Nigeria

Good Governance Africa - Nigeria (GGA-Nigeria) Aims to contribute to good governance, through research, policy engagement and other activities that help promote sustainable socio-economic development in Africa’s largest economy and most populous country.

Three Research Pillars

The GGA-Nigeria research stream is our core activity and is organised around three thematic pillars; each reflects Nigeria’s pressing challenges and impending opportunities:

Programmes

As the pre-eminent centre of excellence working to improve governance in the country, GGA-Nigeria’s activities are organised around three core thematic pillars that reflect Nigeria’s most pressing challenges and opportunities:

Improving the Business Environment (BIZ-ENV PROGRAMME)

This programme covers analysis of “software” issues that currently constrain well-functioning markets and dynamic business sectors in Nigeria. Priority themes include enhanced corporate governance, competitiveness and corporate sustainability and responsibility. The programme aims to lead pioneering research on standardised reporting and transparent accounting, which applies to both government and business.

Programmes

As the pre-eminent centre of excellence working to improve governance in the country, GGA-Nigeria’s activities are organised around three core thematic pillars that reflect Nigeria’s most pressing challenges and opportunities:

Improving the Business Environment (BIZ-ENV PROGRAMME)

This programme covers analysis of “software” issues that currently constrain well-functioning markets and dynamic business sectors in Nigeria. Priority themes include enhanced corporate governance, competitiveness and corporate sustainability and responsibility. The programme aims to lead pioneering research on standardised reporting and transparent accounting, which applies to both government and business.

Programmes

As the pre-eminent centre of excellence working to improve governance in the country, GGA-Nigeria’s activities are organised around three core thematic pillars that reflect Nigeria’s most pressing challenges and opportunities:

Improving the Business Environment (BIZ-ENV PROGRAMME)

This programme covers analysis of “software” issues that currently constrain well-functioning markets and dynamic business sectors in Nigeria. Priority themes include enhanced corporate governance, competitiveness and corporate sustainability and responsibility. The programme aims to lead pioneering research on standardised reporting and transparent accounting, which applies to both government and business.

Extractives, Power and Oil Sector Reform (EXT-REF PROGRAMME)

This programme is concerned with the reform of Nigeria’s extractive industries (oil and gas, and the re-emerging mining sector), which together constitute the primary, sources of government revenue, even though the overall share of extractives has shrunk significantly to just over 10% of Nigeria’s increasingly diversified economy. Key themes of this programme  include the reform of taxation and overall fiscal provisions in these sectors that can help Nigeria recalibrate its focus from “Gas-for-Export” to “Gas-to-Power” projects.

Enabling Innovation and Sustainability Drivers (INN-SUS PROGRAMME)

This programme aims to uncover and upscale successful governance innovations by connecting them to sources of technical and financial support. It will work to unearth successful governance experiments and tested local models of sustainable transformation. By helping to “tell the story”, this programme hopes to help turn evidence-led innovations into replicable solutions that can, in time, be applied and scaled-up across all of Nigeria’s 36 states. The programme will pay particular attention to locally inspired accountability frameworks, youth, gender and empowerment, climate innovations, as well as agricultural development and catalysts at all levels of government in Nigeria.

Our publications

Mainstreaming good governance into Nigerian tax reform

Mainstreaming good governance into Nigerian tax reform

This study seeks to shine a light on key governance issues in the Nigerian tax system beyond the technical issues that have so far been emphasised in Nigeria’s tax reform efforts. Those principles are isolated for indepth analysis in the hope of providing a clearer evidence base for addressing them more concertedly as part of the broader tax reform efforts in the country. Naturally the work of tax administrators is easier if taxpayers willingly and voluntarily comply with their obligations under Nigeria’s tax laws.

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Africa Dialogue with Dr Ola Bello

Africa Dialogue with Dr Ola Bello

African Dialogue: The programme discusses current issues pertaining to South Africa and the continent as a whole. The talk show hosts various experts on interesting and important issues affecting...

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News from the region

Quickly access all the latest news, articles and press releases from our centres operating in Nigeria

GGA Nigeria

Dr Ola Bello

GGA Executive Directors

Oladiran (Ola) Bello obtained both his MPhil and PhD degrees in International Relations from the University of Cambridge and also holds a First Class BSc degree from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. He has worked for organisations including the United Nations (New York) and Management Systems International (Washington DC), Merchant International Group (London) and Arthur Andersen (later KPMG). Dr Ola Bello has more than 10 years of experience in research and policy advisory, including on governance and extractive sector reform; sustainable development; and international development cooperation (including in EU-Africa relations). He spent three years with FRIDE (Spain) managing a donor-funded programme on the EU’s role in managing fragility and resource governance in select African countries. In 2012-2015, he was Head, Governance of Africa’s Resource Programme (GARP) at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) and also functioned as head of SAIIA’s Cape Town office. Ola is spearheading GGA's technical support to Nigerian reform, including delivering ethics training for senior Nigerian judicial officers and change-makers (2017-2019). He's also working to expand GGA's role as in-country resource centre for multilateral consultative missions to Nigeria's ministries and parastatals. These missions include the UNECA/AU mineral sector governance team.

Fisayo Alo

Author

Fisayo Alo is a Senior Researcher at Good Governance Africa Nigeria where he coordinates and supports research efforts. Fisayo has fifteen years of experience working in the development consulting, research, quality control, and community engagement. His interests include citizen participation in governance, policy analysis, economic development, and sustainable community development. Fisayo holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration (University of Lagos), a Post Graduate Diploma (PDG) in Agricultural Extension and Rural Development (Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta), a Certificate in Ethical Circular Economy (Arizona State University), and a B Sc. degree in Microbiology from Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU). He has managed a number of development projects and agricultural value chain studies for International donor agencies, such as USAID, FCDO, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and GTZ.

Eniayo Ibirogba

Author

Eniayo Ibirogba is a law graduate from the University of Buckingham, United Kingdom. Before studying law he got a degree in international law and diplomacy from Babcock university, Ogun state, Nigeria. His core interests are policy advisory, community development and human rights.

Julia Bello-Schunemann

Author

Dr Julia Bello-Schünemann is a multilingual research consultant. She is versed in integrated forecasting across sectors (including demographics, infrastructure, economics, conflict and violence, etc.), trend and risk analysis, data analysis, policy advice for governments and international organisations. Her expertise straddles Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the European Union. She possesses vast experience in project management, fundraising, strategic planning, multi-stakeholder consultations, training and facilitation. She is currently an Associate Senior Research Consultant with Good Governance Africa-Nigeria. She holds a PhD in International Relations from the Complutense University Madrid, Spain and an MA in Communication, Political Science and Economics from Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich in Germany.

GGA – NIGERIA

GGA – NIGERIA

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