Wednesday September 17th, 2014
Wednesday September 17th, 2014
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Nigeria: Need for tolerance

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WATCHING the Scotland debate:On Thursday September 18, 2014, Scottish group in the United Kingdom will be forming single files to the ballot box, to cast one-person one-vote in an historic referendum.

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From Ribadu to Ikimi: APC hemorrhage continues

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THE Online dictionary – dictionary.com – describes hemorrhage as a profuse discharge of blood, as from a ruptured blood vessel. In looking for a word to best describe the ongoing exodus from the All Progressives Congress (APC) of its leading lights, I could not find a better word than hemorrhage.

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Baby factories in Nigeria

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A GRID iron is an intentional malapropism. In medicine, one gridiron is the type of incisionused in appendectomy, the removal of an inflamed appendix, a vestige of the gut with little or no use but a litany of woes. Here, alternating crisscrossing cuts are employed as progress is made into the abdominal cavity.

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How prepared are we for schools’resumption?

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PARENTS and guardians with their children and wards in both public and private primary and secondary schools – which were earlier scheduled to reopen by the third week of September after a long holiday that began late July – were directed by the Federal Government to adhere to a new date following the sudden outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the country.

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Ebola holidays and matters arising

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A seller of bananas walks past a slogan painted on a wall reading "Ebola" in Monrovia on August 31, 2014. Liberia on August 30, 2014 said it would deny permission for any crew to disembark from ships at the country's four seaports until the Ebola epidemic ravaging west Africa was under control. AFP PHOTO

THE Ebola virus disease came into this country and displayed its deadli-ness; thanks in part to so many coincidences, the virus is being successfully contained – the first hospital of call of the first Ebola victim; the professionalism of the first doctor who attended to him, late Dr. Stella Adadevoh and the state of first visit, that is Lagos state.

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Before Lamido endangers a promising career

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IF there is one northern governor that can be said to have been people-oriented and who has left his people in a situation better than he met them, that governor must be Alhaji Sule Lamido of Jigawa State. Before Lamido stepped in the saddle in 2011, Jigawa State was reeling from the throes of prebandal

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The excellent, special and the Nigerian factor

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ONE of my recent articles, “The problem with the striking doctors”, elicited a number of responses from my readers. Some of them called me on the phone, some sent text messages and others sent e-mails.

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Wages of Impunity, By Wole Soyinka

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Soyinka

The dancing obscenity of Shekau and his gang of psychopaths and child abductors, taunting the world, mocking the BRING BACK OUR GIRLS campaign on internet, finally met its match in Nigeria to inaugurate the week of September 11 – most appropriately. Shekau’s danse macabre was surpassed by the unfurling of a political campaign banner that defiled an entry point into Nigeria’s capital of Abuja. That banner read: BRING BACK JONATHAN 2015.

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Corruption in Africa: Banks abroad have to re-think how they handle the bad guys

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The financial crisis during 2008 and 2009, and its devastating effects on the socio-economic conditions of many people have made bankers the least trusted of all trades in Europe and North America. Statistics also show that sometimes unjustified salaries and bonuses are contributory factors to banking’s image problem.

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Burntu: Story of a transformation

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EVIL forest embodies frighteningly bizarre connotations. Evil forest is usually given to strangers to claim and inhabit on the conviction that it will consume them and rubblish their arrogance. This is the conviction upon which the Umuofians gave the white missionaries the evil forest to occupy in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart.

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Remembering September 11, 2001: Lesson from chaos in New York

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september-11

September 11, 2001 will not be easily forgotten by Americans and the entire world. It marked the longest most tragic day in the history of mankind (as at then), with a recorded death of about 3,000 people.

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River 2015: The big tussle for PDP ticket

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THE matter of who will be the flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the gubernatorial election in Rivers state in 2015 is certainly going to be a major headache for the party because any mistake in this critical exercise can be catastrophic, given the fact that the state is currently under the rule of the All Progressives Congress, APC, with all the advantages that go with incumbency.

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Diaspora Matters: On the 16,300 Nigerians in foreign jails

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Detainees in a holding cell at the prison

At the just concluded National Conference on Committee for Foreign Policy disclosed that there are over 16,300 Nigerians in foreign jailhouses for drug related offences. This figure, as announced by a delegate, the former Minister of Education, Prof. Ihechukwu Madubuike, quoting the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), was not such a suprise to Nigerians at home and abroad. Of this number, we were told 3,719 Nigerian women are in Canada alone.

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The changing face of Nigerian MBA students

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By Kieran Mervyn The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is globally recognised as a scholastic degree bolstered by workplace experience, and is known for attracting executive-level managers and professionals (or those who aspire to be). Now, a new breed of entrepreneurial MBA student is changing the programme profile traditionally associated with C-suite students. This raises

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Albert Onyeanwuna: A Tribute to a great soccer legend

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Albert Onyeanwuna

I was holidaying in Port Harcourt in 1962 when I had the rarest of opportunities to meet the great soccer legend, Albert Onyeanwuna at the Port Harcourt City stadium.

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Life and times of late Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh

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Adadevoh

In accosting the late American-Liberian, Patrick Sawyer, who was the index (first) case of the Ebola Virus Disease in the country, the late Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh prevented a national catastrophe, left a permanent mark on society, and solidified her legacy as a courageous and patriotic heroine.

