Sunday July 5th, 2015
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Agriculture: Break the vicious poverty circle in Nigeria, stakeholders tell Buhari

  /   in Business, News, Special Report 12:15 am   /   Comments

*Poor northern school

Engineer Idowu Asenuga, Managing Director, Agri Supplies and a farmer, said he wants to see the new administration deepen and broaden the gains already made in the area of funding of agriculture as well as agricultural insurance. “The outgoing administration has made great effort in the area of the macroeconomic stability especially in the area of funding and agricultural insurance. Several initiatives have been put in place that allows farmers to access single digit interest facility with tenor as long as 10 years. Hence l wish to see the new administration deepen and broaden the gains already made in this area. “

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I’ll lead Benue by example – Ortom

  /   in News, Politics, Special Report 10:00 pm   /   Comments

SAMUEL ORTOM

Governor Samuel Ortom ahead of his inauguration spoke on his plans for the state, the perceived challenges that may confront his administration, the issues surrounding his emergence as the All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate among other issues

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Handover 2015: Wearing new, ill-fitting shoes: PDP as opposition

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Jonathan, Haliru and Fayose

In the presidential system of government, there is no official opposition, as evident in the Parliamentary type. But opposition parties do exist. In a multiparty system, there are political parties outside power which would like to take over governance from the ruling party. When the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) was in power, political platforms regarded as the “opposition” included the All Nigerian People’s Party (ANPP), Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), all now defunct.

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God has brought change to Plateau – Lalong

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Simon Lalong

I will not say we are not prepared, we came into the campaigns, we have a manifesto, and we have a blueprint for the people of Plateau state. This is not my first time of being in government, I was the Speaker of the State House of Assembly for six years and as a Speaker, I had full knowledge of some of the problems we had

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Handover 2015: Change and change agents

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A mother carries banner to drum support for the leading opposition All Progressives Congress presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari and running mate Yemi Osinbajo during a rally christened 'Walk for Change" in Lagos, on March 7, 2015 in Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital.   Presidential elections scheduled for February 14 were delayed for six weeks as the military said the ongoing counter-offensive against Islamists Boko Haram meant that troops could not provide security on polling day. AFP PHOTO

By Owei Lakemfa PROLOGUE Change is natural and normal. Life is not static; like the sea, it is in a continuous, sometimes, turbulent flow. Since change is inevitable, it can be amazing that there are people who fear it. Whatever the case, it is futile to stop an idea whose time has come. Human beings,

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The economy: Break the vicious poverty circle in Nigeria, stakeholders tell Buhari

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An abode in Lagos

The Nigerian economic situation can be aptly described as an interlocking set of vicious circles that perpetuate economic stagnation and rural poverty. One of these circles involves the savings – investment gap in rural Nigeria.

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What Buhari promised Nigerians

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Buhari

On May 29, Muhammadu Buhari will take office as President of Nigeria. Expectations are high as most Nigerians expect the coming government to wave a magic wand and make all their problems disappear. The Buhari campaign which ran on a ‘CHANGE’ mantra made numerous promises to Nigerians during the campaign.

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PIB: RIP –‘Rest in Pieces

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President Goodluck Jonathan speaks during his visit to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) in Lagos, on March 12, 2015.  President Jonathan visited the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on March 12, and launched a new online mobile platform, X-Gen, designed to increase local investment. The platform is targetted at increasing the number of local investors in the country and to enable about 30 millions domestic investors have access to the market. AFP PHOTO

The family of late Justice Chuba Ikpeazu, two-time Chairman of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) marked with fanfair his 10th year memorial service at his residence in Onitsha, Anambra State.

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Legal implications of Kashamu’s extradition

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Kashamu

The Extradition Treaty between Nigeria and the United States was signed on June 24, 1935 while it entered into force on June 24, 1935. The treaty was signed with the United States by the British colonial regime which then exercised dominion over the territory of Nigeria. When Nigeria obtained political independence from the Britannic Majesty in 1960 the treaty was, like several others, adopted by the federal government.

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Okonjo-Iweala and Illusions of Achievements

  /   in Special Report 1:49 am   /   Comments

*Finance Minister, Ngozi-Okonjo-Iweala

If any of the Ministers in the outgoing government is now actively living in wonderland and releasing more fairy tales than facts about her accomplishments, that Minister must be Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. She doubled as the Federal Minister for Finance and the Coordinating Minister on the Economy, CME. In that regard, she was the second most powerful person in the outgoing government. Her appointment for the second time as Finance Minister was received with a great deal of hope and enthusiasm given her exalted status as one of the Managing Directors of the World Bank.

