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, …

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 …

Scheme underway to monitor President Weah’s poll promises

A scheme to track and monitor President George Weah’s campaign promises and projects through an online system, has been launched by the National Youth Movement for Transparent Election (NAYMOTE) in Liberia.Known as the “Presidential Meter Project,” the scheme is a replica of a tracking system used by Nigeria to monitor presidential projects. The project which …

CSOs Hold Rally Against Killings in Nigeria

Dozens of youth on Wednesday gathered at the Unity Fountain in Abuja for a rally organised by a coalition of non-governmental and human right organisations against killings in Nigeria. Member groups of the coalition include Enough is Enough (EiE) Nigeria, Bring Back Our Girls Movement, Global Rights, Our Mumu Don Do, Centre for Democracy and …

Greed, godfatherism bedrock of corruption in Nigeria

Lagos – A civil society group, Centre for Communication and Social Impact (CCSI), has identified greed, godfatherism and gratification as the bedrock of corruption in Nigeria. Mrs Babafunke Fagbemi, the Executive Director of CCSI, made the assertion in an interview in Lagos. “From the research we conducted in the six geo-political zones, the insight we …

Women ‘poorly represented’ in Nigeria’s 19 years of Democratic Rule

In 1999, Nigeria transited from military rule to democratic governance. Despite the return of democracy, however, women are yet to occupy up to 15 per cent of elective positions in a country where the voting population of both men and women are almost equal. Not only has no woman been elected president, none has been …

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) Round-Table Discussion on Good Governance and Elections

The National Orientation Agency (NOA) in collaboration with the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) organised the second phase of the roundtable session with select Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to chart a course on ways to promote good governance, ensure a free, credible and peaceful elections in Ekiti, Osun and the general elections in 2019. …

One-Day Stakeholders' Dialogue on the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) Movement

Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) in partnership with Partnership for African Social and Governance  Research (PASGR) held a one-day stakeholders workshop on the study conducted about the BBOG movement. The event which was held at Sheraton Hotel in Abuja commenced at 10.30am with a welcome address from both Prof Tade Aina of Pasgr and …

SPECIAL REPORT: How Buhari’s N-Power Programme is Transforming lives, Improving Education

Adeniyi Somade and his wife, Gbemisola, live in Ado-Ekiti, South-west Nigeria. He currently works as an auxiliary staff at the office of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), while his wife teaches ICT at Christ School, Ado-Ekiti, one of the foremost secondary schools in Ekiti State. In April, the couple welcomed their first child. The Somades …