Thursday, November 29, 2018

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    NERC: Assessing past with cautious satisfaction, facing future with optimism

NERC: Assessing past with cautious satisfaction, facing future with optimism

BY MICHAEL FALOSEYINot many options were available to the Federal Government at the dawn of the present political dispensation in 1999 over the state of the power sector. One option was to allow total collapse of the government owned utility company, the National Electric Power Authority (NEPA), which was already comatose as at then.Yet another option was for the [...]

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    ‘Change begins with me’ campaign – whose idea was it?

‘Change begins with me’ campaign – whose idea was it?

BY AKINWALE GOODLUCKDear Editor, I have followed with great interest the allegations of plagiarism made against Alhaji Lai Mohammed the Hon. Minister of Information and Culture and the rebuttals made by his office. I am constrained to write in respect of same with a view to setting the records straight having had privileged knowledge and information about the conception of [...]

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    GSM tax: Buhari pushing his luck too far

GSM tax: Buhari pushing his luck too far

BY ADEKOYA BOLADALEA recent investigative report by Economic Confidential puts the total annual remuneration of President Buhari and his cabinet at N2.295billion. In the extensive report, President Buhari and his vice-president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, enjoy a hardship allowance pegged at 50 percent of their annual basic salaries. This is less the 250 percent Constituency, accommodation, furniture, domestic staff, personal assistants, [...]

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    Fighting recession through local refining   

Fighting recession through local refining  

BY JOE ATTUEYIThe latest word ( no pun intended) in our economic lexicon is recession. As is usual with us we have gone to our default solution. Diversify into Agriculture is our talismanic phrase anytime we run into economic troubled waters. Gowon mouthed it. Obasanjo did operation feed the nation. Shagari did green revolution and ad infinitum we went. Yet [...]

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    Rationale and solutions to high interest rates in Nigeria

Rationale and solutions to high interest rates in Nigeria

By Toni Oki Interest rates on bank loans in Nigeria are well over 20 percent, presenting a major hindrance to household spending and firm growth. Yet, against the backdrop of a slowly contracting economy and sharply rising inflation, which now stands at 17.6 percent, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) raised the Monetary Policy Rate [...]

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    The chains around Nigerian women’s feet

The chains around Nigerian women’s feet

BY FESTUS ADEDAYOThe list of unfavourable prejudices against women in the world is endless. History, religion, culture, language, etc over the centuries, were skewed in her disfavor.The history, for instance, was his story and never hers. In the developing world, for instance, culture and religion were her major snares, with grossly skewed foundations that were basically woven together to [...]

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    Aero, FirstNation dying… which is next?

Aero, FirstNation dying… which is next?

BY DEJI ADEYANJU The 24-hour suspension of operations by Arik Air is an evidence of how the current administration is destroying the aviation industry, and the Nigerian economy.Though Arik is back, Aero and FirstNation are yet to resume operations. It is very telling that since the commencement of this administration, the aviation industry has been plagued by low passenger traffic, scarcity of [...]

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    Should change begin with me or President Buhari?

Should change begin with me or President Buhari?

BY ONYIORAH CHIDULUEMIJE“...before you ask “where is the change they promised us’, you must first ask how far have I changed my ways, ‘what have I done to be part of the change for the greater good of society”.The foregoing remark credited to and drawn from the speech delivered by President Muhammadu Buhari during the launch of the National Re-orientation [...]

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    The hollowness of Buhari’s self-change campaign

The hollowness of Buhari’s self-change campaign

BY NNAMDI OKOSIEMESince the CHANGE BEGINS WITH ME CAMPAIGN was launched by the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government, Nigerians have been divided on the propriety or otherwise of the campaign.Those who welcome the idea hinge their acceptance of it on the ground that Nigeria has long since been sundered from its moral mooring and needs to be reconnected. [...]

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    Buhari’s weaknesses shocking admirers but he still stands tall

Buhari’s weaknesses shocking admirers but he still stands tall

BY FRISKY LARRBefore anyone develops ideas and speculates that I am now a wailer-convert, I will make haste to dispel this silly notion. It is of immense importance to underscore the undeniable usefulness of Buhari’s emergence as the leader of our great nation at a perilous time, in which unlettered evil forces sought the discontinuation of the country’s unity.They employed [...]

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    President Buhari: What ‘change’ are you collecting again?

President Buhari: What ‘change’ are you collecting again?

BY TIMI OLAGUNJU“Do not ask what your citizens can change, rather ask what you have changed for your citizens as promised in over 455 days in office”.About 72 hours ago, the Presidency launched the “change begins with me” campaign. Then I quickly remembered what conductors and drivers in Lagos would typically say to passengers, “abeg, hold your change”. This prompted [...]

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    Fashola at Work: Why is no one talking?

Fashola at Work: Why is no one talking?

BY MODESTUS UMENZEKWEI have in the last few months been travelling to my hometown of Achina in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State at a high frequency for reasons which need not be stated here. I have been going by road because the road is today much better and safer than, say, this time last year. Another reason I [...]

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    Jonathan shouldn’t attend Council of State meetings

Jonathan shouldn’t attend Council of State meetings

By Moses Okpogode Established under section 153 of the 1999 constitution, the National Council of States is an advisory body set up to advise sitting presidents on issues including those relating to the prerogative of mercies. The body comprises the president, who chair's the meeting, the vice president, all former presidents and heads of government.President Goodluck Jonathan walked into the council [...]

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    Chibok girls: The wanted trio and citizens’ role in counter-terrorism operations

Chibok girls: The wanted trio and citizens’ role in counter-terrorism operations

BY JOHNSON OBIOHAThe recent move by the Nigerian army to declare three people, Ahmad Salkida, Aisha Wakil and Ahmed Bolori wanted over their connections with Boko Haram has become a subject of discussion.However, this must be viewed as a defining moment to shape an effective civil-military relations to tackle the emerging security challenges.Clearly, the manner with which the Nigerian army [...]

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    Growing rural communities through sustainable tourism

Growing rural communities through sustainable tourism

BY OLUKAYODE KOLAWOLEThe responsibility to grow our rural communities is a shared one. In fact, majority of the tourism sites in Nigeria are located in most of the rural areas. Development in these areas are not as fast-paced as urban communities.Every year, rural development always finds its way to the government’s shopping list but somehow doesn’t make it to the [...]

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    Doctors as murderers: The story of Citizen Emmanuel Israel Atsar

Doctors as murderers: The story of Citizen Emmanuel Israel Atsar

By Owelle Chigbolumogu  The atmosphere was chaotic. The fear, tension and apprehension were almost palpable. The people that brought him to the emergency ward solicited sympathetic assistance from every one that paraded the ward wearing overcoat. Every one of them asked for money to open file, get hospital card or do the medically needful.In the labyrinth of this confusion, this badly [...]

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