Nigeria’s Budget Crisis

There were hopes that the 2016 budget would provide the roadmap that would navigate Nigeria out of its present economic crisis. Presented for first reading on 22nd December 2015 at a joint session of the National Assembly, President Buhari promised that the proposed N6.077 trillion budget would be a “budget of change.” The President also promised huge investments in infrastructure and security, to support the…

Gender Equality Bill Fails Senate’s 2nd Reading

The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday, 15th March 2016 voted against the second reading of the Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill, 2016, sponsored by Senator Biodun Olujimi. The Bill contains 29 sections premised on the International Covenant against the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), 1979 and the African Charter on the Rights of Women, 2003. In attempting to realize the principle of equality and non-discrimination…

Hidden Electoral Recent Amendment Surfaces

In the last days of his rule and with two days to go, to the March 28th Presidential election, President Goodluck Jonathan signed the amendment to the 2010 Election Act. The signing of the Electoral Act was not made public and only just surfaced into public consciousness few weeks ago. It is unclear whether President Jonathan refused to publicise the signed amendment. Policy and Legal…