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We really are not encouraging non-oil exports

Troops clear kidnappers' dens, recover illegal oil cooking pots, cans,  in Rivers state

THE Federal Government has, for a long time, demonstrated the scriptural allegory of “the right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing”. Perhaps, it has to do with its ponderous, oversizeded nature, which has led many commentators to recommend a serious downsizing or devolution of powers to enable governance run smoothly and produce desirable results.

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Borrowing our way out of recession

Every member of the Buhari administration who has spoken about the current recession has assured Nigerians that the recession will end “very soon”. Unfortunately, (typical of government in our climes) no one has defined the time frame meant by very soon – leaving the officials an escape route in the event that nothing happens for a year or more.

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Castro: A great revolutionary passes on

Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, (more popularly known worldwide as Fidel Castro) who ruled the Republic of Cuba for 47 years, was one of the most outstanding personalities of the 20th Century. On Friday, 25th of November 2016, he passed on at the ripe age of 90, ten years after handing over the mantle of leadership to his younger brother, Raul Castro.

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End these budget embarrassments

On Wednesday, November 23, 2016, the Senate once again rejected the Federal Government’s draft budget for 2017. In addition, they condemned the 2017 to 2019 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) as well as the Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP) which accompanied it. Many of the lawmakers were also in support of sending the entire MTEF package back to the Presidency

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Averting another ASUU mega strike

A week ago, the Academic Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU) served notice of its intention to embark on a one-week warning strike with effect from Wednesday, 16th November, 2016. Its President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, claimed that ASUU took the action after nationwide consultations with the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Union, though the Minister of Labour, Dr Chris Ngige, insisted the Federal Government (ASUU members’ main employer) was not notified.

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$2.1bn arms deal: One of the houses sealed by the EFCC in Kaduna. Photo: Olu Ajayi

What happens to buildings seized by EFCC?

The report, a few weeks ago, that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) seized a building worth two billion naira from a former Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Customs Service, has raised questions on what the Federal Government intends to do with such confiscated structures. It is only one of several hundred houses, hotels, commercial buildings and parcels of land now reportedly in the custody of the EFCC, though most of them are still under litigation.

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President Buhari receives Daura National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) Members in his Daura Katsina Home on 13th Sep 2016

Time to think the NYSC Scheme

WHEN the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme was introduced by the General Yakubu Gowon administration in 1973, it was designed to promote national integration of Nigeria’s over 300 ethnic groups. With about ten universities at the time and the annual graduate turnout of less than 20,000 per annum, the Scheme was affordable. Every graduate received call-up and placement.

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