Responses to the 50 Questions on Nigeria’s Economy Posed by the House of Representatives’ Committee on Finance

PREAMBLE We are pleased to provide responses to a set of 50 questions which were submitted to us by the House of Representatives Finance Committee on 19th December 2013 (NASS/7HR/CT.32/1999). We are somewhat surprised by the content of many of these questions for a number of reasons. First, the responses to most of these questions…

Young Nigerians Interrogate the 2014 Budget

There has been widespread criticism of the proposed 2014 budget, titled “‘A Budget for Job Creation and Growth”, which the Finance Minister and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (NOI) presented to the National Assembly last December. A spectacular feature of this budget is that it allocates 76.3% to recurrent expenditure (comprising personnel…

S4C Four-Square Awards – CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

SPACES FOR CHANGE-S4C is pleased to launch the Four-Square Awards in recognition of its members’ loyalty and profound commitment to the group’s overarching objectives, including the various roles they played towards upscaling the organization’s ethical culture and performance in 2013. The maiden edition of Four-Square annual awards proudly announces four broad categories of awards that…

Fuel Subsidy “Thieves” Re-Arraigned

Mahmud Tukur – the son of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman, Bamanga Tukur; Ochonogor Alex and Abdulahi Alao – the son of another PDP chieftain, Arisekola Alao – were re-arraigned before Justice Lawal Akakpo at the Ikeja High Court this morning. Spaces for Change-S4C witnessed the proceedings consistent its objective to monitor the efforts…

ANAMBRA POLL: AN OPEN ADVICE TO INEC

By Victoria Ibezim-Ohaeri Expectations were high. Very high! The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) made several promises. The electorate believed them. They believed because INEC had enough time to prepare and deliver on their promises. On November 16, 2013, the Anambra Election Day came. Behold…. promises were unfulfilled and expectations shattered to pieces. The perennial…

Operational Challenges, Low Voter Turn-Out in Anambra Election – Election Situation Room

The Civil Society Election Situation Room convened in Awka, Anambra State to observe the 2013 governorship election held on Saturday, November 16, 2013 in Anambra State. The Situation Room comprises more than forty civil society organisations who have deployed observers across the entire local government areas of Anambra State. Observers visited polling units, observed voting…