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How We Can Truly Immortalise Dr Adadevoh, others

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Before the Ebola crisis, I never heard of Dr Ameyo Adadevoh (The Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist at First Consultant Hospital). However with her tragic death at the hands of Ebola, I have heard and read more about her. From close family friends who had the opportunity and privilege of knowing her, she was a good person and very committed to her duty and country. Given the way she stopped Patrick Sawyer from leaving the hospital upon discovery that he had Ebola, her good-heartedness, patriotism and desire to protect humanity are unquestionable. Most unfortunately and sad, she died from her genuine efforts to protect us Nigerians.  

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Politicisation of Boko Haram insurgency, bane of Nigeria’s anti-terror fight (2)

  /   in Politics, Special Report, Viewpoint 9:46 pm   /   Comments

Abubakar Shekau

This is where things started to fall apart between Boko Haram and politicians/government officials in Borno State. Available reports point to some sort of disagreement between the group and some politicians following the 2007 elections (e.g. over monthly stipends payable to the group). This was followed by recurring clashes between Boko Haram members and the local police, especially over police harassment and arrest of Boko Haram members.

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Time to expand use of Nigeria’s telecom database

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Telecom mast

IN 2010, all the telecom providers forced Nigerians into compulsory registration of all mobile phone sim cards, using the media. Supported by the National Communications Commission, NCC, Nigerians were forced to register their sim cards. It kicked off with long queues everywhere and quickly they commissioned some agents to register sims, in order to reduce the pressure in the registration fees quickly. These agents still dot street corners across the country today.

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That Ikimi’s revelation

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THE only way Nigerian politics can be cleansed and developed is when its ugly sides are revealed and those who adulterate it are exposed and punished. Very often, that exposure is done in a dog-eat-dog manner.

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He whom the cap fits

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NIGERIANS are agreed that the nation has made some progress since 1999 in spite of what is happening to us presently as a nation. But the progress that has so far been made falls short of the general expectation of the masses who had in the 1980s and 1990s looked forward with eagerness to the enthronement of a democratic dispensation.

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An epoch is about to close

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THE fear entertained in 1999 was that the military, having been in power for the last 29 out of the 33 years, would still continue to imperially dominate the political setting in the post military era which is supposed to be a full civilian government.

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The Nigerian equation and the imperative of national ideology

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The success of our democratic institution depends largely on our understanding and re-evaluation of the Nigerian Equation as well as the development of a clearly defined National ideology.

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And our soldiers strayed into Cameroun

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IN the course of the battle of August 25, at Gamboru-Ngala, a twin town at the border with Cameroun, our soldiers found themselves inside Cameroun territory, four hundred and eighty of them. It reminds one of the Ukrainian soldiers that crossed over to the Russian territory. Whether it was enforced withdrawal or ‘tactical maneuvering’, we give thanks to the Almighty God, at least, they arrived safely. If it is a tactical withdrawal, it is also well, those who fight and run away, live to fight another day. More so, it affords us, the opportunity to retrospect and assess the capabilities of our combined Armed forces, to curtail insurgencies and to institute corrective measures, where necessary.

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Paternity leave: The family rescue option

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The Lagos State Government scored another first among the States of the federation when it recently granted a 10-day Paternity leave to its male civil servants while extending the maternal leave from 3 to 6 months. The paternity leave is directly tied to the first two deliveries only. A third delivery would only attract 12 weeks 100% paid maternal leave.

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Umuahia parley and deft moves for Senate leadership

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FOR the unsuspecting, the recent meeting in Umuahia, the Abia State capital by some members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, from the South-East geo-political zone had the illusory motive of championing the cause of the Igbos.

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2015, Delta and the Obuh agenda

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The 2015 gubernatorial election in Delta State is gathering momentum as political gladiators reach out to stakeholders to make their intentions known.

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Obong Victor Attah: Honour for the quintessential stateman

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IN the immediate aftermath of his statewide engagement with the people leading up to his election as the second civilian governor of Akwa Ibom State, Obong Victor Attah had enunciated his vision in a published and widely distributed handbook Come Let’s Build Together. In it, he lucidly marshalled the philosophical thrust and developmental initiative of his incoming government.

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Consensus: Best option of our ineffectual politics

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POLITICS in Nigeria today, like the days of Babylon between the rich and the poor, has brought even more very glaring mixture of grandeur and squalor as represented by the huge wealth of the elected and the poverty of the supposed voters.

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Mashaba: Eagles are our nemesis

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Coach Shakes Mashaba

Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba believes Wednesday’s African Nations Cup qualifier against Nigeria will be a ‘defining moment’ for his team.

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2015 and the democratisation of democracy

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DEMOCRACY, by Jeffersonian, Lincolnian and Grecian normative standard, is the political doctrine that recognises the institutionalisation of liberal structures of governance that enfranchises and gives the people the rights to elect and remove their leaders. It concretizes the basis of their participation in the decision–making process and enhances their freedoms. Indeed, a government of the people, by the people for the people.

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Tribute to Raymond Okafor Nwanya, ‘Prof and dean’

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AND so death came to Professor Raymond Nnadume Chidubem Okafor-Nwanya on July 31, 2014. Born on February 28, 1940, he attended primary education at Sacred Heart School, Calabar from January 1950, to December 1956. He later enrolled into College of Immaculate Conception, CIC, Enugu from January 1957 to December 1961 and subsequently Holy Family College, Abak, Akwa Ibom State from January 1962 to December 1964 for his secondary and higher school career, respectively.

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