Monday, September 10, 2018

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.

    Abacha Loot: Swiss lawyer tackles Malami over dubious N7bn legal fees

Abacha Loot: Swiss lawyer tackles Malami over dubious N7bn legal fees

Enrico Monfrini, the Swiss lawyer hired by Nigeria to recover Abacha Loot, says Abubakar Malami, the attorney-general of the federation (AGF), is trying to change the facts on the $321 million recovered from Luxembourg.TheCable had reported how Malami engaged Oladipo Okpeseyi and Temitope Adebayo, two Nigerian lawyers, for a fee of $17 million (about N7 billion) to do a job already [...]

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    Abacha Loot: Five questions for AGF Malami over N7bn lawyers’ fee

Abacha Loot: Five questions for AGF Malami over N7bn lawyers’ fee

Between 2013 and 2014, the federal government used the services of Enrico Monfrini and Christian Luscher, Swiss lawyers, to recover $321 million looted by Sani Abacha, late former head of state.The funds, recovered from Luxembourg, were domiciled with the attorney-general of Switzerland.The next step in completing the repatriation was for Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF), to write to [...]

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    Abacha Loot: Cable Foundation asks Adeosun to speak up on N7bn lawyers’ fee

Abacha Loot: Cable Foundation asks Adeosun to speak up on N7bn lawyers’ fee

Cable Newspaper Journalism Foundation (CNJF), a not-for-profit media organisation, has asked Kemi Adeosun, the minister of finance, to explain the N7bn payment to Nigerian lawyers over the return of $321 million Abacha Loot recovered from Luxembourg.In a Freedom of Information request, the foundation wants to be furnished with a breakdown of the amount approved and released for the lawyers since they were appointed [...]

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    Uncompleted and abandoned, rural electrification projects are failing in Cross River

Uncompleted and abandoned, rural electrification projects are failing in Cross River

Settlers of Ikot Okpora in Cross River state have turned the national grid’s transmission lines which carry 33,000 volts of electricity into clothesline. ABIOSE ADELAJA ADAMS, finds in this village, as well as in others, that the federal government's electrification projects that aim to empower rural dwellers are uncompleted and abandoned.In 2005, the Nigerian Rural Electrification Agency (REA) was set [...]

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    Inside the Cross River community where the sun ended 200 years of darkness

Inside the Cross River community where the sun ended 200 years of darkness

With two hundred years in darkness, there seems to be no glimmer of hope for inhabitants of Umon Island, Cross River state. Detached from the national power grid, theirs became a forgotten world. But one day, everything changed. The power from the sun lit up their homes and gave life a new meaning. From the barber’s shop to the beer parlour, [...]

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    Disaster looms as flood submerges Ondo community for four days

Disaster looms as flood submerges Ondo community for four days

Ayetoro, a coastal community in Ondo state, is in dire straits after it was submerged by flood for four days.Oluwajuwon Daodu, publicity secretary of Ilaje Advancement Forum, says sea encroachment that flooded the community claimed about 500 meters of land and destroyed properties worth millions of naira.In December 2017, TheCable’s investigation revealed how the N6.2bn shore protection work in Ayetoro, [...]

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    INVESTIGATION: How Sokoto teachers are living on proceeds of child beggars

INVESTIGATION: How Sokoto teachers are living on proceeds of child beggars

BY KELECHUKWU IRUOMAIn Sokoto state, there are 2,000 shoeless boys roaming the streets in tattered clothes. With bowls and dirty ropes suspended around their necks, they move in groups begging for alms. Their teachers, popularly known as mallams, supported by parents and cultural beliefs, encourage them to beg. This does not only deprive them the opportunity of an education, they [...]

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    From classrooms to IDP camps: How Plateau crisis crippled activities in schools

From classrooms to IDP camps: How Plateau crisis crippled activities in schools

In the beginning of June, Plateau State Polytechnic was full of life; students and lecturers went about their normal businesses while academic and non-academic activities went on smoothly.Fast forward to Friday, June 29, the institution had turned a ghost of itself. There was no sign of life in virtually all parts of the school when TheCable visited. It was a similar [...]

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    SHAME! N’assembly cuts Unity Schools’ budget by N3bn — despite high insecurity

SHAME! N’assembly cuts Unity Schools’ budget by N3bn — despite high insecurity

The national assembly slashed the allocation for security infrastructure in the 104 Unity Schools across the country by N3 billion -- despite the security challenge plaguing these schools.Schools, particularly in the northern part of the country, have been attacked by Boko Haram insurgents, with students killed and kidnapped.On February 25, 2014, suspected Boko Haram insurgents invaded Federal Government College, Buni [...]

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    ‘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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