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Stunning Solar Powered Gateway Unveiled for Nigerian Capital

by Brit Liggett


This stunning solar powered gateway will soon welcome visitors and residents to Abuja, Nigeria. Evoking the shape of the traditional Nigerian bow harp, the design connects the new Abuja Airport to the city proper on the opposite side of the freeway and comes complete with green roofs, a giant solar canopy and bricks made from the local laterite clay. Conceived by Ehrlich Architects, the design was recently crowned winner of an international competition to create a gateway for the capital city.  

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Nigeria's acting leader may meet Obama - Good Luck ! Jonathan

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It's been  reported in the news that Nigeria's acting president may meet America's President sometime next month.

Nigeria's former top diplomat says the West African nation's acting leader may meet with President Barack Obama when he attends a summit on nuclear proliferation in Washington next month.

Former foreign affairs minister Ojo Maduekwe says acting President Goodluck Jonathan's U.S. visit will be his first official foreign trip since taking over the country's highest office more than a month ago.

Good Luck ! Jonathan

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Vacancy- Private Sector Advisor - Abuja


Job Title: Private Sector Advisor - Abuja

Deadline Date: Open until the position is filled.

The Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI) is working in six cities to identify private sector providers to increase service provision of the full range of family planning services and increase the overall contraceptive prevalence rate in Nigeria.

NURHI is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, through a grant to JHU/CCP. JSI is a partner with JHU/CCP, with a subagreement to support the development of family planning services and commodities.

The Private Sector Advisor (PSA) will be part of a dynamic, innovative and multi-disciplinary team of professionals working to improve the quality, utilization and sustainability of family planning (FP) services .

The PSA will provide technical leadership and assistance in identifying groups, associations, and organizations working in the private sector and in civil society who are key providers of health and consumer products and services to urban communities where family planning services and/or products could be added or increased. The PSA will work to foster productive relationships between the private sector, the public sector, and civil society.

The PSA will focus her/his time to providing direct technical support and guidance to Program staff and NURHI network members. The PSA will also work to strengthen and maintain linkages with key stakeholders at the national, state and LGA levels.


" Assist in the identification, and assessment of the capabilities of private sector providers. Private sector includes the formal sector as well as the informal sector (e.g. private midwives and drug shop vendors), for-profit and not-for profit stakeholders, civil society groups, associations and organizations (NGOs, FBO, CBOs).
" Assist in building capacity within the private sector in the delivery of quality services in FP.
" Assist in building effective two-way referral systems between private sector health care providers (particularly those working in the informal sector) and public sector health care facilities.
" Work closely with other project staff to identify training needs and to develop training strategies and materials to build capacity within the private sector.
" Work closely with the Grants Manager to identify selection criteria and provide appropriate mentoring and other support for private sector grant recipients.
" Assist Program partners to identify and test innovative public-private partnerships.
" Ensure synergies and collaboration with the communication and quality assurance project components in the achievement of the overall project objectives.


" Post-Graduate Degree in a related field, with five years experience in the health sector.
" At least three years of professional experience working either exclusively with the private sector, or in public-private sector partnerships.
" Familiarity with current policies, regulations and trends regarding public-private sector partnerships in Nigeria.
" Solid analytical background and ability to communicate data and analysis to broad audiences, and particularly program managers, policy-makers, private sector providers and decision-makers.
" Demonstrated ability to work with program managers and administrators, commercial entities, as well as with urban communities.
" Strong skills in teamwork, networking, facilitation, strategic thinking, verbal communication, and writing.

Salary commensurate with experience.

Interested candidates should submit their resumes and cover letters online.

No phone calls please.
Principals only please.

JSI is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer committed to workplace diversity. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply. M/F/H/V/D

INEC NIGERIA - Please adopt a leadership style that focuses on delivering VALUE


After much anticipation, I read in disbelief the announcement by INEC about the proposed election dates.

Not sticking to one election date seemed like asking for trouble,(regardless of the reasons given)

How do the political party strategist make their plans if the supposed election dates are not even certain.

I sat wondering how and why we should accept this kind of announcement from INEC.


Would the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Maurice Iwu and members of his staff be comfortable with their salaries being paid sometime in the 3rd week of every month but then depending on the current barrel price of oil be shifted  so they get paid on the last day of each month ?

Today, I feel a little better about this situation, I get the feeling incompetence is slowly creeping out of INEC, there is talk of possible change , for more credible candidates to lead this sensitive organization and also some rumors of introducing new laws which will allow people in the diaspora (and we have a lot : - ))

to vote, wow 2010! we have come a long way.