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Trouble over OML42!

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CRUDE-OIL

The nation faces imminent black out ahead of the May 29 hand over date due to the Utorogu gas plant in Delta State, shut down by the striking staff of the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), a subsidiary of the NNPC. It has not been well with the NPDC, which has its headquarters in Benin City, in the past three weeks, following protests by the staff of the company over the alleged decision by the Federal Government to sell what has been described as one of the most priced oil bloc in the country, the OML 42.

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Buhari presidency and Northern Nigeria

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Buhari received some of his old classmates; the 1953 intakes of Katsina Middle School.

In a matter of days, on May 29, Major-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari will once again take over the leadership of the country, this time around as a democratically elected President. He was Nigeria’s military Head of State between December 31,1983 and August 31,1985.

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Sanusi’s misreading of forensic report

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Lamido Sanusi

The article by the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN and the new Emir of Kano, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, published last week in the Financial Times, made fascinating reading not least because of his amazing ability to reach conclusions totally at variance with those reached by the writers of the forensic report themselves, Pricewaterhouse Coopers. This is a trait that has sadly followed the former Governor of the CBN.

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On the falsification of Nigerian history: A response to Prof Kayode Oyediran and Adetowo Aderemi

  /   in News, Special Report 3:33 am   /   Comments

Awolowo: Founded Action Group and Azikiwe: Succeeded Macaulay as NCNC president

By Obi Nwakanma My attention was drawn just recently to a response to aspects of my Orbit column published in Sunday Vanguard. The said response was co-authored by Professor Kayode Oyediran, Political scientist and former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, and Mr. Adetowo Aderemi, publisher of Nigeria: A complete fact finder in which they

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Buhari presidency and northern Nigeria

  /   in Special Report 2:09 am   /   Comments

Buhari

In a matter of days, on May 29, Major-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari will once again take over the leadership of the country, this time around as a democratically elected President. He was Nigeria’s military Head of State between December 31,1983 and August 31,1985.

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Your View: My producer believed in me – Morayo Afolabi Brown

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Morayo Afolabi-Brown

Anchor and Director of Programs on Television Continental Morayo Afolabi Brown, had a vision and brought it to life, the Political Scienec graduate always had a flair for broadcast journalism and with this great fascination she put together a team of vibrant and intelligent ladies to create the phenomenal “Your View” Tv program.

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Life is a learning process – Yeni Kuti

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Yeni Kuti

Famously known as an entertainer and daughter of Fela, the Afrobeat king, Yeni is however showcasing her other interesting side on the show “Your View”.
As an entertainer, she brings to bear her professional and, sometimes, witty disposition to the topic of the day.

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Meet the Dynamic Presenters of “Your View”

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TVC 'Your View' crew

“Your View” is Television Continental’s morning chat-fest with a repeat broadcast late at night. It features a team of seven dynamic young women of different ages, experiences and backgrounds,
discussing the most exciting events of the day. These seven ladies with varying views about life: Morayo Afolabi Brown, Yeni Kuti, Osayuwamen Peace-Saleh, Olajumoke Olubunmi Olaode-James, Tope Mark Odigie, Nyma Akashat Zibiri and Sandra Eze, have become regular fixtures in the lives of television watchers every day on TVC Lagos, with the show currently rated the third most watched show on television.

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Are you our brother’s keeper?

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Igbo-men

This troubling question has been on our mind every day over the last two and half years that God has granted breath and life to us: Where on this earth is our brother, Emenike Ihekwaba? We have not given up and would never, at least not until we have logical answers to our inquiry. We have cried, we have prayed, and we are still full of hope, because we are believers and much as Jesus the Christ had admonished us. Like Mary had asked on that faithful morning of resurrection day, as recorded in the Book of John 20:15, so we ask: “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”

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Constitution amendment: The noise, the threat and the u-turn

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Senate President, David Mark; President Jonathan and House of Reps Speaker, Tambuwal

About N4 billion may have gone down the drain in the process of amending the 1999 Constitution. The National Assembly went round the 360 federal constituencies across the country to conduct public hearing on the constitution amendment which representatives of the Federal Government attended.

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Death of baby smashed on the ground: My story, by Katsina, Oyo State police boss

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Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mohammed Katsina,

Following the story of the six-month old baby, Azeem Wahab, sent to his early grave amid the violence that erupted in Irawo in Atisbo Local Government Area of Oyo State between Wahab Idowu and loyalists of Ajoriwin of Irawo, Oba Musiliu Ademola, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mohammed Katsina, has vowed to unearth the circumstances surrounding the killing.

