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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”. Content is editorially independent. Published materials are not the views of the MacArthur Foundation.

    INSIDE STORY: The N13.5bn civil war between Adeleke’s power plants, NERC and NBET

INSIDE STORY: The N13.5bn civil war between Adeleke’s power plants, NERC and NBET

When the next managing director of the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET) assumes office, one of the knotty issues he will have to crack is the N13.5 billion claim by Sepco-Pacific Energy Co Ltd, owners of Omotosho and Olorunsogo power-generating plants. The controversy over the payment is believed by industry insiders to have contributed in no small measure to the [...]

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    Vivour-Adeniyi: It’s a myth — Lagos study shows people don’t get raped for how they dress

Vivour-Adeniyi: It’s a myth — Lagos study shows people don’t get raped for how they dress

Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, the coordinator of the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT), says a study by the state government has shown that people do not get raped for how the dress. Speaking with TheCable via an Instagram live interview on Sunday night, Vivour-Adeniyi said the belief that people get raped because of how they dress is only a [...]

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    EXCLUSIVE: Accugas moves against Nigeria over Calabar GenCo’s debt

EXCLUSIVE: Accugas moves against Nigeria over Calabar GenCo’s debt

Accugas Ltd, gas supplier to the Calabar Generation Company Limited, has issued the dreaded "notice of non-payment" to the Nigerian government over outstanding invoices to the tune of $15.8 million, TheCable can report. This is the first step in activating the World Bank partial risk guarantee (PRG) signed by the federal government under the gas supply agreement (GSA). Nigeria’s credit rating will not [...]

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    REPORTER’S DIARY: I went to Cross River, pretended to have COVID-19 symptoms and this happened

REPORTER’S DIARY: I went to Cross River, pretended to have COVID-19 symptoms and this happened

To check how serious Cross River state was about screening for COVID-19, especially as the state is the only one in the federation without a single case, Taiwo Adebulu disguises as a patient with a risky travel history and suspicious symptoms. He narrates his experience with the doctors, nurses and the test team in this undercover adventure. Crossing Itu bridge, which [...]

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    DisCos ask court to stop FG’s forensic audit

DisCos ask court to stop FG’s forensic audit

Electricity distribution companies (DisCos) have dragged the federal government to court over alleged undue interference in their business operations. The federal government holds 40 percent shares in the power firms. The suit, seen by TheCable, was filed at the federal high court in Abuja on May 14 by 10 DisCos. The applicants are Abuja, Ibadan, Eko, Ikeja, Kaduna, Kano, Jos, Benin, Enugu [...]

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    INSIDE STORY: How Kogi is turning a blind eye to patients with COVID-19 symptoms

INSIDE STORY: How Kogi is turning a blind eye to patients with COVID-19 symptoms

It was scorching hot on Saturday afternoon in Lokoja, Kogi, when Godwin (not real name) visited one of the hospitals in the state capital to report that he was having coronavirus symptoms. According to a doctor who saw him, Godwin’s head was aching and his body was hot like it was being microwaved; his coughs, dry and continuous; his heart [...]

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    UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATION: For N16,500, security agents will allow you travel from Lagos to Abuja despite interstate ban

UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATION: For N16,500, security agents will allow you travel from Lagos to Abuja despite interstate ban

Twenty-four hours to the trip, Otos, a worker at one of the bus terminals in the Jibowu area of Yaba, Lagos, had given all the assurances that there is commercial transportation to Abuja, and, in fact, to any part of the south-east. With a giggle, and then a long hiss, he dismissed the directive banning interstate travel. As soon as we [...]

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    EXCLUSIVE: With COVID-19 pandemic, Nigeria seeks to review Sunrise $200m settlement

EXCLUSIVE: With COVID-19 pandemic, Nigeria seeks to review Sunrise $200m settlement

Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation, has written Leno Adesanya, chairman of Sunrise Power Transmission Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPTCL), to seek a review of the $200 million settlement reached over the Mambilla power project dispute. TheCable reported on Wednesday that President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that Nigeria does not have the money to pay Sunrise to withdraw its $2.354 billion claim against the [...]

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    EXCLUSIVE: Sunrise lawyer issues deadline to Nigeria over Mambilla $200m settlement

EXCLUSIVE: Sunrise lawyer issues deadline to Nigeria over Mambilla $200m settlement

Nigeria must commit to paying $200 million settlement claims to Sunrise Power over the Mambilla power project by Friday, April 24, or face the consequences, the company's lawyers have warned. TheCable reported on Wednesday that President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that Nigeria does not have the money to pay Sunrise to withdraw its $2.354 billion claim against the country at the International [...]

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    EXCLUSIVE: We don’t have $200m to settle Sunrise over Mambilla, Buhari tells Malami

EXCLUSIVE: We don’t have $200m to settle Sunrise over Mambilla, Buhari tells Malami

President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that the federal government does not have $200 million to pay Sunrise Power Transmission Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPTCL) as final settlement claims over the Mambilla dispute, TheCable can report. He was reacting to a request by Abubakar Malami, the attorney-general of the federation, who was seeking approval to pay the company the sum, which is [...]

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