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    Kwara, AbdulRazaq and things less talked about

Kwara, AbdulRazaq and things less talked about

BY RAFIU AJAKAYE A few hours away from now, the media would be awash with appraisals of chief executives across Nigeria. This is particularly true of first term governors who were sworn in on May 29, 2019. Kwara will not be different. Friends and foes of the administration of AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, egged on by closet admirers on both sides, would struggle [...]

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    What COVID-19 has taught humanity so far

What COVID-19 has taught humanity so far

BY DANIEL EZEIGWE A classical philosophical axiom mandates that the real essence of life is that we begin to adore the dawn of a new morning, revere the departure of another day and treasure the breath of a complete life. The humanists who proposed this witty remark must have known that man is basically an insatiable being. Man wants more out [...]

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    COVID-19 pandemic and the call for fair regulations

COVID-19 pandemic and the call for fair regulations

BY EBUKA EKEANYANWU According to the International Labour Organization, the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed into an economic and labour market shock. Businesses irrespective of size are facing serious challenges such as the threat of significant declines in revenue, insolvencies and job losses in specific sectors. The sustainance of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) is also expected to be particularly difficult. Reports [...]

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    A crooked path to the lion building in 2023

A crooked path to the lion building in 2023

BY GEOFFREY IKECHUKWU Unbeknown to many sons and daughters of Enugu State, an underground coup-de-grace is currently being plotted against the political sanity of their dear state. The aim of the coup plotters is to subvert the peace and tranquility that rain in the state, a feat that had made elective offices in Enugu seamless and with little or no rancor [...]

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    Who is afraid of Toni Kan?

Who is afraid of Toni Kan?

BY IFEANYI DIKE Nigerian twitter is abuzz with news of the appointment of Toni Kan as Spokesperson to the Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development. Wailers are insisting that Toni Kan, award winning writer, Public relations expert and media entrepreneur is an enemy of the APC and the president. But nothing could be farther from the truth. An ideas [...]

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    Public service rules and the ministry of power: Matters arising

Public service rules and the ministry of power: Matters arising

BY HENRY ANIBE AGBONIKA “As we create an environment that allows initiative, enterprise and hard work to thrive, it is more important than ever to call out those who find the rule of law an inconvenience, or independent regulation an irritation.” President Muhammadu Buhari Once upon a time, human interactions were not regulated. Brute force, oppression and greed were the fundamentals of [...]

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    Five years with Udom Emmanuel on the wheels

Five years with Udom Emmanuel on the wheels

BY EMMANUEL SAM I mentioned in the first part of this write-up that Mr. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel brought his wealth of experience in corporate governance to lead Akwa Ibom State. His emergence effectively midwife a new order in public service delivery as could be seen in key sectors including education, health, security and sports. Governor Udom Emmanuel is sufficiently committed to develop [...]

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    A special tribute to Ibrahim-Imam on his appointment

A special tribute to Ibrahim-Imam on his appointment

BY BISI AKANDE As soon as the All Progressives Congress (APC) was registered as a political party in July 2013, there began series of momentous events, which included the emergence of a new faction of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) called 'The New PDP'.  This PDP faction must have had its origin in an earlier discussion between Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and some leaders [...]

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    COVID-19 and the Ogoniland clean-up

COVID-19 and the Ogoniland clean-up

BY CYRIL ABAKU "Water, e don get enemy!" I am afraid that as I commit myself to putting down some thoughts on what is arguably the biggest weapon mankind is relying upon in its preventive onslaught against an invisible enemy - at least invisible to the human eyes - I may be, will surely appear to be, standing popular logic on its [...]

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    Gombe: The burden of tax on an over-stretched private sector

Gombe: The burden of tax on an over-stretched private sector

BY SALISU ABDULLAHI That the Gombe State Government is boastful of being among the states not owing workers’ salaries as an accomplishment is an egregious disappointment, to say the least. The population of Gombe State is roughly 3 million. The state’s 60,000 workforce out of its 3 million population passes a chilling message that merely 2 percent of the population is [...]

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    The new crusade: Rescuing the World Health Organisation

The new crusade: Rescuing the World Health Organisation

BY BELLO SHEHU AND ZAAYYAD ABDULLAHI The day was 25 April 1945; the resistance anthem Bella Ciao rang through the streets of Italy and the U.S. and Soviet troops had just met at the Elbe River, near Torgau, effectively cutting Germany in two and marking an important step towards the end of the Second World War. Unaware of the arrangement between U.S. [...]

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    Q&A on the health sector amidst COVID-19 outbreak

Q&A on the health sector amidst COVID-19 outbreak

Following the advent of the deadly COVID-19 outbreak in Nigeria and globally, Nigeria has been faced with various challenges ranging from tackling of the first index case to a near total lockdown of the economy.  The Federal Government through its agencies has intervened in the health sector by putting in place necessary infrastructures e.g. isolation centres, importation of medical safety [...]

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    Gombe’s joint LG project agency not in tandem with vision for fiscal autonomy

Gombe’s joint LG project agency not in tandem with vision for fiscal autonomy

BY IBRAHIM NASIR Governor Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State seems to be working against the painstaking efforts and vision of President Muhammadu Buhari to devolve power around the Local government actors in states by granting them fiscal autonomy to allocate resources and do well for themselves. President Buhari's blueprint saw the immediate passing of the legislative bill of the Local Government Autonomy [...]

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    AbdulRazaq and 365 days of impactful governance

AbdulRazaq and 365 days of impactful governance

BY RAFIU AJAKAYE Whether in the media or on the streets, the preponderance of public opinion is that Kwara State is now led by a man with eyes fixed on changing the narratives of the north central state for the right reasons. He is seen, and correctly so, as a man with the singular intention to make the masses happy and [...]

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    Are the poor unwilling to pay tax? The case of economic inequality in Nigeria

Are the poor unwilling to pay tax? The case of economic inequality in Nigeria

BY SANNI ALAUSA-ISA Where you are born is more predictive of your future than any other factor – Bill and Melinda Gates. As I read the 2019 edition of the Goalkeepers, an annual report card on the world’s progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) written by Bill and Melinda Gates, the quotation above struck me hard. My mind hovered around the [...]

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    Another futile attempt to distract Magu’s anti-corruption crusade

Another futile attempt to distract Magu’s anti-corruption crusade

BY TIMOTHY BADMUS AFOLABI To say that President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-graft crusade is bearing fruits and closing all apertures of corruption and sending chill shivers into the spine of corrupt elements across the country is an under-statement. It is therefore not surprising when these corrupt elements fight back and vow to destroy the captain of the anti-corruption crusade, Ibrahim Magu, the acting [...]

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