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Post-independence states on the continent and indeed worldwide are increasingly seeing the convening and mobilising power of civil society as a threat to their authority. As pressure has mounted from groups that are tired of being viewed as third-class citizens in their own countries, an increasing number of States are resorting to violent crackdowns, using and mis-using domestic laws and regulations as well as the state security apparatus to assert their authority.

Date: March 13, 2012
Location: Bamako, Dakar, Niamey, Lomé and Ouagadougou

The “Ecole Regionale Superieure de la Magistrature” (ERSUMA) or the Higher Regional School of the Judiciary, a sub-regional organization for “the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa” will be hosting a workshop on Tuesday, March 13 at 9:30 AM that will be videocast in the capital cities of several countries throughout West Africa, including Bamako, Dakar, Niamey, Lomé and Ouagadougou.  The workshop is to discuss the findings of a study that was financed by TrustAfrica’s Investment Climate and Business Environment (ICBE) project on the topic “The Difficulties of Debt Recovery by SMEs in the WAEMU (West African Economic and Monetary Union: the Case of Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal.”  The videocast will be available in the media centers of the “Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie” (AUF).  The workshop will be opened by the General Director of ERSUMA, as well as Mr. Sunday A. Khan, head of the ICBE project for TrustAfrica.  Further information is available through ERSUMA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

NIGERIA

Higher education stakeholders to forge a 'social contract'

by Karen MacGregor

13 January 2013, University World News Global Edition Issue 254

Voice of Nigeria

By Temitope Mustapha, Abuja

November 9, 2012 -  Academic intellectuals from across West Africa have raised concerns about the decay of education system in Africa.

At a two-day consultative policy dialogue in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, they are specifically reviewing the concept of world class institutions, international cooperation and global networking amongst African universities.

The policy dialogue is jointly organized by TrustAfrica and the Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities with the aim of improving the higher education system in Africa. 

Sunday Trust

December 2, 2012 -  The Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian (CVC), said on Saturday that Nigerians spend an average of 500 million dollars annually to European and American universities.

This is contained in a communiqué issued at the end of a two-day Consultative Policy Dialogue on the Future and Relevance of the Nigerian Universities and other Tertiary Institutions, organised by CVC and TrustAfrica, Dakar.

---PM News

December 1, 2012 - (CVC), said on Saturday that Nigerians spend an average of $500 million annually as students of European and American universities and want the trend stopped.

 
The figure given in a communique at the end of a two-day consultative meeting in Abuja, may ignite the charge of plagiarism against the dons as it appears to have been lifted from an earlier figure cited by Ike Onyechere, chairman Exam Ethics International.

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