Thursday July 31st, 2014
Thursday July 31st, 2014
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Unending Doctors’ Strikes

  /   in Editorial 4:05 am   /   Comments

SADLY, the current doctors’ strike, like the series of strikes that preceded it, would not change anything. The reason is simple – it is not based on sustainable principles. Doctors want improvements on their welfare, not even facilities for their work.

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Another Look At Our Prisons

  /   in Editorial 4:00 am   /   Comments

WHAT do we want to do with our prisons? Better still, what do we intend to do with our prisoners? Prisons are not a favourite subject of many. Prisoners are outcasts, considered worse than the scum of society.

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Chibok – 100 Days, Counting

  /   in Editorial 4:08 am   /   Comments

WEDNESDAY, 23 July, marked 100 days since the abduction of 279 female students of Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State. The circumstances of the 14 April abduction were graphic portrayals of the failure of government and leadership at different levels.

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Happy Eid el-Fitri

  /   in Editorial 4:02 am   /   Comments

THE Ramadan has ended. Its demands of abstinence from food and water are some of the easily remembered aspects of the month-long observation, which is one of the five pillars of Islam.

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Auto Imports Indecisions

  /   in Editorial 4:04 am   /   Comments

NEXT month, the National Automotive Council, NAC, would be 21 years old. Its mandate in Act 84 of 25 August 1993 is to ensure the survival, growth and development of Nigeria’s automotive industry using local human and material resources.

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Nigeria’s Dying Future

  /   in Editorial 4:15 am   /   Comments

OUR governments are immensely proud of their attitude towards Nigeria’s future. This attitude is not entirely surprising since governments are completely interested only in the present as it affects them and their cronies. Governments never see the future beyond the next elections.

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Budget Bothers

  /   in Editorial 4:05 am   /   Comments

ANY things are instructive about the way our country runs. The most recent concerns about the Federal Government’s intention to borrow $1 billion for its war against insurgents, is the pedestal for calls to probe the expenditure on security. Some want the probes to range as far as 1999.

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Nyako – Why Do They Celebrate?

  /   in Editorial 8:00 am   /   Comments

ADAMAWA—Acting Chief Judge of Adamawa State, Justice Ambrose Mammadi (L), administering Oath of Office on the  Acting Governor of the state, Alhaji Ahmadu Umaru, at the Government House in Yola after impeachment of Nyako yesterday.

WHY would anyone celebrate the impeachment of Murtala Hamman-Yero Nyako as governor of Adamawa State?

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Derivation Would Serve All

  /   in Editorial 12:41 am   /   Comments

AN erroneous belief that relevance of oil approximates to the life span of Nigeria’s oil reserves partially fuels the laxity with which the authorities treat diversification of the economy. Concerns over dependence of the economy on oil raged more than three decades ago. Now, Nigeria’s dependence on oil is total, yet the matter is discussed as one of several issues beleaguering Nigeria.

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Extradition Of Ogwuche

  /   in Editorial 4:00 am   /   Comments

NYANYA BLAST CO-MASTERMIND—Nyanya bombing co-mastermind, Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche (M), arriving with Interpol officials at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, yesterday. Inset: Mohammed Zakari, Boko Haram's alleged Chief Butcher arrested by Police in Bauchi.

THE successful extradition of suspected Nyanya motor park bomb mastermind, Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche restates the importance of international cooperation in the fight against terrorism. The dispatch with which the extradition processes was concluded was remarkable.

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Tougher Action On Thugs

  /   in Editorial 4:05 am   /   Comments

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 heard threats as contestants jostled for space in the governorship election in Ekiti last month.

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Reviving Our Reading Culture

  /   in Editorial 4:05 am   /   Comments

NIGERIANS read for profit. Not for most Nigerians the studious attitude with which people read books and newspapers in countries. The difference is not in the literacy level, as some are wont to suggest. Nigerians, except for a few, consider reading an unprofitable venture.

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New State For Everyone

  /   in Editorial 4:02 am   /   Comments

IT appears some Nigerians would only be satisfied if each family gets a State. Even then, husband and wife may not agree on who becomes the governor of their State. Things are that ridiculous.

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Job, More Jobs

  /   in Editorial 4:00 am   /   Comments

Job seekers on the pitch of Abuja National Stadium appling for work with immigration departement

CHANGES at the Central Bank of Nigeria since Godwin Emefiele resumed as Governor have sent signals that he intends to accomplish his vision of “the model Central Bank delivering price and financial system stability and promoting sustainable economic development”’.

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Let’s Pay Taxes

  /   in Editorial 4:02 am   /   Comments

THREE years ago, Romanian witches, who have long thirsted for government recognition, got the type of deal they never imagined – the law asked them to pay tax.