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Jonathan’s shrinking presidency

  /   in Special Report 6:04 pm   /   Comments

jonathan office

In the run up to the presidential election on March 28, 2015, figures obtained from the protocol department of the Presidential Villa indicated that more than two thousand visitors visited President Goodluck Jonathan on the average in a week. This figures do not include visitors that met with the president in his official residence in the Villa. Neither do they include those he met outside the official residence but within the precincts of the Presidential Villa. It was perhaps the number and quality of people who thronged to the Villa on daily basis and the assurances they gave the president during the run up to the presidential election that informed the confidence he displayed as the election drew nearer that he was going to win.

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Good governance as catalyst for development in Nigeria: The Delta State experience

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Uduaghan

By Emmanuel Uduaghan IN accepting to come here, I wish to use it to also bid you farewell, as this will be one of my last public lecture outside Delta state before handing over on May 29th to my successor, an alumnus of this university. I am sure this university is proud to have trained

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Apapa Gridlock: Awaiting the Buhari Formula

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NO ROAD!—Motorists and residents continue to groan under the unending traffic chaos at the Mile 2 end of Oshodi-Apapa Expressway caused by petroleum tankers. The road, yesterday, as captured by Joe Akintola, Photo Editor.

The new job naturally brought joy to Mr. Ufot Essien and his family. He had been jobless since September last year, when he was relieved as the production manager of a manufacturing company at neighbouring Agbara, Ogun State. But the new job came with its own peculiar challenge: the company is located at Apapa, Lagos.

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10 years of purpose driven intervention of Ekitipanupo

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ekiti

By Seye Adetunmbi Over the years, the common trend was for any interested group of Ekiti indigenes home and abroad to constitute various rallying points to serve kinsmen within those constituencies while a few others were established to serve narrow interests as evident in their activities and priorities. With the advent of technology that has

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Dynamics of Change: The Amaechi years (2)

  /   in Special Report 12:55 am   /   Comments

Gov Amechi

In continuation of review of the book “Dynamics of Change-The Amaechi Years’ by Chidi Amuta and Yemi Ogunbiyi, the Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka in his forward painstakingly defines courage in leadership in a more appropriate and understanding way. While he expounds on those hard facts that are often swept under the carpet, he used Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi turbulent political career to draw some points

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Capt Bob Hayes, Nigeria’s first pilot, turns 80 today

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Capt Bob Hayes

Nigeria’s first ever pilot, Capt. Robert Emmanuel Hayes, turns 80 today but has chosen to celebrate it quietly, only with a church service, in London, where he is currently based, to mark the day.

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PDP: From Ruling to Opposition Party

  /   in News, Special Report 9:00 am   /   Comments

PDP-DEFECTION

WHEN a former Tea Party leader, Jack Kimbal, emerged the Chairman of Republican Party in Newhampshire, expectations were high that he was going to boost the party’s bid of making Barack Obama a one term President.

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The post-election prize Jonathan deserves – Abubakar Audu

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Abubakar Audu

The secret of any success is hard work and that has always been my contention. We worked very hard and time will virtually tell the story and time has told the story. People were given the opportunity to compare and contrast between my administration and the successive administrations of the PDP since I left office. I governed the state between 1999 and 2003 and PDP rigged me out using all manner of forces that have never been seen in any democratic sector. They brought soldiers from the air force and the barracks in Lokoja which harassed and killed. For the first time I saw military personnel carrying ballot boxes. That was how they rigged us out in 2003. They brought in a governor that spent 9 years and has not commissioned one single project.

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PDP: Muazu, the govs and the war within

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Fayose and Muazu

IT is no longer news that the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, after 16 years in government, lost the March

28 presidential election to the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC.

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My tortuous election journeys — Buhari

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•Buhari: Decked out

From 2003 to 2011, he showed faith and resilience. For three consecutive times, he contested the presidential election but the outcomes remained the same: failure. But he perceived his loss as human induced and went to the courts to seek redress. There, he got the bitterest bashing of his life.

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Jonathan govt, PDP was all about filling their stomachs – Keyamo

  /   in Special Report 7:26 am   /   Comments

Jonathan

The first thought that would have come to many Nigerians on reading the newspaper headlines on Thursday, April 30, must have been to wonder if their president actually said those words or if he was quoted out of context.

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