Fake civil society, rise of pro-govt. NGOs undermining democracy in Nigeria – US think-tank

A report by United States-based think-tank, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, has said Nigeria’s top power brokers have cultivated a new generation of pro-government Non-Governmental Organisations, (NGOs), which, according to it, masquerade as authentic civil society groups, singing the praises of top officials and attacking their critics. The report, conducted by a non-resident scholar at the institution, Matthew T. Page, published on Monday, in its website, noted that Nigeria’s dynamic and expansive civil society is one of its greatest strengths and is crucial to maintaining what democratic space still exists…

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CSOs protest at NASS, demand INEC independence, inclusion of e-voting in Electoral Act

…As Reps Southern caucus insist on electronic transmission of election result A Coalition of Civil Society Organisations, (CSOs), under the aegis of ‘Alliance of CSOs for Expression of Electoral and Democratic Space’, yesterday stormed the National Assembly, protesting the exclusion of some provisions, such as electronic voting, financial autonomy for the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), and protection of people with disabilities, in the new Electoral Act. The aggrieved protesters were armed with placards, with inscriptions such as: “SaveOurElections #NigeriansDeserveFreeAndFairElection” and so on. The concerns raised by the CSOs followed the…

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CSOs protest against suspension of strike by NLC, TUC

A Coalition of Civil Society Groups in Delta State have lambasted the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC for suspending its planned nationwide strike action which was billed to take place on Monday, September 28. The CSO’s spoke at a peaceful protest at the Ebrumede roundabout in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State. They registered their displeasure at the NLC and also condemned the hike in petrol and electricity tariff as well as the Water Resources Bill pending before the National Assembly, which they termed “Government’s Anti-People Policies”. They also dissociated…

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PDP, NLC, CSOs reject fuel price increase, electricity tariff hike

Nigeria’s main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Civil Society Organisatios (CSOs) have kicked against the increase in the price of fuel to N151 per liter and electricity tariff to N66 per kwh. PDP said the move is “callous, cruel, and punishing” while demanding an immediate reversal of the prices to avert a national crisis, as the increase will result in an upsurge in costs of goods and services and worsen the biting hardship being faced by Nigerians, who are “already impoverished and…

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