The record speak for itself. I can give you copies of the budget. They asked for two BMW armoured cars in their proposal. All members of the Committee rejected it outrightly without amendment. We knew that nobody needs armoured cars as far as NCAA and the law establishing NCAA is concernedRead More →
At the Digital Dialogue in Dubai penultimate week, experts in digital broadcast came together to deliberate on the June 17, 2015, digital migration deadline set by the International.Read More →
The answer is a simple no. But if you ask me if Nigeria can be ready for Digital switch over by the prescribed date, my answer will be different. It will be yes, it is possible. And that answer is based on the hope that we start work today.Read More →
COULD it be true that the 13,000 teachers, recruited by the Rivers State government and told to assemble at the Liberation Stadium, Port Harcourt, on Wednesday, for their posting letters were to be asked to embark on a protest march against the rumoured second term ambition of President Goodluck Jonathan that day as alleged by the state Police Command? Or was the claim an attempt by the police to smear the image of the state government as speculated in several quarters.Read More →
The world as described by the poet decades ago is still applicable today as the world’s literary community was, yesterday, thrown into deep mourning following the killing of Prof. Kofi Awoonor, 78. The former UN envoy was among the 39 killed during a terror attack on Westgate Mall on Saturday in Nairobi, Kenya. He died from injuries sustained in the attack.Read More →
Did anybody recognize Hon. Binta Garba last week? She was unmistakable. You couldn’t have missed her in the recording which revealed her wrestling and hard-hitting abilities. Ask Hon.Hafiz Adenowo from Oyo State: He not only got his cloths torn by Binta, a few slaps were added.Read More →
Earlier this year, I was approached to do some media consultancy in Nigeria. I’d just left the BBC after 18 years, to set up my own business, so this seemed a great opportunity. I spoke to a number of friends and former colleagues. I’d heard many stories about Nigeria, seen the reports on Boko Haram and had my own impressions of sub Saharan Africa.Read More →
THE Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) is approaching its third reading, but its secure passage out of the legislative mire and into law is not yet guaranteed. The chance of failure, though, is now getting slimmer.Read More →
In realisation of negative perceptions about Nigeria, a group concerned about the situation launched a campaign to promote the country. Ada Stella Apiafi is the National Coordinator of I-Nigerian Campaign under an initiative called The Nigerian Renaissance Project. She speaks, in this interview, on the need for Nigerians to project the nation in good light.Read More →
Senate President David Mark’s quest for a vast land where he is said to be planning a university in his native Otukpo, Benue State, has pitted him against peasant farmers in Asa III, who claim that the retired military officer-turned- politician wants to deprive them of their farm land, their only means of livelihood.Read More →
Once again, Senator Yerima is in the news, claiming Islam as the basis for his argument that a girl automatically transforms into an adult of ‘full age’ once she is married, with the attendant responsibilities that relate to the renunciation of citizenship, irrespective of her age or mental capacity. Because the Senator from Zamfara State has gone public with his personal comprehension of the Shari’a, it has become necessary to respond publicly to his utterances.Read More →
Senator and former Governor Ahmed Sani, the Yerima Bakura, has finally had his way. The Nigerian Senate has bowed to his will and agreed to be silent about the age that young girls can get married in Nigeria. What this means once it is followed through and enshrined in our laws and Constitution is that girls that are as young as nine years old, provided they are deemed as having been ‘’physically developed enough’’ by their suitors, could be lawfully bedded and married in our country. That is the sordid level that we have now, as a people and as a nation, degenerated to. I weep for Nigeria and, perhaps more appropiately, I weep for the Nigerian girl-child. Yet we have no choice but to live with this new reality and to accept it as it is. After all, our representatives in the sacred halls of the Senate were not sensitive enough or ‘’man enough’’ to shoot down the whole thing, to stand firmly against the unholy agenda and to say boldly and firmly that, ‘’come what may’’, our children must be protected from sexual deviants and reprobates.Read More →
Bad news has its way of arriving not in soothing drips but as a brutal, in-your-face truth that leaves the rest of your day effectively over. A telephone call; a voice: “Have you heard …?”Read More →
THE OKIJA REVELATION: My only brother died and that aborted my journey to priesthood — Jonathan’s adviser
NZE Akachukwu Nwankpo is the Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Technical Matters and secretary of Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme, SURE –P. Last weekend, at his home town, Okija, Anambra State, Nwankpo narrated how he missed being ordained a reverend father in the Catholic Church at a time people in his community were almost counting him as one of their indigenous priests.Read More →
Just like the winds, time has passed but it is still like a dream, the passing away of Prof. Celestine Onyemobi Onwuliri, who died in the ill- fated Dana Airline crash of June 3, 2012.Read More →
Ambassador Susan Rice was up until recently the American Ambassador to the United Nations. Her long-standing aspiration of becoming the Secretary of State for her country was dashed when the Republicans in the Senate started sharpening their knives in anticipation of her formal nomination for that position by President Barak Obama.Read More →
Apart from crude oil, Nigeria also exports ridicule!
The type of image we portray of ourselves can be very damaging.
