Wednesday October 1st, 2014
Wednesday October 1st, 2014
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Ogogoro vs Vodka: A tale of two spirits

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Many people are raising concern that the economic potential of Nigeria’s local gin, otherwise known as Ogogoro, is largely undermined, while its Russian version, Vodka, is highly celebrated worldwide.

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Appreciating a leader

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A FEW days from now, the curtain will be drawn to signify the end of another era at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Idi-Araba. We will all witness the bowing out of a medical icon and a seasoned administrator from the position of the Chief Medical Director. Prof. Akin Osibogun started the journey, which without doubt ushered in the beginning of new medical innovations and achievements, in one of the foremost tertiary hospital in the country sometimes in October 2006.

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Our independence of corruption

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WE are celebrating another independence day, the same ritual; razzmatazz and demonstrations. Speeches. Promises and promises, all of the same, so much motion but no movement.

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Education is scary

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“Education is scary. There are so many people who discouraged us, given that our girls were kidnapped and escaped, and told us we should not put them in school again. Now, we who have agreed, we are giving our children to you. You are the ones to protect them and we are grateful for your help.”

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The Sambo conundrum

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Arc. Mohammed Namadi Sambo, generally acclaimed as a loyal vice president and a strong pillar of the Jonathan administration is, no doubt, in his trying times. His monumental contributions to the success of the Transformation Agenda and the candid acknowledgement in his tactical endorsement by the president at the South-West PDP sensitization rally in Lagos, seem not to be sufficient guarantees to keep his well-deserved VP slot for the next dispensation in 2015.

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Delta 2015: Time for sober reflection

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As politicians gingerly await on INEC to announce guidelines for 2015 elections, the political space is  agog with activities with aspirants striving to gain vantage positions preparatory to their party primaries. In this frenzied atmosphere a lot of shenanigans are manifesting, polluting the otherwise healthy air in the atmosphere that people should ordinarily breathe. Understandably,

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The media ahead of 2015

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EVERY profession has its esoteric jargons. The profession of journalism is not left out. But the editor is critically crucial in the newspaper publication industry.
Without slips of prolixity, a newspaper is an alphenstock designed to carry the reader up the mountain of information, entertainment and education, etc.

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National honour award and Orji

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TODAY September 29, some Nigerians will be conferred with the National Honour Award by President Goodluck Jonathan at the International Conference Centre, Abuja. Among the awardees are President Jonathan’s steward, a taxi driver, a traffic warden and the Abia State governor, Chief Theodore Orji.

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The Oshiomhole IGR strategy

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The deepening revenue crisis facing the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) for over 18 months is helping to refocus the attention of Governor Adams Oshiomhole on Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in Edo State.

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Between Oritsejafor and the war on terror

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THE present call by a group that styles itself the “Buhari Vanguard” that the revered National President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor be arrested clearly amounts to an unbridled frontal assault on the collective integrity of the body of Nigerian Christians symbolized today by his person; much the same way a call for the arrest of the person of the revered Sultan of Sokoto means to the Muslims of this country.

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FELIX ODUSANYA DINA (1954 – 2014) The passing of a good man

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He who, knowing that what he would say would definitely get some people angry, but puts it to the test of sincerity and honesty, convinces himself that saying it would be for a good cause before decent men and God Almighty, still goes ahead to say it, is a damn good man!

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Delta 2015: The symbol of equity in Warri

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The Warri Federal Constituency stands on a tripod- Warri South, Warri North, and Warri South-West LGA. There exists an unwritten agreement between the three LGAs on the need to rotate the Warri Federal Constituency seat in the spirit of fairness, equity and justice.

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Diaspora Matters: ‘Sir, you look so ordinary’

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Some years ago, I ran into a “big” Nigerian on the streets of Edinburgh, United Kingdom. To be honest, it wasnt a “running into”, it was a case of a conscious encounter.

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Why Nigerians have endorsed Jonathan for 2015

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Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR, President of the Federal Republic, Nigeria, must declare now to run for the office of the president come 2015. He must return come 2015 to sustain the good work he has started.

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Delta 2015: Imperative of paradigm shift

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THE purpose of government is the welfare and security of the people. All over the world, a people’s fate is inextricably tied to government.

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Edo: Beware of Self centred and parochial politicians

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Once upon a time, a shepherd raised false alarm of wolf attacking his sheep but when people ran to him for rescue, he dismissed them, that it was a hoax. On another faithful day the same alarmist raised thunderous alarm, which awakened the conscience of sympathizers, and they rushed to rescue him, it was not different from the false alarm raised to curry favour, at the end it turned out to be the biggest joke of the day.

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Governor Chime’s belated rally for Jonathan

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BY Thursday, September 25, 2014, the Enugu State Government would have sponsored a rally for the adoption of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan for the 2015 presidential election. To this end, officials of the 17 councils in Enugu State were directed to rent at least 200 persons in each of the 260 wards in Enugu State. Public holiday has been declared and shops and markets shut down- all for a stage effect.

