Tuesday July 29th, 2014
Tuesday July 29th, 2014
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Diminishing Our Constitution

  /   in Editorial 4:10 am   /   Comments

THE thought that some operators of the Constitution and their cohorts think they are more important than the Constitution is disconcerting – it is actually illegal. Times over, politicians – especially those who are holding elected positions – believe that their agreement is needed for the Constitution to be law.

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Safety During World Cup

  /   in Editorial 4:06 am   /   Comments

WOULD Nigerians be able to watch the World Cup at viewing centres? The recent bomb attacks at viewing centres in Mubi and Jos, during football matches, are warnings to the dangers the FIFA World Cup in Brazil could harbour for Nigerian fans.

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Newspapers – Latest Explosives

  /   in Editorial 4:07 am   /   Comments

THERE is more to the military’s clamp down on newspapers than it disclosed in an obviously hurried statement that failed to notice the contradictions in the defence it provided. According to Defence Headquarters, newspaper circulation vans were stopped based on security reports that they were to be used to ferry bombs from the North East to other parts of the country.

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Fraudsters, Photo Opportunists

  /   in Editorial 4:00 am   /   Comments

NIGERIAN “big men” are drawn to publicity, name-dropping, and anything that could promote their causes, usually self-serving.

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Delta’s SME insurance

  /   in Editorial 4:04 am   /   Comments

CAPACITY building has become a favourite lingo of all who claim to be improving the economy. The abuses can be imagined. Small and medium enterprises are hailed for the promises they hold. The Bank of Industry’s efforts apart, empowerment schemes have become platforms for containing the youth rather than exploring their zeal and passion.

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Libya’s Guns For All

  /   in Editorial 4:02 am   /   Comments

LIBYA has a more dangerous transition phase that is easily overlooked. Muammar Gaddafi’s death 30 months ago has left a country in more turmoil than most opponents of Gaddafi expected.

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Nigeria’s Oily Economy

  /   in Editorial 4:00 am   /   Comments

AN erroneous belief that relevance of oil approximates to the life span of Nigeria’s oil reserves partially fuels the contentment with which the authorities treat diversification of the economy.

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FOIA: Will The Illegality Stop?

  /   in Editorial 4:02 am   /   Comments

EFFORTS to establish applicability of the Freedom of Information Act nationally indicate ineptitude of the National Assembly in stopping the illegalities State Assemblies are perpetrating. They erode powers of the National Assembly.

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They are Lives, Not Statistics

  /   in Editorial 4:03 am   /   Comments

WE are already in danger of not appreciating the enormity of the loss of lives that Nigeria has witnessed, with varying intensity, since 2010. The statistics flummox us. We strip them of the stories they tell.

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Memories Of May 29

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15years-of-demo

THE trite debates about its importance apart, May 29 frightens politicians – it annually reminds them of how close they are to leaving office or worse still, the nearness of the mandatory renewal of their electoral mandate.

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Threats, Simply Not Acceptable

  /   in Editorial 4:02 am   /   Comments

IT is possibly only in Nigerian elections that opponents and proponents of candidates proudly offer threats and counter threats as the only selling points of their candidates. We see more threats as politicians jostle for relevance, ahead of elections.

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Everyday Is Children’s Day

  /   in Editorial 4:08 am   /   Comments

WE delight in ceremonies. We also like the headlines. The vogue is support for the abducted school girls of Chibok. Once they are released, Nigerians would relapse to the child abuse mode the country runs on full time.

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Fresh Vs INEC: Threat To Elections

  /   in Editorial 4:10 am   /   Comments

SECURITY challenges in the North-East are seen as threats to the 2015 elections. Another threat to elections, beginning with the June 21 governorship election in Ekiti State, is the legal squabble between the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and the Fresh Democratic Party, FDP.

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Our Endangered Future

  /   in Editorial 4:04 am   /   Comments

THIS is not about Chibok girls. It is about Nigerian students, the unceasing uncertainties of concluding studies in Nigerian public schools, the scant attention the authorities pay to education, and our endangered future.

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Free Meriam Yahia Ishaq

  /   in Editorial 4:09 am   /   Comments

MERIAM Yahia Ibrahim Ishaq, until recently an unknown 27-year-old pregnant Sudanese mother, is on the death row, after a court in her country convicted her of adultery and apostasy. She was sentenced to 100 lashes of the cane and death by stoning.

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INEC Can Do More

  /   in Editorial 4:00 am   /   Comments

THE Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has again confirmed through its promotion of the Advance Automatic Finger Identification System, AAFIS, that things are wrong with its operations. INEC states that more than four million fake names have been taken out of the voters’ roll.