On Wednesday, June 23 1993, the Federal Military Government issued a short statement terminating, by fiat, the entire transition programme. The very manner in which the statement was made public indicated a de-liberate intention to insult and ridicule the entire Nigerian people. The statement was undated, unsigned, un-authorised, and made on a plane sheet of paper. But for the fact that it was distributed to the press by the Chief Press Secretary to the Vice-President, it could very well have been issued by the Association for Better Nigeria.Read More →
Fellow Nigerians, I address you today with a deep sense of world history and particularly of the history of our great country. In the aftermath of the recently annulled presidential election, I feel, as I believe you yourself feel, a profound sense of disappointment at the outcome of our last efforts at laying the foundation of a viable democratic system of government in Nigeria .Read More →
There are various accounts of the origin of ‘’Okebadan” but there is a common agreement among them with the resolution that Lagelu: Oro Apata-Maja, who was the founder of Ibadan, was also the one that established Okebadan.Read More →
An unadulterated nightmare!
That is what Nigeria’s political space is.
Yet, those who occupy and operate within that space would tell you that they are very much at home, indeed happy, operating within that space.
Professor Chinua Achebe had left the University of Massachusetts about a decade before I joined the same University in 1983 as Professor and Director of the Automation and Robotics laboratory. At the time, Achebe’s reputation was still looming large at UMass. On realizing that Achebe and I came from the same country and the same state in Nigeria (old Anambra State), students and professors as well as non-academic staff ceaselessly asked me questions about Achebe—about his health, his family, his books and, of course, about the legendary village of Umuofia in his epic novel, Things Fall Apart. Poor fellows! My only contact with Achebe then was only through his books which I thoroughly enjoyed reading while in high school.Read More →
Renowned cardiologist, Dr.Kingsley Kolapo Akinroye, was, in November 2012, appointed the Honourary Consul of Finland, following the opening of the Honourary Consulate of Finland in Lagos by the Ambassador of Finland to Nigeria, Her Excellency Mrs Riitta Korpivaara. Prior to his appointment, he had pursued medical studies and a research fellowship in Finland and notably acted as the Secretary General of the Finland-Nigeria Friendship Association for years.Read More →
BY FEYI BANKOLE He is popular for his proclamation, “Nigeria has no business being poor!”. Christened Patrick Okedinachi Utomi but largely known as Pat Utomi, our inspirational guest is a passionate entrepreneur and social activist. After a brief career in journalism, Patrick was appointed a Special Assistant on Political Affairs in Alhaji Shehu Shagari’s administrationRead More →
Kidnapping is a relatively new phenomenon in Lagos State. Last month, a local government chairman was kidnapped. The state commissioner of police, Mr. Umar Manko, in this interview, says his command is up to the task of containing all forms of criminality in the state. He acknowledges the collaborative efforts of the people and government of the state to curb crime. On the kidnapping of the council chairman, Manko says the gang that did it came from Ghana, and that his men were on their trail before a ransom was paid to secure the release of the top government official.Read More →
Crude. Cruel. Absurd. Call it any of these words and many more and you won’t be wrong. Twins are still not spared in some communities in Kwali and Abaji Local Government Areas of Abuja Federal Capital Territory (FCT) decades after a Scottish missionary, Mary Slessor, championed the campaign that stopped the killing of the children in Nigeria. The story as packaged by Sunday Vanguard’s LEVINUS NWABUGHIOGU AND LAIDE AKINBOADE.Read More →
TUESDAY passed without Pini Jason’s column that had become a traditional offering in Vanguard for years. What would he have written? What would he have ignored, rating it inconsequential, or scanning his ever fresh memory to remind you when he wrote about it?Read More →
I WAS on Mississippi Street in Maitama, Abuja, about to turn into Alvan Ikoku Street and head home when the terrible news homed into my essence with a bang. I pulled my banger over and cut the engine. This was the last piece of news I expected to receive. I called Ikeddy isiguzo, the Editorial Board chairman of the Vanguard, who had transmitted the unthinkable to me. “Yes, indeed”, he lamented. “Our brother, Pini, is dead.” All around me vehicles hurtled past, as though nothing tragic had happened.Read More →
THE phones have not ceased ringing with an annoying ferocity since the news that Pini Jason passed on Saturday. The sad thing about it all is recounting the fact all over – some would just believe it – Pini is gone. On Saturday there were moments when I checked who I shared the news with; in case it was a false alarm. How I wish it was!Read More →
EVEN with the mortality of humans being well founded, there are people you would hardly think about that way. Pini Jason Onyegbaduo who passed on yesterday belonged to that class. He brought pristine joy to others through sheer garb and grasp of the written word.
He traversed all subjects and handled them with calm efficiency. With him, you knew where he stood. He argued his points to a precision that left no doubts. It was difficult to fault his logic, which he honed to a glittering destination in a discussion.
ON Sunday, the telecommunications regulator, Nigerian Communications Commission, posted a document on its portal entitled Determination of Dominance in Selected Communications Markets.Read More →
His manner of interaction even with his members of staff exuded simplicity. None had to fret over his presence, and that alone reshaped my impression of this chartered accountant, politician and businessman whose father is the famous Deltan second republic senator, Senator David Dafinone. The second son in the Dafinone dynasty of chartered accountants, Chief Ede Omueya Dafinone is a partner at Horwath Dafinone, a chartered accounting firm in Lagos. One stupendous aspect of this man’s life is his perception of politics. In 2007, Ede contested under the umbrella of the People’s Democratic Party-PDP-for the Senate seat in Delta Central but lost in the primaries.Read More →