Thursday April 24th, 2014
Thursday April 24th, 2014
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Stop The Killings

  /   in Editorial 4:05 am   /   Comments

IT is tiresome keeping track of the killings in the North East. It is almost impossible to have accurate figures of the death toll in four years of the war with terrorists. Neither the official reactions, nor the justifications adduced for the crisis, can bear out the attacks that have become daily, almost routine, with school children as major targets.

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Blame Nigerians For Scarcity

  /   in Editorial 4:04 am   /   Comments

NIGERIANS woke up last week, panicked so much that they collectively agreed to purchase more fuel than they needed. Before the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation realised the ploy, fuel scarcity had overtaken the country.

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Passport, Privileges, Poverty

  /   in Editorial 4:00 am   /   Comments

ONE of the most urgent bills before the National Assembly is one seeking amendments to the 2004 Passport Act. It has gone through the second reading at the House of Representatives and it is a matter of time for the amendments to become law.

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Let’s Talk About Nigeria

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A Nigerian supporter attends the 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifying football match between Ivory Coast and Nigeria on July 27, 2013 at the Robert-Champroux Stadium in Abidjan. Ivory Coast defeated Nigeria 2 - 0.  AFP PHOTO

ANYONE attempting to guess the outcome of the National Dialogue, or rules out its possibilities for charting a new course for Nigeria, is under-estimating the challenges facing Nigeria and the urgency required in dealing with them.

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100 Awards At 100

  /   in Editorial 4:07 am   /   Comments

NIGERIANS would witness the most formal event of the centenary today when President Goodluck Jonathan hands out 100 awards to 100 individuals – more than 50 post-humously – who made their marks in Nigeria’s first 100 years.

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500 killed, 100 Killed, So What?

  /   in Editorial 4:07 am   /   Comments

DOES it really matter how many die daily from Boko Haram attacks? Who cares who the targets are? Who is interested in the body count? What difference does it make if 500 die today or 100 the next day?

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Child’s Right To Nothing

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Master Sodiq and Hamazt Babadu, at Obalende  marking  the end of 2012  Ramadan Eid-el-Fitr Festival, in Lagos state, on. 19/08/2012. Photo: Bunmi Azeez

WE are in a landmark year. We mark the centenary. The National Conference is Nigeria’s future. We are building the future with minimal attention to children who the United Nations Assembly started celebrating in 1954, 60 years ago.

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Safety, Another Rails Challenge

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File photo: Passengers hanging on a moving train in Lagos at Ikeja Railway Station, Lagos...

IT is gratifying to note that the Nigerian Railway Corporation, NRC, has finally taken action – or so it seems – over the dangerous behaviour of hundreds of commuters who sit on the roofs of trains, especially in crowded metropolitan Lagos.

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Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi – Sacked CBN Governor

  /   in Editorial 4:09 am   /   Comments

Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

GOVERNMENTS rarely fire their Central Bank governors. No matter the reasons, controversies would trail the decision, more so if it involves Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, a man who hugs the headlines.

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Time To Explore Solid Minerals

  /   in Editorial 12:35 am   /   Comments

Lipstick-gold

WHAT does the Federal Government have against gold and other solid minerals? We are wondering again because there are at least two major reasons that should elicit government’s interest in these minerals that have illegally been plundered for decades – they are great sources of income; their illegal mining annually leads to deaths of hundreds of children, over 400 in Zamfara alone since 2010.

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Nigeria’s Industrial Revolution Plan

  /   in Editorial 12:20 am   /   Comments

Miners

REVOLUTION evokes images of forceful change with dire consequences for those who resist it. If we are to see the Nigeria Industrial Revolution Plan, NIRP, which was launched last week in that light, we should be applauding the arrival of a programme that could change Nigeria from a net importer of most goods to a manufacturing nation that could at least meet some of its domestic needs.

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Aviation After Oduah

  /   in Editorial 12:45 am   /   Comments

Stella Oduah, Aviation Minister

MANY Nigerians are relieved to see the departure of Adaeze Stella Oduah, former Minister of Aviation, whose tenure was tainted by the alleged inflation of costs of vehicles one of the parastatals in the Ministry purchased. The long-drawn controversy indicated public interest in vetting the conduct of public officials, a welcome development that we suggest should continue.

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Working Without FRA

  /   in Editorial 12:30 am   /   Comments

NIGERIA has some laws Nigerians would wonder why they were made. One of them is the Fiscal Responsibility Act, FRA, a 2007 law that expects prudent management of public finances from governments and their agencies.

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Stopping Official Lawlessness

  /   in Editorial 12:30 am   /   Comments

COURTnew

THE descent to anarchy, no matter the form it takes, should not be tolerated in any society that law and order guide. Some of the biggest challenges our law face are from the authorities, who stretch the limits of immunity, and constitute themselves into law. They chose which law to obey and the ones that they treat with disdain.

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Where FoIA Does Not Apply

  /   in Editorial 12:10 am   /   Comments

FOI-bill-cartoon

THE Lagos State Government, known for its accountability, openness and progressive credentials is in court contesting the right of the public to know how it spent a $90m World Bank facility for improvement of its schools.

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Post-Mbu Rivers State

  /   in Editorial 12:10 am   /   Comments

*Mbu-Amaechi

THE re-deployment of Commissioner of Police, Mr Joseph Mbu to Police Headquarters, Abuja, and the posting of CP Joseph Ogunshakin to Rivers State, have heightened expectations that peace would return to the State.

