Wednesday, June 19, 2019

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    SGF, Nigerian senate and faulty steps

SGF, Nigerian senate and faulty steps

BY OKANGA AGILA In its customary and baseless umbrage, the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has indicted the Secretary of the Government of the Federation (SGF) Mr. Babachir David Lawal over alleged contract scams. Flowing from this, the Red Chamber has also issued a matching order in a resolution calling on his resignation or suspension.Precisely, the indictment of the [...]

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    Urgently needed: A new, reformed PDP

Urgently needed: A new, reformed PDP

BY DON PEDRO OBASEKIThis is an honest opinion and I pray the leaders are reading or will listen.The Edo State governorship elections came and went. The Ondo State governorship elections came and went. Now the Rivers State legislative rerun also came, but many of us in Edo didn't need to read a "Mene Mene Tekel". The script was familiar. The [...]

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    Tourism master plan and the confused passengers

Tourism master plan and the confused passengers

By Andy Ehanire The National Tourism Master Plan has been in the public domain for more than a decade. Several sensitization for a have been organized to elicit response from stakeholders, while experts have also been availed opportunities to analyse and review the document. In a professionally vibrant environment, various schools of thought would have emerged with consistent position papers on [...]

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    Abdullahi: Back on the beat

Abdullahi: Back on the beat

BY JULIUS OGUNROLast week, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi was elected the National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at a mini congress of the party which held in Abuja. That position had been vacant for about a year since Lai Mohammed, the former spokesperson and face of the party, had gone to accept a well-deserved cabinet position in the [...]

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    It’s human rights day – stand for someone’s rights!

It’s human rights day – stand for someone’s rights!

By Yomi Fawehinmi Today is the Human Rights Day. This is a day set out annually to celebrate Human Rights. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.The focus for the 2016 Human Rights Day is a call on everyone to stand up for someone's rights!So what's Human Rights? [...]

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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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