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Hadi Sirika: Minister of the year

On March 8, 2017, the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja was closed for runway repairs. Nigeria’s Aviation Minister, Hadi Sirika announced that it would take six weeks to complete the project while making a solemn promise that the airport would reopen for regular traffic on April 19. Many Nigerians including this writer couldn’t see the sense in the decision especially as some technical experts and relevant professional associations argued against it. Public cynicism on the project which swelled by the day was accentuated by the refusal of foreign airlines to relocate to the Kaduna airport which had been designated for use during the period of the repairs. There was even the argument that the construction firm handling the project had agreed to do the work in a fairly longer period without closing business fully at the airport. Not many could therefore see the rationale for government’s insistence on closing the airport and exposing travelers to several hazards such as longer travel hours and the notoriety of the insecurity of the Kaduna-Abuja expressway. To all of these, Minister Sirika stood his ground.

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Governor Wike may have a point after all!

About a month ago the Police made some revelations about the December 10, 2016 rerun election in Rivers State. The revelations which were contained in the report of a panel set up the Inspector General of Police (IGP) among other things indicted 6 police personnel, 23 electoral officers and 2 administrative officers of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for unwholesome conduct during the election. In a previous article, we commended the police for at last investigating a failed election as well as indicting some of its own personnel.

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Still waiting for our Police to change!

The recent dismissal by the Nigerian Police of its officers attached to the Rivers state governor Nyesom Wike is a huge food for thought. Police Spokesman, Dan Awunah, says the officers were dismissed after having been found guilty of breaching the police conduct during the last parliamentary election in Rivers State. Awunah also said the misconduct occurred despite warnings from Ibrahim Idris the Inspector General of police (IGP).

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IBORI: Delta people are no fools !

The recent release from a British prison of a former Governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori has since it happened last month attracted comments from across the nation. While many especially Deltans were happy about the development, analysts from other parts of Nigeria were virtually disgusted over what they saw as a sheepish people turning an ex-convict into their hero

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