Mr. John Egesi is a former director-general, National Maritime Authority (now NIMASA) and President, Nigerian Institute of Shipping (NIS). In this interview, he sheds light on how the peculiarity Nigeria shares with other sub Sahara African countries is both a weakness and a strength.Read More →
The House of Representatives has endorsed the 42.5 mpa cement grade as the minimum in the Nigerian market. The House thereby bars the 32.5 grade which the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) had allowed to be produced and sold but limited to plastering jobs only. Following from the House Committee’s surveys and analysis, the 32.5 grade poses greater danger to largely uninformed Nigerians than the 42.5 grade.Read More →
Not many people have been shot in the head and lived to tell their stories. But for young Pakistani girl, Malala Yousafzai, her close shave with death when Taliban terrorists shot her in the head has catapulted her from an unknown rural girl to international status, earning her a spot to address the United Nations, UN, General AssemblyRead More →
As I took the oath of office as governor, most of the critical initial steps my government took were aimed at building this cardinal imperative upon which our policy thrust as government will be delivered. Accordingly, prime among this was the issue of insecurity, which made it impossible to live and do business in Bayelsa. By deliberate and determined deployment of legislation and policy, backed by decisive and clear-headed leadership, mobilizing the security asset of our country and the citizenry, our state within the short period of two years has now become one of the safest places to live and do business in the countryRead More →
Dr Walton Liverpool is the Executive Secretary, Bayelsa State Universal Basic Education Board.
In this interview with Jimitota Onoyume, he speaks on why Governor Seriake Dickson ordered that the primary school attended by President Goodluck Jonathan in Otuoke, Bayelsa State be rebuilt. He dismisses the allegation by some members of his board that he operates as a sole administrator.
The Sudanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr Tagelsir Mahgoub Ali, speaks on the difficulties being faced by his home country to extradite the man suspected to be behind the bombing of Nyanya, near Abuja, the FCT, who fled to Sudan, to Nigeria.Read More →
It is no longer news that the United States government is strongly committed in efforts to strengthening Nigeria’s democratic institutions, and electoral processes.
This, clearly explains the country’s extensive involvement in ensuring that the upcoming Ekiti and Osun states elections in the next few months are conducted credibly and peacefully.Read More →
In all my years of reading articles written by some of the very finest in this noble profession called journalism, two articles are stuck in my brain like the hair planted on the scarf of the head.
The first of these TWO articles….WHY I WILL NOT FORGIVE MY TEACHER, was written many years back by Dare Babarinsa of the then Newswatch. I still remember it as if it were yesterday, cramped in the popular Lagos Danfo bus on my way from work, shuttling between Oyingbo through Orile and finally to Okokomaiko where I shared a two-room apartment with my cousin. I had started reading the article out of boredom, little did I know that it would hold a lifetime influence on my literary reasoning.Read More →
Rape and sexual assault against women in Nigeria have become issues in dare need of global intervention. Although there has been concerted efforts towards protecting the rights of the girl child as well as women in their homes and society at large, there is still much to be done, to put an end to it.Read More →
BELGIUM may rank as one of the countries that do not subject Nigerians to cumbersome visa processing, both in Abuja and Lagos. This is in sharp contrast to what many intending travellers go through in the hands of embassy officials as well as touts while trying to obtain visas to developed nations.Read More →
AS the presence of Nigerian immigrants continue to grow in the People’s Republic of China, many Nigerians have begun to demonstrate utmost displeasure towards the country’s public display of cultural barriers. Their major concern has been that the cultural barriers have in many diverse ways, contributed in dampening business relations between them and the Chinese.Read More →
During the anti-SAP riot, after the demonstration in Jos, students in the University of Calabar also demonstrated. We were demonstrating outside the main campus when the police started shooting. And there was a female student, Nnenna, behind me. She was shot. She fell. I started wondering. I was taller than she was. How come she got shot standing behind me? How did the bullet pass me to hit her? I carried her with all the blood and everythingRead More →
Following the death of the Emir of Kano and the selection of the former Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, trouble descended on the ancient
Kingdom like a plague, forcing the new emir to operate from the Government House while security agents take over the palace.
But the state Governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, in this interview defends the choice of the new emir, saying it was not influenced by any political consideration and accuses the Presidency and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of instigating the violence to bring down his government. The governor also serves notice that his life is in danger and that Nigerians should know who to hold responsible if he is killed.
Sanusi Lamido Sanusi’s name can simply be substituted with controversy. His many controversies during his days as the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) made him a popular name in Nigeria and abroad. A thorough bred intellectual, he never hid his ambition to become the Emir of Kano. Those close to him attested to the fact that becoming the emir was the last thing left for him to achieve.Read More →
Certain ailments that defy western drugs are believed to respond to African herbs and roots.Read More →
All is not well with Edo State Police Command and the family of Edeghonghon Aziegbe (a.k.a Eddy) of Ekpoma. Edeghonghon graduated from the Department of Geography, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, and deployed to Asaba, Delta State for his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) before meeting his untimely death in Ekpoma, last month. Edeghonghon was shot dead by some persons yet to be identified a day to his 30th birthday after he went out with friends for a drink.Read More →
This was to be the fourth meeting between the man Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and this writer.
