Sunday, January 6, 2019

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    The important role of young Ghanaian bloggers during the elections

The important role of young Ghanaian bloggers during the elections

BY MERCY ABANGCivic Journalism, especially in Africa where the media is largely controlled by owners or gagged by patronage from state actors, has continued to play a crucial role during elections in modern world.Citizen journalists have become important social actors within the scheme of social, cultural and political engagements, especially employing online resources to disseminate multimedia materials and gather information. [...]

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    Infrastructure Nigeria Agency – A catalyst for national infrastructure development

Infrastructure Nigeria Agency – A catalyst for national infrastructure development

BY OKIDE EZIGBODear Mr. Bababtunde Fashola, minister of power, works and housing,In my search to dialog with any key national executive on a sustainable model-solution that can fix Nigeria’s infrastructural debacle primarily caused by Government’s long-term infrastructural inertia, I took time to research on the public service and personal philosophy of Mr. Fashola, the current Nigeria’s Federal Minister of Power, [...]

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    IDPs’ plight as terrorists’ latest weapon

IDPs’ plight as terrorists’ latest weapon

BY BUKAR RAHEEM One really wonders why some people still can’t stand the fact that their doomsday predictions for Nigeria failed. Despite glaring realities, some group of people choose to disbelieve the fact that the Nigerian military is doing well. This is evidenced in the incontrovertible fact that they, the Nigerian military, have been able to defeat one of the world’s [...]

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    Buhari unbowed by 2016 challenges

Buhari unbowed by 2016 challenges

BY PHILP AGBESEOn the surface, 2016 looks like a year Nigerians would like to zap from their memories. It is the year in which President Muhammadu Buhari's administration marked one year in office and this was a milestone that used to attract the equivalent of non-stop genuflecting from corridor trekkers. But for this year, like the waves receding at low [...]

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    Why Jonathan should not be blamed for corruption

Why Jonathan should not be blamed for corruption

BY CHUKA IGWEGBEWhen former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, appointed Dora Akunyili as DG of NAFDAC in April 2001, Akunyili started to reform NAFDAC from a docile Agency to a very active one. It is instructive to note that the reforms she carried out at NAFDAC with the support of the then President, Obasanjo, were not because the President asked her to [...]

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    The Nigerian Army ‘Thank You for Your Service’ Initiative

The Nigerian Army ‘Thank You for Your Service’ Initiative

PRESS RELEASE: The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General TY Buratai, in an effort to boost the morale of the troops of the Nigerian Army, has conceived and launched the “Thank You for Your Service” Initiative.While this Initiative originated from the Nigerian Army, it will be a 100% private sector driven initiative, championed by the Nigerian people, as it is [...]

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    Time to say enough of judicial terrorism

Time to say enough of judicial terrorism

BY OKANGA AGILA The US president-elect, Mr Donald Trump took many by the storm with his comments to President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines that his controversial fight against drugs was being carried out "the right way".For the records, in the four months that Duterte has been president as many as 2,500 people have been executed on the streets for allegedly [...]

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    Towards better connectivity and healthier competition

Towards better connectivity and healthier competition

By Anthony Jegede The hubbub over the reinstatement of floor price on data tariff by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has calmed down substantially after the implementation that would have kicked in on December 1, 2016 was suspended. This should however not lull those of us that opposed what was erroneously interpreted as an enforced price hike into a false sense [...]

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    Celebrating DAME Awards at 25

Celebrating DAME Awards at 25

BY FEMI BABATUNDEThis year, the Diamond Awards for Media Excellence (DAME), a not-for-profit organisation that rewards media excellence in Nigeria marks its Silver Jubilee. Since 1992 when the award, dubbed in some quarters as Nigeria’s version of the prestigious Pulitzer Prize, debuted till now, Trustees of DAME have inducted 475 outstanding journalists, advertising professional and media organisations into its hallowed [...]

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    Nigeria: A sovereignty too precious to sacrifice

Nigeria: A sovereignty too precious to sacrifice

About five centuries ago, Johann Kaspar Lavater, a German-born poet and physiognomist, envisaged the dynamism of the world early enough.It’s like this intellectual acumen had Nigeria of today in mind, when in solo mood, insightfully challenged himself; “What do I owe to my times, to my country, to my neighbors, to my friends? Such are the questions which a [...]

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    The misadventure of foreign invaders in Nigeria

The misadventure of foreign invaders in Nigeria

BY KENNETH-KAUNDA ADAMU From all indications, Financial Times must have that imperial confidence that it can and would get away with anything that it does in or to Nigeria. The news organization that was able to do an about face in the recently held US presidential election, is gradually and consistently becoming infamous in Nigeria. It is not surprising that its [...]

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    Careless policies and the need for better leaders

Careless policies and the need for better leaders

BY AHMED RUFAI ISAH As news of the cancellation of the planned data hike by telecommunication companies filtered through, I asked myself what the purpose of a government is and if as Nigerians the government comprising of all the people elected to represent citizens truly have the interest of the nation at heart? If they do, have that interest manifested as [...]

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    Is Amnesty International fair to our security agencies?

Is Amnesty International fair to our security agencies?

BY ABIODUN ISRAEL A few days ago, the Nigerian Army headquarters raised the alarm that there was sustained efforts of some foreign agencies like to destroy its reputation. It said an international organization was planning to release a damning report on the army. And Amnesty International (AI) did just that.A statement by the Acting Director Army Public Relations,  Col. Sani Kukasheka [...]

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    COP7 vistas and the tobacco epidemic

COP7 vistas and the tobacco epidemic

BY AUSTIN OFILIThe just-concluded seventh session of the conference of Parties to the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO-FCTC) remains a watershed in efforts to hold tobacco companies liable for the harms of their products.Among other broad action-plans, representatives from about 180 countries who participated in the treaty negotiations which ended Nov. 12 in New Delhi adopted [...]

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    Another failed attempt to paint Nigeria bad

Another failed attempt to paint Nigeria bad

BY PHILIP AGBESE It is now glaring that whatever we may think, the claim that there is an international conspiracy to derail Nigeria could have some element of truth to it afterall.Part of that claim is that there are concerted efforts to report the country out of existence. Students of International Communication and World Press in journalism or mass communication classes [...]

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    One year of tourism fumbling?

One year of tourism fumbling?

BY ANDY EHANIREPundits had easily fingered institutional failings as being responsible for the demotion of Tourism from being a full-fledged Ministry at the onset of the current dispensation, with principal actors not being able to fully locate or even justify the critical nexus of Tourism to national development - such that explains how tourism has become a veritable engine room [...]

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