Director General NOA, Garba Abari

CDD Joins National Orientation Agency as Training Partner for National Fact-checking Course 2

Following on the commitment of our partner, National Orientation Agency (NOA), to train 37, 000 fact-checkers, 1000 drawn from each state of the federation, the NOA has started Course-2 of the National Fact-Checking Course. The course is designed to build on the success of the Course One by strengthening the capacity of critical stakeholders drawn …

Webinar: Off-grid solutions to corruption in Nigeria’s electricity sector

07 September 2021, 11am to 1pm (BST)Details on how to access this webinar will be published shortly. About the webinar The privatisation of Nigeria’s electricity sector has not resolved inefficiencies like legacy corruption, dysfunctional contract arrangements, inefficient transmission, and declining financial assets that have long plagued the sector. Small and medium enterprises (SMEs), accounting for …

Webinar: Necessary reforms for an effective EFCC in Nigeria

14 September 2021, 11am to 1pm (BST)Details on how to access this webinar will be published shortly. About the webinar The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been instrumental in prosecuting corrupt leaders, businessmen and recovering stolen funds. Anti-Corruption Evidence (ACE) research found 568 corruption prosecutions were completed by EFCC between 2010 and 2015. …

FOE Online Debate on Security and Security Development in the Sahel

Friends of Europe in Collaboration with Centre for Democracy and Development Online Debate on Security and Security Development in the Sahel On the 12th of May 2021, Friends of Europe, in collaboration with the Centre for Democracy and Development, held an online debate titled ‘Security and Security development in the Sahel’. The debate brought together …

Don’t Force African Nations To Choose Between Superpowers – CDD Director Idayat Hassan Tells Biden

The Director of the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), Idayat Hassan, on Friday, February 12, warned the Joe Biden and Kamala Harris administration to desist from forcing African countries to choose between the United States of America, China, or Russia. Hassan said the Biden Administration must focus on strengthening its relationship with African countries …

Local Learning: Ideas For Reducing Farmer-Herder Conflicts In Nigeria

The farmer-herder conflict has mutated and is now manifesting and transforming into other forms of conflicts. In Kaduna and Katsina state, the conflict has mutated into armed banditry involving cattle rustling, destruction or theft of farm crops, kidnapping and armed robbery. For example, a traditional leader in Batsari Katsina categorically stated that “they were no …

How I Lost My Wife, 4 Children To Flood – 50-Year-Old Man Narrates In New Documentary

For 50-years-old butcher, Muhammadu Kabiru Zakari Y’au, the effect of corruption in Nigeria and embezzlement of the Ecological Fund translates to the loss of his entire household. Y’au, also known as Usama narrating his life-wrenching ordeal in a documentary; Ecological Funds and the Cost of Corruption in Nigeria, virtually screened on Monday, January 25, by …

Experts Call for Improved African Representation on Climate Negotiation Table

As changes in climate and adverse weather conditions which have led to harsh livelihood continue to appear on the front burners of discussion, experts have called for collaboration among critical stakeholders to ensure adequate representation of the Africa continent on the climate negotiation table. The call was made during a webinar organised by the Centre …

We Need Ranching Policies For Herders To Adopt – Farmers’ Association

All Farmers’ Association of Nigeria (AFAN) on Thursday, December 10, called for the creation of ranching policies for farmers and  herders to adopt across the country. The association made the call at a 2-day Stakeholders’ Meeting on Farmer-Herder Relations And Banditry organised by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) in partnership with the United …

Farmers/Herders: CDD To Provide Technical Support To Curb Conflict

The Centre for Democracy and Development on Thursday, December 3, said it will give necessary technical assistance needed to curb the protracted conflict between herders and farmers across some states in Nigeria. The Centre’s Principal Program Officer, Shamsudeen Yusuf, while speaking at State-level Stakeholders’ Meeting on the Implementation of the National Livestock Plan (NLTP) in …

How Nigeria can address farmers’, herders’ conflict – CDD

The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) on Thursday, November 19, in Abuja, suggested that the farmers/ herders’ conflict in Nigeria and border countries can be addressed with the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP). The Centre’s Principal Programs Officer, Yusuf Shamsudeen, said this at an Experience and Learning Conference on Farmer and Herder Conflicts in …

We shouldn't focus on COVID-19 but what made the pandemic look bad – CSOs

A group of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have called for a better approach in handling various sectors of Africa’s economy. The CSOs made the call during a virtual meeting organised by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) on Thursday, June 25, 2020. The meeting themed, “Civil Society and COVID-19: Navigating Changes and Adapting Practices” …

COVID-19: We Must Work Together To Fight 'Fake News' – NCDC

Following the proliferation of disinformation in Nigeria’s ecosystem, an epidemiologist at the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Abiodun Egwuenu, has called on the general public to join in the fight against ‘fake news.’ Speaking on Thursday, June 11, at a virtual conference organised by the Centre for Democracy and Development on Fighting Disinformation …

Edo/Ondo: We’ll not make declarations where elections are disrupted – INEC chairman talks tough

If you don’t behave yourself during elections, we’ll go by the law – INEC Chairman goes tough on politicians The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, on Tuesday, June 9, issued a stern warning to politicians ahead of the governorship elections in Ondo and Edo States. Professor Yakubu while speaking …

COVID-19: Road to sustainable elections in Africa

In an event which promises to be engaging and worthwhile, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) and the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CISS) will be discussing issues of democracy today, June 9, 2020. Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the release of safety guidelines including social distancing as major tools …

CENTRE FOR DEMOCRACY AND DEVELOPMENT DISINFORMATION NEWSLETTER MAY 30, 2020

Last week, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) fact-checked some misinformation and disinformation which spread online, especially across social media. The fact-checks included false reports on the trending Coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria and across the globe and some of the activities in Nigeria’s Presidency. Below are some of the information fact-checked between May 25 …

COVID-19 Has Exposed Real State of Africa's Economic structures – Comrades Speak as they Honour Tajudeen, Momoh

On Saturday, May 30, friends, associates and labour comrades virtually gathered to honour Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem and Abubakar Momoh both of whom stood for true Pan-Africanism. Tajudeen, a writer and general secretary of the Pan-African Movement died on May 29, 2009, while Momoh passed on on the same day in 2017. Celebrating the third and seventeenth …

COVID-19: People Who Look Like They’re Not Poor Also Need Support – Experts Tell Nigerian Government

Considering the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and its lockdown on citizens, the Federal and State Governments have been urged to consider Nigerians from all walks of life in the nation’s social protection policy. This call was made by Nkechi Ilochi-Omekedo, the Women’s Right Program Manager, for Action Aid on Thursday, May 28. Nkechi who …

COVID-19: Nigeria needs epidemic response plan, social protection policy for IDPs – Expert

Following the need to address the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic across the globe, experts in Nigeria have called for a defined response plan to deal with the crisis in the country. Kabiru Abbas, the Team Leader for the Support to Coordination of the European Union Funded Interventions in Borno State (SCEUBS) said Nigeria as …

COVID-19 Lockdown: Police Should Consider Rubber Bullets, Pepper Spray – NHRC Boss X-rays Abuse of Citizens’ Rights

The Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Tony Ojukwu, has called for the use of non-lethal weapons like rubber bullets, tear gas and pepper spray by officers of the Nigeria Police and other law enforcement agencies. Ojukwu said the use of such non-lethal weapons in curbing criminality in Nigeria will reduce human …