About GGA Nigeria

Mission: To contribute to good governance, through research, policy engagement and other such activities that help promote sustainable socio-economic development in Africa’s largest economy and most populous country.

GGA-Nigeria’s Core Programmes

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

a) Improving the Business Environment (BIZ-ENV PROGRAMME)
This programme will cover analysis of “software” issues that currently constrain well-functioning markets and dynamic business sectors in Nigeria. Priority themes will include enhanced corporate governance, competitiveness and Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility. It will lead pioneering research on standardized reporting and transparent accounting, which cuts both the way of government and business.

b) Extractives, Power & Oil Sector Reform (EXT-REF PROGRAMME)
This programme is concerned with reform of Nigeria’s extractive industries (oil and gas, and the re-emerging mining sector), which together constitute the primary, lifeline sources of government revenue, even though the overall share of extractives has shrunk significantly to just over ten percent of Nigeria’s increasingly diversified economy. Also, how the reform of taxation and overall fiscal provisions in these sectors can help Nigeria recalibrate its focus from ‘Gas-for-Export’ to ‘Gas-to-Power’ projects will be key themes for the programme.

c) Enabling Innovation & 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.

Contact: Telephone: +234 1 4627411-3. Email: info.nigeria@gga.org – 3rd Floor Africa Re Building,
Plot 1679, Karimu Kotun Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.


Time Nigeria and Africa hanged tough on South African xenophobia

South African Police Service members rescue a man from angry taxi drivers during a riot near the Bloed Taxi Rank on August 28, 2019, in Pretoria, South Africa. PHOTO | PHILL MAGAKOE | AFP | DAILY NATION

Many will read with dismay this week’s resurgence in xenophobic attacks against Nigerians in South Africa (SA). For me particularly, this latest episode hits home in a personal way. Nigeria may need to recall its envoy from that country and lead coordinated African responses to stop the mayhem. It’ll signal that Nigeria and Africa intends to join hands to address this and that it cannot just be business as usual. We can ensure justice and the rule of law for all law abiding residents of SA, native or foreign.

Dangerous Oblivion

I spent this last weekend of 1 September unaware of what had gone on elsewhere in Johannesburg. Reason was my quiet stay-in in the relative comfort the secure Edenvale area of Johannesburg. It had been my hideaway from the bustling city since arriving there on Saturday 31st August. This two-days stopover before flight to Lagos followed attendance at the African Leadership Forum (ALF) in Dar-es-salaam. There, I had been invited by the former Tanzanian President, Benjamin Mkapa and the Uongozi Institute.

I enjoyed my time in friendly Dar, engaged in eye-opening exchanges with President Obasanjo and at least five other former and current African presidents in attendance. I also tweeted excitedly about Dimowo Cosmas, the young Nigerian who emerged runner-up in the ALF awards. Done with my two days of work in Dar inputting into the leaders’ discussions my views as expert on African extractive governance, I flew out to Johannesburg. I had in total spent six weeks traveling across the Middle East and Europe far from my daily hustle in Lagos. (Read more here.)

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.