Thursday April 24th, 2014
Thursday April 24th, 2014
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Inheritance Rights For Girl Child

  /   in Editorial 4:07 am   /   Comments

MONDAY, April 14, 2014, the Supreme Court voided the Igbo customary law, which denies daughters inheriting their fathers’ estate. The Supreme Court said it was discriminatory and in conflict with the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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Nyako: Emergency Patriot

  /   in Editorial 7:01 am   /   Comments

MURTALA Hamman-Yero Nyako, at 70, should be taken seriously. A former Chief of Naval Staff, a former Deputy Chief of Defence Staff, who left service as Vice Admiral, his position as Governor of Adamawa State since 2007, makes him one of Nigeria’s top political actors.

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Hard to be happy

  /   in Editorial 12:01 am   /   Comments

MERRIMENT and excessiveness are alien to Easter. The manner of celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, whose death according to Christian doctrine, God used in saving mankind, is always filled with the sobriety of appreciating the depth of the sacrifice.

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Abuja – Here We Come!

  /   in Editorial 8:06 pm   /   Comments

ABUJA is threatened by its fame as the place where all the opportunities are, especially for making quick money. Hundreds of thousands of Nigeria have their eyes set on Abuja. They have heard that once there, they can make something for themselves. Whether it is a myth or not, there is little anyone can do that would convince those with their minds made up that relocating to Abuja was the panacea to their personal challenges. They have examples that testify to the abilities of Abuja to cure all cares.

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Does Mr. President Care?

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Jonathan in Kano on Tuesday.

PRESIDENT Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has done something about the Boko Haram insurgency – 24 hours after an attack in Nyanya, Abuja killed more than 100 and injured hundreds, he was in Kano campaigning for his 2015 re-election.

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A Child, A Bride, A Killer?

  /   in Editorial 8:16 am   /   Comments

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WASILA Umar, 14, has hit fame: she allegedly killed her husband, his three friends, and injured many others. What is she doing with a husband at 14? The wise men in her community in Gaya Local Government Area of Kano State said she was ripe for marriage. Their word is law. What is a 14-year-old’s word worth when the elders have spoken?

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Winning 2015 Elections In Washington

  /   in Editorial 12:23 am   /   Comments

OUR politicians never cease to amaze. Their trip to a Washington policy forum on Nigeria’s plans and preparations for the 2015 elections leaves many wondering what America has to do with how Nigerians are governed.

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Mugabe: Fighting Nigeria @ 90

  /   in Editorial 12:10 am   /   Comments

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IS there something so unAfrican about corruption that we do not understand, yet we can accuse others of corruption without noticing it seeping through our systems?

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President Should Sign Pension Bill

  /   in Editorial 12:51 am   /   Comments

THE Pension Reform Act 2014, which stipulates at least a 10-year jail term on conviction for pension fund administrators or anybody who misappropriates or diverts pension funds, is meant to address the serial stealing of pension funds. In addition, the provision of a fine of an amount thrice the misappropriated or diverted sum should take care of the embarrassing incidents of pension frauds and the weak penalties.

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Refineries Are Best Abroad

  /   in Editorial 12:04 am   /   Comments

QUEUES for petrol still dot many Nigerian cities and villages. This is to tell government that importation would never solve the country’s challenges with fuel. Groups that once challenged governments over the matter have long gone to other affairs, seeing how selective governments remain about matters on which they heed advice.

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Africa’s Biggest Economy By Figures

  /   in Editorial 12:19 am   /   Comments

*Briefing on Result of GDP in Nigeria: Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo –Iweala chatting with Minister of National Planning Amb. Bashiru Yuguda  and Statistician –General of the Federation and CEO of National Bureau of Statistics Dr. Yemi Kale during presentation of Preliminary Results of the Rebased Nominal Gross Domestic Product ( GDP) Estimates from Nigeria 2010 to 2013 held in Abuja. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

HOW does an economy that does not have regular electricity, where infrastructure is in deficit and most of the people are so poor that the Gross Domestic Product per capita does not get into their pockets, become the largest in Africa?

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Lagos Boat Accidents

  /   in Editorial 12:44 am   /   Comments

AFTER two passenger boats sank within three weeks, we are likely heading to the wrong reaction if we may just ban water transportation! The stand of most commentators on the matter points to this direction. It is like recommending decapitation as cure for headaches.

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Another Stampede Ignored

  /   in Editorial 4:01 am   /   Comments

SCARCITIES create desperation. The authorities are ignoring this fact as they mangle the future of Nigeria with policies that do not serve even the present. Millions of our people cannot access the basics for living.

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Let’s talk about Nigeria

  /   in Editorial 4:08 am   /   Comments

ANYONE attempting to guess the outcome of the National Dialogue, or rules out its possibilities for charting a new course for Nigeria, is under-estimating the challenges facing Nigeria and the urgency required in dealing with them.