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Soyinka and the price of partiality

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AFTER the election of President Goodluck Jonathan in 2011, my cousin, who lives in my hometown, called me. He told me that he, in concert with many other supporters of President Goodluck Jonathan, was celebrating the president’s electoral victory.

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Rethinking Nollywood in the Nigerian Project

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THERE is no doubt that today, Nollywood has become a national brand. It has become the foremost signifier of our cinematic energy as a creative people. Nollywood began small, but today it has become a huge contributor to the national economy. In the recent GDP rebasing exercise, Nollywood contributed 1.2 per cent to the national economy. If that appears little, then you have no knowledge of where and how Nollywood began.

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An African’s memo to Arabia and the West

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I AM in a state of total confusion by the way and manner global affairs are being shaped largely by the activities of the Arab World and the Western Powers.

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Northern leaders failed the North

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IN this centennial season of blame game over everything that has gone wrong with Nigeria since 1914, it is not surprising that President Goodluck Jonathan has become the whipping boy. Yes, the buck stops at the President’s desk – and he knows that.

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The credibility deficit

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A SLEEK, private Bombardier Challenger jet along with a tidy $9.3 million (how much is that in Naira?), two Nigerians and an Israeli were last week impounded (Yes, the plane, cargo and humans are all contraband) and being investigated in South Africa.

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Tunde Bakare’s Moments of Truth

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PASTOR Tunde Bakare is many things to different people, depending on what side of the prism you are viewing him from. One thing that is constant however, is; his stand or position on any issue. You can never find him sitting on the fence, he never wavers, he takes a stand on any issue that he is presenting, no matter how others sees it.

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Anenih as oracle in chief

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CHAIRMAN of the Peoples Democratic Party Board of Trustees, Chief (Dr) Tony Anenih, has been called a political tactician-in-chief. He has been called the Oracle of Uromi. He also has been called Nigeria’s political Nostradamus.

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Abuja and challenges of infrastructure

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TRULY, before any settlement, town or community could be termed developed, such must have a surfeit of infrastructural facilities in place. Putting the same issue in different words, a city devoid of infrastructure is like an Oba (king) without a crown. This explains why experts have identified infrastructure deficit as a major constraint to Nigeria’s development. So, to address this problem, successive governments had introduced various policies aimed at bridging the gap.

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Comrade Macaulay’s 2015 bid

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A CURSORY glance at the power equation in Delta State reveal a startlingly remarkable political puzzle; and this is the glaring inequality in the distribution of the most juicy political appointments in the littoral state. As a matter of historical fact and figure, from the Western Region through the Midwestern Region, Midwestern State (later Bendel State) to Delta State, the Delta South Senatorial District has not had a taste of the office of Governor or Deputy Governor.

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The cash, the jet and Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, by Fani-Kayode

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CAUGHT—Lanseria Airport, Johannesburg, S-Africa. INSET: The Bombardier Challenger jet.  Courtesy: Flightaware.

Much ado has been made about recent events in South Africa concerning the Nigerian-owned jet that was found loaded with millions of dollars and that was in the process of procuring arms and a fighter helicopter for the Nigerian military and security agencies. As a former Minister of Aviation, I wish to assure the general public that the flying of large sums of cash by security and intelligence agencies for the purchase of arms in a time of war and conflict is something that is quite normal and that it happens quite often. As a matter of fact, it happened under successive Nigerian governments, both military and civilian.

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The SCOAN calamity, the Church in Nigeria

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THE Synagogue Church Of All Nations, SCOAN, building collapse calamity of Tuesday September 15, will serve as a real test for the Lagos State government’s support for Christians and Churches.

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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. Initially, the resumption was postponed to October 12 and in a twist, after a meeting of the Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau and states’ commissioners of education, it was resolved that the schools would now reopen on September 22.

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An aspirant’s plan for Delta’s dead industries

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THE twin social ailments of unemployment and insecurity remain the most painful societal evils in Delta State today. Though pernicious and nearly permanent in the system, a well calculated approach can diminish, if not terminate, their influence in the society.

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Oil: How AGIP-GE undermine NNPC/NAPIMS on local content

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WHEN President Goodluck Jonathan signed into law the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content, NOGIC Act, popularly known as the Nigerian Content (NC) Act on April 22, 2010, he meant well for the nation. But since then, the dubious activities of some foreign transnational oil companies, no doubt, has continued to undermine both the Content Board and whatever good intentions the Act itself was originally set to achieve in the nation’s oil and gas sector.

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Danger of godfatherism and rotationalism in democracy

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DEMOCRACY is popularly defined as the government of the people by the people and for the people. This presupposes that the generality of the eligible electorate is in charge of the election of their leaders. The leaders thus emerge through general, popular, free and fair election and not a process of discriminatory, irrational, dubious and devious selection.

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