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    Does Nigeria care more about its debt profile than citizens?

Does Nigeria care more about its debt profile than citizens?

BY DATAPHYTE A recent DATAPHYTE occasional paper revealed that budgetary provision to some of the top five most critical sector’s of Nigeria’s economy accounted for only 17 percent of the initial 2020 budget. While these five key sectors (Agriculture, education, health, infrastructure , and security) compete for less than a fifth of the total budget size, allocation to debt servicing was over 25 [...]

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    Aba: Rediscovering the abused pearl of Africa

Aba: Rediscovering the abused pearl of Africa

BY CHINEMELU NWOKIKE Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all. ~Dale Carnegie As a proud "Aba brought up", I was thrilled to see the short clips from Aba boys hyping the street credibility of those who grew up in the good old [...]

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    Nigeria needs urgent fiscal buffers to survive fallouts of COVID-19

Nigeria needs urgent fiscal buffers to survive fallouts of COVID-19

BY ADEOLA ADENIKIJU Covid-19 will hit Nigeria very hard; this is not uncommon with the experience of other countries. The pandemic, though a public health issue has significant economic impacts. For Nigeria, the channels of its impact include, reduced foreign capital flows, including remittances; fall in commodity prices, including oil and gas; and closure of global supply chains and closure of [...]

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    The real cost of a socio-economic lockdown in Nigeria

The real cost of a socio-economic lockdown in Nigeria

BY AKHIGBE SAMSON In Nigeria, home and online schooling are fancy words like lasagna and cappuccino. It sounds exotic, looks expensive, but doesn't taste like Jollof. You buy it because you've followed friends out, you're seating in an open restaurant on a pier with the evening breeze in your face somewhere around Victoria Island; you know you can afford it once [...]

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    COVID-19 and medical liability in Nigeria: Where lies health workers’ immunity?

COVID-19 and medical liability in Nigeria: Where lies health workers’ immunity?

BY KAIGAMA MUSTAPHA Nigeria is the most populous black country in the world with over 200 million people and its population is on the rise. As projected by Census Bureau of the United States, Nigeria's population  will surpass that of the United States in 2047 with projections to reach 379.25 million. With these numbers, Nigeria will become the third most populated [...]

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    COVID-19: Between a pandemic-sized rock and an impoverished hard place

COVID-19: Between a pandemic-sized rock and an impoverished hard place

BY IRETOMIWA AKINTUNDE-JOHNSON COVID-19 has thundered through the world. We will speak of the pandemic for centuries to come. When children have their devices floating in the air as they waddle to school, and robots have replaced humans in many positions at the workplace, the virus that pushed the world to its knees will be one of the highlights of the [...]

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Five years under Udom Emmanuel

BY EMMANUEL SAM When Akwa Ibom people welcomed their fourth civilian governor, Mr Udom Gabriel Emmanuel, they did so with great expectations. These expectations were borne from the knowledge that a thoroughbred executive with a wealth of experience in corporate governance was coming in to power, so a new order was expected. It will be five years by next week since Udom [...]

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    Gambari: A breath of fresh air

Gambari: A breath of fresh air

BY DEJI OLUMIDE OKE It was in the year 1997 and I had just been elected as the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the African Society of International Studies (ASIS) at the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria. The association was in a near comatose state and there was a need to rescue her from the jaws of political death. At the handover [...]

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    EFCC, asset recovery and matters arising

EFCC, asset recovery and matters arising

BY TONY AMOKEODO There are rising speculations and distortion of facts on the issue of asset recovery and disposal by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,  EFCC.  But the Commission says that guidelines and procedures on the issue are clear enough to demonstrate transparency and accountability. By the sheer weight of its works,  it is apparent that the EFCC is having its [...]

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    Iwo deserves college of education

Iwo deserves college of education

BY DEREMI ABUBAKRE  An afterthought indeed it is for any official to feign ignorance of the location of the Federal College of Education at Iwo when all the six letters were signed on the same date for each of the six geopolitical zones. How can it go to Ila Orangun where the Federal Police College is sited and where Osun State [...]

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    Gambari as I know him

Gambari as I know him

BY LEKAN FADINA The aim of this piece is to congratulate, share my views on the man we both have mutual respect for each other for our interest in development matters and offer my humble advice to him on his new assignment as the Chief of Staff to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. I have known Prof. Ambassador Ibrahim Agboola Gambari for almost three decades; I used to know him like any [...]

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    Nigerian youth need an alternative culture

Nigerian youth need an alternative culture

BY NDIDI UWECHUE Starting by stating the obvious: that a good culture creates a good country; and a bad culture creates a bad country. So, by the culture lived out, citizens establish the kind of country they prefer, not only for themselves but also for their children. Before going any further, culture here is the social behaviour and ideas of society, [...]

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    The home grown school feeding programme is not a ‘scam’

The home grown school feeding programme is not a ‘scam’

BY AFUSAT AKANDE On Wednesday May 6, 2020, Sadiya Umar Farouq, the Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development gave a briefing at the daily media interaction of the Presidential Task Force. During her briefing she tried to bring her audience up to speed with activities and interventions in her ministry since her last briefing on May 1, 2020. Her [...]

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    14 things every millennial can learn from Michelle Obama’s documentary on ‘Becoming’

14 things every millennial can learn from Michelle Obama’s documentary on ‘Becoming’

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    An open letter to Wike over his action on maritime sector

An open letter to Wike over his action on maritime sector

BY CHARLES ISICHIE I write as a citizen and businessman who is concerned about how some of the decisions you have taken in the management of the COVID-19 Pandemic affects the maritime sector within which I operate. I also intend to address how the current situation may ultimately affect the economy of the state and nation in general. Let me state from [...]

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    Our approach to COVID-19 in Africa

Our approach to COVID-19 in Africa

BY CHEIKH SEYDI Since the virus emerged late last year, COVID-19 has largely been a disease of the Global North. Its worst and deadliest effects have been felt in Europe, East Asia, and North America. But that is likely to change. As the pandemic reaches its peak and begins to slow in these places, epidemiological models suggest it will accelerate in developing nations—including those in sub-Saharan Africa.   There is much we still don’t know about COVID-19, but we can be [...]

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