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Reforming Nigeria

THE challenges that reforms pose are not new to these parts. With a little hindsight, we can remember that the re-structuring of this economy, otherwise called reforms started most emphatically in the public’s mind with the structural adjustment programme, SAP.

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Farce Of Continuity

OUR politicians do not expect us to take them serious. In their thinking, some bags of rice, or whatever inducement that would swing the impoverished voters to their direction would sustain democracy. They have succeeded so far because the people have been completely alienated from a process that is supposed to be about them.

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We’re Not Terrorists

NIGERIAN authorities must stand up against the American posture of trying to label us a country of terrorists after the Christmas Day incident in which 23-year-old Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab tried to blow up a passenger aircraft as it was landing in Detroit.

Happy New Year

AS 2010 begins, people have high expectations. They dream their New Year ambitions. It is an annual ritual that helps brush aside failures of the faded year. The beginning of every year affords deep reflection on the past and plan the future. Some call these New Year resolutions.

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Trips @N2.7 Billion Only

Maduekwe told Senators he knew ambassadors who cornered national resources for their selfish interest. They damage Nigeria’s image by making its diplomats destitute and he did nothing about it. Are there no financial guidelines for our missions? Could this rigmarole restore the dignity of our starving diplomats? Was welfare of our diplomats really an issue in the budget defence?

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Fragile Niger Delta

STILL gloating over the peace it is said to have created in  the Niger Delta, the Federal Government has again shown the shallowness of its engagements with Nigerians. The disarmament of the militants was an emergency measure solely for the survival of the economy. Only two months after the amnesty was closed, and with the
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More gas on flaring

Gas flaring was to end on December 2008, one of numerous proposed dates that were never implemented.
“I think the government has never been able to develop a strong will to ensure the implementation of these basic policies and the result, of course, is like any other law, the operators take the easiest line of resistance, which is to maybe pay N2, or 1 Kobo or whatever and flaring many cubic feet of gas … Whatever it is, it is cheaper for the companies or the operators to flare gas and pay the penalty than to stop,” he said last year.

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