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Recession or not, Merry Christmas!

ON Sunday, 25th December 2016,Nigerians and other peoples worldwide will celebrate the 2016th anniversary of the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. Christmas is the name of this day; a day that brings to the climax all the festive activities that make the Yuletide season (which sees off the year) a period that everyone eagerly looks forward to, irrespective of their religious persuasions.

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Yahya Jammeh must go

A political circus of sorts has been playing out in The Gambia. Yahya Jammeh, the dictator who came to power 22 years ago, had boasted he would win his biggest landslide electoral victory in the run-up to the recently held presidential election. But he was met with a stunning defeat at the hands of Adama Barrow, a property developer who led a coalition of seven political parties to score 45 per cent in an election that three main political parties featured.

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Ensuring safety of lives at NYSC Camps

THE sudden death of three members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) at different orientation camps raised fresh concerns about the safety of participants across the country. The incidents which occurred in Bayelsa, Kano and Zamfara States were illness-related. Victims were of the 2016 Batch B Stream 1. They were Chinyerum Elechi, Ifedapo Oladepo and Monday Ukene.

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Pay Super Falcons their money

For the eighth consecutive time, Nigeria’s national female football team, the Super Falcons, affirmed their superiority on the continent at the recently concluded African Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) where they beat Cameroon in the final. It was a record-setting victory for the team handler, Miss Florence Omagbemi, who won the trophy as a player and a coach. The coveted Cup is indeed a Christmas gift to our soccer- loving nation.

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Scandal: Only 13.4 million Nigerians pay tax

The news came like a thunderbolt, and it is almost unbelievable, at least to those who are exposed to the normal ways governments are run in other climes. Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue, Mr Babatunde Fowler, has disclosed that only 13.4 million, or about 16 per cent of an estimated population of 180 million Nigerians (out of which about 80 per cent are adults) pay their taxes.

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Free, fair re-run polls in Rivers an imperative

Tomorrow, Saturday 10th December 2016, will mark the third attempt at concluding the Rivers State elections which started (and ended for most of the states of the Federation) in the March and April, 2015 general elections. But the case of Rivers State was different in that all the senators and all but one of the 13 members of the House of Representatives members were annulled at the electoral tribunals. Similarly, some of the House of Assembly seats were declared vacant.

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We really are not encouraging non-oil exports

THE Federal Government has, for a long time, demonstrated the scriptural allegory of “the right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing”. Perhaps, it has to do with its ponderous, oversizeded nature, which has led many commentators to recommend a serious downsizing or devolution of powers to enable governance run smoothly and produce desirable results.

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Borrowing our way out of recession

Every member of the Buhari administration who has spoken about the current recession has assured Nigerians that the recession will end “very soon”. Unfortunately, (typical of government in our climes) no one has defined the time frame meant by very soon – leaving the officials an escape route in the event that nothing happens for a year or more.

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