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Mr. Soji Apampa, CEO, Integrity Organization presents practical tips for doing business in Nigeria at the Transparency International- United Kingdom (TI-UK) Business Integrity Forum Meeting in London

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In line with the organization’s drive to consistently add our voice to the growing concerns of corruption and seeking practical ways to curb the menace, Mr. Soji Apampa, CEO, Integrity Organisation has been invited as one of the experts on anti-Corruption issues in Nigeria to make a presentation on practical tips for doing business in Nigeria at the above forum scheduled to hold in London on November 23rd, 2017. Continue Reading

The Changing Tunes of Nigerian Music by Hikmat Ibrahim

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Lyrics are simply words that make up a song, often consisting of verses and choruses.

The Nigerian music industry has undoubtedly achieved overwhelming success in many areas and it is arguably one of Nigeria’s biggest job creating sectors today as it creates opportunities for complementary services like music/movie production, event management, DJ services, equipment purchase/leasing, marketing etc. Continue Reading

Solid Statutes or Statues? by Olaoluwakitan Babalola

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Recently this picture and an associated wisecrack (by Japheth Omojuwa) went viral on social media sites. The picture shows a statue of President Jacob Zuma of South Africa unveiled by Governor Owelle “Rochas” Okorocha of Imo State during Zuma’s visit to the state. Zuma’s statue, reportedly worth over N500 million[1], stands amidst 6 additional statues of African leaders Governor Okorocha plans to unveil later. Based on the cost of Zuma’s statue, it is safe to extrapolate that the total cost of these 7 statues is nothing less than N3.5 billion out of his proposed total budget of N131 billion for 2017.[2] Continue Reading

Where Are Our Role Models? Still Waiting for Godot? by Ayoyinka Johnson

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It is natural for our psychological essence to yearn for that someone that we hold in high esteem or someone we could use as a benchmark to measure what we would like to be or see ourselves become – a beacon of light to follow along life’s dark paths. This person could be a family member or might well be someone in the public domain or (dead or living) religious, historical or mythical figures – still, someone whom we hold dear in our lives, and someone we think we can learn the ropes from when climbing the mountains that we encounter during our formative years.
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Core Civil Society Issue with the Proposed NGO Bill by Cynthia Akpomudiare

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The bill proposed is titled: An Act to Regulate the Acceptance and Utilisation of Finance/Material Contributions of Donor Agencies to Voluntary Organisations and for matters connected therewith. In the words of Mr Chidi Odinkalu, former Chairman of the National Human-Rights Commission, the proposed bill on NGO Regulation sponsored by the Deputy Majority Leader of the Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Umar Buba Jibril, is “…stunning in its audacity, far reaching in its scope and a danger to elective government in Nigeria.” Continue Reading

PROJECT TAME

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This project aims to contribute towards reducing corruption in service delivery by documenting/publicizing instances of corruption monitored through the sustained mass exercise of the watchdog initiative by ordinary Nigerian citizens. This involves tracking corruption schemes; analyzing & publishing the effects of these schemes on service delivery; mapping areas of vulnerability; and contrasting them with possible antidotes. These activities generate corruption risk assessments (CRAs) via a web app, which is then used in monitoring corruption susceptibility in entities. Continue Reading

Port Service Support Portal

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The Maritime anti-corruption network (MACN) ethics training of trainers, a component part of the Port Service Support Portal (PSSP)project for stakeholders held in Calabar, Port Harcourt and Onne ports on the 22nd and 24th May 2017. The training was organized in conjunction with the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN), the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) and the Project Steering Committee (PSC) of the Port Service Support Portal (PSSP) project hosted by the Technical Unit on Anti-Corruption Reforms (TUGAR). Continue Reading

Leveraging the Female Talent Pool in Selected Value Chains in Nigeria – An Oxfam Project.

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The Convention on Business Integrity (CBi) has requested a two-month, no-cost extension to project completion date, i.e. till September 29th, 2017. This project is carrying out a Gender Impact Assessment of the local sourcing policies of selected, large, food and beverage companies in Nigeria. We are tracing how well they are leveraging the Female Talent Pool in their selected agricultural value chains and this approach has so far attracted a lot of interest from donor programmes funded by DFID UK and DFID Nigeria who would like to co-brand the reports and support the effort to ensure very wide dissemination of the findings. These donors find the approach of starting with the sourcing policies of companies and then working backwards down their respective agricultural value chains to ascertain the level of women participation, noteworthy. Oxfam’s Behind the Brands campaign was CBi’s main inspiration. Continue Reading

PERL: The New DFID Governance Programme in Nigeria

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(L-R): Hon. Idowu Olowofuja, Chief Whip Ogun SHoA, Rt. Hon Albert Omirin fmr Vice Chairman SW Conference of Speakers & fmr Speaker Ekiti SHoA, Rt. Hon. Adesina Michael Adeyemo, Speaker Oyo SHoA, Mr. Ismael Olalekan Alli, SSG Oyo State, Rt. Hon Najeem Salaam, Speaker Osun SHoA, Hon. Dr. Wale Okediran Fmr member House of representative, Abuja & (Late) Mr. Dipo Famakinwa, former DG DAWN Commission

The Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL) is a UK Department for International Development (DFID) governance programme in Nigeria being run by a consortium which includes the Integrity Organisation. The programme is a combined successor of previous programmes – the Federal Public Administration Reform (FEPAR), the State Accountability and Voice Initiative (SAVI) and the State Partnership for Accountability, Responsiveness and Capability (SPARC). PERL is a five-year Public-Sector Accountability and Governance programme that operates out of seven (7) locations across the country including three (3) partnership states (Jigawa, Kaduna & Kano), three (3) regions (Northeast, Southeast & Southwest) and the Federal component (based in the FCT). The programme is made up of 3 pillars, which all work as one programme, through one team and reflecting one message. Pillar 1 is the Accountable, Responsive and Capable Government (ARC), Pillar 2 is the Engaged Citizens Partnership (ECP) and Pillar 3 is the Learning, Evidencing and Advocacy Partnership (LEAP). Continue Reading

CBI-OXFAM Gender Study Report

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When women are empowered, the nation is empowered!

There is so much that can be achieved in terms of economic development when we grant our women opportunities to close the gender gap.

CBI recently carried out a study on the situation of women’s participation in certain agricultural value chains, and discovered that contrary to the United Nations Women Empowerment Principles (UN-WEP) call for Equal Opportunity, what women really need is Equity.

The report based on this study is titled “Equity First, Equality Next: Towards Closing the Opportunity Gap for Women in Agriculture in Nigeria”, and is available to download and share.

Join the advocacy campaign to ensure #EquityB4Equality for women in Agric!

Click below to download and read the report

Equity First Equality Next: A CBI-OXFAM Research Report

Equity First Equality Next: A CBI-OXFAM Research Report

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