Tuesday July 29th, 2014
Tuesday July 29th, 2014
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Education initiatives and fight against insecurity

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THE appointment of educationist and former Governor of Kano state, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, as the new minister of education has no doubt made immediate impact. Thumbs up should be given to the new minister as his first assignment of meeting the striking Polytechnic lecturers led to the immediate suspension of the 11 months old strike.

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Between Malala and #BringBackOurGirls franchisers

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OBY Ezekwesili and her gang have shouted themselves hoarse, yet have been unable to get anywhere near President Goodluck Jonathan. However, a Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan visited and, within 48 hours, met with the most powerful president in Black Africa. Why should the President ignore the former director of the World Bank, Mrs. Ezekwesili, and meet a teenager from a country in the middle of nowhere but terrorism?

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Fueling the culture of impunity

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LONG ago, that relentless nonconformist, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, in one of his many sad songs, Sorrow, Tears and Blood, lamented official brutality in Nigeria. He sang about people running helter skelter and confusion was everywhere because the police and the soldiers were coming.

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Of Nyako’s naivety and Atiku’s hypocrisy

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THE story of Murtala Nyako, the retired naval officer who was penultimate week removed as Adamawa State governor, will continue to interest analysts. His fall from power is a typical story of the selfish, self-destructing Nigerian politician. For a man who became governor by popular acclaim in 2007, with the backing of the state’s political heavyweights like Professor Jibril Aminu, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, Mr. Boni Haruna and many others, he had lost their comradeship soon after assumption of office. He had either trampled on them in his senseless accumulation of power or sidelined them effectively in running the affairs of state

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Bridges and the cost of democracy

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ON January 4, 1966, the then Prime Minister Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa (1912-1966) commissioned the Onitsha/AsabaBridge popularly called the Niger Bridge. It was his last engagement outside Lagos.

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Job creation: The Abia example

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Recently at Bende headquarters of Bende council area in Abia State, the state governor, Chief Theodore Orji in continuation of his government’s youth empowerment programme gave out 200 vehicles to unemployed youths, and N2 million each to 13 unemployed graduates.

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Bamidele Francis Aturu: Last man standing

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I woke up to that fateful midnight SMS: “So Sad. We lost Bamidele Aturu.” At first I thoughtfully concluded it was a bad dream, an ugly night mare. So I waved it away and tried to continue from where I left off my sleep.

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CBN, agriculture and venture capital funding

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WHEN the immediate past Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria ,CBN, came into office in 2009, people hoped that funding for agriculture, manufacturing and the real sector will be enhanced and thereby build on the foundations already made by his predecessor in office. But instead he had began by tearing down everything his predecessor built.

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Sokoto and sokoto trouser

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IN recent weeks, the major political parties have accused each other of hiring the services of foreign media advisers to launder their images and make them eligible for election in next year’s presidential ballot. Reports claim that each of the foreign media firms in question is to receive in excess of $3 million for their troubles.

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“Missing” oil revenue: Between Emir Sanusi and Senate?

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WHEN the mouth of the former Central Bank Governor, and now Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, was running riot, and the ever busy bees of the opposition trumpeted his lies about missing oil funds, many Nigerians, so used to the corruption of top government officials in times past and present, were aghast and lent their voice to the debate for and against the bogus claim.

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Still on Ekiti: The nobility in defeat

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HAS it ever occurred to us, how beautiful and peaceful the world will be, if everyone will learn to apologise, when he/she is on the wrong or at fault? Because, people want to take what is not theirs, the world is assailed with different forms of crises.

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2015; Important Lessons from Brazil

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WORLD CUP—Germany's forward Andre Schuerrle (C) holds the trophy as he celebrates with teammates after his team's victory in the final football match between Germany and Argentina for the FIFA World Cup at The Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, .   AFP PHOTO.

If President Jonathan wins the 2015 Presidential election, as widely predicted, it wouldn’t be because he is the only person eligible to be President, rather it would largely be because there is no credible alternative. Nigerians would love to have a robust debate before the elections. Nigerians want a healthy contest. At the moment the opposition is inadvertently helping Mr. Jonathan to win. Nigerians want a credible opposition against the PDP, not a poorer version of it as an alternative.

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Modibbo Kawu and the limits of insolence

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AMONG the literary creatures of Ilorin emirate, my brother, Ishaq Modibbo Kawu stands tall in the contemporary generation and he has never hidden that fact and the privileges it attracts. I think one of such privileges was the opportunity he had to speak to some members of the PDP as he recalled in his latest literary production in the Vanguard newspaper.

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10 ways to end doctors’ strikes (FOREVER) in Nigeria

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An empty ward in a Lagos owned hospital due to the strike by the medical doctors

A GOVERNMENT official once told me : ” You people (doctors) should do as we say; after all we pay your salaries”.

And a colleague once said to me: “They (government) should just give us what we want.”
Both are wrong; and herein lies the locus of persistent conflict.

