Monday, November 19, 2018

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    Vintage Atiku: The morning after

Vintage Atiku: The morning after

BY EMMANUEL UGOJI Just as you will not easily notice when he is tensed up except you study him or when he is offended except you find out why he positions the cap on his head, it will be difficult to read his mood. It takes such understanding to read the mood of Atiku Abubakar at the 2018 PDP elective national [...]

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    Five reasons Atiku will beat Buhari silly

Five reasons Atiku will beat Buhari silly

BY PHRANK SHAIBU  This past week marked a turning point in the nation’s political history. It was Atiku and all the news around his much-anticipated victory at the national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which ended on Sunday in Port Harcourt. It is also the week that the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) affirmed President Muhammadu Buhari as its [...]

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    ELC: Reshaping Africa leadership

ELC: Reshaping Africa leadership

BY SUNDAY OSANYINTUYICertainly, Africa continues to face serious developmental challenges. Such challenges as dependency, corruption, underdeveloped infrastructure, poor leadership and backward governance, etc are some of the impediments to Africa's quest for sustainable and equitable development.In the past, attempts have been made by foreigners to tackle these challenges but these can only be solved by Africans.Prominent among these issues in Africa is our leadership deficiency. Most Africa [...]

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    Jos and Dura-Du: Where the solution lies

Jos and Dura-Du: Where the solution lies

BY BELLO MUHAMMAD SHARADE The crisis in Plateau has been ongoing for long. It involves Muslims and Non-Muslims or ethnic indigenous Berom and culturally Hausa-Fulani so-called aliens.Mass lives in hundreds if not in thousands were lost through circles of assaults, attacks, ambushes, rampages, riots, carnages, massacres and even genocides. Human lives is no more sacred, hard earned treasures are no more precious [...]

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    How Udom Emmanuel is boosting economy via small scale companies

How Udom Emmanuel is boosting economy via small scale companies

BY AKPAN JAMESGovernor Udom Emmanuel in just three years in office as the governor of Akwa Ibom State has improved the economy of the state by encouraging the development of small scale industries in the state. This stems from the governor’s belief that small firms are relevant and vital to the development of the state economy and not just the [...]

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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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