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Exporting executive ailments

IN the traditional African setting, the practice was that as a man grew older, he began to farm nearer home, principally to avoid the rigour of a long walk to the farm. At that time, conventional wisdom also dictated that when a man became terminally ill, he was brought home because there was greater honour in dying at home than being brought home dead.

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Wanted: State of the Nation Address

FROM the lessons of Social Psychology, it is clear that nothing should be written-off as totally wrong because even a dead clock is correct twice everyday. All those who hate war with passion must wait till they see how war reconstruction efforts turned Hiroshima from a ghetto to an ultra-modern city after it was reduced to rubbles by the bombs of the Allied Forces in Word War II.

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Feedback on ‘Still Planning To fail?’

BEGINNING from this New Year, we shall bring your way, at least occasionally, some reactions of our esteemed readers. You will also be adding value to this Column by adding your voice from time to time. We can be reached on E-mail:,; and phone +2348036608970 (restricted strictly to text messages).

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Unreasonable import restrictions

IN most of the policies we dish out, we are only clever by half. A case in point is the recent Federal Government pronouncement on the partial restriction on the importation of many products into Nigeria. Henceforth, there are items that cannot come into the country through the land borders. Such can only be brought in through the seaports. Meanwhile, the authorities are silent on whether those commodities can come in through the airports.

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Politricks of Toll gates

THERE must be an outbreak of Keynesian economists in Nigeria. Suddenly, they are showing up on the idea of our tolling policy.

John Keynes (1883-1946) was a classical economist who had a soft spot for full employment. For him, the people must be employed, even where it meant getting them into what might ordinarily look like the absurd cycle of pit digging:

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Our Judiciary on the edge of a precipice

IN times of increased problems, people would look at every direction for possible solutions. By mid-1970s, the city of Lagos had become so clumsy. That was when Tai Solarin (1922-1994) was asked to offer a view on how some sanity could be infused into Lagos. Solarin did not hesitate an inch before saying that anyone intent on reclaiming Lagos must enter into an aero-plane flying over Lagos; bomb down the entire city and begin to rearrange it.

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