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No to age barrier for election

The #Not Too Young To Run (NTYTR) movement, a coalition of about 80 youth groups rallied at the Unity Fountain, Abuja on Tuesday, 25th July 2017 to show its rage and disgust at the alleged termination of a Bill to reduce the antiquated and anti-youth age barrier to qualification for elections in Nigeria.

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We must tax prudently and borrow less

Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, gave conflicting signals recently when she said Nigeria will no longer borrow to fund the budget, only to recant shortly after. We are fully in support of the need to apply more caution in our current craze for borrowing because the economy is being increasingly over-burdened by debt.

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Enforcing environmental laws to minimize flooding

Torrential rains in Lagos and its environs and in other parts of the country have, once more, exposed the failure of urban and regional planning tenets in our country. In Lagos residents of highbrow Lekki, Ajah, Victoria Island and Ikoyi were the worst-hit this time . Human and vehicular movements were hampered, and some residents were forced to vacate their homes. Much damage was done to the environment and property.

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PDP: Lessons from a party’s travails

THE nation’s biggest opposition party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) was saved from the pangs of self-inflicted extinction when the Supreme Court, on Wednesday, 12th July 2017, returned full authority to the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led main body of the party in a unanimous decision read by Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour.

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Financial autonomy for State Assemblies

A public forum held in Abuja recently provided another opportunity for the financial autonomy of the legislature at state levels to be put on the front burner of national discourse. Financial autonomy enables the state assemblies the freedom to access their budgetary allocations directly without the current trend of depending on the good graces of the Executive Branch (the Governors).

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Healing the wounds of Ife crisis

We are gratified to note the concerted efforts being made by leaders at various levels of authority to bring succour to the victims of the Ile Ife communal crisis which erupted on 20th March, 2017. It claimed no fewer than 46 lives, sent about 90 injured victims to the hospitals and rendered a lot of people homeless.

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Badoo: It’s time for community policing

THE dreadful activities of the Badoo gang in the Ikorodu axis of Lagos State has, again, brought out the urgent necessity for community policing. The gang had unleashed terror on Ikorodu communities where many families have been brutally wiped out. Vital organs of their victims were allegedly removed for purposes that are yet to be determined.

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Use of soldiers for police work

It is very worrisome that nineteen years into our renascent democracy, the presence of the Army in the lives of the civilian populace has become even more rampant than ever. Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, recently told a workshop jointly held by the House of Representatives and Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC), that the army is currently deployed in, at least, 28 states of the Federation.

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