Sunday September 21st, 2014
Sunday September 21st, 2014
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Exposing the CBN Boko Haram “sponsor”

  /   in Editorial 4:08 am   /   Comments

WHEN the Australian negotiator, Dr Stephen Davis, alleged that an unnamed top official of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) was among the sponsors of the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria many people took his words with a pinch of salt as he had also named a former Chief of Army Staff, retired Lt Gen Azubuike Ihejirika, and former Governor Ali Modu Sheriff.

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Lessons From The Army Mutiny Trial

  /   in Editorial 11:09 am   /   Comments

ONE of the low points in the war against the Boko Haram terrorists in the north east was the mutiny of some army personnel on parade in Maiduguri on May 14th 2014.

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2015: Voting without voters

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THE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Director of Voter Registry, Mr. Emmanuel Akem, recently said potential voters who failed to obtain their permanent voters’ cards (PVCs) by December 2014 would not be allowed to vote in the 2015 general elections.

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Statistics mask SSCE failure

  /   in Editorial 4:09 am   /   Comments

HAVE Nigerians accepted mass failures in secondary school examinations? Mass failures no longer produce shocks or the sort of debates predicated on concerns about a fractured future. The West Africa Examination Council, WAEC, has released its 2014 May/June 2014 Senior Secondary Schools Certificate Examination, SSCE, results.   The 31.28 per cent pass in five subjects or

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Housing For Service Veterans

  /   in Editorial 4:00 am   /   Comments

DURING the 2014 emblem launching for the Armed Forces Remembrance Day activities, President Goodluck Jonathan requested the military authorities to submit a programme for enhanced welfare of retired armed forces personnel.

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Bastardising the #Bring Back hashtag

  /   in Editorial 4:10 am   /   Comments

THE abduction of more than 250 schoolgirls from a boarding secondary school in Chibok, a town in insurgency-embattled Borno State in April 2014 triggered a worldwide outrage and calls for their immediate release. Thus was born the #Bring Back Our Girls hashtag campaign, which has been going on both in Nigeria and other parts of the world.

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The N19 billion Anti-erosion Funding

  /   in Editorial 4:03 am   /   Comments

IT came as cheering news when the Minister of Environment, Mrs Laurentia Mallam, announced the Federal Government’s N19 billion funding for the control of erosion under the Nigerian Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP).

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Schools Resumption Controversy

  /   in Editorial 10:30 am   /   Comments

THE initial announcement by the Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau that all schools nationwide should resume on October 13th 2014 over the Ebola Viral Disease outbreak had sparked off a wave of reactions, with stakeholders in the private schools sector coming out heavily against it.

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Shelve The Controversial New Polling Units

  /   in Editorial 4:04 am   /   Comments

THE recent decision by the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) to increase the number of polling units across the country was conveyed as an attempt to ease the voting procedure. It was aimed to shorten the queue of voters during accreditation and voting on election days.

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Cargo facility for Enugu Airport

  /   in Editorial 4:00 am   /   Comments

WHEN President Goodluck Jonathan pledged to elevate the Dr. Akanu Ibiam Airport, Enugu and the Dr. Sam Mbakwe Airport, Owerri international cargo airports, the people of the South East Zone were overjoyed.

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Regional summit on Ebola scourge

  /   in Editorial 10:06 pm   /   Comments

IT has become abundantly clear that the best way to approach the curtailment of the Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) outbreak is to organise a combined regional effort against it. It is time that an emergency session of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in tandem with other vulnerable countries in the Central Africa zone, such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo and our immediate eastern neighbour, Cameroon, is held.

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Fashola’s call for rail revival

  /   in Editorial 4:00 am   /   Comments

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN (2nd left), Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Kayode Opeifa (2nd right), and the Chairman, Lagos State Task Force on Environment and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit, Chief Superintendent of Police, Bayo Sulaiman (right) during the Governor’s inspection tour of the abandoned Nigerian Railway Corporation Port Work Yard at Marine Beach Apapa on Sunday, August 31, 2014.

IT took a long time, but at last, the Lagos State Government has taken an active interest in the long standing neglect of the rail network in the Apapa axis, the nation’s number one economic gateway. Governor Raji Fashola went with a high powered delegation of his cabinet to inspect the abandoned work yard of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) at Marine Beach, Apapa recently.

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Ebola’s new Port Harcourt frontier

  /   in Editorial 4:00 am   /   Comments

Just when we were bracing up to shout: Hurrah, that we, as a nation, have been able to contain the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak, the Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, made the heart-dampening announcement, last Thursday, that another Ebola death had occurred in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital.

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Free Al Jazeera reporters in Egypt

  /   in Editorial 4:26 am   /   Comments

IT is more than eight months since four reportorial staff members of popular Middle-East based Al Jazeera Network were arrested, detained, tried and jailed by the authorities in Egypt for allegedly broadcasting false news and conspiring with the banned Islamist Muslim Brotherhood.

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Adieu, Prof Dora Akunyili

  /   in Editorial 4:23 am   /   Comments

TODAY and the whole of this weekend will witness the funeral obsequies of a great Nigerian, an amazon and uncommon public servant, whose exploits in the past fourteen years were unlike any other ever witnessed in our shores.

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Making the confab count

  /   in Editorial 4:44 am   /   Comments

AFTER five hectic months, the 492-member National Conference set up by President Goodluck Jonathan, completed their assignment with the submission of a 22-volume report consisting of 10,335 pages and 600 resolutions to the president.

