Monday, November 19, 2018

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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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    Anti-corruption: Nigeria is leaving adolescents behind

Anti-corruption: Nigeria is leaving adolescents behind

According to a UNICEF report, there are currently 1.2 Billion adolescents in the world, making up to 16 percent of the world`s entire human population. In Africa, there are presently 289 million adolescents (aged 10-19 years) who make up lump 23 percent of the entire African population.The adolescent population in Nigeria is about 40 million individuals. This constitutes about 23 percent [...]

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    Consolidating on the gains of skills development and job creation in Lagos

Consolidating on the gains of skills development and job creation in Lagos

BY JUDE SOTIRISustainable job creation is a 21st century challenge across the world, but more pressing in Africa. The continent saw widespread economic growth in the period between 2000 and 2015 due to macroeconomic reforms and strong commodity prices. However, weak commodity prices have affected economic growth, worsening what was already a very bad situation.In Nigeria, the unemployment issue is [...]

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    Osun 2018 rerun election: Foretelling the governor-elect

Osun 2018 rerun election: Foretelling the governor-elect

BY OMOSHOLA DEJIOsun state is presently Nigeria’s political fireworks capital. The incumbent All Progressives Congress (APC) and the winning People’s Democratic Party (PDP) are in a fierce battle for the control of the state after the 22 September governorship election ended inconclusive. The PDP is determined to maintain its lead while the APC has vowed to overturn it. PDP’s Ademola [...]

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    Osun’s Tom and Jerry show, Lagos broad screen cinema and lessons from both

Osun’s Tom and Jerry show, Lagos broad screen cinema and lessons from both

BY OLUGBENGA AKINBODETom and Jerry, the American animated series of short films, focuses on an age-old rivalry between its two main characters: Tom the cat and Jerry the mouse. While it produces a comic effect, it also underscores winning by wits and schemes. In most cases, Jerry wins. In some cases, Tom wins. The battle never ends.In the last few [...]

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    The dialogue with Christianity in Africa: Beyond proselytism

The dialogue with Christianity in Africa: Beyond proselytism

BY FRANCIS ANEKWE OBORJI “And what is more, Chukwu Himself in all His power and majesty, did not make the Igbo by fiat. He held conversations with mankind. He talked with those archetypal men of Ndri (Ndi Eri) and Adama, and even enlisted their cooperation and good offices.” – Chinua Achebe’s “Arrow of God”, – cited in Elochukwu E. Uzukwu’s “God, [...]

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Emmanuel’s three-year investment in Akwa Ibom’s future

BY AKAN OKONWhen Mr Udom Emmanuel was sworn in as the Governor of Akwa Ibom in 2015, he made certain promises. Specifically, he believes the state is blessed with abundant natural resources, fertile and good climate that can make it possible for it to produce sufficient food to feed its teeming population and provide a sustainable raw materials base for [...]

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    Why Yari cannot anoint a successor

Why Yari cannot anoint a successor

BY AHMED A. AHMEDIn Nigeria today, when you hear some states, certain things come to mind, automatically: when you hear Borno, you think Boko Haram; you hear Benue, you mind races to herdsmen; and of course, when you think Zamfara, you think of bandits, killing thousands across the state.If bandits were the only problem in Zamfara State, we may [...]

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    Tinubu/Ambode – the audacity of Adedibu politics

Tinubu/Ambode – the audacity of Adedibu politics

BY AYO-BANKOLE AKINTUJOYEI recently tweeted that ‘While Ambode’s performance is arguable, it is quite embarrassing that the choice about his 2nd term has been snatched completely from the hands of the electorate. While I respect Tinubu and appreciate his role in our democratic evolution since ‘99; this,in 2018,is authoritarianism’. I got many varying opinions about this tweet, lots of them [...]

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    Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission – an agency mired in confusion and missing in action

Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission – an agency mired in confusion and missing in action

BY CHISOM IKECHUKWUIn many developing economies, political interference has undermined regulatory independence. Regulatory procedures are expected to be transparent, accountable and predictable. “Without adequate safeguards against the misuse of regulation, investment will be discouraged and prices higher than needed. ...Credible, stable regulation is required to achieve the benefits of privatising and liberalising infrastructure”, according to Iannis N. Kessides, in the [...]

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    Between Emmanuel and Ekere in Akwa Ibom

Between Emmanuel and Ekere in Akwa Ibom

BY ENO NSIKAKCan Obong Nsima Ekere really be trusted? This is the question on the lips of an average Akwa Ibomite. How do you trust a man who had all the opportunities to make a mark on his state but preferred to play politics with development? Even people from the South Senatorial District where Ekere comes from cant even dare [...]

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    NEMA’s handling of disaster

NEMA’s handling of disaster

BY AARON ADAMU These are indeed trying times. The floods are here again, and as usual, thousands are affected. Homes have been destroyed, farms have been washed away, and the list goes on. While it is succinct to state that just like in other climes where natural disasters such as hurricane, earthquakes, and floods have continued to wreak havoc, the responses [...]

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