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SERAP seeks details of spending on failed $460m CCTV, other Chinese loans

Scio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent a Freedom of Information (FoI) request to Mrs Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, asking her to “urgently provide information on the total amount of money paid to contractors from the $460 million loan obtained in 2010 from China to fund the apparently failed Abuja Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) contract, the loan which the Federal Government has continued to re-pay.”
Code of Conduct Bureau

CCB: Many public officials not complying with asset declaration law

The Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) says the level of compliance with the declaration of assets by public office holders in the country is not encouraging.
The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Uyo, on Monday, ordered INEC to allow the All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate, Mr Nsima Ekere, to inspect all election materials used during the March 9 Governorship Election.

INEC pledges commitment to FOI Law, unveils revised communication policy

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has unveiled its revised Communication Policy, expressing greater commitment to the provisions of the Freedom of Information FOI Law.
Ifeanyi Okowa Delta

SERAP sues Governor Okowa over ‘poor, substandard primary schools’

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has filed a lawsuit asking the Federal High Court to: “compel governor Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa of Delta State to explain the disparity between budgetary allocations to primary education and the reality that several of the around 1,124 primary schools across the State are in shambles, and with very poor teaching facilities.”

SERAP: I need more time to disclose spending on security votes – Governor Al-Makura

The governor of Nasarawa State, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, has responded to a Freedom of Information request by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) and asked “for more time within which to compile and provide details on the spending by the State on security votes, as this will require more than 7 days to process given that the information being requested covers a period of eight years.”

SERAP: Minister Fashola has identified runaway contractors

Anti-corruption advocacy group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, says the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has given it some documents with details of some contractors who ran away with government money without executing awarded power projects.
Dupe Atoki

Judge charges Nigerian officials to seek legal redress instead of harassing journalists

A judge of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Dupe Atoki, has charged Nigerian public officials to seek legal redress when they feel offended by a news report, instead of harassing and intimidating the journalist.

Stakeholders call for massive investment in water infrastructure

Stakeholders participating in the National Summit on the Human Right to Water in Abuja on Wednesday have called for massive investment in water infrastructure by African governments.
Babatunde Fashola, minister of power, works and housing, says the problems of electricity are slowly being solved as no one can do it by magic.

SERAP asks minister to publish ‘names of contractors that disappeared with money for power...

SERAP said: “The revelation by Alhaji Atiku is entirely consistent with SERAP’s recent report titled: From Darkness to Darkness: How Nigerians are Paying the Price for Corruption in the Electricity Sector, which also revealed how over N11 trillion meant to provide regular electricity supply was allegedly squandered by politicians and contractors under successive governments.”
Atiku Abubakar

Group accuses Atiku Abubakar of tax evasion, asks FIRS to release his record

The Committee for the Protection of Peoples Mandate (CPPM), an activist group, has demanded that the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) produce tax receipts belonging to Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Official: Foreign ministry is FOI-compliant

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has condemned media reports that the Ministry is not in compliance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) 2011.

Femi Falana: It’s a shame we don’t know how much oil Nigeria is producing

Human Rights Lawyer, Femi Falana, said it was shameful that there was no accurate record of the volume of crude oil being produced in Nigeria daily.

Federal government sets deadline for MDAs to comply with FOI Act

The Federal Government has set a December 2018 deadline for all ministries, departments and agencies, MDA, of government to publish information as required by the Freedom of Information, FOI, Act.
Seyi Makinde

Oyo guber: PDP’s Seyi Makinde threatens Abiola Ajimobi with legal action over state’s finances

Gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has threatened to sue Governor Abiola Ajimobi and the state government over its continued silence on issues concerning the state’s finances.
ActionAid Nigeria

ActionAid Nigeria trains journalists on reporting corruption

ActionAid Nigeria under the Strengthening Citizens Resistance Against Prevalence of Corruption (SCRAP-C) project yesterday commenced a three-day media training on corruption and storytelling for no fewer than 30 journalists in Kaduna State.
Suleiman Adamu, Minister Of Water Resources

Suleiman Adamu: I need more time to account for spending on water projects

The Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, has told the Federal High Court in Lagos to “grant the ministry more time within which to compile and furnish Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) with information on the spending on water, and locations of specific projects, in view of the high volume of the information involved.”

SERAP asks health minister account for spending on LUTH, other hospitals

“Millions of Nigerian children are believed to die each year before the age of five, and most of those children lose their lives to diseases that are easily preventable or treatable at low cost. Nigeria is third highest in infant mortality rate in the world.”
ActionAid Nigeria

ActionAid trains journalists on reporting corruption

Not fewer than forty journalists are currently undergoing three day training on corruption and investigative data reporting in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

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