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South Africans Vote ANC Again

  /   in Editorial 4:01 am   /   Comments

WITH 62.15 per cent of the popular vote, the African National Congress, ANC, extended its 20-year hold on power, amid allegations of scandals and economic malaise afflicting South Africa. It was the first election after the death of iconic Nelson Mandela last December.

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After WEFA Success

  /   in Editorial 4:04 am   /   Comments

THE World Economic Forum for Africa, WEFA, in Abuja, the 24th in the series, was a success, even in the gloom of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls, and the further security anxieties that surrounded the event.

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Poor Governance Killing Our People

  /   in Editorial 4:03 am   /   Comments

WHEN 13-year-old Daniel Oikhena squeezed himself into the tyre compartment of an aircraft last year, believing he would end up in America, his action sent a strong message of desperate migration, driven by frustration.

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PIB: Pass The Bill, Please

  /   in Editorial 4:00 am   /   Comments

THE longer the inconclusive journey of the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, began in 2000 lasts, the more the concerns about more transparent management of the oil and gas sector result in the bill. The controversies are enough reasons to pass the bill.

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Co-ordinating Sports’ Doom

  /   in Editorial 4:18 am   /   Comments

IN October 2012, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Minister of Finance and Cordinating Minister of Economy organised a presidential sports retreat at the State House, Abuja – Team Nigeria to the Olympic Games had returned without a medal. She hired one of the world’s top consultants to probe the performance.

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A global front against Boko Haram

  /   in Editorial 4:00 am   /   Comments

THE abduction of 276 school girls by the Nigerian Islamist insurgency group, Boko Haram on April 15 in Chibok, Borno State, appears to have become the turning point in their savage campaigns of murder and destruction.

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Don’t abandon airports’ facelifts

  /   in Editorial 4:00 am   /   Comments

BARELY three months after the former Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah, was relieved of her post over the armoured vehicles contract scandal, worrisome reports have it that work on some of the airports has stalled over lack of payment to contractors.

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WEF – A Needed Vote For Nigeria

  /   in Editorial 5:36 pm   /   Comments

FOR the world to come to Abuja at this point is a huge vote of confidence that should create some relief from the tensions that insecurity has imposed in the past couple of years. The benefits of the World Economic Forum, WEF, that begins today, stretche further than the businesses that it could sprout for Nigeria.

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Delta’s SME insurance

  /   in Editorial 4:04 am   /   Comments

CAPACITY building has become a favorite lingo of all who claim to be improving the economy. The abuses can be imagined. Small and medium enterprises are hailed for the promises they hold. The Bank of Industry’s efforts apart, empowerment schemes have become platforms for containing the youth rather than exploring their zeal and passion.

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More Electricity Challenges

  /   in Editorial 4:06 am   /   Comments

Light

NIGERIANS complaining over poor electricity supply should brace up for tougher times as the confusion over new ownership of the generating and distributing companies continues. If the agitations of electricity workers are sustained, there would be further disruptions that could lower already poor supplies.

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Another Labour Day

  /   in Editorial 4:04 am   /   Comments

From Left: Chief Emeka Wogu, Comrade Abdulwahed Omar; President Goodluck Jonathan and Comrade Peter Esele cut  anniversary cake at the 2013 May Day Celebration in Abuja on Wednesday

SPEECHES will be made. Workers will march, security permitting. Everything else about May 1, Labour Day, is uncertain; a reflection of the hard times and abundant disinterest of the authorities in the well-being of the people.

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Rotten Fish Galore

  /   in Editorial 4:08 am   /   Comments

A SEARCHLIGHT on fish importers by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture has revealed the prevalence of bad fish in the cold rooms and markets.

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Children – In Nigeria, In Korea

  /   in Editorial 4:07 am   /   Comments

APRIL 14, terrorists abducted school girls from a government school in Chibok, Borno State. We are still debating how many they are. The rescue efforts were futile enough for the parents of the victims to dare Sambisa Forest, on their own.

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Malaria: Away From Depressing Statistics

  /   in Editorial 4:07 am   /   Comments

OUR governments adopt the easiest approaches to the malaria scourge – talk about it, prescribe more use of mosquito nets. Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, announced in 2012 that more than 90 per cent of Nigeria’s population – about 150.3 million people – is at risk of malaria infection.

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Surely Not, SURE-P

  /   in Editorial 4:07 am   /   Comments

THE Subsidy Re-Investment and Empowerment Programme, SURE-P, is one of the barely understood programmes of the Federal Government. Its broadly stated objective is to utilise money government saves from selling petroleum at N97 per litre, to ameliorate conditions of poor Nigerians.

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Inheritance Rights For Girl Child

  /   in Editorial 4:07 am   /   Comments

MONDAY, April 14, 2014, the Supreme Court voided the Igbo customary law, which denies daughters inheriting their fathers’ estate. The Supreme Court said it was discriminatory and in conflict with the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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