NEOLIBERAL REFORM AND FOOD SECURITY IN EBONYI STATE, 1999 -2013

ABSTRACT This study investigated the interface between neoliberal reform and food security in Ebonyi State, between 1999 and 2013. While observing that agriculture had in the past contributed to both national and state prosperity and food security, the study also noted sharp decline in the performance which coincided with the Nigeria’s implementation of neoliberal policies under civil rule in 1999. Most of the policies targeted the agricultural sector, include: deregulation of agricultural marketing activities, the State Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy (SEEDS) etc. It is however, obvious that food security is indispensable for the survival…

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A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF LEGISLATIVE PROCESS AND DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE IN NIGERIA AND UNITED STATES, 1999-2014

ABSTRACT This study engaged in a comparative analysis of legislative process and democratic governance in Nigeria and United States. The difference in legislative process between Nigeria and United States which accounts for varying democratic governance in both countries necessitated this study. In order to achieve this onerous task, the research work was guided by the following research questions: does the process of legislation in Nigeria and United States explain the feasibility of democratic governance in these two countries? What are the factors that militates legislative institutions from promoting democratic governance in Nigeria and United States?…

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LIBERAL DEMOCRACY AND DEMOCRATIZATION IN ANAMBRA STATE, NIGERIA, 1999- 2007 AN ASSESSMENT

ABSTRACT This study assessed liberal democracy and democratization in Anambra State of Nigeria between 1999 and 2007. It has been discovered that a mere adoption of democracy is not a true practice of democracy. A true democracy must allow for effective participation and the elected government in turn carters for the socio-economic wellbeing of the masses. On this note we tried to find out whether registered voters participated effectively in the presidential election between 1999- 2007. On the other hand, whether the elected government provides employment and reduces poverty rate in the state. Secondary data…

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POLITICAL PARTIES AND NATIONAL INTEGRATION: A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF POLITICAL PARTIES IN THE SECOND REPUBLIC (1979-1983) AND FOURTH REPUBLIC (1999-2003)

ABSTRACT This research was born out of the desire to investigate the extent to which the second and fourth republic political parties impacted on national integration. As the great philosopher, Aristotle posited “man is a political animal”. This means that in every society, there must exist individual diverse interest and that of Nigeria is no exception Political parties are there to aggregate these diverse interests to make way for stability and national integration. To what extent have the political parties in second and fourth republic in Nigeria achieved this goals? And how did the structure…

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ARMED INTERVENTION AND THE CHALLENGES OF MARITIME SECURITY IN THE GULF OF ADEN, 2008-2011

ABSTRACT The economic collapse and civil war that ensued in Somalia after President Siad Barre gave rise to piracy, armed robbery and dumping of toxic wastes in and around the Gulf of Aden. The attendant humanitarian crisis attracted the intervention of the international community. This study evaluated armed intervention and the challenges of maritime security in the Gulf of Aden between 2008 and 2011. The objectives were to: (i) determine whether the application of the principle of political neutrality by the international community enhanced the intervention; (ii) explore whether the divergence in the interests of…

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TRADE LIBERALIZATION AND THE NIGERIAN AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY (2000 – 2011)

ABSTRACT This paper examined the impact of the new wave of trade openness on the Nigerian automotive industries. We observed that states who adopt trade liberalization policy are required to first of articulate and put in place a sound trade management framework that will serve as both external trade defense mechanism and internal stimulator for industrial global competitiveness, without which their economies will remain a dumping ground for more proactive and industrialized countries. Aside the indigenous auto component firms that recorded a significant growth in investments, production output and technical innovation in spite of the…

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ISLAMIC FUNDAMENTALISM AND NATIONAL SECURITY IN NIGERIA: ANALYSIS OF BOKO HARAM, 2009-2014

ABSTRACT The contemporary Nigerian state is enmeshed in social problems which has deepened the developmental problems that plagued it over the years. Among these problems are kidnapping, armed robbery and terrorism. However, this study investigated the Islamic fundamentalism and national security in Nigeria with particular emphasis on the Boko Haram terrorist group from 2009-2014. The specific objectives of the study are: (1.) To examine if the Islamic fundamentalism acted as preparatory ground for the Boko-Haram Insurgencies in Nigeria (2.) To find out if the activities of Boko Haram have undermined the national security in Nigeria…

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POLITICS OF FOOD AID AND FOOD CRISES IN AFRICA: THE ZIMBABWEAN EXPERIENCE

Abstract The study sets itself the task of examining politics of food aid and food crises in Africa focusing on the Zimbabwean experience. In Addition to problematizing the economic and political imperatives of food aid for the developing nations, the study, also explain how the character of political leadership have contributed to the national development crisis in Zimbabwe, and; explore the organic interconnections between the character of the governance of the global food system, the flow of food aid , and food insecurity in Zimbabwe; and, based on the findings, proffer policy solutions to the…

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INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT (I.C.C.) AND POST CONFLICT PEACE BUILDING PROCESS IN LIBERIA 2003-2013

Abstract Liberia is a country located in West Africa, it has experienced two protracted civil wars, one from 1989 to 1996 and the second from 1999 to 2003. With the end of the first civil war, Charles Taylor emerged as the President of the country. His coming to power nevertheless came with lots of quagmire. However, after the first civil war, many peace building processes have been carried out to arrest the situation of incessant violence in the country, these processes to a relative extent was making progress in addressing the issues among the warring…

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LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND CHALLENGES OF AUTONOMY IN KOLOKUMA/OPOKUMA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, BAYELSA STATE, NIGERIA

ABSTRACT This study examined the challenges of local government autonomy in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, Nigeria. Specifically, the study interrogates the following questions: 1. Does federalism guarantee local government autonomy? 2. Does the financial dependence of local governments on statutory allocation from federal government undermine provision of social amenities in Kolokuma/Opokuma Bayelsa State? The study adopted the analytic framework of the structural functional theory as expounded by Gabriel Almond, among other scholars. The central focus of structural functionalism is intended to explain the basis for the maintenance of order and stability in…

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