Friday, August 2, 2019

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    Expanding the tax base in Nigeria

Expanding the tax base in Nigeria

BY TUNDE ESANA constant refrain of tax administrations in Nigeria is the low tax to gross domestic product (GDP) ratio of approximately 6.1% as opposed to the 44.6% obtainable in France, 39% in the United Kingdom and 11.5% in “lowly” Burkina Faso.It is constantly a source of lamentation that tax revenue should contribute such low figure to the revenue basket [...]

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    The promised land of Ruga: A time bomb

The promised land of Ruga: A time bomb

BY MIRIAM SHEHUFor those familiar with the Holy Scriptures, the idea of a Promised Land was a significant component of the migration of the Jews from the land of Egypt. It was a migration anchored on the promise of a land flowing with milk and honey. For the promise of this land to materialise, it simply meant that the previous [...]

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    Nigeria’s enlightenment era should start now

Nigeria’s enlightenment era should start now

BY NDIDI UWECHUE   Given all the killings, terrorism, violence and insecurity happening in Nigeria, and add to it systemic corruption, I have taken it upon myself, as my patriotic duty, to guide citizens, particularly young people, so that they can make the best choices at this time of increasing chaos and turmoil.Citizens ought to develop an interest in the way [...]

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    Is IMN the new pet project against Nigeria?

Is IMN the new pet project against Nigeria?

BY BONAVENTURE OGARThe resurgence of the activities of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has raised some weighty concerns in some questers. While it may not be out of place to take a cursory look at the activities of the IMN and its violent tendencies, it is sufficing to state that there may be more to the sudden resurgence of [...]

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    Ibim Semenitari sets the pace, marries education and sports for development

Ibim Semenitari sets the pace, marries education and sports for development

Olukayode Thomas I was about to have breakfast at the popular Iye Ogbelaka Restaurant in Benin City penultimate Tuesday when my phone rang. I was expecting the caller, Ibim Semenitari, a senior colleague and friend of over two decades, to talk about our normal subjects of mutual interest;  media and politics.However, she began conversing about a subject I never thought she [...]

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    Christianity in Nigeria: Irrelevance looms

Christianity in Nigeria: Irrelevance looms

BY ZIKEYI JOHNChristianity in Nigeria, on the evidence of filled church pews and mega-crusades, each heaving with millions of worshippers at any given time, appear to be in rude health. The perception of the faith being in robust health finds expression in statements such as “the Devil is a liar”, “the gates of Hell shall not prevail” and “the Kingdom [...]

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    A freedom from hate

A freedom from hate

BY NUHU RIBADUI thank the management of the Pace-Setters College Abuja for the opportunity to interact with the graduating students and other students of this College.It is in conversations between generations like this that the young ones benefit from the experience of the aged. And it is said that the old are only wise because they have lived the life [...]

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    Between IMN’s rabidity  and a thickening plot

Between IMN’s rabidity and a thickening plot

By ANTHONY KOLAWOLEThere is an image that the promoters of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) want people to have about the Shiite group. It is image of a docile group that continues to maintain civility even in the face of provocations, a collection of religious devout who only hold hands and chant prayers as their mode of protest. The [...]

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    IMN: Between civil disobedience and terrorism

IMN: Between civil disobedience and terrorism

BY PHILIP AGBESEIn a world that has become global, replication of what has worked in other countries is expected. Civil disobedience has been used by some countries with appreciable results. There are examples to cite: Arab Spring, Orange Protest, Yellow Vests Protest and the ongoing Hong Kong protests. But protests are not for terrorists. Global best practice is for protesters to [...]

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    A welcome end to Unilorin ASUU crisis

A welcome end to Unilorin ASUU crisis

BY KUNLE AKOGUNAccord Concordia! That’s how the flamboyant Second Republic politician, the bombastic K. O. Mbadiwe, of blessed memory, would have described Wednesday, July 3rd 2019’s landmark move towards resolving the almost 20 years old feud between the University of Ilorin Chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Union’s national body. Following series of fruitful consultations between [...]

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    NITDA’s Pantami promises more growth for Nigeria’s digital economy 

NITDA’s Pantami promises more growth for Nigeria’s digital economy 

BY ISMAIL AKANJI "Give honour to whom it is due" this often repeated classic came alive on the 10th day of May, 2019 when the Publisher of Swift Reporters, Adewole Kayode, presented, on behalf of his editorial team, the first ever Swift Meritorious Award to no other a personality than the Director General of The Nigerian Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), [...]

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    Re: Makinde’s populism and sustainability

Re: Makinde’s populism and sustainability

BY LATI ABAYOMIThe piece by Yinka Olaitan opens by referring to Governor Seyi Makinde’s victory in the recently concluded 2019 governorship election in Oyo State as a stroke of luck, driven mainly by the fact that former governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi “stepped on sacred toes.” However, the margin of victory suggests otherwise.To understand this point further, one needs to look [...]

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    Rwanda on a path to the top

Rwanda on a path to the top

BY NOSA IYAMU Twenty-five years after Rwanda lost over a million lives in genocide, the East African country is on a fast track to the top, rising above its challenges and rebuilding both its economy and its pride as a nation.Just two and a half decades after witnessing one of the world’s most devastating atrocities, Rwanda is on the path to [...]

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    Buhari’s cabinet and youth inclusion

Buhari’s cabinet and youth inclusion

BY IBRAHIM FARUK Over the past five years, youth inclusion in democratic processes has gained global attention, buoyed largely by the emergence of young leaders across the world. In Nigeria, the Not Too Young To Run Movement addressed a major impediment to youth inclusion in the electoral process with the passage of the Not Too Young To Run (age reduction) bill. [...]

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    Why we still need Buratai

Why we still need Buratai

BY AO UDE“We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us.”-Winston ChurchillI am writing this piece, not on the strength of ethnicity or religion, but a firm conviction of the true Nigerian spirit. As an officer of the Nigerian Army and from the South Eastern part of Nigeria, I say [...]

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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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