Saturday October 25th, 2014
Saturday October 25th, 2014
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Abuja – Here We Come

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*Abuja commercial buses

ABUJA is threatened by its fame as the place where all the opportunities are, especially for making quick money. Hundreds of thousands of Nigerians have their eyes set on Abuja. They have heard that once there, they can make something for themselves.

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Question For Our Leaders

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President Goodluck Jonathan (3rdR) and wife Patience cut the anniversary cake, flanked by (from L) Vice President Namadi Sambo, former Interim President Ernest Shonekan, former Head of State General Yakubu Gowon and Senate President David Mark as they celebrate Nigeria's 54th independence anniversary in Abuja on October 1, 2014.

NIGERIA is populated by leaders. We probably have more leaders than the led. Everywhere you turn, there is a leader, where he leads, and his ideas of leadership do not seem to be issues that bother the people.

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To Gowon @ 80: Time Runs

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Gowon

FORMER Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon is 80. Time really flies. The image of Gowon, in the minds of those who lived through the Civil War, was of a dashing officer, not one to be associated with 80 years and its frailties. Gowon has been known for his openness on some issues. His admission of his ill-preparedness to lead Nigeria was one.

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Our Money Politics

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PREPARATIONS for the 2015 elections again raise the issue of the highly monetised nature of Nigerian politics. It gets worse each political season.

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Awaiting Dividends Of Democracy

  /   in Editorial 4:12 am   /   Comments

NIGERIANS and their democracy are unique. If elsewhere people delight in the capacities of their government to deepen their liberties, broaden opportunities, our democracy is delivered as structures, visible and tangible. We call them dividends of democracy.

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Teachers’ Day Tells A Story

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CAN we imagine our world without teachers? October 5, World Teachers’ Day passed quietly. Nigerians consider teachers important. Sadly, the importance is only in words.

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A Season For Thugs

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THUGS

THUGS understand the business of violence. The boldness that has grown from not punishing them is evident in the havoc they are causing. They are appropriating space, the law watches.

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Again Jail Break, Same Reaction

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Soldiers called in to stop the rampaging Boko Haram detainees, Sunday morning.

HOW many prison breaks would it take to secure our prisons? Like in Akure in July 2013, where armed robbers let 175 criminals loose, while freeing their colleagues, last week’s incident in Kirikiri, Nigeria’s prime jail, Kirikiri would soon be history.

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2015: Voting without voters

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PDP1

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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Nigeria’s Ebola Volunteers Squad

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A seller of bananas walks past a slogan painted on a wall reading "Ebola" in Monrovia on August 31, 2014. Liberia on August 30, 2014 said it would deny permission for any crew to disembark from ships at the country's four seaports until the Ebola epidemic ravaging west Africa was under control. AFP PHOTO

BASKING in the universal acclamation of Nigeria for setting the pace in the containment of the Ebola Viral Disease (EVD), the Federal Government’s decision to set up an international Ebola Volunteers group comes highly commended.

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INEC must stop polling units allocation

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BY now, it must be abundantly clear to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that its proposed allocation of extra polling units to the various states of the federation is unpopular and has been rejected by the generality of Nigerians.

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Happy Sallah holidays

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FROM LEFT: PERMANENT SECRETARY, FCT, MR JOHN CHUKWU; VICE
PRESSIDENT NAMADI SAMBO AND MINISTER OF STATE FOR FCT, OLOYE OLAJUMOKE AKINJIDE, PRESENTING A GREETING CARD TO PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN (2ND-R), DURING EID-EL KABIR HOMAGE BY FCT RESIDENTS IN ABUJA ON SATURDAY (4/10/14).

TODAY and tomorrow, Muslims all over the world will be marking this year’s Id El Kabir and participate in the feast of sacrifice. Their friends, relations, neighbours and well-wishers will also join them in their moment of joy and celebration.

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NYSC’s Call-up Registration Furore

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THE move by the management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to introduce online registration and call-up of prospective Corps members has raised a lot of controversy which, if not quickly addressed, might affect the activities of the organisation.

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No To Forced Listing Of Companies

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THERE are worrying signals that unless due caution is brought to bear, a law that will force some blue chip private companies to sell their shares at the Nigerian Stock Exchange may be enacted. Such a law is reported to be nearing the public hearing stage at the House of Representatives.

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Happy 54th Independence Anniversary

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TODAY Wednesday, October 1, 2014, marks the 54th anniversary of our independence from our colonial genitors, Great Britain. It is a moment of triumph for both countries.

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National Honours: In the interest Of Real Honours

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President Goodluck Jonathan (L), presenting a 'Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR)' Award To A Taxi Driver, Mr Imeh Usuah, who returned the sum of N18m (Eighteen Million Naira) forgotten in his car by a customer, in Abuja on Monday (29/9/14).

YESTERDAY Monday, 29th September 2014 was another day of pomp and pageantry at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, as President Goodluck Jonathan presented the 2014 edition of National Honours to no fewer than 304 recipients.

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Delta State’s MDG feats

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THE normal trend is that Nigeria lags behind in most indices of development and topping the charts when it comes to indicators of backwardness. For instance, in the Africa ranking of attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s), whereas Egypt is first, Tunisia second, Ghana fifth, Nigeria is 47th, competing with countries like Niger (46th, Somalia (51) and Congo (52 and last).

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Thumbs Up For The Armed Forces

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50 suspected Boko Haram members arrested hiding underneath the truck carrying sheeps and goats during a routine check

NEWS of the chains of victories recorded by the Nigerian armed forces against the Boko Haram Islamist insurgents in the North East is not only a thing of delight, it is also a source of great relief.

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Probe Alleged Corruption In The Military

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The Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral Ola Ibrahim, other Service Chiefs and the Inspector General of Police, taking the salute during the Wreath Laying Ceremony to mark the 2013 Nigerian Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration at the Cenotaph, Eagle Square, Abuja, yesterday.	 Photo:Abayomi Adeshida

FOLLOWING the sudden upsurge of the activities of the Boko Haram insurgents in the Nigerian North east, with the mighty Nigerian Armed Forces appearing to wilt in the face of the affront to our territorial integrity, many Nigerians wondered why the surge of support from the advanced countries and friends of Nigeria did not produce any positive result.

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Synagogue: Let The Law Prevail

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TB Joshua-Synagogue Church

THE collapse of the six-storey building within the premises of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) in Ikotun Egbe, Lagos, is a symptom of a disturbing trend in Nigeria where religious bodies carry on as if they are above the law.

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2015 Elections Must Hold

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WHILE opening the current session of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, made comments which some interpreted as meaning that Nigeria is not even contemplating holding the 2015 general elections.

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Stop The War On Books

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AS schools are officially scheduled to resume nationwide today, we hasten to draw attention to an obnoxious policy that, if not immediately addressed, could do irreparable harm not only to the educational system but to the knowledge industry as a whole.

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Exposing the CBN Boko Haram “sponsor”

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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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Statistics mask SSCE failure

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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