Monday, June 26, 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.

    Untold stories of Vivian, Bithia and Praise — the QC girls who died with their dreams

Untold stories of Vivian, Bithia and Praise — the QC girls who died with their dreams

Vivian wanted to be celibate. Bithia scored A with ease. Praise aspired to be like her dad. The three girls who died at Queen's College, Lagos, had their worlds well laid-out before them, but their dreams have gone to the grave with them. In the final part of the CRY FOR JUSTICE series, O'FEMI KOLAWOLE speaks to their families and friends [...]

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    EXCLUSIVE: FG begins probe of ex-Queen College’s principal over students’ deaths

EXCLUSIVE: FG begins probe of ex-Queen College’s principal over students’ deaths

Adamu Adamu, minister of education, says his ministry has launched a fresh investigation into the deaths of students of Queen's College, Lagos, in order to identify "those responsible" for the tragedy.Lami Amodu, the principal of the school at the time of the deaths, will now come under investigation.Speaking with TheCable on Thursday, Adamu said the first phase of the investigation [...]

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    INVESTIGATION: The story of Lami Amodu, the QC principal who bought N17m SUV while students drank polluted water

INVESTIGATION: The story of Lami Amodu, the QC principal who bought N17m SUV while students drank polluted water

In the first part of the CRY FOR JUSTICE series, TheCable unearthed the remote and immediate causes of the deaths of three students of Queen's College, Lagos, highlighting how years of corruption, negligence and regulatory failure sent the girls to their untimely graves. In this second part, O'FEMI KOLAWOLE digs deeper into the life and times of Lami Amodu, PhD, [...]

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    INVESTIGATION: How Queen’s College students died tragically from years of corruption and negligence

INVESTIGATION: How Queen’s College students died tragically from years of corruption and negligence

In this special investigation into the deaths of three students of Queen's College, Lagos -- Vivian Osuinyi, Bithia Itulua and Praise Sodipo -- between February and March 2017, O'FEMI KOLAWOLE unearths the history of rot, negligence, corruption and regulatory failure that prepared the way for the tragedy. TheCable spoke with more than a dozen people in the aftermath of the [...]

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    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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June 23, 2017USDGBPEUR
INTERBANK324.75413. 24362.74
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KANO367464410
PH370465412
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