However, last Sunday’s meeting with the man who is now President brought home some truth. From the preparation for the live broadcast of the PRESIDENTIAL MEDIA CHAT, to the post-event dinner at the President’s residence, one point remained very critical: Nigeria’s President needs help.
Now that the operational leadership and visible face of Boko Haram, in the person of the filth called Mr. Abubakar Shekau (aka Darul Tawheed), has finally admitted that they were responsible for the abduction of hundreds of our school girls and that they intend to ‘’sell them in the market like slaves’’, it is pertinent and necessary for us to consider some of the emerging, though uncomfortable, facts.Read More →
He is the face of terror. A ruthless leader with a twisted ideology. And the sadistic architect of a campaign of mayhem and misery.
And yet, very little is known about Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Boko Haram.Read More →
The simple answer to that is yes. There is a truce, an accord as a result of the peace initiative of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigerian through the offices of the Chief of Naval Staff and the Inspector General of Police. I can say that the effort of the Federal Government Peace Committee which started since January this year has finally yielded positive results. All the grievances by the two sides have been addressed and everybody I can say has now sheathed his swords. Both sides have resolved to work together.Read More →
IT took the intervention of the Federal Government before the warring factions in the leadership crisis that engulfed the oil-rich Itsekiri community of Ugborodo in Warri South-West Local Government agreed to sheath their swords. Former Commissioner for Health in Delta State, Dr. Alex Ideh and Itsekiri youth leader, Mr. Alex Eyengho, who are leaders in both factions, spoke to Vanguard on the new-found peace.Read More →
The abduction of Mackson Macaulay, son of Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Delta State, Mr. Ovuozorie Macaulay, in 2012, was allegedly organized by his (SSG) relation. This information came to light after the killing, March 27, of two kidnap suspects by gunmen, who attacked a police patrol team conveying them to court, along Oboh-Ogwashi-Uku Road. Two defence counsel in the main case were also killed on the same day.Read More →
WHEN President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States in May 2013 he rejected the illegal advice of some power mongers to remove the elected governors and dissolve other democratic structures in the affected states.Read More →
April 15, 2014 will ever remain fresh in the minds of the people of Chibok in Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State as a result of Boko Haram insurgents invasion of the Government Girls Secondary School in the town in the process of which scores of school girls writing their Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations (SSCE) were abducted. Borno State Governor put the number of the abducted at about 50.Read More →
Alhaji Idris Abass, Director-General of the Federal Capital Territory Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, is not a novice in risk management having been an astute insurer and a broker. Abass, in this interview, speaks on managing disasters in the FCT and the need for residents and indigenes to avoid disaster in the best possible ways in the wake of last week’s Nyanya’s bomb blast.Read More →
Child-bride, Wasila Umar, accused of killing her husband and three of his friends while injuring many others after she served them poisoned food, in Kano, says she regrets her action.Read More →
In this interview, Chairman of Save Bakassi Movement, Chief Maurice Ekong, argues that the story of Bakassi people is not over as the ethnic Russian population in Crimea has exposed the West and the UN system on the right of indigenous people to determine their future.Read More →
IT’S not easy to seize a prey from the mouth of the tiger, but that was exactly what the Delta Waterways Security Committee, DWSC, Warri, did, last Sunday, when it forced kidnappers of Mr. Ebikeme Clark, son of a former Federal Commissioner for Information, Chief Edwin Clark, to unconditionally release him, four days after he was taken hostage in Kiagbodo, Burutu Local Government Area, Delta State.Read More →
“The CBN external auditors who signed the CBN 2012 audited financial statements will be required to provide some clarification by the FRC (Financial Reporting Council) and even by the CBN board as they continue the investigation directed by the Presidency.” Industry source, PUNCH, March 7, 2014, p 28.Read More →
“The International Monetary Fund (IMF) had severally made cases in support of the need to allow the apex bank retain its current autonomy. This is because it feared that if CBN’s power to manage the monetary policy and price stability is taken away, the Nigerian economy could suffer — ” Azimah Momoh Jimoh, THE GUARDIAN, March 2, 2014, p 20.Read More →
Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi is not my favourite person and I have differences with him on many issues. I must, however, commend his immense courage for speaking out and exposing the monumental corruption in the government that he once served as CBN Governor and that has now decided that they no longer require his services.Read More →
“We will be discussing ways we can partner to make Nigeria’s upcoming 2015 elections the most peaceful, free, fair and credible in its history. We will also exchange ideas on how we can arrest the malignancy of financial corruption that eats away at Nigeria’s democracy and economy”.Read More →