COMMONWEALTH INTEGRATION AND NIGERIA’S FOREIGN POLICY, 1999-2007

Abstract This study examines the interface between the Commonwealth integration and Nigerian foreign policy. The thrust of the study however is to ascertain whether the enthronement of democracy in Nigeria has significantly impacted on Nigeria’s Common-wealth economic relations. The study also investigates the extent to which the frameworks of democracy have enabled the Commonwealth impact on social welfare in Nigeria. Relying on Dependency theory derived from the political economy paradigm which focuses on the socio-economic dynamics of metropolitan and peripheral countries the study argues that the developing countries are still tied to the apron string…

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ECONOMIC REFORM AND NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF NIGERIA AND CHINA, 1999 – 2010

ABSTRACT Economic reforms are the different macroeconomic and microeconomic policies designed by the government to redress the distortion in the economy of any nation. It is important to mention that Economic reform is not peculiar to Nigeria alone. Almost all countries the world over have undertaken different forms of economic reforms at one time of the other. The contents and strategy of reforms have varied from country to country depending on the circumstance of each country. One of the countries that have consistently implemented economic reform policies in recent time is China. The rapid rise…

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AN ANALYSIS OF NIGERIA – UNITED STATES TRADE AND INVESTMENT RELATIONS, 2004 – 2012

ABSTRACT Bilateral relations as a tool for economic cooperation and development have become an important feature of the contemporary international system. Nigeria and the United States have had a long history of bilateral relations, which has defined trade and investment relations. This study therefore examines Nigeria-United States trade and investment relations between 2004 and 2012. The study adopted the qualitative method of research with complex interdependence theory serving as the theoretical framework of analysis. The findings revealed that Nigeria’s trade with the United States has been dominated by oil. It also shows that Nigeria’s bilateral…

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STATE-LOCAL GOVERNMENT JOINT ACCOUNT SYSTEM AND THE FINANCIAL AUTONOMY OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN NIGERIA

ABSTRACT Local governments in Nigeria are established to bring governance closer to the grassroots and enhance development. However inadequate finance has undermined the ability of local governments to achieve these goals. This study, therefore, investigates the link between statelocal government joint account system and financial autonomy of local government with focus on Anaocha Local government council between 1999 and 2012. The study adopted the qualitative descriptive method while data collection was effected through the secondary sources. The findings show that poor utilization of revenue by council officials accounted for state-local government joint account system. It…

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A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF ELECTORAL REFORMS AND DEMOCRATIC CONSOLIDATION IN NIGERIA AND GHANA, 2010 – 2015.

ABSTRACT The study compares electoral reforms and their implications on democratization in Nigeria and Ghana: in the light of the trends of knowledge on comparative African democratization, where Ghana is largely seen to be consolidated unlike Nigeria; and which had not taken into cognisance the electoral developments in Nigeria between 2010 and 2015. Extent Literature on comparative African democratization, while not being updated as observed, also had not contextualised electoral reforms and democratization in Nigeria and Ghana, between 2010 and 2015. While being guide by the propositions of systems theory and employs secondary method of…

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A CRITICAL ASSESSMENT OF POLITICS AND DIPLOMACY OF POST-GADDAFI LIBYA

ABSTRACT The studyassessed critically the politics and diplomacy of post-Gaddafi Libya<.stic and external actors in the overthrow of Gaddafi as well as the political, diplomatic and other consequences of the downfall of Gaddafi. Overtime, researchers have contributed on the aforementioned topic with fundamental interest on the root causes of the crisis. Most of them anchored their explanation on Centre-Periphery and dependency analysis from the Marxian Political Economy approach. They pay less attention in interrogating the issue in terms of the aftermath or implications the crisis will have on the politics and diplomacy of Libya. This…

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TRANS-BORDER CO-OPERATION AND THE ENFORCEMENT OF MARITIME SECURITY IN THE GULF OF GUINEA

ABSTRACT Trans-border co-operation in the mitigation of maritime insecurity has remained a veritable and time-honoured measure for the control of illicit maritime activities the world over. Essentially, this is because of the trans-boundary character of such criminal activities. The resource-laden Gulf of Guinea region has remained largely under-utilized because of the high incidence of piracy, sea banditry and illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing within the maritime domain. This study pursued twofold objectives. First, it investigated the interface between the repressive measures adopted in the Yaoundé Code of Conduct of June 25, 2013 and the…

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DEMOCRATISATION AND NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF NIGERIA AND SOUTH KOREA, 1999 TO 2009

Abstract The problems addressed by the study were: (i) did democratisation enhance the national development especially the economic performance of Nigeria and South Korea between 1999 and 2009? And (ii) did democratisation improve the quality of life of Nigerians and South Koreans between 1999 and 2009? The qualitative method of research was used. This encompasses data from official documents of government, international donor agencies, Central Bank of Nigeria, Bank of Korea, United Nations Development Programme, Department for International Development, Central Intelligence Agency, African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development…

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POLITICAL ECONOMY OF BOKO HARAM AND POLITICAL INSTABILITY IN NIGERIA; 2009-2011

ABSTRACT This study examines the impact of the Political Economy of Boko Haram and political instability in Nigeria between; 2009-2011. The study drives its theoretical foundation from the frustration- aggression model. This helped us to undertake an exhaustive analysis of the activities of the Islamic sect (Boko Haram) and the amount of danger it poses to the state as a result of frustration they met in their view of how the state is ought to be. Guided by this theoretical framework, we posited the following hypotheses: The first enquires whether activities of Boko Haram sect…

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OIL AND NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN GHANA, 2007-2014.

ABSTRACT Since Ghana attained independence in 1957, successive Governments have pursued, with varying degrees of success, policies, programmes and projects to accelerate the growth of the Ghanaian economy and raise the living standards of the people. These are policies, programmes and projects around which national and development partner’s efforts are coordinated. The discovery and exploration of oil, no doubt has increased Ghana revenue but this has not fully translated to socio-economic development as expected. The study therefore, seeks answers to the following questions; Has oil discovery and exploration accounts for high cost of living in…

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