Opinion

Nigeria’s Corruption Problem: Is Getting Worse a Step To Getting Better?, By Uche Igwe

...earlier in the year, the African Union crowned President Muhammadu Buhari the champion of the fight against corruption in the It is also an opportunity for him to scale up his domestic Surely, there may be a silver lining hanging in the cloud of perception. Even with the low CPI…
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Opinion

Ending Corporate Secrecy: Eternal Vigilance Is the Price of Openness, By Yemi Osinbajo

...establishing a publicly accessible register of beneficial owners of companies may the easiest part. Making the register count will take a lot of work. It will be important to develop mechanisms to verify the data disclosed and to build the capacities of tax authorities, law enforcement agencies, media and civic…
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Opinion

Open Government Policy and Liberia’s Political Future, By Uche Igwe

Whether the incoming government, like the outgoing one, will leverage on the Open Government Partnership to continue to implement policy changes in favour of good governance and accountability and how this could contribute to the country’s recovery from fragility, remains a matter of conjecture. One of the most fascinating quotes…
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Opinion

#Panama Papers: the Lingering Need to Contain Illicit Cash Flows, By Porter McConnell

The massive investigation, which turns one year old today, brought the discussion of transparency to new heights, but much remains to be done to actually tackle the murky world of offshore finance. One hundred and fifty investigations in 79 countries, thousands of companies and taxpayers under the microscope, and growing…
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Opinion

Is Open Government Partnership (OGP) the Next Big Thing?, By Uche Igwe

...the transition from openness to accountability, particularly in a country that has endured many years of military rule and held hostage by a formidable parasitic elite, will be a long and tortuous If diligently followed, methodically implemented and tailored to context, OGP may indeed become the next big thing in…
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Opinion

The Problem With Buhari’s Whistle-Blowing Policy, By SKC Ogbonnia

Overall, the whistle-blowing initiative deserves every commendation. At the same time, even as the inherent plan to conceal the details of the corrupt elements may appear tenable short-time, it is counterproductive on the long-term. In short, the prevailing kid-glove approach is already beginning to create the false impression that corruption…
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Opinion

Unmasking the Real Owners of Nigeria’s Extractive Asset, By Godwin Okpene

What beneficial ownership transparency seeks to do is to put information in the public domain and thus expand the options for official accountability. It would require citizen vigilance to ensure regulatory diligence. Citizen action would not only ensure that the rules are being followed, but that citizens will demand answers…
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Opinion

Open Government Partnership: Nigeria’s Chance to Stop Merely Reacting to Corruption, By Achonu and Akinbo

One of the fastest ways to move Nigeria from being a country that often has to react to corruption is to implement the OGP; strictly adhere to the agreed implementation process and timelines, keep CSOs in the loop – treating them as equal partners with an equal stake in the…
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