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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.

    ‘Nothing has changed’ — NGO says children are still slaving in Ebonyi mines

‘Nothing has changed’ — NGO says children are still slaving in Ebonyi mines

In December, TheCable published an undercover investigation exposing how children are used as cheap labour in stone crushing sites and lead mines in Ebonyi.The children, hired by artisanal miners, work during school hours.By virtue of the hazardous substances they are exposed to, the children become susceptible to tuberculosis, kidney disease, and lung cancer.Six months after the report and despite assurances given [...]

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    CBN funds DisCos to provide 704,928 meters

CBN funds DisCos to provide 704,928 meters

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says it has paid over N24bn to gas suppliers and released another fund to electricity distribution companies (DisCos) for the purchase of 704,928 electricity meters.The apex bank said it also purchased and installed over 500 transformers to enhance the distribution networks, and over 2,000km of 11kV lines and 130km of 0.45kV lines were [...]

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    ‘Saraya, if you’re still alive, stay strong’ – the emotional note of a Chibok mother to abducted daughter

‘Saraya, if you’re still alive, stay strong’ – the emotional note of a Chibok mother to abducted daughter

Four years ago, Boko Haram attacked Chibok, a town in Borno, north-east Nigeria, raiding it and abducting 276 girls who were writing their final high school exams at the Government Girls Secondary School. 57 escaped, a total of 103 were released (two years after) through negotiation, while 112 girls are missing up till now. TheCable was in Chibok to speak [...]

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    Chased from Chibok to Lagos: How Boko Haram victims are struggling to survive

Chased from Chibok to Lagos: How Boko Haram victims are struggling to survive

Mercy Solomon is an indigene of Chibok, Borno state, a town that has come to be famous for the kidnap of 276 school girls on April 14, 2014. She sits on a white chair, dressing the hair of one of her children who she says has not been to school since the beginning of this year. Mary is reluctant to [...]

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    ‘We only drank water when it rained’ — tale of Chibok schoolgirl who spent three years in captivity

‘We only drank water when it rained’ — tale of Chibok schoolgirl who spent three years in captivity

Lydia Joshua, one of the 276 girls kidnapped at Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno state, on April 14, 2014, has disclosed that during the three years she spent in the captivity, she only drank water when it rained.Joshua was among the captives released through a negotiation with the Boko Haram sect in 2017. She is now trying to adjust to [...]

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    Abacha Loot: Reps set up panel to probe $17m dubious lawyers’ fees

Abacha Loot: Reps set up panel to probe $17m dubious lawyers’ fees

The house of representatives has set up an ad-hoc  panel to probe the attempt to pay dubious fees amounting to $17 million to two lawyers for the recovery of $321 million, stolen by Sani Abacha, former military ruler.They also asked President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in the matter.TheCable had reported that Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, [...]

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    HURRAY! Borno IDP school finally gets more teachers

HURRAY! Borno IDP school finally gets more teachers

More teachers have been deployed to the school located in the camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) at Gubio, Maiduguri, Borno state, TheCable understands.TheCable had reported that the camp, which hosts an estimated 20,500 persons displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency, is besieged with the problems of insufficient and poorly incentivised teachers as well as lack of writing and instructional materials.The [...]

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    HURRAY! Electricity customers to get new meters ‘within 10 working days’

HURRAY! Electricity customers to get new meters ‘within 10 working days’

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) says meter asset providers (MAP) will install meters at customers’ premises within 10 working days of payment.A document made available to TheCable by Usman Arabi, head of public affairs department of the commission, stipulates that the payment will be at a competitive cost approved by the commission.On March 12, 2018, Dafe Akpeneye, NERC’s commissioner, [...]

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    Nigerians to pay more for electricity as NERC approves ‘service charge’

Nigerians to pay more for electricity as NERC approves ‘service charge’

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) says prepaid meters will soon flood the market with the licensing of 87 meter asset providers (MAPs).What the power sector regulator downplayed, however, is there is also going to be an increase in the bills to be paid by electricity consumers in the country who get new meters under the latest regulation.On March 12, 2018, Dafe [...]

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    EXCLUSIVE: ICPC grills Niger Delta power officials over contract scam

EXCLUSIVE: ICPC grills Niger Delta power officials over contract scam

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has been grilling officials of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) over allegations of fraud.TheCable had reported various allegations of impropriety in the award of contracts at the government agency.Chiedu Ugbo (pictured), the managing director, is due to report to ICPC office in Abuja this week to answer various [...]

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