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APC Membership Drive As Standard

  /   in Editorial 12:31 am   /   Comments

apc

THE registration exercise the All Progressives Congress embarked upon would be a defining point for the party, if the people realise the importance of the power they have been given, and use it.

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Of Choristers, Hijab, Masquerades

  /   in Editorial 12:35 am   /   Comments

Aregbosola

NO governor has promoted religion more than Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State. He is proud of his religion for which he gets a lot of bashing. In response, he has accorded recognition to the three religions that he considers the major ones – Christianity, Islam and traditional ways.

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When Security Fight Themselves

  /   in Editorial 12:34 am   /   Comments

police-fight

THE tragedy of the clash between the Police and the Navy in Warri would soon be consigned to a long list of similar incidents. Yet,no effort has been made to stop the dangerous re-occurence of such events.

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Challenging INEC’s 2015 Schedule

  /   in Editorial 12:20 am   /   Comments

File: Voter casting her vote

THE surprise would have been if Nigerians did not debate the time table the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, released for the 2015 elections. We are in an era of mounting oppositions against anything that points to any semblance of orderliness, it is called the new politics.

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We Pay Losing Bonus

  /   in Editorial 12:20 am   /   Comments

NIGERIANS are too happy over the performance of the home-based Eagles at the just concluded CHAN contest in South Africa that they did not notice one of its blights – Nigeria paid bonus to the Eagles for losing to Ghana.

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National Conference Versus Generator Mentality

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President Goodluck Jonathan flanked by Vice President Namadi Sambo (4th right) and the Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee on the National Conference, Dr. Femi Okurounmu while other committee members watched shortly after the inauguration of the Committee at the State House, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida.

THERE is very little left for any section of Nigeria to demand in Nigeria. If a section gets whatever it wants out of Nigeria, it would be a myopic gain that would leave that part unfulfilled.

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Killing A Dog To Kill A Policeman

  /   in Editorial 12:40 am   /   Comments

File Photo: Youths protesting against the Presidential Election Results at U/ Sarki, Kaduna yesterday. Photo by OLU AJAYI.

THESE days Nigerians fight over anything. A disputed bus fare, a misunderstood word at a community gathering or the better known incidents of cult rivalries or the more celebrated cases of land disputes are reasons for Nigerians to go at each other.

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Corruption Becomes Election Issue

  /   in Editorial 12:40 am   /   Comments

File: Voter casting her vote

IN Malawi, hundreds defied the rains on Wednesday to hear corruption charges against a senior civil servant and two construction executives, the principal suspects in a case in which 68 state employees and executives are being accused of stealing more than $20 million (N1.2bn) of public funds.

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New Controversies Over LIE

  /   in Editorial 12:20 am   /   Comments

Lagos - Ibadan Expressway

THE Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, LIE, has had its fair share of unearned attention from the controversies surrounding repairs of the road commissioned 36 years ago. It has degenerated to a stage that its motorable portions are like seeing oasis in the desert.

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Sharon – Hero, Murderer?

  /   in Editorial 12:16 am   /   Comments

Ariel-Sharon

ARABS would not forget Ariel Sharon soon. The Israeli soldier, politician and statesman, who his compatriots loved and hate, in proportional measures, was to some a hero, while Palestinians call him a murderer.

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Ejigbo: Injustice Prowls, Justice Crawls

  /   in Editorial 12:52 am   /   Comments

*Dr Odumakin’s Women Arise For Change Initiative during their protest

A YEAR after they were tortured – one of them died – and their suspected attackers were strutting the streets in sheer defiance of the law; justice may come to three women assaulted in Ejigbo Central Market. The Lagos suburb gained a place in the map when about 1,000 people perished in its canals while fleeing the Ikeja bomb blast 12 years ago.

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What Do Ministers Really Do?

  /   in Editorial 12:42 am   /   Comments

Ministerial-nominees

ANYONE who looks through the list of ministers the President has submitted to the Senate would move from surprise to wondering what ministers really do. In that list, the President appears to have set out only to fulfil the constitutional requirement that each State should be represented in the cabinet.

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Nigeria without Oil Thefts

  /   in Editorial 12:59 am   /   Comments

Oil-Report

IT is obvious the Nigerian economy is in a precarious situation. Is it anything new? Even oil theft, and the unclear accounts of oil receipts, coupled with corruption that are speedily draining resources available to governments, are not new.

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Corruption As Competition

  /   in Editorial 12:20 am   /   Comments

Ekpo Nta

EKPO Una Owo Nta, the Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, has narratives about corruption that make the issue seem more academic than practical. His experience in the federal public service should serve him well in the second year of his five-year tenure as head of one of Nigeria’s anti-corruption agencies.

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Delta – Meeting The Kidney Challenge

  /   in Editorial 12:08 am   /   Comments

patient undergoing kidney surgery

CASES of kidney failure are alarming. Afflicted Nigerians would appreciate efforts to ameliorate the situation. The Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, said more than 5,000 Nigerians travel to India and other countries monthly for medical attention.

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Rising Cases Of Rape

  /   in Editorial 12:20 am   /   Comments

Abiarape

STATISTICS on rape incidents may still not be a good reflection of the extent of the crime. Stigmatisation of rape victims keeps the numbers low, a further armoury to the criminals.

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