Thursday, August 1, 2019

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    Much ado about ‘bow and go’

Much ado about ‘bow and go’

The screening of ministerial nominees by the Senate has come and gone but the dust it raised may take some time to settle. The announcement of ministerial nominations is always greeted with public excitement. And the case was not different this time round too, for obvious reasons. The President needs ministers to help him in running the affairs of the [...]

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    INEC: Server or no server?

INEC: Server or no server?

BY ADAMU GWAZUWANG  The way and manner that INEC deployed its politically explosive devise of “inconclusive elections” to upset and ultimately derail emergent victories here and there it could not have imagined getting caught in its own web of unpredictable outcomes. As fate would have it, INEC got more than it bargained for when, months before the elections, its Chairman, [...]

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    Social class inequality in education

Social class inequality in education

BY  IFEOLUWA OJOEducation is a fundamental human right. The relationship between education and development has been established such that education is now internationally accepted as a key development index. Over the years, Nigeria has shown a commitment to education with a dramatic expansion attributed to the waves of government programs that instituted tuition free access to primary education giving opportunity [...]

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    Buhari’s ministers: Matters arising

Buhari’s ministers: Matters arising

BY CARL UMEGBOROPresident Muhammadu Buhari last week unveiled his new cabinet without as much delay as witnessed in his previous tenure. As usual, the action met mixed reactions. Whilst a fraction gave commendation particularly for its right timing, others carped claiming the list neither met their expectations nor reflected optimism chiefly for retaining most members of his earlier cabinet with [...]

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    A Chinese billionaire and a tale of land grab in northern Nigeria

A Chinese billionaire and a tale of land grab in northern Nigeria

BY BAKARE MAJEED  Powerful forces in Kano and Jigawa states, including elected officials, collude with a Chinese industrialist to steal land from thousands of small farmers.In parts of northern Nigeria, particularly in Kano and Jigawa states, a Chinese man known by the locals as "Mr. Lee" is as popular as Aliko Dangote, Nigeria and Africa’s richest man.Lee’s chain of industries is [...]

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    Adeleke vs Oyetola: Technicality and the judicial process

Adeleke vs Oyetola: Technicality and the judicial process

BY OLAGUNJU OLORUNTOMILOBASince the decision of the Supreme Court on the appeal of Senator Ademola Adeleke against the decision of the Court of Appeal which upturned the decision of the Governorship Election Tribunal declaring Senator Ademola Adeleke the elected Governor of Osun State, not a few people have expressed extreme opinions on the decision of the apex court. Some have [...]

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    Why media aides can’t criticise their bosses

Why media aides can’t criticise their bosses

BY TERFA NASWEMA lot of people don't know the difference between journalism and Public Relations (PR). Journalism requires objectivity while PR requires image making. This means that when you are reporting as a journalist, your reportage has to reflect objectivity, accuracy, fairness, balance, etc. If you are writing or talking as a PR practitioner, you are doing that to convince [...]

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    RUGA: Time to rescue the north from itself

RUGA: Time to rescue the north from itself

BY MIRIAM SHEHUOn Sunday 21st July, 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari condemned the killing of 37 people by suspected bandits in Sokoto State. “This frequent and large scale killings of poor villagers by gangs of mass murderers must be met with the fiercest force the government can mobilize,” President Buhari said in a statement by his spokesman Garba Shehu.Premium Times reports [...]

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    How did INEC get here?

How did INEC get here?

BY ALEXANDER IFEANYICHUKWU“Four years ago, Nigeria held elections that were recognized internationally as free, fair and credible. The 2019 general elections fell significantly short of standards set in 2015. Citizens’ confidence in elections was shaken.”The above is excerpt from the combined final report of the International Republican Institute (IRI) and National Democratic Institute (NDI) in their assessment of the Nigerian [...]

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    Abuja: A city of uncovered manholes

Abuja: A city of uncovered manholes

BY OMELOGO NNADIN46 billion worth manhole covers pile away as a three-year-running court case lingers; internal politics stalled alternative measures by the Federal Capital territory Administration (FCTA) department and all the while, gaping hazards litter the federal capital city.In the third week of May, the story of Adewura Bello, a 26-year-old accountant, drew the ire of Nigerians across social media platforms. [...]

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    The attempts to pull down Maryam Uwais

The attempts to pull down Maryam Uwais

BY JUSTICE BIBIYE The article with the caption 'Aisha Buhari Right on NSIP' was meant  to smear the image of an unquestionable character in the person of Maryam Uwais. It is becoming clearer that those opposed to sound reforms that insist on strict adherence to best practices in the implementation of the National Social Investment Program NSIP have intensified their hate campaign [...]

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    Nigeria, before Rwanda there was Biafra

Nigeria, before Rwanda there was Biafra

FRANCIS ANEKWE OBORJI “We Drink from Our Own Wells: The Spiritual Journey of a People”, is a title of a book written by the Latin American foremost theologian, Gustavo Gutierrez in 1983. It was a book aimed to provide spiritual basis for Gutierrez’s Magnus opus, “A Theology of Liberation”, which appeared in Spanish in 1971 and soon became a charter for [...]

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    Why Nigeria needs to implement the national livestock transformation plan

Why Nigeria needs to implement the national livestock transformation plan

BY RICHARD OGUNDIYA Not too long ago, news about the Ministry of Agriculture’s proposed RUGA Settlements broke, evoking outrage sparked by tribal and religious sentiments that fueled misconceptions, debates and misunderstanding of what the program was set to achieve.The nomenclature seemed to be part of the problem: Ruga is a Hausa word that means “a Fulani settlement”. With a raging sentiment, [...]

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    Buhari’s ministers: Weak men, weak minds!

Buhari’s ministers: Weak men, weak minds!

BY SUNDAY OSANYINTUYIIn our days as students of African Church Comprehensive High School, Ikere Ekiti, one of the best times we always look out for is when there was a move by the school authority to announce the school prefects. In those days, it takes something of value for you to be a prefect. In fact, proper checks are done [...]

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    All the times I died — and why I am still alive

All the times I died — and why I am still alive

BY CHUKKY IBEThere are a few things strong enough to rip fan-yogo out of my hand. Death is on the top of that list.  Before I could look left again, I felt the hot metal press against my already neat 7 year old skin. The impact flung my spider-man bag off my back and onto the top of the street. [...]

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    NTIC: The reward for hard work

NTIC: The reward for hard work

BY JOSHUA OCHEJAIn Nigeria, a lot has been said about the quality of education as not meeting up to standard as compared to other climes on the African continent.  A couple of reasons were adduced for this. Some said it was as a result of leadership failure, and some also said maybe quality education is not a priority for us [...]

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