Friday, July 19, 2019

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    El-Rufai wrong on south developing while north is backward

El-Rufai wrong on south developing while north is backward

BY BABAFEMI OJUDUI love reading my friend Mallam El-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna State. You may not always agree with him. You may not like his style. Some even think he talks too much. But here is a man who is passionate about Nigeria, and about governance. He fears no foe and he says and do what he believes in.I [...]

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    Why doctors are leaving Nigeria and how the problem can be fixed

Why doctors are leaving Nigeria and how the problem can be fixed

BY OLAYINKA STEPHEN ILESANMI Brain drain is a major challenge facing the Nigerian health system, leading to a dramatic reduction in the number of doctors in the country. According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Nigeria is one of the three leading African sources of foreign-born physicians.Doctors leave for a variety of reasons depending on where they are in [...]

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    Ned Nwoko: Supreme court’s purity on trial again

Ned Nwoko: Supreme court’s purity on trial again

BY BOLADELE ADEKOYA Haile Selassie, the former Emperor of Ethiopia and one of the most defining figures of the East African country, once said: “Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it [...]

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    Violence against women: Forget #Metoo, we need #Youtoo to stand with us

Violence against women: Forget #Metoo, we need #Youtoo to stand with us

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    The demographic problem of northern Nigeria: Time to act

The demographic problem of northern Nigeria: Time to act

BY MOHAMMED BASHIR AHMEDAccording to the latest population projections by the UNDP, Nigeria will by 2050 be the world's third most populous nation after India and China with a projected population of over 400 million. By extension, the north being the region with the highest numbers of persons in a family unit will contribute maybe at least 60% of this number. [...]

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    The rise and rise of Osinbajo

The rise and rise of Osinbajo

BY RICHARD OGUNDIYA For most of the country’s democratic sovereignty, there’s been enough disparagement about the weakness of the nation’s second office. However, one gripping fact from the 2019 general elections is the rising power of the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the public’s increased interest for his job more than in other election cycles.Six years ago I sat in a [...]

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    Of Abba Kyari’s detractors and their flight of fancy

Of Abba Kyari’s detractors and their flight of fancy

BY ADEMOLA BALOGUNThe orchestrated protests against Mallam Abba Kyari remains an unfortunate development in several respects.  Clearly sponsored by some  elements calling and timed for maximum effect the sponsored protest for the sacking of Mallam Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari  was done in absolute bad fate by disgruntled elements.  At best it is an irritation and [...]

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    Why Lai needs to come clean on DSO saga

Why Lai needs to come clean on DSO saga

BY UMAR LUKMANNow that he has stepped aside as Minister of Information, Nigerians expect Lai Mohammed to come out and give full disclosure on his role in the on-going Digital Switch Over (DSO) saga involving the payment of 2.5 billion naira payment to Pinnacle Communications, a signal communications company for installing digital signal services in Kaduna , Abuja and Jos.As [...]

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    On Osinbajo’s US trip and Frank Gaffney’s gaffe

On Osinbajo’s US trip and Frank Gaffney’s gaffe

BY AKINLOYE JAMES Frank Gaffen Jr. is known for his many conspiracy theories which flow inconsistently with logic, borne out of racism, bigotry and ignorance. He was one of those who ran with the fiction that former American President was not American born, because he believed he wasn’t born in Hawaii but in Kenya - contrary to common sense and obvious [...]

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    Abba Kyari and the hired traducers

Abba Kyari and the hired traducers

BY DEBO AKANNILong before the public demonstrations against Mallam Abba Kyari in Abuja and Kaduna last week, it has been more than obvious that some forces do not fancy him as the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari. They had accused him of all sorts. They had created a cabal and inserted him into it. They had excitedly whispered [...]

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    Building strong institutions and the security chiefs

Building strong institutions and the security chiefs

BY IDOKO AINOKOThe second term of President Muhammadu is a month old today. As usual, Nigerians are very anxious and expectant of the caliber of men and women Mr. President would recruit to assist his administration in the #NextLevel. Ardent critics of the Buhari Presidency have been consistent that his first tenure which just expired failed to fully meet it's [...]

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    When the bell tolls

When the bell tolls

BY MAHMUD MUSTAPHAIn the past few weeks, alarm bells have been ringing about the danger facing the Nigerian economy. These alarm bells cannot be said to be frivolous or borne out of partisan inclinations because they are coming from tested economists and those who know about how well-run economies look like.The most recent is by the Emir of Kano, Lamido [...]

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    Akpabio and the cold hands of karma

Akpabio and the cold hands of karma

BY CELESTINE MELThe spectacle of events at the National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal in Uyo, which came to a head yesterday as Senator Godswill Akpabio took the witness box to give evidence to support his claim of having been robbed of victory by Senator Chris Ekpenyong has triggered mixed emotions and a deep sense of sadness in me for many [...]

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    Changing the world with a simple foot bridge

Changing the world with a simple foot bridge

BY 'FEMI BALOGUNFootbridges provide connections for communities to safely and easily access basic services and opportunities, but this infrastructure is either in a poor condition or non-existent in many underserved communities around the world. A key challenge to constructing and sustaining road networks in underserved communities is the fact that their transport infrastructure is simply underserved. This is because they [...]

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    The Abba Kyari I know and the unfolding empty political brouhaha

The Abba Kyari I know and the unfolding empty political brouhaha

BY EMMANUEL YAW BENNEHThe modern history of Africa, more so African States, is one that does not engender much pride, glory and hope. Several reasons are given for this, not least, the deleterious effects of slavery, imperialism, colonialism and neo-colonialism. The lack of true leadership on the continent must also account for these States present predicament. True leadership here must be [...]

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    Expectations rise on Special Economic Zones

Expectations rise on Special Economic Zones

BY DAN ADIDOYEWith the promise of boosting manufacturing’s share of Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product to 20 percent, generating $30billion in annual export earnings and creating 1.5 million new jobs in an export-oriented manufacturing value chain, among others, the development of special economic zones by the Nigeria SEZ Investment Company Limited (NSEZCO) is likely to be a game changer.But with the [...]

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