I just pray who ever is selected for this post, delivers true value to the people of Nigeria.


Why INEC Released Time-Table --Iwu

Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Maurice Iwu yesterday said the recent release of the provisional time tables for the 2011was in line with arrangements for early preparations for the exercise contrary to speculations in certain quarters that is was for some ulterior motives.

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Nigeria: Resident Director of Finance and Administration


National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

Closing date: 14 Apr 2010
Location: Nigeria - Abuja


The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) seeks a Resident Director of Finance and Administration, (DFA) to manage the financial, administrative, and logistical aspects of NDI’s Nigeria program including the oversight of the Institute’s multiple subgrants. The DFA will be supported by a finance and administrative manager, a logistics officer and assistant, and several accountants, including two subgrant accountants. The DFA will be based in Abuja, Nigeria. 

The primary responsibility of the position will be to administer NDI’s multi-million dollar Nigeria program in coordination with the Institute's headquarters in Washington, DC. The DFA will manage the accounts, oversee the accounting department, manage the administrative and financial operations in Abuja, monitor field expenses against the budget for the grant, supervise all administrative and accounting staff, share information with the program and financial management teams in Nigeria and Washington, DC, and ensure compliance with U.S. government financial/programmatic reporting requirements and NDI policies and procedures. The DFA will be the communications liaison on financial reporting and clearance matters with the International Accounting team in Washington, DC.

The DFA will also work with NDI’s Washington-based Subgrants Department to ensure that local subgrantees are in financial compliance with federal and organizational regulations and that they are meeting their programmatic and reporting obligations.  The DFA will oversee two subgrant accountants who will be responsible for managing subgrants made to Nigerian organizations, supervise the subgrant application and approval process; support the training of subgrantees, and monitor the subgrantees’ progress in structuring their accounting policies and procedures for the elections program.


- Provide oversight of financial operations in the field for a $15+ million dollar program, funded by USAID;
- Manage all aspects of accounting for the Nigeria field office, including the direct supervision of accounting personnel,
- Monitor program expenditures, monthly field expenses of between $150,000 to $300,000, including budget to actual expenses, and reporting on financial results and cost projections to senior management in Nigeria and Washington, DC;
- Further improve accounting and financial systems in consultation with the management teams in Nigeria and Washington, DC;
- Oversee the disbursement of over $3 million in subgrants to local civil society organizations;
- Train NDI’s field office accountants on NDI’s policies and procedures, donor grant compliance requirements and bookkeeping and internal controls;
- Oversee compliance with internal controls and accounting procedures;
- Ensure that all financial and accounting reports are prepared and submitted in a timely manner.


- Support the Resident Director in coordinating NDI programs and day-to-day internal operations of the NDI-Nigeria office;
- Liaise with NDI’s DC-based Central and West Africa team and administrative departments to ensure all significant administrative issues are addressed and resolved and that all follow-up is performed as requested;
- Provide guidance and counsel to international and local staff on administrative and human resource matters in consultation with Human Resources DC staff, when necessary;
- Ensure compliance with national laws, NDI and donor administrative and reporting requirements, as well as appropriate implementation of field office policies and handbook;
- Develop and implement administrative and human resources systems, in consultation with Abuja-based senior management team and relevant DC-based staff, to support NDI’s programs in Nigeria;
- Supervise a team of administrative and support personnel;
- Regularly review security plans and adapt NDI’s practices and profile as necessary;
- Serve as a point of contact for security issues for NDI-Nigeria (the Resident Director is the primary contact);
- Work with program staff to determine current and projected recruitment needs and assist in hiring, training and supervising local staff;
- Create and update job descriptions to accurately reflect responsibilities and processes within the organization and ensure ongoing competitive compensation that supports the organization’s ability to attract, develop and retain top talent;
- Contribute to the appraisal of employee performance, address complaints and resolve problems;
- Act as back-up to members of management team when they are not present.

Subgrants Management

- Review subgrant budgets and proposals, and evaluate subgrantees’ financial systems and internal controls to assess risks and develop appropriate monitoring procedures in consultation with the Subgrants Department in DC;
- Be the liaison between the field office and the D.C. office on subgrant matters;
- Monitor and ensure timely submission of reports by the subrecipients.

