for farming in Nigeria

How Buhari’s PFI programme boosts fertiliser supply for farming in Nigeria   Ogbonnaya Chukwu, the general manager, Ebonyi State Fertiliser and Chemical Company Limited (EFCCL) sat behind a busy desk in his scantily-furnished office as he spoke glowingly about the Presidential Fertiliser Initiative while a generator coughed outside. “Last year the company joined the Presidential …

The danger of a better-behaved Boko Haram

The danger of a better-behaved Boko Haram   Idayat Hassan, Director of the Centre for Democracy and Development, an Abuja-based policy advocacy and research organisation Boko Haram, the Nigerian jihadist group infamous for its bombings and abductions, is undergoing something of a makeover. A key faction that has the backing of so-called Islamic State has …

Déclaration préliminaire de la MOE UE Mali 2018

Déclaration préliminaire de la MOE UE Mali 2018   DÉCLARATION PRÉLIMINAIRE Bamako, 31 juillet 2018 Une élection capitale marquée par d’importants défis organisationnels et sécuritaires Cette déclaration préliminaire de la Mission d’observation électorale de l’Union européenne (MOE UE) est présentée avant l’achèvement du processus électoral. Des étapes essentielles restent à accomplir, notamment l’annonce des résultats …

MISSION D’OBSERVATION ELECTORALE DE L’UNION AFRICAINE POUR L’ELECTION PRESIDENTIELLE DU MALIEN 2018 DECLARATION PRELIMINAIRE Sur l’observation du 2ème TOUR

MISSION D’OBSERVATION ELECTORALE DE L’UNION AFRICAINE POUR L’ELECTION PRESIDENTIELLE DU MALIEN 2018 DECLARATION PRELIMINAIRE Sur l’observation du 2ème TOUR   INTRODUCTION 1. Le 12 août 2018, les électeurs maliens étaient appelés aux urnes pour le deuxième tour de l’élection du Président de la République. Cette élection qui met en lice les deux candidats arrivés en …

‘Nigeria’s leadership is the missing link in Africa’s greatness’

‘Nigeria’s leadership is the missing link in Africa’s greatness’   …SOTA advocates for coalition of alternative political parties and aspirants Renowned Kenyan legal scholar, Professor Patrick Lumumba, has noted that Nigeria is the missing link in Africa’s greatness. He made this known in his keynote speech at the Summit of The Alternatives (SOTA) held in …

CSOs highlight dangers to Nigeria’s democracy

CSOs highlight dangers to Nigeria’s democracy   The lingering and recurrent leadership crisis, which has been prominent in the upper Legislative Chamber since 1999, has developed into a threat to the democratic system, a group of civil society organisations (CSOs) have said. This was one of a host of issues highlighted during a press briefing …

Why are anti-corruption success stories still the exception?

Why are anti-corruption success stories still the exception?   After decades of fighting corruption, measured by hundreds of new (or renewed) commitments, institutions and laws, as well as by millions of euros spent, success stories are still the exception, not the norm. This raises the question, what does and does not work in fighting corruption? …

Ezekwesili, CSOs plan new coalition to restructure Nigeria’s leadership

Ezekwesili, CSOs plan new coalition to restructure Nigeria’s leadership   A coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) under the umbrella, Summit of the Alternatives (SOTA), said on Monday that it was working on a political coalition to restructure Nigeria’s leadership ahead of 2019. Oby Ezekwesili, one of the members of the group, and convener, Red …

More knocks for Fake News

Speakers at a 2-day international conference in Abuja themed “Democracy and Disinformation: How fake news threatens our freedom and democracy in Nigeria” organised by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) and MacArthur Foundation express concern over negative media practice. It was all knocks for fake news as the Minister of …

Abuja Declaration on Fake News,Misinformation and Disinformation Ahead of the 2019 General Election

ABUJA DECLARATION ON FAKE NEWS, MISINFORMATION AND DISINFORMATION AHEAD OF THE 2019 GENERAL ELECTIONS The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) with support from Fredrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) and MacArthur Foundation organized a 2-day international conference themed: Democracy and Disinformation: How Fake News Threaten Our Freedom and Democracy. The conference was held from 7 to …

Jega Seeks Stiffer Penalty Against Declaration of Fake Results in 2019 Polls

Prof. Attahiru Jega, former Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has urged the Federal Government to proffer stiffer laws against declaration of fake election results. Former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, has canvassed stiffer penalty against declaration of fake results in the media. Coming ahead of 2019 general election, …

CSOs condemn National Assembly siege

The Nigeria Election Situation Room (Situation Room) has expressed concern over the growing attack on constitutionalism in Nigeria and brazen acts of impunity by elected and appointed officials. Their fear is coming on the heels of the blockage of the National Assembly Complex by operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS).   The Executive …

2019: Fake news can lead to civil war

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has cautioned Nigerians, especially the media against the spread of fake news, saying this could led to civil war. He spoke on Tuesday in Abuja at a two-day international conference themed “Democracy and Disinformation: How Fake News Threatens our Freedom and Democracy in Nigeria: organised by …

CDD is Set to Host a Conference on How Fake News Threatens Nigeria’s Democracy and Freedom.

Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD),  is set to host a conference on how fake news threatens Nigeria’s democracy and freedom. As 2019 general election approaches, the conference will facilitate discussion around fake news, misinformation and disinformation, their effects on Nigeria’s democracy, and how it could be mitigated. Starting 9am each day, the two-day conference …