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CDD appoints new director, Garuba Dauda 

The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD West Africa) has announced the appointment of Dr Garuba Dauda as its Director.

Garuba Dauda, CDD New Director
Garuba Dauda, CDD New Director

Abuja, Nigeria

The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD West Africa) has announced the appointment of Dr Garuba Dauda as its Director.

A statement by the organisation published on its website said Dauda’s appointment takes effect from 1 June 2024

Dr Dauda possesses an extensive background spanning over two decades of experience in democratic governance, natural resource management, and public policy. 

He holds a bachelor of arts (Honours) in History from the University of Ilorin. He has a master’s in Political Science, as well as a doctorate in political science specialising in international relations from the University of Benin (UNIBEN). 

The new director has published scholarly work widely recognised in both local and international research outlets, spanning local, national, sub-regional, and continental spheres which underscored his capacity to foster collaborative efforts and drive impactful initiatives.

“Dr Dauda is no stranger to CDD, having worked as a programs officer from 2003 to 2005, and a senior programmes officer till 2008. He worked at the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) from 2008 to 2017, coordinating programmes that focused on Nigeria. He also worked as a technical adviser and senior consultant at the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) from 2017 to 2021, before engaging in independent research and consultant work with different development-focused organisations,” the statement reads.

“His expertise covers a broad spectrum, including academic and development policy research and advocacy. His work addresses critical issues such as transparency, social accountability, conflict prevention, peacebuilding, and security sector reform. His academic and professional expertise makes him the right leader for CDD at this important time in Nigeria and West African history.

“As we embrace this new chapter, CDD also extends its heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Sa’eed Husaini, who until recently served as acting director, and the senior management team for their work during the transition period. CDD also appreciates the work of its International Governing Council (IGC), under the leadership of its new chair, John Odah, for its work in handling the recruitment process and steering this transition.”

The organisation said it remains confident that its primary objective of providing insightful and impactful research and programmatic support towards a democratic and developed West Africa will continue under its new leadership.

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