Experience required

- Bachelors Degree in finance, accounting, or business administration and/or a related field;
- Minimum of fourteen (14) years in financial management, accounting, and administration, preferably for an international NGO working with USAID funding;
- Thorough knowledge of budgeting, budget oversight, generally accepted accounting principles and the practical application of financial systems;
- The ability to design and implement accounting systems suitable to a challenging and volatile environment with unreliable and sometimes nonexistent infrastructure;
- Previous experience with international grants administration preferred;
- High level of attention to details in all aspects of work responsibilities;
- Strong written and verbal communications skills combined with the ability to work collaboratively with Washington based finance staff as well as program staff in Nigeria;
- Experience with word processing and spreadsheet software (Microsoft Word and Excel preferred);
- Experience with database creation and management;
- Ability to analyze and interpret governmental and organizational rules and regulations, including OMB Circulars A-110, A-122 and A-133;
- Living/working experience outside of the US preferred.

NDI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status or any other characteristic protected by law.

How to apply




(Reporting From London)



Members of the Agbor Men Association based in the United Kingdom, gathered in their hundreds to mourn their late President, Nicholas Ndidi Mormah. Mr. Mormah who was fondly called Nick, died on January 20, 2010, in London, aged 45 years.

A Requiem Mass was offered for the repose of his soul, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Kilburn in Northwest London, on Friday, March 12, 2010.

At the Mass, the First Reading was taken from the Book of Isaiah, Chapter 25, and Verses 8-9 and Chapter 26, Verses 3-4. It was read by his son, Nicholas Nkemcho Mormah while the Second Reading was taken from the Book of Romans, Chapter 8, Verses 31-39 and was read by Dr. John Nwokeoha. The Gospel was taken from the Gospel of Saint John, Chapter 11, and Verses 17-27.

In his Homily, the officiating Priest, Reverend Father ANGELO, described Nick Mormah as a man who made his peace with his Creator before he died.


According to Father Angelo, Nick was in great pain during his stay in hospital and had known the end was coming.

He went on to say that Nick had requested his Parish Priest to grant permission to his daughter, Nneka who was preparing to receive her First Holy Communion this Easter, to fast forward the process, to enable him see his daughter receive her First Communion before his (Nick’s) death. The permission was granted and Nneka received the Sacrament of the Eucharist in the Hospital where her father was receiving his treatment.

Another request made by Nick to his Parish Priest, was that he should be given the Sacrament of Extreme Unction, otherwise known as the Last Sacrament. This permission was also given and Nick was given the Last Sacrament, each time he received Holy Communion.

Father Angelo described the late Mormah as a “Man of the People”. He expatiated on this by saying that Nick would go out of his way to help people in distress who came to him for help.

Born at Agbor, Delta State, on September 10, 1964, to the late J. Mormah and Catherine Mormah, he attended the Agbor Model Primary School, from 1970-1976, Ika Grammar School, 1976 – 1981 and the Federal School of Arts and Science in Sokoto, Sokoto State, from 1984 – 1986.

Nick read Biochemistry at the London Metropolitan University, London, and after his graduation in 1992, went on to study Computer Science to qualify as a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer. It is in the area of Computer Science that he made his mark in the professional field.

His wife, Helen, son, Nicholas Junior and daughter, Nneka and friends paid tributes galore, to his memory.

More tributes were paid to him later that Evening at the Palm Hotel in Hendon Way, North London where a Wakekeeping Ceremony was held to mourn his death. On the occasion, members of the Agbor Daughters Association, led by their President Mrs. Juliet Isede, Mrs Esther Onwuemezie, Mrs. Veronica Onwudijo, (Okpebo), Mrs Eunice Ideh, Mrs. Gloria Nosegbe, Mrs. Evelyn Chiejina (nee Agboegbulem), Mrs Josephine Ehikwe and the cream of Agbor Daughters living in London, joined members of the Agbor Men’s Association, to give Nick a burial that is reminiscent of the true tradition of the Agbor people. The scene was very moving and most of the mourners wondered why Nick had been called to meet his Creator at the prime of his life.


His remains would be flown home to Agbor, Ika South local government Area of Delta State on March 22, 2010, to be followed by burial rites and interment at his ultra modern residence in Orogodo, from March 25 – 28, 2010.




