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Nigeria and Awolowo’s 33-year prescient prediction

Nigeria, unity, Vision

SHORTLY after overthrowing Muhammadu Buhari’s military junta on August 27, 1985, Ibrahim Babangida set up what he called the Nigerian Political Bureau. The 17-member panel inaugurated on January 13, 1986, with Samuel Cookey, a professor of political science, as chairman was charged with the responsibility of refocusing Nigeria’s political trajectory by chiseling out a new socio-political order. 

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Nigeria, unity, Vision

Nigeria’s poverty time bomb calls for radical actions

THE World Bank warned this week that Nigeria was heading for an explosive poverty crisis without urgent reforms. Launching its Nigeria Economic Update on Monday, the Bank said the number of extremely poor Nigerians could rise by 30 million by 2030. Of course, with nearly 100 million of its citizens living in extreme poverty, Nigeria has already acquired the sobriquet “poverty capital of the world”, snatching the shameful title from India. But now the World Bank has warned that this country could account for 25 per cent of the world’s extremely poor population by 2030 if it fails to act urgently. 

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At the dairy value chain forum

LAST Thursday I was holed up for the whole day in Bafra Hotel, Kaduna, with a group of stakeholders in the dairy industry, discussing the challenges facing the industry in Nigeria and proffering a way forward. It was at the forum for the dairy value chain, a platform provided by the Milky Way Partnership.

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Dichotomy between polytechnic, university education: Need for technological training, devt

By Afe Babalola TERTIARY education in Nigeria is undertaken via two primary fora: polytechnics and universities. While polytechnic education is usually geared towards technical and vocational education, usually in the field of technology, applied science, commerce and management, university education is not limited to technical or vocational teachings alone, but encompasses an array of topical
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Nigeria, unity, Vision

Ogomudia prophecy

IN a season when Nigerian seers and prophets are either not hearing from God or are afraid of maximum rule to declare “thus sayeth the Lord” over the country, the spirit of prophecy came over Alexander the son of Ogomudia who made undiluted pronouncement over a country driving carelessly to the edge of the precipice on the first day of December.

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Customs boss overflexing his muscles (2)

AT present the Nigeria Customs Service is run by the comptroller-general who oversees the work of six deputy comptroller generals in the following departments: Corporate Support Services; Tariff and Trade; Enforcement, Investigation, and Inspection; Modernization, Research and Economic Relations; Excise, Industrial Incentives and Free Trade Zone; and Human Resource Development.

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Aremu

Labour unions in fantasyland over minimum wage

No governor will dare say he will not pay. It is illegal and criminal for any governor not to pay and there is sanction in the Minimum Wage Act. If you do not pay, there are fines and if you do not pay the fine, you can be jailed – any employer, including the state governors —Issa Aremu, General Secretary, National Union of Textile, Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria. PUNCH, November 26, 2019. Back page.

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