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Obaseki versus his kinsmen

WHEN an individual unfolds his or her planned format of deliverance, unpredictable and irritating hurdles surface in rather disturbing definitions, very uncouth and unacceptable instances imbibed inabsolute nonsensical and arrogant styles, traceable to thuggery, wanting to reap where no planting towards a bumper harvesting was sown.

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Beko’s intervention in the struggle for right to health in Nigeria

IN the 30s, 40s and 50s the Reverend Isaac Oladotun Ransome-Kuti and his wife, Olufunmilayo, were in the forefront of the struggle of the Nigerian people against British colonial autocracy. Their Abeokuta home served as the secretariat of the Nigerian Union of Teachers and the Nigerian Union of Women founded and led by the Kutis. Bekololari was born in 1940 by the Kutis with a silver spoon. But like his elder brother, Fela, he never used the spoon. Early in life both of them were nurtured in the struggle against injustice and oppression.

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Misinformation that continues to poison

IN a recent article, the Messages of Ahiara, an incisive piece buttressed with logic and reason, which refuted some popular but erroneous notions of tribalism and secession in Nigeria, drew a lot of hostile responses from some of my readers. They lobbed curses and hauled invectives at me. However, to me, it was all exhilarating. I relish rejoinders to my writings, be them abusive or appreciative.

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Edo’s economic marshal plan

FROM November 12th 2016 when Governor Obaseki formally assumed office, there has been an unprecedented infusion of transforming energetic visions and systemic policy re-alignment in the affairs of Edo state. Irrespective of the partisan inclination of ardent political analysts, it is incontrovertible that the governor is focused on constructing a formidable architecture for socio-economic revolution. The mere notion of a vibrantly healthy and economically competitive Edo State in the heart of Nigeria- an idea which would have been clinically declared hallucinatory before now is now forming into a solid reality under Governor Obaseki.

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Closure of Abuja International airport

The closure of Abuja airport even the thought is such a ridiculous outlandish decision and shows how far away from reality we are. How do you shut the door on a major entry point into the countries capital? (Africa’s most populous country and largest economy) Could Ghana afford to close Kotoka Airport in Accra, This questions was posed in Accra last week, they looked bewildered as if to say “where is he from doesn’t he know how vital the airport is to the overall Economy of Ghana”.

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Pathway to Nigeria’s progress

MAN is under the classification of animal and therefore, has the characteristics of selfishness – me, my family, siblings, clans, tribe, state, region, country, etc comes first. Even amongst siblings, when it comes to sharing of spoils, there is disagreement. In the family tradition, as soon as one becomes a man or gets married, one’s interests and decisions as it concerns the family are respected. How you run your family, how you fend for yourself and how you relate with friends and outsiders, is your own business, except, where issues concerning the whole family crops up, then you will be invited to offer your own contribution or views. That way there is peace in the society.

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Edo as Nigeria’s Japan

I AM of the view that Edo people are in for the best time ever in the history of the state. From all indications, the achievements of Dr. Samuel Ogbemudia, Professor Ambrose Folorunso Alli and Comrade Adams Oshiomhole may jolly well be child’s play if Mr. Godwin Obaseki executes all the plans and good intentions he has for the state in the next four years.

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Innovative leadership and Lagos’ resilience city status

ANOTHER milestone was recently recorded in Lagos State’s quest to build a globally competitive State as the State Governor; Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode received the Certificate that admitted the State as one of the 100 Resilient Cities,100RC, in the world. Aside being a remarkable accomplishment, the feat is a further affirmation that recent strides of the current administration in the socio-economic transformation of the state across all sectors have not gone unnoticed. It is a common knowledge that, in the current political dispensation, Lagos has become a reference point when it comes to initiating and executing pacesetting innovative and strategic policies and programmes that are meant to uplift the living standard of the people.

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Fayose and the re-emergence of PDP in the South-West

THE appointment of Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State as chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum is a good development. First, he earned it as the most senior state governor of the PDP extraction in the present dispensation. Secondly, according to Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, who announced the appointment, Fayose deserved it as a committed party man. No one can fault this claim.

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Oiling Amnesty Programme: Stamping out any form of unrest in the Niger Delta

There is no gainsaying that the coming on stream of the Presidential Amnesty Programme greatly reduced the uncertainty and danger in doing business in the Niger Delta, which hosts the oil and gas exploration and exploitation on which the Nigerian nation depends for its economic survival. Comparatively, in the 2006/2008 period, a maximum of 800,000 barrels per day was attainable because of the strident dangerous environment in which the multi-national petroleum companies were working in the militants-infested creeks while the figure rose to a peak of 2.3 million barrels per day after the setting up of the Amnesty Programme. This increment of 1.5million barrels per day brought the nation’s oil and gas daily revenue to $120.45m.

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On visionary leadership and institutional effectiveness

THE need for ensuring and assuring the efficiency and effectiveness of public institutions has never been greater than now. In a dynamic age of constant changes, it is widely agreed that institutions must have clearly-defined missions that are relevant to the needs and aspirations of its stakeholders. Following this, the human capital at the helm of leadership in these institutions must have the courage to envision a future that realises the attainment of the defined mission of the institutions. In order to actualise the vision, however, leaders must be trained to possess both the hard and soft skills that are fundamental for success. This is where training becomes quite germane.

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