Wednesday October 1st, 2014
Wednesday October 1st, 2014
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The innovation that resolved derivation controversy, by Prof. Nwosu

  /   in Conference Hall 12:20 am   /   Comments

*ABC Nwosu

Professor Alphonsus Bosah  Chukwurah (ABC)  Nwosu was a political adviser and later Minister of Health in the administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo from 1999 to 2003. He is one of the Anambra State delegates to the ongoing 2014 National Conference. In this exclusive interview, he, amongst other contemporary issues, speaks on the innovation that resolved

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Military rule gave North unfair advantages

  /   in Conference Hall 12:45 am   /   Comments

From left: Mr Charles Kumolu, Barrister Jesutega Onokpasa, Engr. Charles Ambaiowei, Mr. Hugo Odiogor, Elder Fred Agbeyegbe, Mr Kingsley Eppeh Kpobiri Kingsley and Mr. Agbereowei Ebi Benson Photo: Akeem Salau
Online Editor

YEsterday we published the first part of this Conference Hall on the demand by Northern delegates to the National Conference for the reduction of the 13 percent on derivation to 5 per cent. In this continuation, the participants state their positions.

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On derivation, fiscal federalism we stand 

  /   in Conference Hall 1:06 am   /   Comments

From left: Mr Charles Kumolu, Barrister Jesutega Onokpasa, Engr. Charles Ambaiowei, Mr. Hugo Odiogor, Elder Fred Agbeyegbe, Mr Kingsley Eppeh Kpobiri Kingsley and Mr. Agbereowei Ebi Benson Photo: Akeem Salau
Online Editor

Contrary to the 1999 constitutional provision on derivation, which stipulated “that the principle of derivation shall be constantly reflected in any approved formula as not being less than thirteen percent (13%) of the resource accruing into the Federation Account directly from any natural resources”, there are renewed agitations by delegates from the northern part of the country that derivation should be reduced to five percent.
Although the constitution envisages a periodic upward review, there has not been any exercise in the past 15 years.

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Liberalisation, deregulation will unlock down stream sector

  /   in Conference Hall 3:39 am   /   Comments

Mr. Ladi Cole,  •Mr. Bayo Olowoshile, Mr. Hugo Odiogor, Mr. Ken Ogaziechi, Mr. Babatunde Oke and Mr. Henry Boyo at the Vanguard Conference Hall. Photo: Kehinde Gbadamosi

IF I build refinery in the country, rather than going out to buy at the same international price, you buy from me but I don’t care how you get the subsidy.

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Our infrastructure in horrible state

  /   in Conference Hall 7:09 am   /   Comments

Mr. Ladi Cole,  •Mr. Bayo Olowoshile, Mr. Hugo Odiogor, Mr. Ken Ogaziechi, Mr. Babatunde Oke and Mr. Henry Boyo at the Vanguard Conference Hall. Photo: Kehinde Gbadamosi

SO, those comparisons are there and I think we missed the point when Gen. Obasanjo sold the refineries at the time he was leaving office.

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We can build refineries but…

  /   in Conference Hall 7:19 am   /   Comments

Mr. Ladi Cole,  •Mr. Bayo Olowoshile, Mr. Hugo Odiogor, Mr. Ken Ogaziechi, Mr. Babatunde Oke and Mr. Henry Boyo at the Vanguard Conference Hall. Photo: Kehinde Gbadamosi

Nigerians were recently, thrown into the periodic panic buying of petroleum products owing to the disruption in the supply chain.

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Consumers have right to challenge unfair tarrif in court

  /   in Conference Hall 12:15 am   /   Comments

LAST year, we used to have at state capitals, but we discovered that perhaps we were talking above people’s head. It was then brought down to local government and we picked three local governments in each of the geographical zones. Ogun State was picked in south west and I was at Ota, Ijebu-Ode, and I was also at Abeokuta.

