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TLFirst Gov Roundtable Forum: “Issues in Sub-national Governance in Nigeria”

For several years, Nigeria was referred to as a country in transition to democracy. Its history of long rule of military dictatorships and short interludes of democratic governance has previously defined citizen’s reactions and engagement with government. On May 29, 2015, Nigerians witnessed the inauguration of the fifth consecutive democratically elected government since 1999. The 2015 Elections also saw a moment of paradigm shift in political participation and civic engagement by the Nigerian polity. During the elections, citizen-led accountability efforts to ensure a free and fair election were widespread on social media, as well as physical monitoring of votes collation at polling units.
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Cross River to partner TL First on Capacity Building and Rural Transformation

In an effort to achieve Governor Ben Ayade’s vision to create a State that adopts private sector values in delivering high-quality public services, the Cross River State Government is to partner with TL First Group in building capacity and transforming its rural communities. The Deputy Governor of the State, Professor Evara Esu, during a meeting with the Commissioner of Rural Transformation, Mr. Sunday Ikwen Archunekang, and the GMD of TL First Gov, Dr. Olu Olasode, in Calabar, reaffirmed the Governor’s commitment to build a greater Cross River State. Professor Esu welcomed the idea for Cross River to partner TL First in developing human capacity across its public and civil services.
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Population Growth and Smart Cities

Population growth around the world is projected to increase dramatically in coming decades. This expansion will largely be witnessed in rising middle-income and developing nations. Estimated population increase in Africa and Asia is expected to reach 1 803.3 Billion and 5 222.1 Billion by 2050[1], respectively. These two regions shall account for the surge in world’s population to 9.22 Billion by 2075. Locales of population growth in these regions are in cities, which is a by-product of rapid urbanisation across the developing world. This is further evidenced by an expanding middle-class, major challenges in public service delivery as well as massive pressures on infrastructure.
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Access to Housing and Lagos Tenancy Laws

Lagos as Nigeria’s megacity faces a major challenge in providing access to affordable housing for its teeming population. A sprawling city extending into the frontiers of neighboring, this human mass resident within the city depends on private rental housing. Limited supply of rental housing has led to arbitrary increase in rents, intimidation of tenants and actions inimical to the wellbeing of tenants. There is certainly a “rental housing deficit” in Lagos, which is what the Lagos Tenancy Law seeks to address. The policy which seeks to address the paucity of rental housing by breaking ...
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