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Resolving JAMB’s admission controversy

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Recently, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) announced at the end of its 2015 Combined Policy Meeting that it had adopted a policy whereby surplus applicants to a university for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) will be re-distributed to other universities with lower number of applicants than their capacities.

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Peace committee and anti-graft war

  /   in Editorial 12:33 am   /   Comments

THE National Peace Committee, led by former military Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, with the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Hassan Kukah as its main engine room, played a very commendable role in helping to ensure we had a peaceful and successful transitional elections in 2015.

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TSA, a welcome policy

  /   in Editorial 1:55 pm   /   Comments

LAST week the Presidency issued a directive to all Federal Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to begin retirement of their revenues into a unified account, a Treasury Single Account (TSA) maintained by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Several state governments have also commenced similar measures.

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High failure rate in Law School

  /   in Editorial 12:30 am   /   Comments

Penultimate week, the Council of Legal Education released the bar final examination results conducted between April and May this year.

The council is statutorily charged with the responsibility of conducting final bar examinations for prospective lawyers who are subsequently called to the Bar after fulfilling certain conditions both in character and learning

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Surviving the crude oil crunch

  /   in Editorial 12:41 am   /   Comments

THE lingering decline in crude oil prices, which has greatly affected Nigeria’s revenue from crude oil exports, has taken another dimension in recent months. About 35 million barrels of the country’s crude oil remained unsold at the international market as at December 2014.

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Revisiting power sector privatisation

  /   in Editorial 7:36 pm   /   Comments

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC’s) threat to revoke the licences of some power generation companies otherwise known as gencos is hardly surprising. Although there has been noticeable improvement in electricity supply in the country in recent time, this however, cannot obscure the fact that the power generation and supply targets envisaged under the privatisation arrangement has not been met, four years after its introduction.

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Benue soldiers’ rampage

  /   in Editorial 4:05 am   /   Comments

Acts of indiscipline among bad eggs of the Nigerian armed forces emerged, once again, last week when soldiers of the Nigerian Army School of Military Engineering (NASME) in Makurdi, Benue State, were reported in the media as taking the law into their hands, invading a suburb of the city and allegedly committing various acts of heinous crimes.

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Restoring The Glory Of Breast feeding

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IN Nigeria and Africa as a whole, breastfeeding has been the most culturally acceptable mode of feeding babies within the first two years of life. As a practice, breastfeeding has a strong connotation for promoting the bonding that started at pregnancy between mother and child.

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Using ICRC To Fight Corruption

  /   in Editorial 4:11 am   /   Comments

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari’s government has left no one in doubt that it has zero tolerance for corruption. The fight against corruption will be won or lost depending on how the government handles the civil service, which is the engine room of corruption in the public sector. The corruption-riddled public procurement process in the country must be reformed for us to make progress.

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Imperatives Of Dredging Calabar Port

  /   in Editorial 4:02 am   /   Comments

FAILURE of the Federal Government and Nigeria Ports Authority to dredge the Calabar port channel is adversely affecting economic activities the port was meant to sustain. Previous efforts to dredge the port ended without improvements in the capacity of the port to take bigger vessels.

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President as Minister of Petroleum?

  /   in Editorial 4:01 am   /   Comments

THE news has been making the rounds in both the conventional and internet media that President Muhammadu Buhari is to assume the position of Minister of Petroleum when he appoints ministers next month.

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Overcoming Our Housing Deficit

  /   in Editorial 4:05 am   /   Comments

HOUSING is a basic necessity of man. Indeed, all over the world, progressive and people-oriented governments make housing a major consideration of their development policies as its adequate provision makes a beneficial impact on the well-being of the people.

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Publication of bank debtors

  /   in Editorial 4:45 am   /   Comments

CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele

SEVERAL banks, discount houses and the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) are complying with the directive of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to have the names of their loan defaulters published in newspapers with effect from this August. The amount involved is about N13trillion.

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Gov El Rufai’s “feud” with beggars

  /   in Editorial 4:03 am   /   Comments

As the European football season begins this Sunday, with Chelsea battling Arsenal in the Community Shield at Wembley Stadium, front-line Nigerian sports betting company, Winners Golden Bet has promised football fans that they were guaranteed of their full winnings if they bet with the firm.

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Gov Wike’s Visits To CJN

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Justice Mahmud Mohammed CJN and Wike

THE legislature, the executive and the judiciary are the three arms of government and the fulcrum on which democracy functions. Constitutionally and legally, they are supposed to function independently of one another in order to preserve the principle of checks and balances to ensure a healthy democracy.

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The Cloud Around Amina Zakari

  /   in Editorial 3:50 am   /   Comments

HAJIYA Amina Zakari, the Acting National Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is still in the news. Her historic appointment made her the first woman to take the helms of the Commission. The appointment is, however, steeped in much controversy.

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Before the bail out funds are diverted

  /   in Editorial 4:04 am   /   Comments

President Muhammadu Buhari

One of the earliest demands placed before President Muhammadu Buhari, even before he was sworn-in, was a request for financial bailout of states which could not pay their workers’ salaries. It was championed by the governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) led by Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State.

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NASS: Now To Business

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N-Assembly

THE crisis in the House of Represen-tatives, was finally resolved on Tuesday last week when the leadership of the House bowed to the demands of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to install its preferred candidates as principal officers.