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Our power sector reforms lack policy guidelines

  /   in Conference Hall 12:05 am   /   Comments

powerpix-new

Since November 1, 2013 when the Federal Government partially privatised the successor companies that emerged from the former Power Holding Company (PHCN), Nigerians have been going through mixed experiences in their ability to access electricity power supply. The common trend that runs through the entire story chain is that Nigerians have not seen the promise. Succour has not come and the new companies have not changed from what the consumers used to get in the hands of PHCN.

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People led National Conference is panacea to insecurity

  /   in Confab Debate, Conference Hall 12:09 am   /   Comments

Marshal Kunoun

I am telling you that it is on the basis of that fraud that three million barrels of crude oil are being sold everyday in Nigeria and the money is being shared by those who have declared themselves owners of the country.

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CONFAB resolutions must be based on concensus, not voting

  /   in Confab Debate, Conference Hall 1:19 am   /   Comments

Barr Tony Nnadi.

In my modalities, I have proposed that there should be a number of centers. One in Kaduna, one in Port Hacourt, one in Enugu, one in Ibadan, and one in Benin and another one in New York where the United Nations organsiation operate from. It is going to be the central place where all the information are coming from, all the processes of having a sovereign national conference is coming from.

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We must get the CONFAB modalities right

  /   in Confab Debate, Conference Hall 1:08 am   /   Comments

Ambah-Binebi

Remember that Ethiopia used to be a place where you find people who are malnourished, but now Ethiopia economy is one of the fastest growing economies because after so many years of fighting, they conveyed a national conference and they now have what is called ethnic federal system.

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Constitution making is not one-man show

  /   in Confab Debate, Conference Hall 2:31 am   /   Comments

Since the early 1990s, Nigerians have been calling for a Sovereign National Conference, or some form of national discourse to deliberate on some knotty issues that have remained recurrent in our national life.

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FRSC has no power to issue drivers’ licence

  /   in Conference Hall 2:51 am   /   Comments

Participants at the conference: From left-Mrs Vera Anyagafu, Engr. A. Adebosin, Engr.Gboyega Toriola, Hugo Odiogor, Barr. Chijioke Ndubisi and Mr. Victor Omoregie. 		Photos: Bunmi Azeez

Introduction: With the October deadline on phasing out the old drivers licence and plate number for vehicles, agencies of government in Lagos State have found it lucrative to pounce on vehicles on the road to challenge owners or drivers of such cars to produce their driver’s licence.

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ELECTRICITY SUPPLY: Renewable industry remains hope of future energy

  /   in Conference Hall 12:20 am   /   Comments

Solar powered community water project at Uturu Abia State

THERE has been a lot of outrage over the recent increase in electricity tariffs. On one hand, people are complaining they were not well informed. People are not convinced. A lot of issues which I hope will be brought to the fore today. Mr. Ojuroungbe, is there a direct relationship between electricity tariffs and business?

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ELECTRICITY SUPPLY: Renewable energy master plan the solution

  /   in Conference Hall, Special Report 12:25 am   /   Comments

Discussants

WHAT I do is to round geo-political zones, work will national orientation agencies, civil society organizations. I have been to Lagos no fewer than six times.

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Effects of electricity tariffs on small business in Nigeria

  /   in Conference Hall, News, Special Report 8:01 pm   /   Comments

Discussants

Sunday’s Federation Cup final between Enyimba of Aba and Warri Wolves is historic for both Nigerian Premier League clubs.

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Our patch-patch Constitution reviews will not lead us to the Promised Land

  /   in Conference Hall 12:19 am   /   Comments

Cynthia Ekwueme, Abiola Akiode, Onyekachi Ubani

THE ritual of Constitution amendments has become too familiar an end game for Nigerian politicians that nothing cheery is expected to come from the on-going process at the National Assembly.

