Monday, February 18, 2019

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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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    Fashola, go easy on Lagos-Ibadan expressway

Fashola, go easy on Lagos-Ibadan expressway

BY WASILAT FAMOJUREBabatunde Raji Fashola, SAN must act with a deep sense of responsibility and due regard for the law and the principles of natural justice. Fashola, the Honourable Minister of Power Works and Housing, is one of the shining lights of President Buhari’s cabinet. He is a ‘super minister’.The former Lagos governor has been given three major ministries, each of [...]

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    Unending fumbling with Nigeria’s tourism policies

Unending fumbling with Nigeria’s tourism policies

By Andy Osa Ehanire There has always been a glaring need to fathom some deep seated syndromes that have for long stagnated the charting of a clear, viable and sustainable policy direction for Nigeria’s Tourism development. How else can one explain our long exposure to various tourism models and having the privilege of huge financial resources, with no shortage of those [...]

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    Pipeline vandalism: We’re our own enemies

Pipeline vandalism: We’re our own enemies

By Edward T. Dibiana The increasing wanton destruction of oil pipelines in the South-south  region of Nigeria by some Niger Delta militant groups should be a source of worry to not only the Federal government, but also all well-meaning Nigerians, who love peace and believe in the economic survival of the nation.It is somewhat  akin to self-emulation when people take up [...]

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    Between dialogue and confrontation

Between dialogue and confrontation

 by Yushau Shuaib “NEMA Registers 3500 Displaced People in Warri” The above quotation was the title of a press release I issued as the spokesperson of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on June 25, 2009 after the completion of our assignment in setting up Internally Displaced Person’s (IDPs) camp in Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri south west, Delta state.The NEMA’s intervention followed a [...]

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    Death and the King’s Spokesmen

Death and the King’s Spokesmen

By Osita Abana In February 2015, I received an unusual invitation to meet with the erstwhile President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. Some of the president’s backers had arranged a ‘Townhall with Nigerian Youths’. First, the President met a small group of about 100 youths, and right after, he engaged a larger audience of well over 2000 youths. I was honoured to [...]

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    Listen to me, Mr. President

Listen to me, Mr. President

By Aliyu Bello Your excellency sir, being a citizen of Nigeria, a well wisher, and a person who wants the development and prosperity of Nigeria at large, I am writing to you, to advise you, correct you, and voice out my opinion on some certain issues I believe are of great importance to the development of Nigeria as our nation, and to [...]

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    High or low carbon? Nigeria’s path to stable power supply

High or low carbon? Nigeria’s path to stable power supply

BY JOACHIM MACEBONG Something significant happened in Germany’s electricity sector on Sunday, May 8, 2016. Consumers had to be paid to use electricity. Power prices were negative for several hours on that day, because their renewable energy was producing 55GW of the 63GW being consumed in the country at that time, in addition to other sources.It was just the latest milestone in [...]

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    What’s the value of our democracy?

What’s the value of our democracy?

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    Continued detention of Azibaola Roberts by EFCC is unjust and unlawful

Continued detention of Azibaola Roberts by EFCC is unjust and unlawful

By Haroun Baiyewu On April 23, 2016, a magistrate court sitting in Lagos granted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)’s application to remand Azibaola Robert in its detention centre ‘pending completion of its investigation’ into an alleged fraud in a $40m contract involving OnePlus Nigeria Ltd, one of his companies.And so, with a stroke of the pen, B.O Osunsanmi, the [...]

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