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Remembering Mogadishu

  /   in Editorial 4:09 am   /   Comments

IT is ironical the cantonment in Abuja where a blast killed and injured people in a 2010 pre-New Year revel is named Mogadishu after the capital of Somalia, which has had no central government since General Mahammad Siad Barre was over thrown in 1991. Scores of secessions saw to disintegration of a territory Ethiopians, French, British, Italians and Russians fancied at several points in its history. Barre’s dictatorship lasted 22 years.

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Elevating Electricity To Statistics

  /   in Editorial 4:00 am   /   Comments

BASIC as electricity is to modern living; there is a basic misunderstanding about reflecting this importance in the lives of Nigerians. The people are unimpressed about government trumpeted gains in managing the challenges of electricity supply.

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Money – Yes, Mr. Speaker

  /   in Editorial 4:13 am   /   Comments

MOST Nigerians would agree with the Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly Emmanuel Terhile Ayua that money was the challenge State Assemblies faced. However, they would not see the matter the way legislators view it.

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Military Must Admit, Check Lawlessness

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WHERE laws are flouted with impunity, lawlessness reigns. Impunity nurtures the constant lawlessness of the military. Nothing justifies lawlessness or its perpetration.

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Unending Doctors’ Strikes

  /   in Editorial 12:19 am   /   Comments

SADLY, the current doctors’ strike, like the series of strikes that preceded it, would not change anything. The reason is simple – it is not based on sustainable principles. Doctors want improvements on their welfare, not even facilities for their work.

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Law To Make Nigerians Poorer

  /   in Editorial 4:01 am   /   Comments

TODAY, the House of Representatives will hold a public hearing on the bill for an Act to “regulate the acceptance and utilisation of financial/material contribution of donor agencies for voluntary organisations”.

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A Ramadan Call To Action

  /   in Editorial 4:05 am   /   Comments

THERE is more to Ramadan than the abstinence from food and water. Ramadan is a time of evaluating one’s relationship with the Almighty, his Maker. It is a month for major decisions about life and the hereafter.

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Nothing Shocks Again

  /   in Editorial 4:18 am   /   Comments

THE body counts from the war against terrorism are getting abnormal. Whether the losses are on the part of the security agencies or mere standbys, like school children, it is becoming clearer .that government needs to do more.

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Tomorrow’s uncaring Pensioners

  /   in Editorial 12:03 am   /   Comments

WE treat pensioners with levity for two major reasons: today’s active people never think of ever being pensioners; some are having their “pension” in advance, mostly by corrupt means.

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Search Tambuwal, Why Not?

  /   in Editorial 4:05 am   /   Comments

IT is time we decided what we want as a people. We are all upset about the unflagging security situation in Nigeria. When moves are made to take serious measures, we pull our privileges cards to insinuate we have been insulted.

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Minister Ready To Fight

  /   in Editorial 4:00 am   /   Comments

HAS Nigeria degenerated to the extent that a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria would regret that his ministerial position was standing between him and a public brawl? He sounded as if the shackles of office distressed him in the matter.

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Ekiti – Fayemi Is The Difference

  /   in Editorial, Ekiti Elections 4:12 am   /   Comments

Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti (l) and Governor-Elect, Mr Ayo Fayose, during Fayose's visit to the Governor in  Ado-Ekiti on Monday

THE most important thing about last Saturday’s governorship election in Ekiti State was the equanimity, grace, humility with which Dr. Kayode Fayemi conceded victory. Such moments are rare in our politics and made all the difference to how both sides received the result.

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Our Country Needs Attention

  /   in Editorial 12:49 am   /   Comments

POLITICS is replacing the attention that our country needs to make progress. The biggest casualty is the people. Politics should focus the collective future of Nigeria. How can politics help our situation, when it is not serving the people by creating opportunities to sustain society?

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Rehabilitation, New Route To North East

  /   in Editorial 4:00 am   /   Comments

THE proposed N15.8 billion National Emergency Relief Programme, with the bulk expected to be invested in the rehabilitation of the North East, is a major proposal in countering the effects of the insecurity’ in the region. It must be stated that the amount would prove inadequate for the damage long drawn security challenges have visited in the area.

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Long Talks On Prison Decogestion

  /   in Editorial 4:04 am   /   Comments

EVERY administration claims it has concerns about prison decongestion. Many conferences and seminars down the road, the prisons are more congested. The slow pace of judicial processes is guaranteed to keep them over flowing.

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Ekiti: Another Attempt At Free, Fair Poll

  /   in Editorial 4:00 am   /   Comments

NUMEROUS assurances that Saturday’s gubernatorial election in Ekiti would be free and fair, are not enough to address fears that malpractices could mar the election. The serial failure of the police and Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in stopping electoral malpractices has reached a point where their assurances elicit indifference.

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We The People…

  /   in Editorial 4:04 am   /   Comments

CONCERNS about the future of Nigeria are growing. Many groups talk about Nigeria without attention to rectifying the issues. The 1999 Constitution, which some have pointed out, began with a fallacy, bears the brunt of the blames for our collective.

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