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Gowon must speak up on Maroua Declaration

  /   in Conference Hall, Special Report 12:10 am   /   Comments

bakassi

A LOT of Bakassi people are comfortable where they are, since we re-settled them we have not heard of somebody who was molested or harassed by the occupants. Before we came here, Senator Ita Giwa made us to sign an agreement to accept the new location which was in the three wards mentioned by the President.

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Bakassi land is not war booty

  /   in Conference Hall, Special Report 12:08 am   /   Comments

CONFERENCEE: Deputy Editor, Mr Eze Anaba, (centre), flanked by Senator Ewah Henshaw, (right), Chief Barbara James; Mr. Emeka Mamah, and Mr. Ene Tony-Ray. On the left is Mr. Hugo Odiogor, coordinator, Mr. Maurice Ekong and Mr. A. Inyang. Photo: Lamidi Bamidele

In a few days time, Nigeria will finally lose its claims to the Bakassi Peninsula which the World Court awarded to Cameroun in the Land and Maritime boundary dispute between the Central African country and Nigeria based on the Anglo-German Treaty. Some historians claimed the treaty was not signed in the first place but more importantly, the German territories before the First World War were taken over by the allied forces while Germany was made to renounce all its claims to territories in Africa.

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Security – Stemming the tide (3)

  /   in Conference Hall 12:10 am   /   Comments

Conference Hall in session

EVERYBODY is talking about security. The concerns appear to end with the talks. As bombs go off as routine in Maiduguri, Bauchi, Kaduna, Abuja and other targets that the criminals may choose, too much attention is paid to chasing the criminals after the crime. Why the sudden rise in insecurity? What can be done? Is anyone noticing that while all the attention is on the bomb spots, kidnappers are returning? Will Nigerians ever feel safe again? What are the causes of insecurity? Where are the police and government? On a wet Wednesday morning with intimidating traffic jams on the abandoned Apapa-Oshodi Expressway, our panellists weathered the storm to x-ray the challenges and proffer solutions. The challenges are not new, though new initiatives are required to tackle them. You will find them here…

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Security – Stemming the tide (2)

  /   in Conference Hall 12:00 am   /   Comments

Conference Hall in session

EVERYBODY is talking about security. The concerns appear to end with the talks. As bombs go off as routine in Maiduguri, Bauchi, Kaduna, Abuja and other targets that the criminals may choose, too much attention is paid to chasing the criminals after the crime.

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Security – Stemming The Tide

  /   in Conference Hall 12:00 am   /   Comments

Conference Hall in session

EVERYBODY is talking about security. The concerns appear to end with the talks. As bombs go off as routine in Maiduguri, Bauchi, Kaduna, Abuja and other targets that the criminals may choose, too much attention is paid to chasing the criminals after the crime. Why the sudden rise in insecurity? What can be done? Is anyone noticing that while all the attention is on the bomb spots, kidnappers are returning? Will Nigerians ever feel safe again? What are the causes of insecurity? Where are the police and government? On a wet Wednesday morning with intimidating traffic jams on the abandoned Apapa-Oshodi Expressway, our panellists weathered the storm to x-ray the challenges and proffer solutions. The challenges are not new, though new initiatives are required to tackle them. You will find them here…

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Conference Hall: Security – Stemming The Tide

  /   in Conference Hall 7:32 pm   /   Comments

Conference Hall in session

EVERYBODY is talking about security. The concerns appear to end with the talks. As bombs go off as routine in Maiduguri, Bauchi, Kaduna, Abuja and other targets that the criminals may choose, too much attention is paid to chasing the criminals after the crime. Why the sudden rise in insecurity?

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Confronting obstacles to the 2011 Elections (2)

  /   in Conference Hall 12:00 am   /   Comments

TUESDAY, February 1, our panel gathered to discuss the elections that are due in April. The focus was on the challenges that awaited the elections. They were easy to mention, but the task was to untangle them and project how the 2011 elections can be better handled than previous ones. We faced our own challenges too which resulted in the size and composure of the panel.

