Columns

A Case for Adopting Open Contracting in Nigeria, By Seember Nyager

Last week, there was an outcry over a contract of 78 Million Naira for the upgrade of the website of the former governor of Lagos State. In response to the outrage that followed, the former governor publicly clarified the scope of the contract by providing a breakdown of costs for the…
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Guest Columns

The Notion of Injury in National Security Disclosure By Seember Nyager

In April 2014, our hearts broke when Boko Haram abducted 276 girls from the Government Secondary school in Chibok. One of the responses to this tragedy came from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) who entered into a confidential contract with a foreign firm called Levick. Levick was contracted to…
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Columns

Eliminating Graft through Open Contracting, By Seember Nyager  

One month ago, a 2-minute animated video on the inflation of public contracts was shared with Nigerians through social media platforms. The online comments that followed the video showed little or no surprise that public contracts are being inflated by state officials and private contractors. In fact, it seemed that…
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Columns

Road Map 2015 Via The FOI ACT, By Seember Nyager

In June 2014, Primary and Junior secondary schools in Benue State had been on strike for close to a year. Some parents, whose wards attended Local Government schools in Abuja, were reportedly contributing to the building of extra school blocks; raising questions as to what the Federal government’s Basic Education…
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Columns

Taking Proactive Disclosure Seriously, By Seember Nyager  

In November, 2014, news around the procurement of cooking stoves by the Federal Ministry of Environment sparked a public debate. According to the media, the Federal Ministry of Environment had signed a contract to purchase 750,000 clean cooking stoves at the cost of Billion Naira. The project which would roll…
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Columns

From Budget Transparency To Open Contracting, By Seember Nyager

The reformed public procurement process in Nigeria requires that contracts for the delivery of public services are given to people with the requisite skills to perform these contracts at a cost that is commensurate to the service to be provided. This forms the basis for making procurement processes competitive so…
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Opinion

Contracting Public Security With a Sense of Justice, By Seember Nyager

Nigerian Security Agencies have begun to insist that Security is everyone’s business. At the latest Presidential Media Chat, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria expressed the need for the army of ordinary people to have access to relevant information on security operations. The Nigerian Foreign Affairs Minister recently…
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Opinion

The Tragic Consequences of Secret Contracts, By Seember Nyager

Every day, through secret contracts being carried out within public institutions, there is confirmation that the interest of the public is not served. A few days ago, young Nigerians in Abuja were arrested for protesting against the reckless conduct of the recruitment exercise at the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) that…
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Opinion

Lining Up The Ducks On The Education Row, By Seember Nyager

The print media in Nigeria recently reported a call by the Vice President, Alhaji Namadi Sambo at the 20th Nigerian Economic Summit, for all hands to be on deck to revitalize the Education sector. This call is not new. Previous administrations have always noted the importance of Education and the…
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