Special Reports/ Interviews

Nigerian Minister defends lawmaker in a video over a poorly constructed project

Mr. Clem Agba, the Nigeria Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, has defended Mr. Peter Akpatason, a lawmaker from Edo State over a trending video showing poorly constructed road and drainage by the lawmaker as his constituency project. Defending the lawmaker over a poorly constructed road and drainage that has generated a huge …

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Abuja community resort to local vigilante as insecurity worsens

Residents of Dutse Alhaji in Bwari Area Council, Abuja, the Nigerian capital city have resorted to the use of local vigilantes to secure their environment as insecurity worsens. The residents are been robbed every night without the police making any effort to secure the place and stop the incessant robbery. Some of the residents who …

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Abuja community drink from a dirty pond as only source of water

Residents of Kpoto community in Kuje Area Council of Abuja the Nigerian capital city continue to drink contaminated water from a dirty pond, despite the sum of N62.4 billion expended by the Abuja authority on capital projects in the year 2020. This is even as the community residents say many of them have developed various …

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Special Report: Wedding Industry worse hit by COVID-19

As we continue to recount the impact of COVID-19 on business and income, many do not pay attention to how the pandemic negatively impacted the wedding industry, with support from the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) MAWA FOUNDATION examined the impact of COVID-19 on the wedding industry. The wedding industry is one area …

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Constituency Project: Katsina lawmaker single motorcycle costs N1.9 million

Mr. Kabir Abdullahi Barkiya, a Katsina lawmaker single motorcycle distributed as his constituency project costs N1.9 million MAWA FOUNDATION has learned. Mr. Barkiya, who represents the people of Katsina Central Senatorial District in the Senate, had in 2020 nominated purchase of motorcycles to be distributed to his people as part of his constituency project. The …

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Is Industrialization Discourse Part Of Africa Development Agenda?

Africa leaders and top government officials are always happy to point to the narratives about Africa rising, which is centred on the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Unfortunately, the neo-liberal models which are the driver for Africa’s rising seem not to bring to the consciousness of the leaders that the growth is generating poverty and inequality. …

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Special Report: How COVID-19 boosts e-commerce in Nigeria small business

The outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic brought a huge change to the social order including how businesses are conducted. In this Special Report supported by Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), MAWA Foundation examined how the COVID-19 pandemic led to small businesses in Nigeria embracing e-commerce that is rapidly changing the old order. The pandemic …

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Abia road worsens as N709 million NDDC repairs not traceable to any location

The N709 million budgeted by Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) road repairs in Abia state is not traceable to any location, the 2017 Commission budget obtain by MAWA FOUNDATION has shown. The commission in 2017 had budgeted the sum of N 709.073, 865.64 for the repair of roads in different locations in Abia state. Projects …

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Akwa Ibom lawmaker reacts to MAWA story, says hold UBEC responsible

Mr. Onofiok Luke, a lawmaker from Akwa Ibom has reacted to the MAWA FOUNDATION story that shows how the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) spent N100 million to construct two blocks of classrooms as his constituency project. In an email sent to MAWA by Mr. Aniekan Udofia, his media aide, the Akwa Ibom lawmaker exonerated …

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Special Report: Impact of COVID-19 on Nigeria’s urban poor

Special Report: COVID-19 Impact Hits Nigeria Urban Poor Hardest

In Nigeria, the government does not have a full understanding of how COVID-19 has negatively impacted the urban poor, and that many are in dire situations desperately looking for help. In this special report supported by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), MAWA FOUNDATION uncovers how the pandemic is impacting the urban poor. …

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