Location : Abuja, NIGERIA
Application Deadline :20-Mar-10
Type of Contract :FTA Local
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected canditate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :1 year
Expected Duration of Assignment :yearly renewal


Corruption, usually defined as the transgression of formal rules governing the allocation of public resources in response to financial gain or political support has had a corrosive effect on the Nigerian society. It subverts the rule of law, undermines the collective welfare of the citizenry, and slows down development and growth. Among others, administrative delays to attract more bribes and lack of respect for due process in procurement and award of contracts have had deleterious consequences on Nigeria’s development process as captured by the World Bank Country Procurement Assessment Report in 2000 which noted that “about 50% of projects in Nigeria are dead even before they commence. …the projects are designed to fail because the objective is not to implement them, but to use them as vehicles for looting of the public treasury….Instead of adding value, they become economic drain pipes.”

At the heart of the reform of the Nigerian economy since 1999, has been the development of new anti-corruption measures and the strengthening of existing ones so as to reduce the impact of corruption on development and curb the growing culture of impunity. Consequently, support to anti-corruption institutions at the national level and putting procurement legislation in place at both federal and state levels have become key to UNDP’s partnership with the Nigerian government. The primary task of a Programme Analyst in the Capacity for Governance Unit is to provide strategic direction as well as analytical input into the design and implementation of support to government in the area of anti-corruption and public procurement.

Under the directions of the Country Director and the Deputy Country Director Programmes and under the supervision of the Team Leader of the Capacity for Governance Programme, the Programme Analyst is responsible for management of UNDP’s federal and state programmes and projects in the areas of Anti-Corruption and Public Procurement. The Programme Analyst analyzes political, social and economic trends and leads formulation, management and evaluation of programme activities within his/her portfolio, provides policy advice services. The Programme Analyst supervises and leads programme support staff, coordinates activities of the projects’ staff. The Programme Analyst works in close collaboration with the operations team, programme staff in other UN Agencies, UNDP HQs staff and Government officials, technical advisors and experts, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful UNDP programme implementation.

Duties and Responsibilities

Functions / Key Results Expected

Summary of key functions:

  • effective management of the CO programme;
  • provision of top quality advisory services.
  • creation of strategic partnerships;
  • implementation of  programme strategies;

Ensures effective management of the CO programme within the sectoral areas assigned  focusing on quality control from formulation to implementation of the country programme achieving the  following results:

  • Effective application of RBM tools, establishment of management targets (BSC) and monitoring achievement of results.
  • Design and formulation of CO programme within the area of responsibility, translating UNDP’s priorities into local interventions.
  • Coordination of programme implementation with the executing agencies. Introduction of performance indicators/ success criteria, cost recovery, targets and milestones.
  • Initiation of a project, presentation of the project to PAC, entering project into Atlas ( in small offices), finalization of contribution agreement; determination of required revisions;
  • Coordination of the mandatory and budget re-phasing exercises, closure of projects through review. Programme Analyst can perform functions of Manager Level 1 in Atlas for POs and vouchers approval, participates in recruitment processes for projects.
  • Financial and substantive monitoring and evaluation of the projects, identification of operational and financial problems, development of solutions. Participation in audit of NEX projects.
  • Follow up on audit recommendations. All exceptions are timely reported.
  • Aggregate reports are regularly prepared on activities, outputs and outcomes. Preparation of donor reports.

Ensures provision of top quality advisory services and  facilitation of knowledge building and management focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Identification of sources of information related to policy-driven issues. Identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learnt directly linked to programme country policy goals.
  • Support to development of policies and institutions that will address the country problems and needs in collaboration with the Government and other strategic partners.
  • Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.
  • Organization of trainings for the operations/ projects staff on programme issues.

Ensures creation of strategic partnerships and implementation of the resource mobilization strategy in cooperation with the Planning and Partnerships Unit focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Development of partnerships with the UN Agencies, IFI’s, government institutions, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, private sector, civil society in the specific thematic areas based on strategic goals of UNDP, country needs and donors’ priorities.
  • Analysis and research of information on donors, preparation of substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identification of opportunities for initiation of new projects, active contribution to the overall office effort in resource mobilization.

Ensures implementation of  programme strategies focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Thorough analysis and research of the political, social and economic situation in the country and preparation of substantive inputs to CCA, UNDAF, CPD, CPAP and other documents.
  • Assist in the implementation of the UNDP supported Democratic Governance Programme with special focus on anti corruption and public procurement reform.
  • Contribute to the delivery of advisory and technical support services to the governance, development partners and other clients.
  • CO business processes mapping and preparation of the content of internal Standard Operating Procedures in Results Management.

Any other duties as requested.

