Tuesday, April 25, 2017

ABOUT POLICY RADAR INITIATIVE (PRIN)

The Policy Radar Initiative (PRIN) is a project of the Cable Newspaper Journalism Foundation (CNJF) supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Its purpose is to “support investigative journalism in Nigeria and to educate the public and other important audiences about issues related to corruption, with a focus on the electricity and education sectors”. The three-year grant runs from January 2017 to December 2019. Under the US law, the MacArthur Foundation is prohibited from directly supporting (a) any activity that seeks to influence the outcome of any domestic or foreign election for public office; or (b) any lobbying or other attempts to influence legislation. Therefore, content is editorially independent. Published materials are not the views of the MacArthur Foundation.

    Succour for ‘abandoned’ victims of Rann accidental bombing

Succour for ‘abandoned’ victims of Rann accidental bombing

The story never ends; after highlighting the major issues around the neglect of victims of the January 17, 2017 Rann accidental bombing, via a string of stories -- Tears From Rann -- the Victims Support Fund (VSF), which was set up by the federal government in 2014, said it had given N10 million to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital [...]

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    LIST: 126 civilians killed in Rann bombing — families yet to be compensated

LIST: 126 civilians killed in Rann bombing — families yet to be compensated

On January 17, 2017, the skies above Rann, the headquarters of Kala Balge local government area, went from blue to red, as 126 civilian were killed by the Nigerian military in an accidental air operation.A day after the accidental bombing, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), an international humanitarian non-governmental organisation, said an estimated 50 people were killed and about 120 injured.International [...]

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    Okpalaeke, Onigbinde challenge journalists on investigative skills, use of data

Okpalaeke, Onigbinde challenge journalists on investigative skills, use of data

Three-time CNN Journalist of the Year, Declan Okpalaeke, and co-founder of BudgIT, Seun Onigbinde, have challenged journalists to deploy investigative reporting and data journalism to promote transparency and good governance in the country.Both men spoke in Lagos on Friday at the inaugural investigative journalism training organised by the Cable Newspaper Journalism Foundation (CNJF), a not-for-profit organisation and partner of TheCable newspaper.CNJF is one of [...]

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    CLOSE-UP: The boy who refused to join Boko Haram, says ‘I watched them slaughter my father’

CLOSE-UP: The boy who refused to join Boko Haram, says ‘I watched them slaughter my father’

Before Rann and the entire local government called Kala Balge, Borno state, became known for the January 17 accidental bombing, it was a peaceful home to thousands of Nigerians most of whom spoke Kanuri, Shuwa, Kotoko and a little Hausa.It was a relatively cold morning in July 2014. Babagana Bukar and his family woke up earlier than they would have done in [...]

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    Rann victims: Finally, UMTH admits collecting N10m from FG, says N9.1m used for drugs

Rann victims: Finally, UMTH admits collecting N10m from FG, says N9.1m used for drugs

The University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) has confirmed that the federal government, via the Victims Support Fund (VSF), released N10 million for the treatment victims of Rann accidental bombing.The hospital also said that it used over N9.122 million to purchase of drugs "and other essentials" for the treatment of these victims.When TheCable initially visited UMTH in February, Abdulrahman Tahir, [...]

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    REVEALED: Not a single kobo for treating insurgency victims in 2009 to 2017 budgets

REVEALED: Not a single kobo for treating insurgency victims in 2009 to 2017 budgets

There has been no provision for treating insurgency victims in any of Nigeria's budget between 2009 and 2017, TheCable has learnt.Boko Haram launched its campaign of violence in 2009, following the death of Mohammed Yusuf, the brain behind the sect.Since then, the country had catered for insurgency victims via aid and donations made by foreign agencies, a number of local [...]

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    TEARS FROM RANN (4): What no one ever told you about the air raid that killed refugees

TEARS FROM RANN (4): What no one ever told you about the air raid that killed refugees

Nigeria has had all sorts of lows in the fight against insurgency in its north-east region, but the country seems to always find fresh lows, as it crawls its way out of the deadly fangs of a brutal sect -- Boko Haram.The military, in the past, has been accused of not treating civilians as well as it should, and not [...]

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    FG: We gave UMTH N10m to treat victims of Rann bombing

FG: We gave UMTH N10m to treat victims of Rann bombing

Sunday Ochoche, executive director of the Victims Support Fund (VSF), says the body gave N10 million to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) to cater for victims of the Rann accidental bombing. The federal government established VSF in 2014 to take care of victims of insurgency.Back in January when the accident happened, VSF showed interest in the situation, but surprisingly, [...]

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    TEARS FROM RANN (3): The deafening silence of a 5-year-old girl with bomb pellets lodged near her heart

TEARS FROM RANN (3): The deafening silence of a 5-year-old girl with bomb pellets lodged near her heart

They sang happily, chasing each other around a certain part of the camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in anticipation of a better life. For months, water has been the single most challenging need in Rann, Borno state -- after transportation.Hammin Mohammed was playing with her siblings and friends near a borehole, which was said to have been the input [...]

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    Cable Foundation gets MacArthur grant for investigative journalism

Cable Foundation gets MacArthur grant for investigative journalism

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation on Thursday announced journalism and media funding to nine organisations to advance anti-corruption efforts in Nigeria.Cable Newspaper Journalism Foundation (CNJF), also known as the Cable Foundation, is among the grant winners and will "support investigative journalism in Nigeria and to educate the public and other important audiences about issues related to corruption, with [...]

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