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CBN’s Monetary Policy Challenges

  /   in Editorial 4:08 am   /   Comments

Emefiele

THE Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) sat last week to review developments in the global and domestic economic environments since its last meeting of 18th and 19th May, 2015 to address emerging challenges in the economic landscape.

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America And Our War On Terror

  /   in Editorial 4:00 am   /   Comments

WHEN President Muhammadu Buhari set out with his 32-man official delegation to the United States of America for an official visit to President Barack Obama, top on his shopping list was the quest to procure weapons and sundry support from the world’s sole superpower to flush out the Boko Haram jihadists from our embattled North East.

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Halt The Middle Belt Killings Now!

  /   in Editorial 4:02 am   /   Comments

FROM the central parts of Nigeria are gory tales of wanton killings that should elicit shock and urgent action from all Nigerians. Indeed a sizeable part of the area has for years remained a killing field where hundreds of lives have been wasted, no thanks to the frequent clashes between local farmers and nomadic Fulani herdsmen. In fact, no week passes without media reports of fresh attacks resulting in the killing of several innocent individuals, especially women and children.

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Enhancing The Rights Of Women

  /   in Editorial 4:47 am   /   Comments

HUMAN rights are guaranteed in our constitution. That explains why countries all over the world ratified different conventions and treaties on the issue. These include the United Nations Charter on Human Rights and the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights. Nigeria is a signatory to most of these laws. Virtually all of them have been domesticated.

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Time To Rethink Subsidy

  /   in Editorial 4:06 am   /   Comments

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PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has hinted that his government may not remove the petroleum subsidy, saying that the reasons so far canvassed for its removal did not sound plausible.

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Don’t Abandon Amnesty Beneficiaries

  /   in Editorial 9:49 pm   /   Comments

THERE was widespread anxiety about the fate of the Amnesty programme for former militants of the Niger Delta when Muhammadu Buhari emerged as the President of Nigeria. Given the dynamics of the election, and the fact that the programme was established by the former People’s Democratic Party (PDP) federal government under late President Umar Musa Yar’ Adua and sustained by the regime of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, people were not sure what Buhari would do with it.

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Recharging The War On Boko Haram

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EMBATTLED Governor Kassim Shettima of Borno State told newsmen that the appointment of two top defence functionaries from the state is a sign that the war against the Boko Haram terrorists will soon enter the end-game stage. The new National Security Adviser (NSA), retired Major General Babagana Monguno, and the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Tukur Buratai, are from the State.

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The BVN Deadline Stampede

  /   in Editorial 12:07 am   /   Comments

MANY Nigerians once again demonstrated their usual disdain for deadline in respect of the ongoing Bank Verification Number,(BVN), registration. During its launch on February 14, 2014 by the then Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the apex bank had fixed July 2014 as the commencement date for the BVN registration and December 31, 2014 as the deadline for all bank customers to have their BVNs.

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Oliseh And Future Of Nigerian Football

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UNVEILING: New Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh (m) was unveiled yesterday in Abuja. Here NFF President, Amaju Pinnick(l) and Sec.General Sanusi Mohammed  display Oliseh's No 15 Jersey during the ceremony

ON Wednesday, 15th July 2015, Nigeria hopefully took a major step towards the repair of its tattered football when Mr. Sunday Oliseh was unveiled as the new Chief Coach of the Super Eagles following the sack of former coach, Mr. Stephen Keshi.

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Arresting The Storm Within NIREC

  /   in Editorial 4:04 am   /   Comments

THE Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) is an independent union voluntarily formed by the leaders of the nation’s two recognised religious faiths – Christianity and Islam. It is composed of 50 members, made up of 25 Christian and 25 Muslim leaders and co-chaired by the Sultan of Sokoto, the leader of the Muslims in Nigeria and his counterpart, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria.

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Helping Majek Fashek

  /   in Editorial, Music 6:20 pm   /   Comments

*Majek Fashek

FOR years, it was more of a rumour. But now, it is no longer a secret. No one can keep that kind of secret for long in these days of highly inquisitive and vibrant social media. It is official: iconic reggae star, Majekodunmi Fasheke, better known as “Majek Fashek the Rainmaker”, is a drug wreck.

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Ending The Boko Haram Prisoners Controversy

  /   in Editorial 4:00 am   /   Comments

THIS was the first time that the posting of prisoners from one part of the country to another by the Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS) was causing such a fluster among a cross-section of Nigerians.

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US Gay Marriage Ruling: We Say No!

  /   in Editorial 4:35 am   /   Comments

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THE United States Supreme Court crossed the Rubicon when it ruled recently that same-sex couples are legally permitted to marry. It was a judgement that sent homosexuals, lesbians, and transgender people in America and elsewhere cheering, while leaving opponents of such queer marital unions in shock.

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Bracing For The Floods

  /   in Editorial 4:00 am   /   Comments

THE rains are back with heavy flooding also staging a come-back. Nigeria over the years has battled flooding disasters across the states. Recently, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA ) identified states and local government areas prone to flooding in Nigeria, cautioning against environmental habits that compound the disaster. These include Niger, Kogi, Benue, Adamawa, Anambra, Delta, Rivers and Bayelsa states.

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