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Confronting obstacles to the 2011 Elections (1)

  /   in Conference Hall 12:00 am   /   Comments

TUESDAY, February 1, our panel gathered to discuss the elections that are due in April. The focus was on the challenges that awaited the elections. They were easy to mention, but the task was to untangle them and project how the 2011 elections can be better handled than previous ones. We faced our own challenges too which resulted in the size and composure of the panel.

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Confronting obstacles to the 2011 Elections

  /   in Conference Hall   /   Comments

TUESDAY, February 1, our panel gathered to discuss the elections that are due in April. The focus was on the challenges that awaited the elections. They were easy to mention, but the task was to untangle them and project how the 2011 elections can be better handled than previous ones. We faced our own challenges too which resulted in the size and composure of the panel. The National Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, had set the previous day as the last day for the submission of names of candidates for the elections. The bedlam in Abuja kept some of our panellists there. Back in Lagos , the burial rites of Pa Anthony Enahoro was going on at the same our panellists were meeting. Again, some of our panellists were involved in the event. From the challenges that the voters’ registration exercise introduce to security, internal democracy in the parties, the capabilities of INEC, to the role of voters, our panellists took a holistic views of the issues that must be confronted now if the 2011 elections are to fulfill the promises they hold.
Preparations for the elections are unique with the unprecedented financial and legislative support INEC has enjoyed. Yet anxieties, fears, doubts, and hints of hope ran through the discussions, but the conclusions are that there is time to tackle them and it is in everyone’s interest to do so…

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Improving security situation of the South East (2)

  /   in Conference Hall 12:00 am   /   Comments

FOR all the wrong reasons the South East is in the news again. The kidnap of four journalists seems to be the worse crime that taken place in years. Our panellists agree that kidnap – and other crimes – is simple manifestations of the festering wounds of a nation that localises situations, instead of seeing their implications for the country. Are crimes in the South East? Yes. Are there crimes in other parts of Nigeria? Yes! Nigerians may have to be grateful to the kidnappers for calling attention to a national problem that is located in the South East…

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Improving security situation of the South East

  /   in Conference Hall 12:00 am   /   Comments

FOR all the wrong reasons the South East is in the news again. The kidnap of four journalists seems to be the worse crime that taken place in years. Our panellists agree that kidnap – and other crimes – is simple manifestations of the festering wounds of a nation that localises situations, instead of seeing their implications for the country. Are crimes in the South East? Yes. Are there crimes in other parts of Nigeria? Yes! Nigerians may have to be grateful to the kidnappers for calling attention to a national problem that is located in the South East…

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Away With Vuvuzela Politicians

  /   in Conference Hall 12:00 am   /   Comments

WHAT could lead otherwise honourable members of the House of representatives to unabashedly exchange blows on the floor of the House? Our panellists examine this and arrive at damning conclusions about the quality of service that they have provided over the years. The conclusion is that fro things to improve, there is need to do without “vuvuzela politicians” from 2011…

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Challenges to Nigeria’s 2014 World Cup hopes

  /   in Conference Hall 12:00 am   /   Comments

I have seen poverty and I have seen wealth and I am in it. The only thing I have not seen is death. I only pray to my God to allow me stay for some time before I die.

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Challenges to Nigeria’s 2014 World Cup hopes (3)

  /   in Conference Hall 11:50 pm   /   Comments

NIGERIA is jocularly referred to as a country of 150 million people,     with everyone deeming himself qualified to coach the national football team, the Eagles, who have fallen on hard times, in the same manner that other layers of the game that many Nigerians follow with passion are suffering. The suffuse of ideas, the

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Challenges to Nigeria’s 2014 World Cup hopes

  /   in Conference Hall   /   Comments

NIGERIA is jocularly referred to as a country of 150 million people, with everyone deeming himself qualified to coach the national football team, the Eagles, who have fallen on hard times, in the same manner that other layers of the game that many Nigerians follow with passion are suffering. The suffuse of ideas, the contention

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