Opinion

NGO Bill: Another Disturbing Evidence of Closing Spaces in Nigeria, By Victoria Ohaeri

Apart from the consequence of over-regulation, the NGO Bill’s requirement for compulsory registration of non-profit and non-governmental organisations sharply contrasts with the constitutional guarantees of free expression, public assembly and association rights protected under Section 39(1) of the Constitution. In March 2016, I was part of a group of independent…
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Opinion

Petrol Subsidy Reform: Doing the Right Thing So Wrongly!, By Victoria Ohaeri

...industry watchdogs like Spaces for Change remain cautiously optimistic, and hope that the removal of subsidy will eventually lead to total deregulation of the downstream sector. The red caution flags stem from the government’s poor communication strategy, official price fixing, the petroleum products equalisation fund and other institutional barriers to…
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Opinion

Herdsmen, Land Use and the Human Rights Question, By Victoria Ohaeri

...hurriedly introducing a grazing bill designed to take over communal lands, without thoroughly and conclusively investigating the killings, and without punishing perpetrators of the dastardly acts, fuels the growing perception that the herdsmen’s notorious activities tacitly enjoy governmental support. This trust deficit is one single major element that will work…
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Opinion

Nigeria’s Lingering Energy Crisis: Any End in Sight?, By Victoria Ohaeri

One important lesson to learn from recent events is that the official policies and programmatic measures deployed to address the energy supply challenges in the country are just not working and it is time to explore new ideas and methods. The over-dependence of the energy sector on petroleum has slowed…
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Opinion

Bring Back the Petroleum Host Communities Fund, By Victoria Ohaeri

There are ample reasons to believe that the exclusion of the PHC Fund from the new PIGIF bill draws red flags, and is probably not a productive path to follow. First, this expurgation cuts the impression of an apparent divorcing of petroleum governance from the attendant environmental consequences. It is…
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Opinion

#EvenItUp: Buhari’s Cabinet and the Dark Shades of Gender Equality, By Victoria Ohaeri

In Nigeria, the relationship between gender equality and economic growth may have to be explored further. Nevertheless, from 2011 to 2015 when more women superintended executive policymaking and corporate boardrooms, Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product witnessed unrivalled upward reviews, reaching an all-time high of billion dollars in 2014. Reports from the…
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Opinion

Why Buhari Should Make Subsidy Reform Work for Women, By Victoria Ohaeri and Christopher Beaton

...government efforts will be more popular if reform is designed so that it can credibly state that: i) women, among other vulnerable groups, are protected; and ii) that alternative, more effective energy access policies are being implemented using subsidy savings. “What has gender got to do with fuel subsidy policies…
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Columns

On Jibrin Ibrahim’s Resolution of the Igbo Question, By Victoria Ohaeri

In the past few weeks, there has been a deluge of articles in the media overflowing with historical distortions and excessive anti-Igbo rhetoric, authored mostly by non-Igbos. At a point, it became extremely difficult to keep up with the reading considering the alarming frequency with which the writings were being…
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Opinion

Fuel Scarcity Stories and the Imperative of Subsidy Reform, By Victoria Ohaeri

Nigerians are yet to start seeing the impact of the reforms in the energy sector. A large percentage of the petroleum products consumed in the domestic market are imported with additional costs in shipping, storage and distribution. Retaining subsidies means that monies that could have been used to fix the…
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Opinion

A Harder Look at Fashola’s Three-in-one Portfolio!, By Victoria Ohaeri

I think it is useful to consider whether the sudden amalgamation of three critical public sectors is necessary or even an effective revitalisation strategy. We need to consider whether the abundance of complexities in each sector merit a merger of responsibilities or a distinct focus on solution-finding? What are the…
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