Impact of Results

The key results have impact on the overall success of the Country Offices programme and the design, operation and programming of activities, creation of strategic partnerships as well as reaching resource mobilization targets. In specific terms, it impacts the following results areas:

  • Anti-Corruption and Public Procurement Reform programme articulation and advisory services promoted with potential impact of contributing to the overall fight against corruption.
  • The CO’s overall Democratic Governance Programme implementation enhanced especially in strengthening anti-corruption institutions.
  • Team-building and management strengthened to provide improved focus to anti-corruption issues.
  • Donor intelligence and strategic partnership improved to ensure coherence and coordination in donor support for anti-corruption drive and due process.
  • Resource mobilization and management improved to
  • Policy advocacy promoted.



  • Demonstrates integrity and fairness, by modeling the UN/UNDP’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.


  • Strong ability to apply various local governance and local area development approaches to the specific context, including translating these into effective policy and programme interventions in the field;
  • Strong analytical, negotiation and communication skills, including ability to produce high quality practical advisory reports and knowledge products;
  • Professional and/or academic experience in one or more of the areas of practice/thematic area.


  • Ability to conceptualize and convey strategic vision from the spectrum of global development experience;
  • Knowledge and expertise in UNDP’s programming processes;
  • Proven ability to contribute to a practice area and drive for results with a strong knowledge of results-based management and budgeting.

Managing Relationships:

  • Demonstrated well developed people management and organizational skills and strong ability to work within teams; creating an enabling environment, mentoring and developing staff;
  • Excellent negotiating and networking skills;
  • Strong resource mobilization and partnering skills.

Managing Complexity:

  • Ability to address global development issues;
  • Substantive knowledge and understanding of development cooperation with the ability to support the practice architecture of UNDP and inter-disciplinary issues;
  • Demonstrated substantive contributions and ability to integrate global knowledge with broader strategic, policy and operational objectives.

Knowledge Management and Learning:

  • Ability to strongly promote and build knowledge products and a sound global network of institutional and individual contacts;
  • Promotes knowledge management in UNDP and a learning environment in the office through leadership and personal example;
  • Seeks and applies knowledge, information and best practices from within and outside of UNDP;
  • Provides constructive coaching and feedback.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in Business Administration, Public Administration, Economics, Political Sciences, Social Sciences or related field.


  • Minimum of 2 years of progressively responsible experience in anti-corruption or related areas, demonstrating both advisory and project management skills.
  • Evidence of substantive knowledge, including ideally publications (e.g. papers), on anti-corruption or related areas.
  • Experience in working with international development agencies. Familiarity in working with sub-national governments is highly desirable.

Language Requirements: 

  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal) English.
  • Working knowledge of any of the three Nigerian major languages would be an advantage.

Nigeria Clash Isn't About Religion, Clarifies Prelate

Cites Economic Issues Between Herdsmen and Farmers

ROME, MARCH 9, 2010 ( Last Sunday's violence near Jos that caused the deaths of perhaps several hundred people is being portrayed as a Muslim-Christian conflict, but according to an archbishop of the area, the real issues are political and ethnic.

Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan of Abuja, a city slightly south and west of the Nigerian capital, explained to Vatican Radio that the violence is a "classic conflict between herdsmen and farmers, only the Fulani are all Muslims and the Berom all Christians."

The attackers belonged to the mainly Muslim Fulani tribe, whereas the villages were mainly Christian Berom.

Archbishop Onaiyekan noted that the international media is quick to "report that it is Christians and Muslims who are killing one another; but this is not true, because the killings are not caused by religion but by social, economic, tribal and cultural issues."

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Jos echoed the same sentiments in a peace committee meeting Monday. The committee was established by the government and includes elders of various tribes, as well as religious leaders, and former civil and military directors.

The archbishop told Aid to the Church in Need: "We need to look for solutions. It’s too simplistic to say it’s just Christians fighting Muslims, that it’s a religious war.

“We need to look beyond that, we cannot say it’s just religious, we need a political and social solution -- I said this at the [peace committee] conference.”

Sunday's violence is held to be a type of retaliation for fighting in January in Jos, when the majority of those killed were Muslim.

And a side factor that favors violent outbreaks, Archbishop Kaigama observed, is the wide circulation of weapons in the area.

"It's very easy to find persons who will come to fight only for a handful of dollars," he said.

Archbishop Onaiyekan lamented that the victims are simply poor people "who know nothing about, and have nothing to do with, any of this and are completely innocent."

He said that members of the Church continue to work to promote good relations between Christians and Muslims.

"We pray for peace, for good government and for truth," he said. "And we pray also that people may realize that the only way to survive in this country is to recognize one another as brothers and citizens of the same nation."