Monday November 24th, 2014
Monday November 24th, 2014
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NYSC’s Call-up Registration Furore

  /   in Editorial 4:04 am   /   Comments

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

  /   in Editorial 4:03 am   /   Comments

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

  /   in Editorial 7:50 am   /   Comments

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

  /   in Editorial 4:02 am   /   Comments

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

  /   in Editorial 12:14 am   /   Comments

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

  /   in Editorial 4:00 am   /   Comments

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

  /   in Editorial 4:04 am   /   Comments

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

  /   in Editorial 6:00 am   /   Comments

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

  /   in Editorial 4:01 am   /   Comments

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

  /   in Editorial 4:04 am   /   Comments

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”

  /   in Editorial 4:08 am   /   Comments

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

  /   in Editorial 4:09 am   /   Comments

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

  /   in Editorial 4:00 am   /   Comments

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

  /   in Editorial 4:10 am   /   Comments

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

  /   in Editorial 4:03 am   /   Comments

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

  /   in Editorial 4:04 am   /   Comments

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

  /   in Editorial 4:00 am   /   Comments

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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Fashola’s call for rail revival

  /   in Editorial 4:00 am   /   Comments

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN (2nd left), Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Kayode Opeifa (2nd right), and the Chairman, Lagos State Task Force on Environment and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit, Chief Superintendent of Police, Bayo Sulaiman (right) during the Governor’s inspection tour of the abandoned Nigerian Railway Corporation Port Work Yard at Marine Beach Apapa on Sunday, August 31, 2014.

IT took a long time, but at last, the Lagos State Government has taken an active interest in the long standing neglect of the rail network in the Apapa axis, the nation’s number one economic gateway. Governor Raji Fashola went with a high powered delegation of his cabinet to inspect the abandoned work yard of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) at Marine Beach, Apapa recently.

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Ebola’s new Port Harcourt frontier

  /   in Editorial 4:00 am   /   Comments

Just when we were bracing up to shout: Hurrah, that we, as a nation, have been able to contain the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak, the Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, made the heart-dampening announcement, last Thursday, that another Ebola death had occurred in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital.

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Free Al Jazeera reporters in Egypt

  /   in Editorial 4:26 am   /   Comments

IT is more than eight months since four reportorial staff members of popular Middle-East based Al Jazeera Network were arrested, detained, tried and jailed by the authorities in Egypt for allegedly broadcasting false news and conspiring with the banned Islamist Muslim Brotherhood.

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Adieu, Prof Dora Akunyili

  /   in Editorial 4:23 am   /   Comments

TODAY and the whole of this weekend will witness the funeral obsequies of a great Nigerian, an amazon and uncommon public servant, whose exploits in the past fourteen years were unlike any other ever witnessed in our shores.

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Making the confab count

  /   in Editorial 4:44 am   /   Comments

AFTER five hectic months, the 492-member National Conference set up by President Goodluck Jonathan, completed their assignment with the submission of a 22-volume report consisting of 10,335 pages and 600 resolutions to the president.

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Gwoza: Time For Decisive Action

  /   in Editorial 4:34 am   /   Comments

THE declaration of an Islamic Caliphate by Abubakar Shekau’s Boko Haram over the town of Gwoza in southern Borno State and other areas it is currently occupying in the North East is a clarion call for decisive action by the government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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Honour for Dr. Adadevoh, others

  /   in Editorial, Remembering Adadevoh 4:00 am   /   Comments

WE wish to add our voice to the growing clamour for the honouring of the late medical staff of First Consultants Medical Centre, Lagos, who paid the supreme prize after treating the Liberian-American, Patrick Sawyer, the man who deliberately brought the Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) to Nigeria.

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Going tough against saboteurs

  /   in Editorial 4:01 am   /   Comments

THE greatest threat facing the nation’s war against the Boko Haram and other Islamist insurgents has to do with the unprecedented acts of sabotage that the national assignment is facing. Never at any other time in the history of Nigeria had the army been so bedeviled by internal and external undermining of efforts to rid the country of terrorists and other enemies of her unity and progress.

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Sack of striking doctors

  /   in Editorial 4:05 am   /   Comments

THE decision by the federal government to terminate the appointment of striking doctors in its employ following their obduracy not to end the strike they started since July 1, 2014, is as condemnable as the strike itself.

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Regulating night travels

  /   in Editorial 12:59 am   /   Comments

NIGHT travels have been with us since economic activities and exchanges between one part of the country and the other evolved. It intensified in the 1990’s and well into the new millennium when luxury buses became truly more luxurious enough to attract members of the middle class, who felt safer travelling on land than by air.

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Police, your “friend, helper”

  /   in Editorial 9:40 pm   /   Comments

Whenever a new Inspector General of Police is appointed, he calls together the top echelon of the Police, with great media attention, to unfold his vision and mission. The recently appointed IGP, Alhaji Suleiman Abba, is no different. Abba has made it clear that the Nigerian Police under his charge would be modelled as, not just a friend but also a “helper”. According to him, it is only when a policeman demonstrates his eagerness to help members of society that he is accepted as a friend.

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Protest of soldiers’Families

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THE ongoing war against Boko Haram insurgency recorded another mutinous oddity recently when wives and children of army troops barricaded Giwa Barracks, Maiduguri, thus preventing them from being moved to the war front.

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