LEADERSHIP AND EMPOWERMENT IN THE NIGER DELTA

Leadership and Empowerment are two powerful concepts that will make a lot of difference when available in any organization and nation. This monograph explicates the concepts of leadership, empowerment and the Niger Delta and then discusses the crisis in the Niger Delta. It describes the manifestations of the crisis in the Niger Delta ranging from the destruction of the environment to human suffering, absence of infrastructure and security crisis. It also analyses the impact of the crisis especially on politics, social relations, spirituality, workers and conflict. It examines the responses of government to deal with the crisis including the legal response, the military response, project and agency response and dialogue. Finally, it proposes way out of the crisis including the promotion of just and accountable governance, enthronement of true federalism, environmental and ecological justice, constitutional and legal reform, conflict transformation, infrastructural development, poverty eradication, re-orientation, promotion of a new and radical leadership, and implementing a human development agenda.

NIGERIA: APRIL 2011 GENERAL ELECTIONS OBSERVATION

Many challenges exist with regards to the conduct of elections in Nigeria from the 1922 elections to the 2007 elections. The 2011 elections therefore presented an opportunity to reverse the progressive degenerating outcomes of elections. There were a lot of plans for the elections including amendments to the 1999 election and electoral Acts 2010 and 2011. During the April, 2011 elections, the African Centre for Leadership, Strategy & Development (Centre LSD) was accredited by the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) to observe the elections. This book is a report of the observation of the Nigeria April, 2011 general elections in the Federal Capital Territory, Imo and Delta States.

POLITICAL SUCCESSION IN NIGERIA

The challenge of succession is a universal one affecting all sectors of society: Private sector, religious sector, civil society sector and in the political society. This book is a collection of papers at a policy dialogue organized during the period of constitutional and succession crisis in Nigeria occasioned by the absence of the President, Alhaji Umar Musa Yar’ Adua who left the country for 65 days (at the time of the dialogue) for medical treatment abroad without proper handover to the Vice President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan as provided for in the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The book addressed the following questions:
• What are the challenges of political succession in Nigeria?
• How is the struggle for power and access to resources affecting the present logjam?
• Why is the President incapable or unwilling to transfer power to the Vice President?
• How can the rule of law and functioning of democratic institutions help in smooth political succession?
• What is the place of women in the struggle for political succession in Nigeria?
• How can we organize to ensure smooth political succession in 2011 and beyond?
• How can we strategically address the issue of political succession in Nigeria?
• What is the way forward?

ALTERNATIVE DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY FOR NIGERIA

This book is a collection of papers presented at the policy dialogue on Alternative Development Strategy for Nigeria organized by the African Centre for Leadership, Strategy & Development (Centre LSD) on 17th May, 2011 with support from Friedrich Ebert Stiftung in collaboration with Change Africa Network and the Youth for Peace Against Violence International. The book reviewed past development strategies and explained why they failed. It then proposed an alternative development strategy and the strategic moves that will lead to the adoption of the alternative strategy. The book also showed why orthodox economic development concept have failed and proposed an alternative with focus on human capital capacities, institutional capacities and domestic products capacities. Finally, the book showed how to build a developmental state and the role of knowledge in sustainable development.

STRATEGIES FOR WINNING THE ANTI-CORRUPTION WAR IN NIGERIA

The problem of corruption is as old as society itself and cuts across nations, cultures, races and classes of people. It is undoubtedly one of the greatest challenges of our times leading to underdevelopment and poor service delivery in Nigeria. Corruption is pervasive in Nigeria with serious negative consequences. Despite the plethora of legislations and agencies fighting corruption in the country, corruption has remained widespread and pervasive because of failure to utilize universally accepted and tested strategies; disconnect between posturing of leaders and their conduct; lack of concrete sustainable anti-corruption programming and failure to locate the anti-corruption struggle within a broader struggle to transform society. This monograph outlines the strategies for winning the anti-corruption war in Nigeria. It recommends that the anti-corruption fight must be guided by legislative framework for transparent and accountable government; political will and commitment to fight corruption; comprehensive strategy that is systematic, comprehensive, consistent, focused, publicized, non-selective and non-partisan; protection of Whistle blowers; political reform to curb political corruption especially election rigging; reform of substantive programmes and administrative procedures; mobilisation for social re-orientation; independent media; adequate remuneration for workers to reflect the responsibilities of their post and a living wage; code of ethics for Political office holders, business people and CSOs; independent institutions especially electoral, human rights and gender commissions and a movement for Anti-corruption.

NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE CONSTITUTION REFORM PROCESS IN NIGERIA

The move for the convocation of a Sovereign National Conference was conceived and seriously canvassed for during the regime of Gen. Sani Abacha (1993-1998). On return to civil rule on 29th May, 1999, the agitation for the need for a national conference to discuss the critical issues threatening the existence of the country did not abate. This was what led the Citizens’ Forum for Constitutional Reform (CFCR) to organize a National Conference on the Constitution reform process in Nigeria. This book is the report of the conference.

POVERTY ERADICATION IN NIGERIA: PERSPECTIVES ON A PARTICIPATORY AND PRO-POOR APPROACH

The book presents a framework for tackling deep, widespread and pervasive poverty in Nigeria. It is a collection of papers and the participatory studies on poverty carried across the different geo-political zones of Nigeria. Among other issues, it addressed the issues of macroeconomic framework of poverty reduction strategy in Nigeria, methodology of conducting poverty studies, reporting poverty from a gender perspective and zonal surveys.

A CRITIQUE OF THE 1999 CONSTITUTION MAKING AND REVIEW PROCESS IN NIGERIA

This monograph gives an historical account of constitution making in Nigeria. It highlights the problem of the 1999 Constitution and gives a critique of the process of its making and review. The monograph argues that the process of making and review of the 1999 Constitution did not involve the people of Nigeria and therefore cannot lead to the production of a people’s constitution. The monograph gives lessons for making a people’s constitution drawing heavily from the experiences of African countries like Eritrea, South Africa and Uganda.

CONTENTIOUS ISSUES IN THE REVIEW OF THE 1999 CONSTITUTION

This book analyses the contentious issues in the 1999 Constitution. The issues addressed included federalism, fiscal federalism, resource control, political party, state independent commissions, state police, affirmative action, religion, sovereign national conference and national conference.

A CITIZENS’ APPROACH TO MAKING A PEOPLE’S CONSTITUTION IN NIGERIA