Sunday, January 20, 2019

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    African leaders and the Mo Ibrahim red card

African leaders and the Mo Ibrahim red card

By Osita Odafi The Mo Ibrahim Foundation recorded a milestone ten years ago when it instituted the Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership. The annual award, the world's largest seeks to recognise excellence among African leaders. This is the latest addition to the series of measures put in place to ensure good governance in Africa. To qualify for the award, a [...]

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    Sexual harassment ‎bill a step in the right direction

Sexual harassment ‎bill a step in the right direction

BY CYNTHIA FERDINAND The history of sexual harassment dates back to the pre-colonial era when women were accorded little or no rights whatsoever but were often married out against their wish, sacrificed as virgins or married to deities, becoming ready sexual preys to the chief priests or custodians of such deities. While these repressive and degrading habits have abated following the introduction of [...]

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    Nigeria shippers council: Still a toothless bulldog

Nigeria shippers council: Still a toothless bulldog

BY FABIAN GEORGE The Nigeria Shippers Council (NSC) was a child of necessity. Before its establishment in 1978 through The  Nigerian Shippers' Council Act, activities at the nation’s ports were characterized by deteriorating quality of shipping services and unmitigated increases in Ocean freight rates by foreign ship owners who operated scheduled liner services to Nigerian ports.This huge foreign exchange outflows arising [...]

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    Letting hijab be in Osun public schools

Letting hijab be in Osun public schools

By Salman Umar It is no longer news that the stance of the Osun Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) against the verdict of a competent court of jurisdiction to allow Muslim students to wear Hijab in Public schools in the state has caused an uncontrollable pandemonium in the state.Fresh in the memory is the recent uproar in one of the [...]

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    Nigerian students and the woes of the academia

Nigerian students and the woes of the academia

BY 'KUNLE ADEBAJO When Singapore gained Independence in 1965, it was but a poor, small, tropical island with few natural resources, massive unemployment, rapid population growth and recurring conflict among ethno-religious groups. The country had no assets except its deep-water port. There was no real economy, no defence and it had to import most of its food, water and energy. In [...]

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    The downside of ongoing media trial 

The downside of ongoing media trial 

By Akin Idowu Following the high level of corruption of the past government, the current government made fighting corruption a campaign theme. Just last week the government released figures of over N2 trillion recovered from institutions and people allegedly connected to corruption. This is a remarkable achievement and a huge boost to the fight against corruption.However the downside to this is [...]

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    Understanding President Buhari’s persistent ear infection and cure

Understanding President Buhari’s persistent ear infection and cure

By Obinna Chukwuezie “Ear dey pain Baba Buhari.” That was a common item of conversation among traders in Kado Fish Market in Abuja, when I went to buy Fish to to prepare Ogbono soup yesterday. “Of all other organs, why should it be in the ear that the President would have infection?” an elderly trader asked. She got no response as [...]

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    Fayose’s excuse for not paying workers laughable

Fayose’s excuse for not paying workers laughable

BY  ADEOYE ARIBASOYEThe report with the headline: 'Fayose begs striking workers, blames Fayemi for Ekiti woes' which appeared on TheCable Newspaper, provides some interesting  insights into developments in Ekiti State.The report centres on Governor Ayodele Fayose’s meeting with labour union leaders in the state as part of his administration’s efforts at appealing to the striking workers in the state to [...]

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    National assembly and challenge of morality

National assembly and challenge of morality

By Edward T. Dibiana With over 360 days into the life of Nigeria’s current legislature, the narrative remains the same. The image of the federal parliament appears not to have significantly benefited from recent developments in this important arm of the country's government.Factors such as avarice, insensitivity, ethical malfeasance and naivety in corporate governance, combine to blur the image and authority [...]

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    Amnesty for Chibok girl’s abductor: Genius or insanity?

Amnesty for Chibok girl’s abductor: Genius or insanity?

BY AKIN OYAWALE Amnesty comes from the Greek word amnēstiā which simply means a partial or total loss of memory. Hence, amnesty can be referred to as an official pardon to someone who has committed a particular offence. The abduction of secondary school girls in Chibok town, Borno state Nigeria, in 2014, brought this small town to global attention, albeit for [...]

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    CORA is us and we are CORA: A people’s legacy

CORA is us and we are CORA: A people’s legacy

BY BEN TOMOLOJU That the vision leading to the establishment of the Committee for Relevant Art (CORA), twenty-five years ago has been vigorously pursued, is a source of great pride to me as a witness. I suppose, also, that it is the same for other colleagues both in Nigeria and the diaspora.Instructively, since its inception on June 2, 1991, CORA has [...]

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    Youth unemployment, skill acquisition and job creation

Youth unemployment, skill acquisition and job creation

By Edward T. Dibiana The massive church auditorium of a popular Pentecostal church in Utako area of Abuja, buzzed with activities, recently.  Curiously, it was not essentially, a religious gathering. The crowd, which comprised youths and women, sat in groups of about 50 each. With pronounced concentration, they engaged themselves in various tasks that underscored the value they attached to the [...]

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    Beyond talking on reviving agriculture

Beyond talking on reviving agriculture

By Aminu Adamu Naganye After decades of oil boom in Nigeria and the attendant failure by the successive past administrations to diversify the economy, oil doom is now giving us hard lesson as a nation. From over $100 per barrel of oil to now unstable below $40 per barrel, Nigeria with its anticorruption crusader Muhammadu Buhari is taking Spartan and austere [...]

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    Examining Buhari’s foreign policy in one year

Examining Buhari’s foreign policy in one year

By Aliyu Abdullahi Since Nigeria gained its independence in 1960, the country has pursued a foreign policy with an alignment to the West with the exception in the periods of both late Generals Murtala Mohammed and Sani Abacha which saw the country moving to the East. President Muhammadu Buhari who assumed office exactly one ago as a democratically elected President of [...]

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    Are concessions jinxed in Nigeria?

Are concessions jinxed in Nigeria?

BY MATHEW ADEDAYOUntil the Nigerian government changes its approach to Public-Private Partnership (PPP) and learns to respect the agreements they sign and the rule of law, the country’s infrastructure may continue to languish in the quagmire of decay and dereliction.All over the world, concession is seen as a means of reducing the deficit in infrastructural provision engendered by the disproportionate growth [...]

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    Unanswered questions in Fashola’s power roadmap

Unanswered questions in Fashola’s power roadmap

BY CALIXTHUS OKORUWA  The August 2010 “Roadmap for Power Sector Reform” that was produced by the Jonathan administration was to a large extent, a robust plan of action. The document resonated with a clarity of vision and purpose that suggested that considerable discipline and rigour had been expended in its preparation.The roadmap was upbeat and ambitious. It projected that to meet [...]

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