Saturday, November 17, 2018

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    MultiChoice: CPC and child of a lesser god

MultiChoice: CPC and child of a lesser god

BY JUBRIL NAIYEJUIt is a safe bet that most Nigerians would want prices of goods and services fixed for years and forever, even. An exception would be members of the moneyed class, who cannot be bothered whether or not prices stay the same and actually view paying eye-watering sums for products and services as a reflection of their status. The other [...]

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    Is it illegal to be a Nigerian?

Is it illegal to be a Nigerian?

FRANCIS ANEKWE OBORJISometimes I ask myself, ‘Is it “illegal” to be a Nigerian?’ Sometimes I ask myself, ‘Are Nigerians illegal citizens of the world?’ Sometimes I would ask myself, ‘Because I am from Nigeria, so, I am an illegal citizen in the eye of the world?’ Sometimes, I would ask myself, ‘Why has my being a Nigerian, who is seeking [...]

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    Constitutionality of banks as tax collectors

Constitutionality of banks as tax collectors

BY ABUBAKAR SANIThe Association of Bureau De Change Operators of Nigeria recently raised an alarm over the on-going practice of banks denying their members access to their funds on the strength of a directive purportedly issued by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) appointing the banks as collection agents in respect of tax which it unilaterally determines is due from [...]

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    Dominic Ubong Essien: Hope for Ikot Abasi federal constituency

Dominic Ubong Essien: Hope for Ikot Abasi federal constituency

BY KUFRE CARTER Dominic Ubong Essien  (DUE) was born into the family of Bernadette and Henry Etuk Essien of Ata Minya in Mkpat Enin local government area of Akwa Ibom State. He has his early education at St. Gregory's College, Lagos. He then proceeded to the University of Port Harcourt in Rivers State where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Economics, [...]

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    The13th floor incarnate

The13th floor incarnate

BY EDIDIONG UDOBIA Triskaidekaphobia is the fear, hate, or dislike of the number thirteen (13). There are different stories about number 13 with attendant superstitions, which although not proven, have gained wide acceptance in many countries like the United States. One of such superstitions is the legend of the 13th floor. From my little research, I learnt that in the affected [...]

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    The implication of Nigeria’s extreme poverty status on sustainable development goals

The implication of Nigeria’s extreme poverty status on sustainable development goals

BY EKENE ODIGWE The British Prime Minister Theresa May’s poverty remark about Nigeria sparked a conversation of conflicting views across the country, but the fact remains that this is not the first time this has happened. Bill Gates in March this year, at the special and expanded National Economic Council held in Abuja, stated that the execution priorities of the presidency’s [...]

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    2019: Beyond one-word and single phrase propositions

2019: Beyond one-word and single phrase propositions

BY OLUWAKOREDE ASUNIThe APC in 2015 had a single word mantra: Change. It was powerful. It was reminiscent of the Barack Obama campaign of 2008. Mr. Obama took on the establishment, wrestling the democratic party’s ticket from the hands of the experienced stateprenur Hillary Rodham Clinton, whose it was to lose the Democratic Party’s primaries and she did. The ebony skinned [...]

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    Nigeria, Atiku and the Mandela option

Nigeria, Atiku and the Mandela option

BY ETHELBERT OKERE The All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Buhari presidency would have since began to concoct another lie to tell the people of the Southeast, if you like, the Igbo following, the recent declaration by former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, that he will do only one term of four years if elected president next year.Atiku, unarguably the most [...]

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    The challenges of the electric power sector needs no crowing

The challenges of the electric power sector needs no crowing

BY AKPAN ASUQUOIn these times of playing games with facts, an opinion piece titled “As Discos throw in the towel” by Mr. Sunday Onyemachi Eze which appeared in various media outlets deserves scrutiny. Nigeria deserves robust debate on how to address the challenges of the power sector. But the said article crows about the difficulties of the electricity distribution companies [...]

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    When the worst of the best is better than the rest

When the worst of the best is better than the rest

BY KEHINDE BAMIGBETAN The set theory is a commonsensical heritage of arithmetics. By defining a selection from a universe as a set, it makes value judgments that could relate to the mass. The Economist Intelligence Unit, the research arm of the highly prestigious Economist news magazine experiments with the set theory every year. To execute its livability survey, it selects 140 [...]

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    Samuel Ogundipe and the criminalisation of journalism

Samuel Ogundipe and the criminalisation of journalism

BY AUSTIN MAHOLast week, a Premium Times reporter, Samuel Ogundipe, in what amounts to a criminalisation of journalism, was arrested by the Nigerian Police for theft and unlawful possession of restricted and classified documents which in the opinion of the Police could jeopardise state security.Ogundipe was arrested on Tuesday, August 14 and detained at the force headquarters and in an [...]

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    Here comes the revivalist bishop of Lagos

Here comes the revivalist bishop of Lagos

BY FOLU OLAMITIMonday, July 30, 2018 will remain significant and memorable for the diocese of Lagos, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion). It was the day the diocese enthroned a new diocesan bishop in the person of Right Reverend (Dr) Humphrey Bamisebi Olumakaiye to take over from Most Reverend Adebola Ademowo who retired gloriously after serving for 29 years as bishop [...]

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    Impeachment: Two-thirds of all national assembly members vs two-thirds of the majority

Impeachment: Two-thirds of all national assembly members vs two-thirds of the majority

BY SUMNER SHAGARI SAMBOSince the defection of Senate President Bukola Saraki from the ruling All Progressives Congress to opposition Peoples Democratic Party, all hell has been let loose in Nigeria's polity with the two dominant political parties threatening impeachment against each other.With Saraki's defection and attendance of the recent National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the PDP where he was [...]

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    Nigeria: Non-religiosity and global humanism

Nigeria: Non-religiosity and global humanism

BY LEO IGWEIt is not often that is heard or read that Nigeria participated in international humanist or nonreligious programs. What is often in the news is that Nigeria featured in international religious activities such as the Hajj, the pilgrimage to Jerusalem, the meetings of the Organisation of Islamic Conference, of the World Council of Churches, of the Anglican, Methodist [...]

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    Assumption of Mary: Its implications for Nigeria in distress

Assumption of Mary: Its implications for Nigeria in distress

BY FRANCIS ANEKWE OBORJI“… When Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she exclaimed with a loud voice, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!’ And Mary said: My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my [...]

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    Connected Development is changing how people live in African rural communities

Connected Development is changing how people live in African rural communities

To be specific, I only got to know about Connected Development, also known as CODE last quarter of 2017. And it was on Facebook I came across them – and the kind of work they do – and have been doing since 2012. The header of a story they shared was what caught my attention as I strolled on Facebook [...]

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