Thursday, October 18, 2018

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    Understanding Sule Lamido’s struggles

Understanding Sule Lamido’s struggles

BY MANSUR AHMEDIt is about 132 days to next year’s presidential election but it's less than 48 hours to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential primary, holding in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital. Owing largely to the failings or otherwise of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration, which happened by accident about four years ago, Nigerians are understandably [...]

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    Nigeria: The Tambuwal template

Nigeria: The Tambuwal template

BY OKEY IKECHUKWUMost of the presidential aspirants prancing all over the place today do not really have specific, practical and implementable policy ideas, actions and proposals with which they intend to save Nigeria. It is not enough to speak in general terms about "What" you want to do as a leader. The "How" of it all is important as well. [...]

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    The imperative of driving research and innovation for industry

The imperative of driving research and innovation for industry

BY JULIUS ADELUSI-ADELUYI Experts have shown direct links between efficient health system governance and promising health workers outputs, which ultimately have positive effects on overall health outcomes. However access to poor investments in research and development, quality drugs, distrust, dissensions and recurring conflicts among different professional groups in the health sector are some issues that have conspired to ensure that poor [...]

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    Why we lament and do not celebrate Nigeria

Why we lament and do not celebrate Nigeria

BY ANEKWE OBORJINot an irony!Why we lament, NOT celebrate Nigeria at its 58th Independence Day Anniversary:“How deserted she sits,The City once thronged with people!Once the greatest of nations ,She is now like a widow .Once the princess of states,She is now put to forced labour [Its citizens scattered around the world like a sheep without a Shepherd - A [...]

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    Post-mortem: The real issues from Ambode’s press conference

Post-mortem: The real issues from Ambode’s press conference

BY GEORGE CYRILOn Sunday, 30th September, 2018, Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State and 2019 governorship contestant from the All Progressives Congress (APC) hosted a world press conference in Lagos. Thereafter, the public space has been filled with red-flag expressions from the Governor and responses from Babajide Sanwo-Olu, his opponent. But the trending information is not total. What we have [...]

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    At 58, cry not for Nigeria

At 58, cry not for Nigeria

BY ENA ORUGBOThe weakest link in leadership is passing the bulk…Nigeria with GDP of $405 billion is the only MINT nation with GDP below the bloc’s average of $810 billion. Africa’s largest economy loses $2.25 billion annually to archaic selling of her crude oil on FOB basis against industry’s best practice of CIF. Amina Mohammed, UN’s Deputy Secretary General, recently [...]

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    Will the real democrats in Lagos APC stand up?

Will the real democrats in Lagos APC stand up?

BY ADETOLA ADEPETULagos, in many ways, plays a leading role in how the world views Nigeria. As one of Africa’s most cosmopolitan city-states, the flavor of Lagos is seen by many as the flavor of Nigeria. With the undemocratic approach the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is taking in deciding its flag-bearer for the Lagos Governorship Elections in 2019, surely [...]

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    World Habitat Day: Governments must end the brutal practice of forced evictions

World Habitat Day: Governments must end the brutal practice of forced evictions

BY MALAVIKA VARTIAK In the early morning biting cold of 23 July 2018, about 10,000 people in Nairobi’s Kibera slum watched in a sleepy haze as their homes and everything they owned were flattened by bulldozers to make way for the construction of the city’s missing link road that will connect Ngong Road and Langata Road. Schools, health centres and places [...]

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    Why APC members ought to be worried over Ambode’s speech

Why APC members ought to be worried over Ambode’s speech

BY OGUNDIMU BELLOThe already charged political atmosphere seemed slightly calm early on Sunday, September 30, 2018. Political gladiators were in the trenches getting ready for the State primaries. This was punctured at about mid-day with an announcement that the incumbent State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode had called an international press conference. Most of his followers expected the worst. They believed he [...]

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    Minister Amaechi vs. Senator Abe

Minister Amaechi vs. Senator Abe

BY COMFORT OBIIf anybody was in doubt of why the civilized world laughs at us, the open letter, written to the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, by Senator Magnus Abe, published in the ThisDay newspaper of Wednesday, September 26, puts a seal on the doubt.I read it three times. And each time, my worries increased, with an exclamation to [...]

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    Saving Nigeria’s primary health care centres from ruin

Saving Nigeria’s primary health care centres from ruin

BY CHINEDU ASADUAs the seventh most populous country in the world, with about 198 million citizens, the assumption would be that Nigeria will earn top spots among countries with the best health care system – at least in Africa. But sadly, the reverse has been the case. Over the years, the country’s healthcare – especially primary health care –  is [...]

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    The ‘narrow victory’ in Osun and a wakeup call for APC in Lagos

The ‘narrow victory’ in Osun and a wakeup call for APC in Lagos

BY DICKSON ONYENEKWU Osun State is one of the States in the South-west region of Nigeria and it was created on August 27, 1991. The name Osun was derived from the River Osun, the venerated natural spring that is the manifestation of the Yoruba goddess of the same name. Yoruba mythology has it that Ile – Ife in the State of [...]

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    Wike’s insult to PDP and matters arising

Wike’s insult to PDP and matters arising

BY GEORGE FABIRISIMOOnce again, Nigerians are faced with the herculean task of choosing who heads and steers the ship of the affairs of the nation. In the context of our democracy, the choices at this stage are between the choices that the two parties make and this case, it is whoever the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presents that faces incumbent [...]

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    On Dogara’s courageous move to PDP

On Dogara’s courageous move to PDP

BY ADESUWA TSANAfter months of speculation, speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, has dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).The speaker, while making his defection clear at the national secretariat of the PDP in Abuja on Thursday when he went to submit his nomination and expression of interest forms, gave reasons why [...]

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    Lagos as the renewed test of political party influence in Nigeria

Lagos as the renewed test of political party influence in Nigeria

BY ABIODUN BABAJIDEIn 1999, after the inauguration of the Olusegun Obasanjo administration, People’s Democratic Party (PDP), had its Governors presiding in 21 out of the 36 States of the Federation. While All People’s Party (APP) had nine States then, Alliance for Democracy (AD) had only six States. Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been a central figure of the AD since [...]

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    Fallout of Osun election: The gods are not to blame

Fallout of Osun election: The gods are not to blame

BY BAMIDELE AROGUNDADEEde, the sleepy town along the Osun River in Osun State is the setting of the Ola Rotimi classic, The Gods are not to Blame. The plot of this tragic play, bears some relationship with the political situation in Osun State, where the incumbent ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), contrary to general expectations, could not wrap [...]

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