NIGERIA’S CONTRIBUTIONS TO DEMOCRATIZATION IN SIERRA LEONE, 1995-2005

Abstract This study problematizes the issues of good neighbourliness and democratization in Africa, and analyses the effects of Nigeria’s economy on these. Focusing on the relationship between Nigeria’s foreign policy and the democratization process in Sierra Leone, the study examines the challenges Nigeria faced in trying to achieve her foreign policy goals as she spearhead conflict resolution in the sub-region. Utilizing dominant approach of conflict resolution theory as our explanatory framework, observational technique and content analysis as our method of data collection and analysis respectively, the study evaluates the role Nigeria played under the auspices…

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POLITICAL ECONOMY OF FUEL IMPORTATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF REFINERIES IN NIGERIA, 1999-2013

ABSTRACT The contradictions of importing over US$10 billion fuel annually for domestic consumption, in the midst of abundant oil endowment, has attracted attention and concern from researchers and investigators. This study, therefore, set out to evaluate the effects of the political economy of fuel importation on the development of refineries in Nigeria between 1999 and 2013. It set as its objectives the task of interrogating the nexus between allocation of fuel import licenses to independent marketers and investors in the development of new refineries in Nigeria; the connections between fuel importation probes and the challenges…

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UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL AND MANAGEMENT OF GLOBAL CRISIS: A CASE STUDY OF US INVASION OF IRAQ, 1991-2008

ABSTRACT This study is an attempt to explore and interrogate the role of United Nations Security in conflict management, using Iraq as a case of study. We investigated the pervasive influence of United States on the Middle East in general and Iraq in particular and how this impacted on the United Nation Security Council’s role in conflict management. We raised tentative statements as follows:  There is a positive link between invasions of Iraq by the U.S and its Middle East policy,  The interest of U.S and U.N appears to coincide on the need…

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GODFATHERISM AND OFFICIAL CORRUPTION IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR – A CASE STUDY OF THE STATE/ LOCAL GOVERNMENT JOINT ACCOUNT SYSTEM IN ENUGU STATE (MAY 1999 – MAY 2007).

ABSTRACT One of the serious headaches that plagues the Nigerian political process is the phenomenon of godfatherism and its attendant official corruption. Since the inception of the 4’ Republic, the problem of godfatherism had become so pronounced and very disturbing as many states of the federation were faced with crisis of supremacy between the political godfathers and their estranged godsons. These crises were usually accompanied by unbridled official corruption in the management of the affairs of these states as the resources of these states and their local Government Councils were deployed to service individual and…

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THE IMPACT OF GOVERNMENT’S POVERTY REDUCTION PROGRAMMES IN NIGER STATE: A CASE STUDY OF SULEJA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, FROM 2006 TO 2008

ABSTRACT This study examined the Impact of Government’s Poverty Reduction Programmes in Niger State; A case study of Suleja Local Government area, between 2006 and 2008. Here some programmes like the training of women in beads making,provision of micro finance loans to the poor and the establishment of various women/youths skills acquisition centres were put in place.The question or problem under investigation was like this’ “Did the participation of the poor in poverty reduction Programmes (NEEDS) in Suleja Local Government area of Niger State, reduce their level of poverty? More especially did the participation of the…

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AFRICAN UNION AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION IN AFRICA: A CASE OF DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (DRC), 2002-2010

Abstract The study focuses on the analysis of the AU and the resolution of intra state political conflict in Africa. The thrust of this study, however, is to find out how the continental body fared in resolving political conflict in the DRC. Specifically, the study investigates the impact of the structures of dependent capitalism, the dynamics of external economic interest in abundant mineral resources in the DRC and the structure of the AU’s Charter on the efforts of the AU at resolving the political conflict in the DRC. Relying on the Orthodox Marxian political economy…

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FUEL SUBSIDY REMOVAL AND NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA: 1999 – 2012

ABSTRACT Fuel subsidy is critical to the Nigerian economy. It is argued that fuel subsidy for years has remained the only avenue through which the Nigerian government lived up to its socioeconomic responsibility to its citizenry; and the attempt to withdraw this policy has been interpreted as a move by the government to default on its responsibility. This study, therefore, investigates the effects of fuel subsidy removal on national development in Nigeria between 1999 and 2012. The specific questions for investigation were: Does the incremental increases in the pump price of fuel undermine the living…

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ECOWAS AND ARMS CONTROL IN WEST AFRICA; A FOCUS ON THE NIGER-DELTA AMNESTY

ABSTRACT One of the biggest challenges facing ECOWAS member states and Nigeria in particular is arms proliferation. It has stoked ethnic clashes and simmering unrest in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. It is against this background that the ECOWAS Moratorium and subsequently the ECOWAS Convention on small arms and light weapons (SALW) was adopted by member states. Such as the Amnesty programme organized by the Yar’dua’s administration in Nigeria. The study has been designed to critically appraise the 2009 Amnesty programme in Nigeria as an arms control measure. To achieve this aim, the study…

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CORRUPTION AND PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION IN NIGERIA: A CASE STUDY OF SOUTHERN IJAW LOCAL GOVERNMENT OF 1999-2010, BAYELSA STATE.

ABSTRACT In Nigeria, about 75 percent of the populace are rural dwellers. As such, local government system was created to bring the government closer to the people at the grassroots. Functions which are to be carried out local government include provision of water, electricity, health care services, rural roads, primary schools, among others. Unfortunately, local governments have become an avenue for embezzlement, mismanagement, siphoning and misappropriation of funds thereby leaving the people at the grassroots to wallow in poverty and diseases. Against this background, this study investigates the impact of corruption and lack of public…

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BOUNDARY DISPUTES AND IMPLEMENTATION OF NEPAD IN WEST AFRICA: 2001-2014

ABSTRACT The New Partnership for Africa’s Development is a pledge by African leaders, based on a common vision and a firm and shared conviction, that they have a pressing duty to eradicate poverty and to place their countries, both individually and collectively, on a path of sustainable growth and development and, at the same time, to participate actively in the world economy and body politic. The programme is anchored on the determination of Africans to extricate themselves and the continent from the malaise of underdevelopment and exclusion in a globalising world. However, the plethora of…

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