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Gwoza: Time For Decisive Action

  /   in Editorial 4:34 am   /   Comments

THE declaration of an Islamic Caliphate by Abubakar Shekau’s Boko Haram over the town of Gwoza in southern Borno State and other areas it is currently occupying in the North East is a clarion call for decisive action by the government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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Honour for Dr. Adadevoh, others

  /   in Editorial, Remembering Adadevoh 4:00 am   /   Comments

WE wish to add our voice to the growing clamour for the honouring of the late medical staff of First Consultants Medical Centre, Lagos, who paid the supreme prize after treating the Liberian-American, Patrick Sawyer, the man who deliberately brought the Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) to Nigeria.

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Going tough against saboteurs

  /   in Editorial 4:01 am   /   Comments

THE greatest threat facing the nation’s war against the Boko Haram and other Islamist insurgents has to do with the unprecedented acts of sabotage that the national assignment is facing. Never at any other time in the history of Nigeria had the army been so bedeviled by internal and external undermining of efforts to rid the country of terrorists and other enemies of her unity and progress.

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Sack of striking doctors

  /   in Editorial 4:05 am   /   Comments

THE decision by the federal government to terminate the appointment of striking doctors in its employ following their obduracy not to end the strike they started since July 1, 2014, is as condemnable as the strike itself.

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Regulating night travels

  /   in Editorial 12:59 am   /   Comments

NIGHT travels have been with us since economic activities and exchanges between one part of the country and the other evolved. It intensified in the 1990’s and well into the new millennium when luxury buses became truly more luxurious enough to attract members of the middle class, who felt safer travelling on land than by air.

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Police, your “friend, helper”

  /   in Editorial 9:40 pm   /   Comments

Whenever a new Inspector General of Police is appointed, he calls together the top echelon of the Police, with great media attention, to unfold his vision and mission. The recently appointed IGP, Alhaji Suleiman Abba, is no different. Abba has made it clear that the Nigerian Police under his charge would be modelled as, not just a friend but also a “helper”. According to him, it is only when a policeman demonstrates his eagerness to help members of society that he is accepted as a friend.

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Protest of soldiers’Families

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THE ongoing war against Boko Haram insurgency recorded another mutinous oddity recently when wives and children of army troops barricaded Giwa Barracks, Maiduguri, thus preventing them from being moved to the war front.

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All-out war on Ebola disease

  /   in Editorial 4:14 am   /   Comments

THE dastardly “importation” of the dreaded Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) into Nigeria by the late Patrick Sawyer almost a month ago, has brought out the best in the government and people of Nigeria, surprisingly.

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Women, kids as suicide bombers

  /   in Editorial 4:02 am   /   Comments

JUST five years ago, few believed that the alien and macabre incidence of suicide bombing was possible in Nigeria. Nigerians were known as easygoing by nature, and rated as “the happiest people in the world”.

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Osun – Result Not The Surprise

  /   in Editorial 4:04 am   /   Comments

FEW expected Saturday’s governorship election in Osun State to have passed peacefully. For us the peaceful conduct of the election was the surprise. The result might have been predictable, but many expected violence to becloud Osun.

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Osun – Result Not The Surprise

  /   in Editorial 4:01 am   /   Comments

Gov. Rauf Aregbesola of Osun celebrating his re-election in Osogbo on Sunday

FEW expected Saturday’s governorship election in Osun State to have passed peacefully. For us the peaceful conduct of the election was the surprise. The result might have been predictable, but many expected violence to becloud Osun.

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Ebola: FG to employ 490 environmental health officers to man border communities

  /   in Editorial, News 7:00 pm   /   Comments

A file photo taken on June 28, 2014 shows a member of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) putting on protective gear at the isolation ward of the Donka Hospital in Conakry, where people infected with the Ebola virus are being treated. Guinea announced on August 9, 2014 it was closing its land borders with Liberia, Sierra Leone over Ebola fears.    AFP PHOTO

The Federal Government has approved the employment of 490 Environmental Health Officers (EHO) to man border areas to prevent further spread of Ebola disease.

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Unsolicited Text Messages

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THE Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, often gets complaints from telecommunications subscribers about quality of services. NCC has applied sanctions, including asking the companies to make refunds to subscribers for poor services,but subscribers never get such refunds.

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Ebola: There Must Be Solution

  /   in Editorial 4:04 am   /   Comments

PANIC has overtaken many homes over the latest scourge. Nothing dominates discussions these days like Ebola, the virus that defies cure, and appears to defy diagnosis until the patient is at death’s gate.

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Impeachment, Threats, Thrills

  /   in Editorial 4:05 am   /   Comments

Nyako, Al-Makura and Onyebuchi

IMPEACHMENT is in the Constitution for a good reason. While constituents can recall their elected representatives, in the case of governors, the Constitution prescribes impeachment, a lengthy process with enough legal checks to protect a threatened governor from the caprices of legislators whose motives could be self-serving.

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Terror Victims’ Fund

  /   in Editorial 6:31 pm   /   Comments

PERENNIAL presidential friends, public supporters of launchings and newer arrivals who preferred to dissolve in anonymity, shelled out over N58 billion in one night for the Terror Victims’ Fund. The performance exceeded the President’s expectations by N8 billion.

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