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    What exactly is Godswill Akpabio up to in NDDC?

What exactly is Godswill Akpabio up to in NDDC?

BY ANDREW OSSAI EKEOn Tuesday, October 29, 2019, the list of nominees into the incoming board of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, was read on the floor of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.Shortly thereafter, and to the utter amazement, shock, incredulity, confusion and indeed disgust of discerning Nigerians, a counter-list of a so-called steering committee for the [...]

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    An open letter to Nigeria’s children

An open letter to Nigeria’s children

BY PETER HAWKINSDear Naija children, thirty years ago – long before many of you were born – the world came together to write a document that would help to defend and protect your rights. They did this because they recognised that childhood is a very precious time – a time when you must be able to grow as healthily as possible, learn [...]

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    Buhari: Looking for what is not lost

Buhari: Looking for what is not lost

BY TIFE OWOLABIYet another trip to Saudi Arabia for another jamboree economy forum. Somebody somewhere and somehow must be enjoying flying across the globe looking for what is not lost. Leaving the country at every opportunity that calls for it, without even transmitting power to his deputy.Who jets out like a toad that frequently abandons it abode seeking refuge anywhere it [...]

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    Lai is right… social media can set Nigeria on fire

Lai is right… social media can set Nigeria on fire

BY ALWAN HASSANAt a Press Conference on Tuesday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed said that the government planned to push forward its plans to regulate activities on social media in Nigeria. During the briefing, the Minister’s rationale was that no responsible government would allow activities capable of setting the country on fire to continue. These activities, as we [...]

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    Soyombo and the legal propriety of prosecuting an undercover journalist

Soyombo and the legal propriety of prosecuting an undercover journalist

BY TIMOTHY BAMGBOYE ‘Fisayo Soyombo, & the Legal Propriety of prosecuting an undercover journalist for exposing systemic corruption through Unconventional Means (A Dialogue)‘Fisayo Soyombo, a multiple award-winning journalist, in a three-part article, chronicles with the aid of pictorial and filmic pieces of evidence, how he got himself arrested, detained in police cell, and remanded in prison (now known as correctional [...]

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    MIL and the challenge of new media technologies

MIL and the challenge of new media technologies

BY CHIDO ONUMAH AND OLUNIFESI SURAJInformation rules the world today. More often than not, the type of information we receive affects our choices, our relationship with others, the quality of life we live, the kind of influence we have on others, the extent to which others influence us, the kinds of activities we undertake and the roles we decide to [...]

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    Banks and USSD charges

Banks and USSD charges

BY TADE JOKOTOLADo you know the minimum amount some banks charge customers for USSD transactions is N10 for checking account balances, inter-bank transfer costs N50 per session? Of course, the banks also charge for POS transactions. In all of these, the banks pocket these monies, which come at near zero cost to them.Do you know that banks will have been forced [...]

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    Still on the good news about ease of doing business in Nigeria

Still on the good news about ease of doing business in Nigeria

BY BERNARD OKRI Progress is not an illusion, it happens - George OrwellThe World Bank’s 2020 Doing Business Index (DBI) which has ranked Nigeria 131 out of 190 countries, up 15 places from 146 positions last year, up from 170 since 2014 is a testament to the progress of our nation. For those wondering, the Doing Business Index is an annual [...]

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    For every Nigerian child, every right

For every Nigerian child, every right

BY PETER HAWKINSDear Nigerian children.Thirty years ago – long before many of you were born – the world came together to write a document that would help to defend and protect your rights.They did this because they recognized that childhood is a very precious time – a time when you must be able to grow as healthily as possible, learn [...]

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    Border closure: A costly economic policy

Border closure: A costly economic policy

BY AHMAD TIJJANI LAWALSince the controversial border closure by the Nigerian authorities began in 2016, its full wisdom failed to sink at both home front and outside. Its far-reaching implications revolving around domestic and multifaceted bi and multilateral businesses, have elicited apprehension and misgivings about its eventual impact on Nigerians.In the first place, the Federal Government itself being the sole [...]

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    Contending with influx of substandard products

Contending with influx of substandard products

BY EDWARD DIBIANAThe immediate past Chairman, Senate Committee on Industry, Senator Sam Egwu, apparently drew the attention of many to the challenge of products standardization in Nigeria when he said, "We are not happy that the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) has not been allowed to operate at its maximum capacity especially with their presence being felt at the ports.“Nigeria [...]

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    Odumeje: Onitsha’s trending trader

Odumeje: Onitsha’s trending trader

BY IKEDDY ISIGUZOProphet Chukwuemeka Ohanaemere is testimony that size cannot obstruct one's determination to excel in a chosen career. The petit fellow, who has seized minds in Onitsha, can easily be lost in a crowd of three. He is that small.He has put his size to mesmerising acrobatics that hold audiences captive in serial releases of theatrics, some of which you [...]

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    A peep into the world of Agboola Ajayi at 51

A peep into the world of Agboola Ajayi at 51

BY ADESINA NATHANIELAlfred Agboola Ajayi. Does the name ring a bell? I doubt if it will. For those who might not know, Agboola Ajayi is the Deputy Governor of Ondo state and the right hand man of His Excellency, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN, the Executive Governor of Ondo State. The silence that comes with his name aptly captures him in [...]

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    Keeping Fisayo safe: The battle between truth and bureaucracy

Keeping Fisayo safe: The battle between truth and bureaucracy

BY GBENGA OLONINIRANIn what appears more like revolution in the sphere of journalism, the defying and groundbreaking works of journalists are radically shaping the mainstream media today than ever before. From Kiki Mordi of BBC #SexForGrades, to Agba Jalingo's publication, to veteran investigative journalist Omoyele Sowore's many revelations and actions, to Jones Abiri, and now Fisayo Soyombo's undercover investigation, the [...]

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    Valuable lessons from Nigeria’s marathon effort to eradicate polio

Valuable lessons from Nigeria’s marathon effort to eradicate polio

BY OYEWALE TOMORI The theme for World Health Day in 1995 was “Target 2000 — A World Without Polio”. I delivered a lecture titled “Polio Eradication Race: Will Nigeria Finish Last?” to mark the occasion. Finishing last seemed likely because in the 1990s Nigeria’s routine immunisation rates were in the 30%-40% range for all vaccine preventable diseases. Countries in Southern and [...]

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    Soyombo: Journalists as endangered species

Soyombo: Journalists as endangered species

BY SIKIRU AKINOLAI first thought it was a joke until Fisayo Soyombo confirmed it himself. “It's true. I'm in hiding,” he had said when asked to confirm if it was true that Nigeria's security agencies were hunting for him. If anything happens to Soyombo, we are to be blamed for it! Thought it is an after-thought, the statement by the [...]

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