• Community Convos – Perhaps a Little Pick-Me-Up for the Mining Sector?

    Nigeria is indisputably a country blessed with vast deposits of mineral resources strewn across nearly all of her states, from Plateau in the north to Ogun in the west, with this sheer magnanimity of fate seemingly leaving open the door for the perils of negative mining impacts on the environment. Mineral exploration and processing are

    April 20, 2021
  • Community Convos: What’s Going on with the PIB and Community Engagement (Part II)

    Last week, I started looking into the easily remedied gaps and vague provisions in the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) as it relates to community engagement. I had pointed out that although laudable and timely, it would be of national interest if these gaps, including a shortage of government oversight over efficient implementation and timeliness and

    April 15, 2021
  • Community Convos: What’s Going on with the PIB and Community Engagement?

    The much talked about Petroleum Industry Bill, popularly called the PIB, is according to experts a comprehensive proposal to overhaul of the state’s approach to managing the oil and gas industry’s operations. Designed to address all aspects of the sector, including institutions, fiscal policy, and community management, among others, the Oil and Gas Reform Implementation

    April 9, 2021
  • Community Convos: On Nigerian Refineries

    After taking over the 35,000-barrel per day Shell-BP Refinery established in Port Harcourt in 1965, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) was founded on 1 April 1977, as the country’s own oil company. The corporation was granted powers and operational interests in refining, petrochemicals, commodity transportation, and marketing, in addition to its exploration activities, and

    April 1, 2021
  • Community Convos: Is China Business an Existential Risk to Rural Communities?

    The diplomatic relations between China and Nigeria go as far back as February 10 1971, spanning agreements on trade, economic and technical cooperation, science and technology and even investment protection. Sahel and West African Club Secretariat, in a publication titled China and Nigeria: A Powerful South-South Alliance records that “bilateral trade between China and Nigeria

    March 24, 2021
  • Community Convos: Shell and Company

    Author ~ Bekeme Masade-Olowola After a 13-year long oil spill case between Nigerian farmers, environmental activists and Shell Nigeria, a Dutch appeal court on 29 January 2021, ruled that the Nigerian branch of the oil giant, Shell, is responsible for damage caused by leaks in the Niger Delta. The court has ordered Shell Nigeria to

    March 19, 2021
  • ACT Foundation Report Indicates Resilience of African Non-Profits Despite COVID-19

    Amidst the economic downturn and uncertainties occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic, non-profit organisations in Africa have shown remarkable resilience and adaptability, providing critical services to their communities while operating in difficult conditions. While some have adapted to the new normal and have begun to revive their operations, others are yet to recover from the devastating

    March 8, 2021
  • CSR-in-Action, Stakeholders Highlight Women’s Role in Combating Climate Change

    As the threat of climate change on their livelihoods and habitat intensifies, Nigerian women have been challenged to increase their capacity to create innovative solutions that mitigate this threat. This was the focus of discussions at a recent seminar on how women in the extractive industries can strengthen the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) climate change

    March 8, 2021


  • Survey Findings: Where Can You Easily Access Loans in Nigeria?

    Executive Summary One of the major challenges in the fight against poverty and hunger in Nigeria is the lack of reliable data, especially, as it pertains to the contributions of Nigerian banks in serving the needs of the poor with easy access to loans and driving financial inclusion. This opinion research poll discusses about financial

    March 2, 2018
  • Take Action on the Global Goals…Integrate the SDGs to Your Business

    Author ~ Ebuka Onunaiwu Whether you are a multinational, a medium enterprise or a Small and Growing Business (SGB), you need to take action on the SDGs, because it presents you with an opportunity to become a driving force for value creation and also because it is good for your business’ bottom line. The Sustainable

    December 8, 2017
  • Domestic Power Generators – The Silent Killers

    The use of power generators by Nigerians to provide domestic electrification has become a common and acceptable practice in a country that possesses over 30,000MV worth of electrical generation capacity, and supplies about 25 percent of neighbouring Ghana’s gas power. Records show that over 60 million Nigerians actively use electric power generators, and spend a

    November 22, 2017
  • Fiscal Sustainability: Between Nigeria’s Debt Plan and the 2018 Budget

    Author ~ Kingson Elendu Debt servicing costs are becoming a burden in Nigeria, and was expected to absorb more than 60 percent of government revenues in 2017, according to the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Regional Economic Outlook released on 30 October, 2017. The World Bank, through its Senior Economist, Gloria Joseph-Raji, also warned that the

    November 8, 2017
  • Fears of Genetically Modified Foods In Nigeria: What Experts Say

    Author ~ Kingson Elendu Recently, Nigerians were gripped with fear over Genetically Modified Cassava allegedly planned to be introduced in the country by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in collaboration with ETHZ Laboratories of Zurich Switzerland. This happens while Nigeria’s peers in Africa – such as Kenya which has banned them altogether amid

    November 3, 2017
  • A Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Observation on Nigeria’s Electricity Industry

    Author ~ Kingson Elendu Energy efficiency, health and safety, and environmental sustainability have been identified as major sustainability issues in the energy sector, especially in Nigeria where about 16% of generated electricity power is always lost at transmission and distribution channels and HSE (Health, Safety and Environment) risks are common in the workplace. This was

    October 21, 2017
  • Collaboration Amongst Sector Peers: A Path Towards Mainstreaming Sustainability

    Author ~ Ebuka Onunaiwu Collaboration is the new cool As the focus of businesses shift to creating shared value from both their direct and indirect activities, companies should be ready to change the status quo with regard to their willingness to collaborate and partner with other companies within and without their sector. This is particularly

    October 14, 2017
  • Survey Findings – Mainstreaming Street Hawking in a Formal Economy: An Inclusive Approach to Development

    Acknowledgement We are grateful to all those that gave their precious time to participate in the survey that led to this report.   Executive Summary One of the major challenges that negates economic development in Nigeria is the lack of reliable data, and of more concern, the lack of political will needed to mainstream street

    October 14, 2017