Wednesday, January 2, 2019

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    Why we must allow our fallen heroes rest in peace

Why we must allow our fallen heroes rest in peace

BY SANMI OLA The death of Lt Col. Muhammed Abu Ali and six other troops cast a pall on the nation, opening the month of November on a sad note. Those deaths were preceded in September and October by some other casualties in the war theatre. Before them other gallant soldiers had paid the supreme price in the war to rid [...]

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    The rise of unethical reporting

The rise of unethical reporting

BY ABIODUN ISRAELThe pressure on sustaining media organizations has increased tremendously in recent years. Worldwide, the growth of new media and distressed national economies has all but rendered media outfits comatose, non-profitable, or simply closed operations once their owners finally accept the reality of how it has become impossible to survive.Media organisations that had gone under in the past [...]

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    7 things we should know about the draft MTEF currently before the Nigerian Senate

7 things we should know about the draft MTEF currently before the Nigerian Senate

BY ENYIOMA MADUBUIKEOn Thursday November 3, 2016, the Nigerian Senate faulted the draft Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) forwarded by the Ministry of Budget and National Planning for being incomplete. There are however key takeaways from the document currently before the Senate.The Fiscal Responsibility Act makes it mandatory for the Federal Government to prepare a Medium Term Expenditure Framework every [...]

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    Q&A: Win Ohio, win the elections? What history teaches about US presidential race

Q&A: Win Ohio, win the elections? What history teaches about US presidential race

BY KATE BOLDUANWhich are the swing states?Swing states are the states that are neither reliably red (Republican) nor blue (Democrat).  The state literally “swings” between the two parties depending on the cycle.  Which states are considered “swing state,” or “battleground states” as many of us call them, changes over time as populations and voting patterns change.  An example: Barack Obama [...]

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    The Nigerian Army and its challenges

The Nigerian Army and its challenges

BY PHILIP AGBSESE  The Nigerian Army (NA) is facing one of its worse moments in the history of its existence in the country. It is confronted with the difficult and unenviable duty of quelling internal insurrections across the country.Those conversant with the core mandate of the army would agree that such domestic assignments are outside the gamut of its original [...]

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    Understanding the Hizmet Movement in Nigeria

Understanding the Hizmet Movement in Nigeria

BY JOSHUA OCHEJA‎This topic is probably one of my best in recent times because it is as a result of real life encounters. And somewhat a response to a certain Huseyin Oztunc, who has been spreading outright falsehood on the Hizmet movement in Nigeria.For starters, Mr. Huseyin Oztunc is not a Nigerian, and his recent outburst is an affront [...]

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    Nigeria High Commission London: The real definition of bureaucracy and inefficiency   

Nigeria High Commission London: The real definition of bureaucracy and inefficiency  

BY LAWAL IDRIS YUSUFI had repeatedly seen online videos of Nigerians embittered by their experience at Nigerian embassies and high commissions abroad and never really appreciated the frustrations and difficulties they went through to access services meant to be readily available to bona fide citizens of Nigeria. Unfortunately, this is the reality of many Nigerians and the sad nature of [...]

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    De-risking Nigeria’s electricity market for increased energy access

De-risking Nigeria’s electricity market for increased energy access

BY OKAFOR AKACHUKWUIt may not currently be the best time to invest in Nigeria but the risk of investing in Nigeria may be worsening – possibly worse than as reported in the World Bank Doing Business 2017 report. Nigeria was ranked 169 out of 190 countries, reviewed from her 170th position in the 2016 report. Of the ten (10) indices [...]

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    Setting the record straight on PTF probe

Setting the record straight on PTF probe

By Fatima Mohammed Dala I write to respond to the article written by one Aisha Abdullahi from Malaysia titled: ‘Re: Aisha Buhari: The designer first lady who fooled my people’, published in the Cable of the 29th October, 2016.She was reacting to an earlier article by Umar Sa’ad Hassan on the same topic published a week earlier. Ordinarily, I would not have [...]

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    Atiku, Saraki, Kwankwaso: All those who left PDP must return

Atiku, Saraki, Kwankwaso: All those who left PDP must return

BY DEJI ADEYANJUSometime in November 2013, five governors elected on the platform of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) decamped to the All Progressives Congress (APC). It was an unprecedented move in Nigeria’s political history and formed the foundation for APC’s victory at the 2015 general elections.The governors who led their supporters and political structures to APC were Governors Abdulfatah Ahmed [...]

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    A eulogy to the life and times of Ken Saro-Wiwa Jr

A eulogy to the life and times of Ken Saro-Wiwa Jr

BY BEKEME MASADE Life indeed is only a journey. When I heard that Ken Saro-Wiwa Jr had died, I was dumbstruck. I was scrolling through my BBM messages on my iphone when I saw his photo and a RIP message on Nkiru Asika of Storm Records, profile photo at 12:33am of Wednesday, the 19th of October, 2016.I was astounded! My [...]

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    Fethullah Gulen’s maxim: Live so that others may live

Fethullah Gulen’s maxim: Live so that others may live

BY EMRE CELIKThe above may in fact actually summarize the life meaning for those who participate in the Hizmet (aka Gulen Movement).This is one of the most fundamental values Fethullah Gulen, preacher emeritus based in Pennsylvania and the figurehead of the Hizmet movement, who has played a role and helped mould the life direction of millions of Hizmet participants serve others across more than 150 countries.It [...]

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    Customer satisfaction: MultiChoice’s new deal with subscribers

Customer satisfaction: MultiChoice’s new deal with subscribers

BY MOYOSORE COKERBig deal? Certainly. Given the inherent range of benefits, the new customer-focused initiatives unveiled by MultiChoice Nigeria, the country’s premier video entertainment company, are such that entitle the company to licit claim to be sensitive to its customer base and is committed to improve customer service.The two related attributes have already been attested to by the Consumer Protection [...]

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    Why finance needs to play a more prominent role in Nigeria’s housing market

Why finance needs to play a more prominent role in Nigeria’s housing market

BY SIMON NCHETAINTRODUCTIONBeing a developing country as well as one of the most populous countries in the world, there is bound to be a gaping housing deficit in Nigeria. Not only are we plagued with an ever-growing housing deficit, but large numbers of our population live in substandard accommodation, with an estimated populace of 100 million Nigerians living in substandard [...]

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    Osun develops prototype for solving gender inequality, girl child empowerment

Osun develops prototype for solving gender inequality, girl child empowerment

BY ADETOLA IGEFrom a global perspective, the girl child is considered vulnerable to several societal ills. This perception is more pronounced in developing countries, where the belief is that there is the need for effective policies to safeguard the girl child from violence, limited access to education, neglect, abuse, gender disparities and other negative trends.There is growing concern around the [...]

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    Why are government officials obsessed with foreign trips?

Why are government officials obsessed with foreign trips?

BY BUKAR RAHEEMThose in search of irrational and disgraceful justification of misconduct from Nigeria’s public officials should turn to Ekiti state Governor Ayodele  Fayose. His vocabulary is always drenched in support of an unpopular cause.Mid this year, Fayose would have wrestled to the ground President Muhammedu Buhari, had he sighted him physically for having the effrontery to place foreign travel [...]

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