Thursday, April 4, 2019

Aniebo Nwamu

    The road to industrialisation

The road to industrialisation

In the recent past, I’ve joined the chorus lamenting the state of the nation’s economy and calling for reforms. Now, the task of rescuing the economy has become an emergency! All indicators point to a failed economy (and subsequently a failed nation) within the next two years. But let me sound optimistic for once.  An imminent devaluation of the naira will [...]

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    Basic education for Nigeria’s poor

Basic education for Nigeria’s poor

Suddenly, attention is shifting to Okotie-Eboh Primary School in Delta State. A video that has gone viral on social media shows little Miss Success Adebor protesting that her school sent her home because her parents failed to pay her exam fees. “Oh poor girl! Even the school is dilapidated!” And emergency “philanthropists” are sending in cash to enable her pay [...]

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    From Facebook to Frontline

From Facebook to Frontline

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    The root of all crimes

The root of all crimes

The evil things people do ostensibly to make money have continued to multiply in this country. Everyone should be worried about young people, especially those from the south-east and south-south of Nigeria. Criminals of all kinds will forever stand condemned:  cybercriminals who steal women’s pants or turn ritual murderers at the prompting of an evil spiritualist, boys who rape grandmothers and great-grandmothers [...]

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    Time to seek a healthy democracy

Time to seek a healthy democracy

Nigeria’s brand of democracy looks like a HIV/AIDS patient. Its health deteriorates with each round of elections. The incidence of violence before, during and after polls has risen steadily from 1999. Vote-buying is the new name for bribe-for-vote democracy.  Our democracy is not growing – it’s marching backwards instead. The ritual we perform every four years hasn’t yielded the “government of [...]

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    This inexhaustible national cake

This inexhaustible national cake

Everywhere you turn in Nigeria, there’s a drama of the absurd to watch. The issue of the national minimum wage is one of them. An assembly of former and current leaders of the country (the Council of State) has prescribed N27, 000 while the House of Representatives has “debated” and passed N30, 000 as minimum wage (MW). All have been playing [...]

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    For ‘Silicon Valley’ in the south-east

For ‘Silicon Valley’ in the south-east

A white man I met at Apo Mechanic Village in Abuja, recently, stood stupefied as near-illiterate young men dismembered his car to work on it. In no time, they replaced a few parts and re-fixed the car. “You mean you don’t use a manual?” he asked. “No,” one excited auto electrician who was working with an auto mechanic replied. “The manual dey for my [...]

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    A break from ASUU and orthodox education

A break from ASUU and orthodox education

What would happen if the Nigerian government proscribed ASUU, NASU, NANS and their cousins in polytechnics and colleges of education? What if, in a bid to prevent them from regrouping (as they did in 1988 by taking new names), the government outlawed unionism in all its forms in tertiary institutions? In terms of learning and teaching, little would change in the [...]

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    To unwise travellers from the east

To unwise travellers from the east

There is no fuel scarcity this December, but by last Saturday you had to pay N12,000 to board a rickety bus from Abuja to Onitsha. Those who could fly parted with double the amount they used to pay airlines. High transport fare is the least of the problems, however. The people of the southeast especially have not been deterred: they [...]

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    Peace in earth’s bosom: the Ikedife example

Peace in earth’s bosom: the Ikedife example

I experienced culture shock for the first time not in America or England but in Bauchi, Nigeria, sometime in 1990. A colleague had walked into our office at the Federal Secretariat, one morning, to announce that his mother had died the day before. He first spoke in Hausa, and because at that time I could understand the language only “kanda [...]

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    Bad loans or bad banks?

Bad loans or bad banks?

A younger Nigerian with a burning desire for greatness got excited after reading a statement issued by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in July this year. The sweet-sounding release that arrested the attention of Natty (surname withheld) was entitled “Guidelines for accessing real sector support facility through CRR and corporate bonds”. Agricultural, manufacturing or other employment-generating businesses, it stated, [...]

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    Nigeria: Gearing up for telecom advancement

Nigeria: Gearing up for telecom advancement

Improvements in telecom services have appeared at the top of political campaign points in Nigeria since 2003.  As has become customary, there will be no limit to the claims of politicians in the run-up to the 2019 general election: “We gave you GSM.” “From 400,000 Nitel lines, we now have 160million subscribers.” “We brought cell phones into the country.”  “Discussions [...]

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    Unnecessary Kanu-phobia

Unnecessary Kanu-phobia

Nnamdi Kanu always strikes while the iron is hot. His reappearance after more than one year has dominated discussions online and offline, generating anxiety in some quarters and ecstasy in others. Some political candidates are already trembling, for the great crowd puller could make the difference between success and failure at least in the south-east. I guess even Peter Obi, [...]

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    Executive Order 6: Too little  too late

Executive Order 6: Too little  too late

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    Atiku’s moments

Atiku’s moments

As they always do, the kingmakers of Nigeria have chosen for us our next leader. Remnants of the coup plotters of 1966 have almost always determined “who gets what, when and how” in the country for the past 52 years. Last weekend, they picked Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as the man to succeed Muhammadu Buhari in 2019. The choice came just days [...]

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    Remembering a quintessential teacher

Remembering a quintessential teacher

As a young man in the 1980s, I regarded Tai Solarin as my role model because of his unconventional approach to education, which was reflected on his school Mayflower in Ikenne, Ogun State. When I eventually met Solarin in Lagos early in 1994, the year of his death, I still admired his green pair of shorts and was about to [...]

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