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Delta 2015 and the Edevbie factor

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THE politics of Delta State has always been relatively complex and intriguing compared to that of other states in Nigeria. Even though the next elections would hold in 2015 many politicians in Delta started getting positioned for the plum office of governor as far back as 2011 when the incumbent Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan was sworn in for his second term.

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Omo-Agege and the challenge of service

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Omo-Agege

Obarisi Ovie Omo Agege ventured into the politics of Delta State in 2002 during the countdown to the 2003 general elections and it was not lost on the Delta landscape, the air, the rivers and the people that a political trojan had arrived the turf.

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Military Attack on Lagosians: Welcome to Jonathan’s Nigeria

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The dark days of military oppression are back! The Black Era has returned! Soldiers took over a major street in Lagos for five hours and we were helpless to stop them. They slapped some; beat some senseless; destroyed public and personal property, all without fear of retribution.

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The New Pension Revolution

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ALTHOUGH the Pension Reform Act 2014 has been widely hailed by Nigerians, especially the labour and pensioners as a bold step in the right direction, one of the worries expressed by virtually everybody has been the question of implementation.

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‘Jonathan’s unbridled ambition will destroy Nigeria’s democracy’

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The Presidency and the ruling PDP forcefully had their way in Adamawa. Governor Nyako has been impeached. Nigeria’s constitution suffers violence. Democracy has been setback.

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Innoson’s pioneering role in automotive sector

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Innocent Chukwuma

THE growth and development of any modern economy depends on the industrial sector, but particularly the automotive industry. From America to Japan, China, Germany and host of other developed countries, the impact of the automotive industry in catalyzing development of the overall economy of a nation cannot be over-emphasized. It is in the light of the above that many Nigerians today are gratified at the pioneering effort the INNOSON vehicles manufacturing Co. Ltd. has made in the manufacture of the first made-in-Nigeria vehicles.

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Nyako’s fall: The morning after

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SPECULATIONS over the fate and future of Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State finally came to a halt Tuesday, July 15, 2014, with his impeachment by the State House of Assembly.

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For Nation Building, ‘Geo-Economic’ Zones Are Better

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WITH the national confab in progress, the subject of this article is so ‘on-time’ that I intend, before the process concludes, to launch straight into the heart of it without the essayist’s introductory niceties and elegant phrase-making.

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Security vs. privacy: The search to find the right balance

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More than twelve years after the US terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, the security versus privacy debate has once again been thrust into the limelight.

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The smiles and frowns of facial recognition

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The use of facial recognition within surveillance systems is gaining a lot of traction locally, especially in secure environments such as border posts, as well as platinum- and gold mines where these systems protect employees against illegal miners and the mines themselves from product theft.

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Tribute to an uncommon fighter

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Barrister Bamidele Aturu

THE first time we met was sometime in 1988 soon after his youth service under the National Youth Service Corps’ compulsory programme for young graduates, which prepares them for the challenges of our society away from the infatuations of the academic environment where dreams are generated and views of the reality of society are mostly in conflict with the facts of the decadence of our own society.

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Oshiomhole’s Olive branch

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I NEVER gave a thought to the idea that I could be a teacher. But teach I did when I could not secure a job years after completing my national service. For five years, I did the little I could in preparing young minds for post-tertiary institution examinations. Until journalism took me away from the classroom, I derived great pleasure in seeing those young faces look up to me almost in awe as I impacted knowledge on them.

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How Yaba TV showcases Nigeria, Africa in USA

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As Africans in America, no one can tell our own stories like we live it. Other people may read about Africa, visit Africa or do business in Africa, but no one can represent us like ourselves. Although there are huge different ethnic groups, cultures and countries, Africa has unique values that have not yet been told in a balanced perspective by the Western media, thus the birth of the Yaba TV Show.

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Wole Soyinka is Wole Soyinka

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Soyinka

I JOIN in the tributes to Professor Wole Soyinka at 80, not necessarily because he is a genius. It is more because like Nelson Mandela, he is a courageous humanist with a compassion for the weak who wields enormous moral authority. Unlike Mandela, but like Mahatma Ghandi, he earned this without holding formal political office.

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Insurgency: Where are our military reserves?

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EVERY nation takes her security very seriously. The only difference being the degree of investments, which vary according to individual experiences and circumstances.

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As Jonathan moves to rescue pensioners

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Last week, President Goodluck Jonathan took the bull by the horn by appending his signature on the Pension Bill which was recently passed into law by the two chambers of the National Assembly, the House of Representatives and the Senate.

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Why do people wear tattoo?

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A supporter of Liberian opposition presidential candidate Winston Tubman shows her Tubman's CDC party tattoo AFP PHOTO

Tattoo, according to Wikipedia, is a form of body modification made by inserting indelible ink into the dermis layer of the skin to change the pigment.

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Dutse International Airport: Matters arising

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GOVERNOR Sule Lamido of Jigawa recently said that full flight operations will begin on July 14 at the Dutse International Airport.

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