Volume 4, no. 1 and 2, 2006

Strengthening the United Nations Through the Expansion of the UN Security Council

by Alli W.O.

The Security Council is the most critical and the highest level of decision making of the United Nations Organization. Even though there are other organs, listed in Article 7 of Chapter III, like the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council, the Trusteeship Council, the International Court of Justice and the Secretariat, which play critical roles in the affairs of the organization and in the management of global affairs, none of them affect the world the way the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) does.

Multinational Corporations in South Africa, Armed Conflict and Majority Rule in South Africa
by Adeoye A. Akinsanya

Since the mid-70s through the 1980s, foreign policy activists have been tantalized by the possibility that business links to South Africa could be used as a lever to force fundamental changes in the country's apartheid laws and practices. They have repeatedly questioned the role of multinational corporations (MNCs) in the racist political economy.

Party Competition and The Sanctity Of Electoral Politics In Nigeria: Unresolved Issues Revisited
by Ayandiji D. Aina, Ph.D.

This paper is an historical, and jurisprudential dissection as well as expository analysis of party competition, and electoral politics in Nigeria. The context of our submission is a political behavioral pattern that glorifies ethnicity.

Balancing the Public Interest with Commercial Interest in the Nigerian Media: A Prognosis
by Ayo Olukotun

The debate about balancing the Public Interest with Commercial Interest has been a long and complex one. It is taking place, we must note against the backdrop of drops in newspaper circulation and readership globally, as well as challenges to the newspaper genre from television, the internet boom and the tabloidization of culture, which is increasingly blurring the line between information and entertainment.

The State and the Sustenance of Democracy in Nigeria
by Wale Are Olaitan

Against the background of the intrinsic link between the State and democracy manifesting in the fact that democracy exists and functions within the context provided by the State and the essentiality of equality and universal citizenship to statehood, which principles are at the root of democratic practice, it is contended that sustaining democracy cannot be divorced from the capacity of the State to provide an enabling environment in that regard.

The Political Economy of Globalization and Its Implication for Nigeria's Development: A Window on the Telecommunication Subsector
by Derin K. Ologbenla and Helen Ese Emore

This is a discourse on the political economy of globalization and its implication for developing nations, with particular reference to Nigeria. We examine the deregulation process in the Nigerian telecommunications industry as a case study.

Historical Factor in Regional Inequality in Ogun State, Nigeria
by I. A., Ademiluyi, Ph.D., and M. O., Solanke Ph.D.

The Regional pattern of development in Ogun State, like most regions, reveals a dualistic structure of privileged and underprivileged areas. Inequality problem is however known to be gathered, planted and nurtured over time before it finally blossomed and bore fruits. This article examines the historical perspectives of regional inequality in the state.

Cultural Imperialism, Integration and Projection of Africa: Some Emerging Issues in the Information Media
by Abiodun Salawu

The paper asserts that cultural imperialism for an independent nation is only possible with the consent of the receiving nation. Therefore, it is a matter o f choice. Even though, Africa borrows the hardware e.g., media technology, it does not have to borrow the software (media content and program). The continent has control over this and it should make a choice.

Economic Reforms and Democratic Stability of African Economies
by Emmanuel O. George

This paper tried to answer the questions: Is democratization a necessary precondition for a successful economic reform program? Is economic performance enhanced by a successful democratic setting in Africa? Evidence from developing economies of Latin America, Asia and Africa have thrown such huge debates and have been inconclusive.

The War Against Corruption in Nigeria: Who is Winning?
by Jones Oluwole Aluko, Ph.D.

This paper reviews the role which President Olusegun Obasanjo's democratically elected government in Nigeria has played in the titanic battle against corruption between 1999 and 2006. Since Obasanjo was voted to power in May, 1999, many political analysts saw his war against corruption just as another attempt by another regime to 'tackle' the cankerworm in our body politic. However, the president has made the exercise one of the most important aspects of his national reforms.

Checks and Balances in the Presidential System: The Role of the Legislature
by Zac. O. Olomojobi

We are not here concerned with the role of the Legislature generally. We are particularly concerned with the role of the Legislature within the context of the Presidential System. Consequently, the Legislature can only perform its role within the powers conferred on it by the Constitution. Nevertheless, we shall take liberty to comment not only on what the Constitution contains within this context but also on what it omits in order to make the Legislature a more effective "check."