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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.

    UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATION (II): Staff shortage, ghost workers, principalities and powers… Many things not right at ‘Yaba Left’

UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATION (II): Staff shortage, ghost workers, principalities and powers… Many things not right at ‘Yaba Left’

After altering his looks and taking psychiatric lessons every day for one week, investigative journalist ‘FISAYO SOYOMBO went undercover for three weeks in November, including 10 straight days on ward admission, as a patient of the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Yaba, Lagos, one of the nation’s most historic mental rehabilitation centres. His report unveils the decrepit state of hospital facilities, gross [...]

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    ‘We’ll look into this immediately’ — minister reacts to TheCable investigation on ‘Yaba Left’

‘We’ll look into this immediately’ — minister reacts to TheCable investigation on ‘Yaba Left’

Osagie Ehanire, minister of health, says the decrepit state of the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Yaba, Lagos will be investigated. Ehanire made this known via Twitter, on Wednesday. This comes after an investigation by Fisayo Soyombo, an undercover journalist, exposing the rot in the neuropsychiatric hospital. "This will be looked into immediately," he tweeted. https://twitter.com/OsagieEhanire/status/1219900733820227586?s=20 Soyombo went undercover as a patient of the neuropsychiatric hospital to [...]

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    UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATION (I): Bed-space corruption, terrible food, well-fed rats… Many things not right at ‘Yaba Left’

UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATION (I): Bed-space corruption, terrible food, well-fed rats… Many things not right at ‘Yaba Left’

After altering his looks and taking psychiatric lessons every day for one week, investigative journalist ‘FISAYO SOYOMBO went under cover for three weeks in November, including 10 straight days on ward admission, as a patient of the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Yaba, Lagos, one of the nation’s most historic mental rehabilitation centres. His report unveils the decrepit state of hospital facilities, [...]

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    INVESTIGATION: Dry taps, bad toilets… inside the harsh environment where students of Unity Schools learn

INVESTIGATION: Dry taps, bad toilets… inside the harsh environment where students of Unity Schools learn

Cleanliness, they say, is next to godliness, while security is everybody’s business. But these are not for the Federal Government Boys College (FGBC), Garki, Abuja, where poor sanitation is obvious, and at the Federal Government Girls College (FGGC), Bwari, also in Abuja, where you can walk the length and breadth of the school without a security pass. FGBC, Garki, was a [...]

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    REPORTER’S DIARY: ‘Be at the station 3 hours before take-off’ — welcome to the new Lagos-Ibadan train test-run

REPORTER’S DIARY: ‘Be at the station 3 hours before take-off’ — welcome to the new Lagos-Ibadan train test-run

After beating Lagos traffic, I finally arrive at a place Google Maps called Iju Train Station -- it looked nothing like a train station. To the right was a middle-aged woman selling adequately roasted plantain, popularly known as boli. To my left were well-arranged tricycles, gently scouting for passengers. Soft work.  There were no signs of rail tracks, but in the [...]

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    EXCLUSIVE: Accugas moves against Nigeria, issues notice of default over Calabar GenCo

EXCLUSIVE: Accugas moves against Nigeria, issues notice of default over Calabar GenCo

President Muhammadu Buhari's bid to raise foreign loans for infrastructural projects is already in jeopardy as the gas supply agreement (GSA) between the Calabar Generation Company Limited and and Accugas Ltd has gone awry over about $66 million unpaid invoices, TheCable can report. Accugas has now issued a notice of non-payment in respect of gas supply to Calabar GenCo, owned by Niger [...]

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    China: We won’t fund Mambilla power until Nigeria settles legal dispute

China: We won’t fund Mambilla power until Nigeria settles legal dispute

The Chinese government has asked Nigeria to settle the legal dispute over the $5.8 billion Mambilla power failing which it would not provide the funds for the project. In 2006, the China Gezhouba Group Corporation of China (CGGC) and China Geo-Engineering Group Corporation (CGCOC) had won the bid for a joint venture to execute the hydropower project with a proposed capacity [...]

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    EXCLUSIVE: Another $1.2bn liability dangles over Nigeria as Azura power deal wobbles

EXCLUSIVE: Another $1.2bn liability dangles over Nigeria as Azura power deal wobbles

Nigeria's penchant for signing agreements that end up putting the country on the back foot continues to haunt the federal government as another power deal wobbles, TheCable can report. There is growing apprehension in government circles over the sovereign guarantee given to Azura-Edo IPP, a power-generating private company, by the Buhari administration in 2015 to enable it secure a $237 million loan [...]

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    FACT CHECK: Nigeria told UN that 7 varsities run strictly on renewable energy, but is this true?

FACT CHECK: Nigeria told UN that 7 varsities run strictly on renewable energy, but is this true?

In September, Mohammed Mahmood, Nigeria’s minister of environment, said seven federal universities are running strictly on solar energy. Speaking at the 2019 climate action summit in New York, US, the environment minister said 30 more federal universities are subscribing to the use of renewable energy. “We are sourcing some money through climate financing. I am proud to say that Nigeria is [...]

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    EXCLUSIVE: Nigeria in trouble over another sloppy gas deal

EXCLUSIVE: Nigeria in trouble over another sloppy gas deal

While Nigeria is still struggling to untie the legal knots around the controversial P&ID gas and supply processing agreement (GSPA), another sloppy deal has boxed the country into a tight corner, TheCable can report. A gas supply agreement (GSA) between the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) Ltd and Accugas Ltd has gone sour, forcing the federal government to keep paying [...]

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