A case study of the Nigerian procurement monitoring program and its portal and observatory
Chibuzo Chiemela Ekwekwuo
Public procurement has largely been a public sector activity in Africa.
From a back room administrative function, it is however now being recognized
as a major multi stakeholder public function, with huge ramifications
on public service delivery and therefore on economic and social development.
The concept of having statute based citizens oversight of the procurement process
is very new in Africa. Perhaps Nigeria's public procurement
law is the first, if not the only one of
Koreans slap Bill Gates for 'rude' handshake - unless this is a strange habit of Gates, it is otherwise intentional and veru rude, especially when the newly elected South Korea President Park Geun-hye is a female president too - ABC News (2013/04/23)
US President Barack Obama meets Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Oval Office. Photo: Prime Minister's Office, dated April 3, 2013.
Singapore PM draws laughs in US speech - PM (in an after-dinner speech to US businessmen): "Beijing residents joke that to get a free smoke all they have to do is open their windows" and "(in) Shanghai, if you want some pork soup, you just turn on the tap" - Boston Herald (2013/04/03)
Real Gucci passing as bogus in Vietnam - turn bogus as they try to avoid the import fees by re-routing shipments through Hong Kong and passed off as Chinese fakes that worth less than $7, yet wouldn't be a problem if they had imported bogus brand-name goods into Vietnam through legal channels - Alaska Dispatch (2012/12/12)
KCNA: "Lair of King Tongmyong's unicorn reconfirmed in DPRK" - archaeologists of the History Institute of the DPRK Academy of Social Sciences have recently reconfirmed a lair of the unicorn rode by King Tongmyong, founder of the Koguryo Kingdom (BC 277-AD 668) which proves that Pyongyang was a capital city of ancient Korea as well as Koguryo Kingdom - KCNA (2012/11/29)
In India: "Textbook says meat-eaters lie and commit sex crimes" - the strongest argument that meat is not essential food is the fact that the Creator of this Universe did not include meat in the original diet for Adam and Eve as He gave them only fruits, nuts and vegetables - BBC (2012/11/16)
- it also says that the Arabs who helped in constructing the Suez Canal lived on wheat and dates and were superior to the beef-fed Englishmen engaged in the same work
Deciding on whom to vote for can be a real headache but definitely
not as disappointing as when you have to regret for choosing the wrong guy
over the next four years. People are keep telling you (and the media ads are bombarding you too)
as to whom you should vote for but no matter what and how compelling the reason(s) they may give,
they seem to care less about what is really going to happen after the election.
For me, I would like to know what people have really said several years
*after* they casted their votes in previous elections. There is just always too much information
*before* every election and too few when people eventually find themselves unhappy with their previous decisions.
So do people often regret picking the wrong guy? If so, what kind of people regretted and for what and why would they regret? Let's find out.
A REVIEW ON AN ECONOMIST ARTICLE ENTITLED – "The demand for financial assets is not like the demand of iPods"
I stumbled upon this old Buttonwood article the other day and,
as a language and cultural briefing consultant, I just can't help
not sharing in here what I got after reading it. But before I start,
I need to make it very clear that I am not in anyway against anyone's
freedom of speech, freedom of press, or anything similar. What I
intend to do here is to share with you how the use of grammar in
the Buttonwood text had possibly helped or hindered the realization
and communication of meanings.
So let's start from the tiny little building blocks – the words.
An evaluation of strategies, legislations and systems
Iliyasu Buba Gashinbaki
No one is sure when and where corruption first started in Nigeria. But Nigerian scholars
like B. C. Osisioma, Ejiofor, Chinu Achebe, and Wole Soyinka amongst host of others
had a consensus view that, the cradle of corruption in Nigeria was colonialism.....
To buttress this view, they argued that, in 1914 the British colonial
powers amalgamated vast territories of separate and distinct ethnic
HOW WE FOUGHT CORRUPTION – Sustained anti-corruption strategy
in pre-1997 colonial Hong Kong, an alternate perspective
Over the years, Hong Kong has built up a clean culture and is recognized as one of the role
models for fighting corruption. Syndicated and petty corruption in the public sector has become a
thing of the past and irregularities in the private sector have been reduced substantially.
I shall review from a new strategic viewpoint the "passive commitments" of
the Hong Kong colonial government in terms of (a) the local economic and social statistics for a 25-year period spanning 1967 thru 1992 and
(b) the behavioral patterns and theories of people.
Photo credits for top title bar, from left to right: Iza H (Work),
Lukasz Gumowski (Blue balls),
Marcin Bania (Smiling and naked),
Lautaro Gonda (Milan station),
Jan Abt (Girl taking a picture),
Daniel Tang (Hot switch),
Barbara Henry (Moriah reading),
Ralf Herrmann (Checkmate II),
Marko Roeper (Led #4),
Ian Russell (Girl in downtown LA).
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amazing-animations.com, gifs.net, findicons.com, clker.com and sevenoaksart.co.uk.
Sketches, cartoons and other handdrawings courtesy of Alice-the-Artist.
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For those you who don't have time
to read all our news excerpts about the Asian island
disputes (links above), you may find the following video,
"The economic impact of a war between Japan and China",
"This trial is another example of the Kremlin's attempts to discourage and delegitimize dissent. It is likely to backfire."
John Dalhuisen, Director of Amnesty International's Europe and Central Asia Programme
I am proud to announce that
the Commentary.com website is now carrying the technology updates
from Usman Khurshid's Technize.net.
Usman is a network consultant and works in a mixed environment
of Windows and Linux platforms.
He likes to study about the
latest advancements in computer technology and shares his views on his blog.
Oh, please do not get me wrong.
This new section is not about computers, electronics or
any engineering stuff, but rather I am currently constructing
a new corpus based on Spectrum, the monthly publication
from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers USA,
from July 2007 to date. Having been a member for
over 20 years since 1992, I am always fascinated by
some of the terms scientists use when they talk about or
envision their new inventions or methodologies. How many of
them eventually come into practice? Could there be
some insights we could possibly derive, from
the linguistics perspective?
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