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Abuses Called Taxes

  /   in Editorial 4:01 am   /   Comments

PROBLEMS associated with multiple taxation are almost as old as Nigeria. The authorities do not think Nigerians are paying enough, Nigerians counter that they would not provide more resources for governments to mismanage.

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Newly Doomed Rice Policy

  /   in Editorial 12:01 am   /   Comments

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IT takes a public hearing for Nigerians to know how government departments and ministries work with, or against each other. There are often speculations that governments sabotage themselves, but when they are stated officially, they are causes for concern.

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We Call Them Baby Factories

  /   in Editorial 12:10 am   /   Comments

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ANYONE who hears about Nigeria’s “baby factories” would think it is government’s policy to sustain our high population. The tag creates impressions of facilities turning out babies round the clock. What elsewhere do factories do.

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We Need More Ports, Rails

  /   in Editorial 4:13 am   /   Comments

NIGERIA cannot survive on half implemented policies. The foresights on which the planning of the country were based at independence have been jettisoned for measures that sustain impressions that the country does not have a future. A simple example is the infrastructure used in distributing fuel, when it is available.

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Tough On Thugs

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THUGS

ELECTIONS present the best opportunities for candidates to say the worst things about their opponents. Threats and counter threats appear to be the only selling points of most candidates. We are seeing more threats as people jostle for space in the governorship elections in Ekiti (June) and Osun (August).

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No Alarms Over Kidnappers’ Den

  /   in Editorial 4:00 am   /   Comments

BEFUDDLEMENT douses the recent police raid of Soka area of Oyo State on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway where, by police’s account a den of kidnappers was uncovered. The graphic images of the discoveries are causes for concern.

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Wanted: 2015 Candidates

  /   in Editorial 4:00 am   /   Comments

UNLESS we do a lot more than we are doing now, the 2015 elections would produce the same unsatisfying outcomes as we have had since 1999 and for which we have loudly complained without addressing our concerns.

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Water – So Important, So Ignored

  /   in Editorial 12:54 am   /   Comments

SATURDAY March 22 passed away quietly. It was the 21st United Nations World Water Day with its theme, Water and Energy, capturing most of the travails of living in Nigeria where the celebration with rehashed speeches, indicating poignantly the disregard for the combined development water and energy provide.

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Of Civil Conduct, High Office

  /   in Editorial 4:04 am   /   Comments

THE truth lies somewhere. We are all duty bound to find it. The positions of the contending parties may not say it all. What we know so far is that a member of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Thompson Enobong ended up in hospital.

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NIS Death – Our Hypocrisy

  /   in Editorial 12:08 pm   /   Comments

OUTRAGE is raging against the death of 19, among them four pregnant women, at the Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS, recruitment exercise. Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, in reaction to calls for his resignation, said he needed to stick around to fix the problem. Nigerians seem aghast at the disregard for life. Why the hypocrisy?

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APC’s Challenging Road Map

  /   in Editorial 12:30 am   /   Comments

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WHERE would the 10-point road map of All Progressives Congress, APC, lead? APC claims it will unchain the potentials of Nigeria, leading it to peace, progress, and prosperity.

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Here We Go Again

  /   in Editorial 4:00 am   /   Comments

A MAJOR lesson the political class refuses to learn is that politics that excludes interests of the people would never work. The seasonal need for national conferences like the one that commences today confirms that past efforts failed to address issues that hurt Nigerians, yes majority of Nigerians.

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Nigeria Without Oil Thefts

  /   in Editorial 4:09 am   /   Comments

IT is obvious the Nigerian economy is in a precarious situation. Is it anything new? Even oil theft, and the unclear accounts of oil receipts, coupled with corruption that are speedily draining resources available to governments, are not new.

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Cruelty Defining Our Society

  /   in Editorial 4:06 am   /   Comments

THE increasing cruelties our society harbours have moved to insistent assaults on children by guardians, who descend on their wards with themost puerile excuses.

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History Ends In Nigeria

  /   in Editorial 4:01 am   /   Comments

HERODOTUS, the father of history, would be astounded about Nigeria’s decision to remove history from its school curriculum. Bourbons, who disappeared because they did not learn from history, are the best example of the perils of ignoring history, especially dedication to studying it.

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Kerosene – The Forgotten Scarcity

  /   in Editorial 4:35 am   /   Comments

SCARCITY of kerosene has become a part of the daily challenges many Nigerians face. Unfortunately, their sufferings in sourcing kerosene, a fundamental cooking energy for a majority of Nigerian families do not enjoy the sort of prominence that a day’s shortage of petrol does.

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UNIMAID as next NUGA host

  /   in Editorial 12:00 am   /   Comments

Following the successful completion of the recently revitalised Nigerian University Games (NUGA) hosted by the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) emerged as the surprise host of the next edition of the bi-annual Games, which will come up in 2016.

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Everybody Wants University Place

  /   in Editorial 4:13 am   /   Comments

THE Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has decided that candidates in the 2014 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations, UTME, would compulsorily register only one university, one polytechnic, one college of education and one innovative enterprise institute. It is considered a solution to challenges with admissions to higher institutions.

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