The Executive and Legislature Should Get Back To Work

The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) provides for three arms of government at the federal and state levels, namely, the legislature, executive and judiciary. The need to separate the various functions and duties of state arises from the idea that concentration of powers in one individual or body may lead to tyranny and suppression of the rights of citizens. It is the democratic way of doing things which differentiates monarchies, dictatorships and democracies.

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Are We Now Back To Fuel Subsidy?

During the early days of the Muhammadu Buhari administration, Nigerians were told to endure the hardship arising from the removal of fuel subsidy so that petroleum products would be available at the pumps at no extra burden to the public treasury.  This was also marketed as helping to reduce grand corruption which was prevalent in the oil subsidy scheme. The sum of N145 per litre, being the pump price of fuel, still left marketers with a reasonable margin after deduction of costs. Thus, (more…)

POLICY BRIEF: IMPROVING MATERNAL, NEWBORN AND CHILD HEALTH PROPOSALS IN THE 2018 FEDERAL BUDGET

PART 1: INTRODUCTION

This Policy Brief continues the tradition established in CSJ over the years to engage the preparation and approval of the health and MNCH proposals. We started the 2018 process through our pre-budget memorandum on the Health Sector Medium Term Sector Strategies. The objective is to provide advocacy materials that will be used to engage the legislature and MDAs in the approval of the federal health budget proposals. We reviewed the line item provisions focused on MNCH to determine (more…)