The Polling Units of Nigeria: Applauding INEC for a Good Job
Posted on: September 18th, 2014

Nigeria will not have 30,000 polling units.

Nigeria will have 150,000 polling units (30,000 additional polling units plus 120,000 old polling units).

If out of 150,000 polling units anybody talks only about the location of the 30,000 additional polling units, we must ask ourselves: what of the remaining 120,000 polling units?

The answer to that burning question is supplied below.

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The Polling Units of Nigeria: The View from 33,000ft
Posted on: September 18th, 2014

Nziko, Nteje, Oyi Local Government Area, Anambra State Narayi, Kaduna South Local Government Area, Kaduna

 

Consider the first picture above. It is the satellite image of a green, forested, sparsely populated area. The three icons imposed on the satellite picture indicate the location of the three polling units in the area covered.

Consider the second picture as well. It is the satellite image of a heavily built-up, densely populated area. There are no location icons imposed on that second picture because there are no polling units in the area covered.

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The Polling Units of Nigeria: The Danger of Working from the Answer to the Question
Posted on: September 15th, 2014

There’s a reason good elementary maths teachers frown on working from the answer to the question. And really, one shouldn’t multiply when one ought to be dividing.

You may have heard of the uproar following INEC’s announcement that it would create new polling units (PUs) across Nigeria.

You may have seen some arguments making the rounds on Facebook, calling for Jega’s resignation on the basis of calculations purporting to show how INEC has favoured Northern Nigeria in creating new PUs.

What INEC has tried to do is establish decongestion of polling units as the basis for creating new ones.

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WANGONeT Holds ACID Stakeholder Training
Posted on: May 22nd, 2013

As part of activities of the Anti-Corruption Internet Database (ACID) project, WANGONeT organized training for stakeholders of the project on the use of the ACID portal (www.antigraft.org). In attendance at the training session were representatives from Civil Society (about 60 CSO’s across the Country) and representatives of Government Graft Agencies (Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) & Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC)); the latter attended as observers.

 

During the course of the training, participants were taught how to create Corruption Reports, Public Project monitoring reports, Budget Monitoring reports, creating blogs and news items and using other features available on the site. This session was followed by a hands-on session where CSO members were able to logon to the portal and create their own items.

The Public Private Development Centre (PPDC) were also on ground to provide training on the process of monitoring compliance with Public Procurement according to law using a checklist of events with the participants.

The Anti-Corruption Internet Database (ACID) project aims at creating an informative and educative platform for reporting and archiving corrupt practices data, complete with modern features for multi-dimensional public advocacy and civic engagement in the war against corruption.  The portal, www.antigraft.org, is a multi-functional web repository for all corruption related issues in Nigeria. It is built to be a comprehensive database of corruption related information and issues in Nigeria, providing news on corruption related issues, statistics, an archive of relevant documents, information on the projects and initiatives of the groups and organizations working in anti-corruption. It brings to the public space a structured presentation of the work being done by CSOs and media agencies, publicizing their projects, activities and events.  It also provides technology tools to facilitate the work of the civil society organizations and media agencies. There are other tools which enable citizens engage and participate in anti-corruption campaigns. The Anti-Corruption Internet Database (ACID) portal therefore is a powerful platform for civic engagement and public advocacy in anti-corruption. The ACID project is funded by Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA).

The event held on the 16th of May, 2013 at Peninsula Hotels and Towers Lekki, Lagos Nigeria.

 

 

NetHope Cloud Services Portal: A platform for collaboration around ICT
Posted on: May 18th, 2013

Connecting with the global social sector just got a lot easier thanks to the NetHope Cloud Services Portal, a new platform for West African Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), entrepreneurs and innovators to collaborate around impactful ICT solutions with CSOs from around the world.

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ICT for Africa 2013, Harare, Zimbabwe
Posted on: March 28th, 2013

The International Conference on ICT for Africa is an annual conference that brings together stakeholders of the educational and industrial sectors in Africa, with the aim of reflecting on how to transfer, diffuse and adopt the Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) within the African context; the innovation and development of ICT solutions for and within this context; impacts of ICT on society and of society on ICT; and other relevant normative, empirical, and theoretical concerns of ICT development, implementation, strategy, management and policy that are distinctive to Africa and associated developing economies.

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Africa: Here Is Africa’s ‘First’ Tablet
Posted on: March 28th, 2013 1 Comment

Ladies and gentlemen, put your hands together for the first African designed tablet, according to its maker VMK, a technology company based in Congo Brazzaville. The seven-inch Way-C was launched in 2012 alongside a smartphone by Congolese inventor and CEO VMK, Verone Mankou. He hopes to become Africa’s Steve Jobs. After six years of research, the tablet was designed and released in Congo but produced in China.

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Nigeria: New Software Policy Ready This Year, Says NITDA
Posted on: March 28th, 2013

The National Information Technology Development (NITDA) has said that, a new policy that will drive software development and boost local software application in the country will be signed into law this year. Director-General, NITDA, Prof. Cleopas Angaye, who spoke on the new development, told THISDAY that the agency had already developed a new national software policy that would guide the development and promotion of “Software Nigeria” in order to diversify the Nigerian economy from a monoeconomy that is mainly based on oil and, to knowledge-based economy that could provide alternative source of revenue for the country.

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Nigeria: Firms to Launch Biometric Identity Database
Posted on: March 28th, 2013

Dragnet Solutions, a computer-based testing and talent management firm, in partnership with a United Kingdom-based biometric solutions company, Warwick Warp (UK) Limited, is planning to launch a Centralised Biometric Identity Database for West African Countries. Biometrics refers to the identification of humans by their characteristics or traits. Biometric identifiers are the distinctive, measurable characteristics used to label and describe individuals, and its identifiers are often categorised under physiological and behavioural characteristics.

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Nigeria: Mobile Phones Have Reduced Corruption in Agriculture – Minister
Posted on: March 27th, 2013

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina today disclosed that mobile telephones have been used to effectively tackle corruption in the agricultural sector of the country.

According to a release signed by Director of Information in the ministry, Salisu Na’inna Danbatta, the minister said while receiving the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mr. Rajiv Shah during a courtesy call in Abuja on Thursday that, “deploying the mobile phone to deliver agro-inputs to farmers through the e-Wallet has ended 40 years of corruption in the procurement and distribution of fertilisers by the Federal Government.”

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