Author: IDEAs Moderator

DEAS: The President’s New Year’s Day Message. Episode 58 (03/01/20)

Well, it’s not … flood has been our own issue. Flood, soil erosion and so on. But Rotimi, we … if we’re talking about what we don’t want to come our way in 2020, that’s one thing. But the President in his New Year message to Nigerians, did tell us about a lot of the things that would be coming, not just in 2020, but in fact, one of the first references that he made, was in his speech, where he talked about what would be coming in 2023: which is to say that he would not be contesting for elections. Now, in IDEAS we try to look for the IDEAS content, that’s Integrity, Ethics, Accountability; and I thought that that statement was particularly important because he combined it with a promise to seek “valid ethical elections”, and … to assist the Independent National Election … Electoral Commission and our neighbouring countries to strengthen the electoral process in Nigeria and across the region. And the reason why I thought that … although

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IDEAS: The AGF and Court Orders. Episode 57 (27/12/19).

Oh, really?! Well, definitely I have to first of all say ‘Compliments of the Season’. I hope that all IDEAS listeners had a Merry Christmas and that they are looking forward to a Happy, Prosperous, Peaceful etc. etc. New Year. One of the things that may or may not determine the shape of the New Year is the topic that we’re going to be discussing today Rotimi, which is the apparent volte face by the Attorney-General of the Federation over the issue of compliance with orders of court. You will recall that a few weeks ago, when the Attorney-General … when there was this very unseemly and disgraceful fracas in the Federal High Court after Omoyele Sowore had been released, and then he had come to court and he …

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IDEAS: Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, Chair ICPC. Episode 56 (20/12/19)

I know that you’re coming, you’re coming a bit on a red-eye basis, but I know that we wouldn’t … we might not have got you otherwise. And you know, this programme is about Integrity, Democracy Ethics and Accountability, so it does seem to us that the role of the ICPC is particularly important in seeing how those values can be enhanced, supported or upheld, and I wonder if you can just give us a brief encapsulation of what the ICPC is, because so many of us mix it up with the EFCC?

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DEAS: The Open Treasury Portal with Tunji Andrews. Episode 55 (13/12/19)

Thank you very much. Well, I know that people will be thinking that … will be anxious to hear this … what was originally a mystery … a mystery guest that Rotimi has in the Public Square, but I want to say that we on IDEAS, we are looking at always the Integrity, the Democracy, the Ethics and the Accountability in the issues that actually may affect us in our day-to-day lives and in our relationship with the government. And that’s why I’m so happy to have on the programme with me, Tunji Andrews. You all know him, he’s an economist. And the discussion is going to be about the Open Treasury Portal. And I think that … before we get into discussing what impact it’s going to have on Nigerians (you know, as they say: What’s that got to do with the price of fish?) We … we … Perhaps Tunji you can just in a succinct way, tell us what exactly is the Open Treasury Portal? Who has access to it? And … can an ordinary Nigerian make use of it?

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IDEAS: Waziri Adio: General Secretary of NEITI. Episode 54 (06/12/19)

O, thank you very much Aghogho, and today we’re actually … I’m always saying that in IDEAS radio, Integrity, Democracy, Ethics and Accountability … we are always trying to accentuate the positive part of the anti-corruption struggle in Nigeria. As you know, next Monday is going to be Anti-Corruption day in the country. So, instead of always looking on the negative side, we want to look and see what are the positive things that are being done to improve transparency and accountability in Nigeria’s public space. And that’s why I’m particularly glad to have as my guest on the programme Mr. Waziri Adio, who is the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. I don’t know if he’s on the line? Waziri, are you there?

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