Sunday, June 24, 2018

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Nigeria’s anti-people public institutions and the ‘ise-ijoba’ syndrome

By Simbo Olorunfemi The World Bank Group has only just released its "2016 Annual Ease of Doing Business Measurement report". Even though Nigeria moved from its 2015 ranking of 170 to 169 in 2016, the country lagged behind other countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including our immediate neighbour, Benin Republic. It should not come as a surprise to anyone that Nigeria seems [...]

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    6 things companies must know about the new CyberCrime Act

6 things companies must know about the new CyberCrime Act

By Kayode Adeniji Nigeria is more qualified to be world power than any African Nation. The pathway to achieving this is to view every bill passed into law by the National Assembly as an opportunity to realise this national ambition.Corporate organisations must see the economic value of the Cyber Crime Act 2015 instead of its express punitive provisions against cyber criminals. [...]

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Whither the Nigerian economic direction

BY ABDUL RAZAK ODUNLADE It is not in doubt that Nigeria is in crucial economic times. Any keen observer must therefore be concerned about the prospects of Lagos State, which controls the largest share of the Nigerian economy. Lagos is, in many ways, the nation's gateway to global business.On a general note, the economic situation in the country has clearly worsened [...]

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    Sarah will chase the thieves to Lagos

Sarah will chase the thieves to Lagos

By Toyin Akinosho Sarah Chayes will be talking to the major issues in her monumental book on corruption, as a highlight of the Lagos Book and Art Festival (LABAF). The American writer and activist is the author of Thieves of State, Why Corruption Threatens Global Security.She will be comparing notes on how the greed network wreaks havoc on the planet, [...]

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    The fate of hate

The fate of hate

BY URIEL PALTI When the 13-year-old boy got on his bike after school last Monday (12th October), he planned to go buy candy. He told his worried mother that he would be back in 15 minutes. But, five minutes later he was not home. He was brutally attacked and almost lost his life. He never expected to be stabbed 15 times. [...]

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    Understanding Ambode’s style of unlocking traffic gridlock

Understanding Ambode’s style of unlocking traffic gridlock

BY RASAK MUSIBAU In the Lagos of old, townsfolk could enjoy romantic or meditative evenings at the Lagos Marina, enveloped in celestial ambiance from the cool Atlantic Ocean breeze. That was when the population was barely 350,000. However, as people continue to flock to the state in search of the proverbial greener pasture, the geometrical increase in population, together with political [...]

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    Fela and Sankara: The October 15 connection

Fela and Sankara: The October 15 connection

BY BOLAJI IDOWU What a date on the African calendar.On this day October 15, 1938 one of the greatest musicians of all time was born in Nigeria.However, on the same day 49 years later, one of Africa's greatest leaders was killed in Burkina Faso.These men do not really need much introduction, for the brief years they spent with us they drove [...]

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    World Teachers Day: Celebrating unsung nation-builders

World Teachers Day: Celebrating unsung nation-builders

BY TITILAYOMI MOBOLAJI-ADEYEMI Teaching is one of the most challenging yet least lucrative professions, especially in developing countries like Nigeria. This, perhaps, is what inspired the widely popular saying that the teacher's reward is in heaven.In spite of the poor remuneration and apparently non-attractive conditions that most teachers are subjected to, some of them have chosen to see beyond the pain and sacrifice; they are [...]

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Buhari shall not be the petroleum minister

BY KOLAWOLE KAYODE “The President shall not, during his tenure of office, hold any other executive office or paid employment in any capacity whatsoever.” – Section 138, Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999.Pursuant to the above quoted Section 138 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, the President is expressly, definitively and unambiguously disallowed from holding [...]

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    Why you need to recharge your reporting (in 50 words only)

Why you need to recharge your reporting (in 50 words only)

BY TAIWO OBE Nine days to his 35th birthday and, remarkably, on the day Nigeria turned 40 as an independent nation (October 1, 2000), Hakeem Bello was appointed editor of Nigeria’s Daily Times.He had joined the Daily Times Group nine years earlier as a senior staff writer on the Sunday Times. He would later be drafted to start a special Saturday [...]

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    Mama Awo’s glorious exit

Mama Awo’s glorious exit

By Folu Olamiti Report on the death of Mama, Chief Mrs. HID Awolowo hit me like a thunderbolt last Saturday. It came at exactly 4pm while awaiting my flight aboard Arik Airline at Murtala Muhammed Airport 2, Ikeja, to Abuja. My initial reaction was to call the Consultant to the Nigerian Tribune titles, Mr Segun Olatunji, for confirmation on what I considered a rumor. [...]

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Bukola Saraki: A test run for anti-corruption crusade?

BY ADEDAYO OSHO It is not my intention to attack personalities or any institution. Rather, I am inspired to write this as a result of defence made by some Nigerians that Bukola Saraki, who doubles as Senate President and Chairman of the 8th National Assembly, should be immune from arrest or non-appearance in court over 'false declaration of assets' - a 13-count [...]

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PDP’s bag of lies and the fear of Timi Alaibe

BY RICHARD AKINAKA Faced with the consequences of the last four years of scandalous misrule of Bayelsa State, and confronted with the emerging reality that TIMI ALAIBE remains the single, most potent and capable politician in the state that is set to dislodge them from power, the ever callous leaders of the now failed Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), have resorted to [...]

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Tambuwal, Gbajabiamila and the treacherous ball

BY ADAMU ABUBAKAR "He is a stabilizer and a mobilizer and a very humble and true democrat who tackles issues dispassionately. Not only did Femi conceive the Speakership project, he nurtured it and worked tirelessly and assiduously towards its reality. " - Aminu Tambuwal, in 'Fearless' College Press, page 129."When he contested the Speakership, this may sound vainglorious; I single-handedly pushed [...]

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Musings on Kogi State

BY JOSHUA OCHEJA Kogi is indeed a dynamic state. It’s a state where unbelievable tales are never in short supply in politics, culture, ethnicity, religion and governance. It’s never a dull moment in Kogi state. We 'belong to everybody and we belong to nobody'. The state was created on 27 August 1991 from parts of Kwara State and Benue State with [...]

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Where’s the hope for unemployed Nigerian youths?

BY BOLAJI SAMSON When there was oil boom and a somewhat stable economy, the issue of unemployment was a very big problem. Now that Nigeria is experiencing economic crisis, one wonders what the hope of the teeming unemployed Nigerian youths would be.Nigeria's economy has been hurting on account of the drop in oil prices at the international oil market. All oil [...]

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