Monday, November 12, 2018

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    Still on the Ebola Virus Disease

Still on the Ebola Virus Disease

It was a text message that brought the reality of Ebola closer home for me last week. My son’s school was scheduled to open on September 6 before Patrick Sawyer, as reported by the World Health Organisation (WHO), brought Ebola to us in Nigeria on July 25 thereby forcing a postponement. Previously, I had watched, as it were from the [...]

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    Open letter to Governor Rauf Aregbesola

Open letter to Governor Rauf Aregbesola

Dear Ogbeni Aregbesola: Congratulations once again on your victory at the Osun State governorship election of August 9, I’m sure it’s not too late to felicitate with you.You’ve fought a good fight and it’s your inalienable right to savour the victory that you secured through doggedness at the polls. I love your political expediency; I mean who could have imagined [...]

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Let’s talk about constituency projects

One of the unique features of our democratic journey is the concept of ‘constituency projects’. Simply defined, these are projects that are conceptualised and executed on the behalf of legislators in their respective constituencies by contractors. Several theories abound on how it was introduced into our political lexicon. Former senator, Olorunnimbe Mamora, claimed that it was the Lagos State House [...]

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    Nuhu Ribadu is just another politician 

Nuhu Ribadu is just another politician 

It is somehow laughable that quite a sizable number of people were shocked at the defection of former police officer, Nuhu Ribadu, from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). One still wonders how Nigerians expected him to be different from other politicians in the land, his former position as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [...]

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    A greater problem

A greater problem

There is a greater problem assailing us in our country currently. This is neither the ebola virus disease nor our corrupt politicians who keep changing parties like baby diapers. It is our growing illiteracy rate and nowhere is this exemplified than the latest results released by the West African Examination Councils (WAEC). The Council’s flagship examinations held in May this [...]

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    The gladiators of Osun

The gladiators of Osun

Never before in our annals has an election become very important with two major sides vigorously campaigning and unwilling to leave anything to chance. I’m talking of the governorship election scheduled for Saturday, August 9, in Osun State or if you belong to one of the combatants’ camp, State of Osun. I think it was the Ekiti State governorship election [...]

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    This ship is sinking

This ship is sinking

My initial plan was to write on the plight of the girls abducted from Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State on April 14 who have now been held for over 100 days. I had hoped to draw attention to this painful fact especially as many schools ended the academic session last Friday.  But while some of our compatriots have devoted [...]

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    What about 2015 elections?

What about 2015 elections?

The inspiration for this piece came from a round table discussion organised by the Ford Foundation in honour of retiring senior programme officer, Dr. Joseph Gitari. Held on Thursday, July 10 at the Foundation’s West Africa office in Banana Island, Ikoyi, Lagos, the send-off ceremony saw a gathering of civil society activists, journalists, civil servants, environmentalists, lawyers, and development workers [...]

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    We’re breeding illiterates

We’re breeding illiterates

A cursory look at the education sector in our country would reveal that things are not going on smoothly there at all. With protests by universities students over increase in school fees, a nearly one-year old strike by polytechnics and colleges of technology lecturers, and teachers’ strikes in some states, we are simply breeding illiterates.Naturally the argument can be made [...]

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    Lessons from the World Cup

Lessons from the World Cup

Nigerians are very passionate people and perhaps nowhere is this shown more than football. It animates most of us and usually, we are often united in rooting for our teams during international football competitions. Even those who don’t follow football regularly join the aficionados in showing support, at least for the moment. One of the drawbacks of this is that [...]

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