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Feuding Ministers

PRESIDENT Umaru Yar’Adua has risen up to the complicating consequences of fracturing feuds that are part of his administration. There are no indications of an easy solution to the acrimony that ministers have managed to cultivate in their relations with each other. They, as the President admitted, have hurt the performance of government. He has
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Tenure of Perm-Secs

The old system of giving Permanent Secretaries and Directors in the Federal Civil Service unlimited tenure appeared to take the term: “Permanent Secretary” literally. It gave rise to so many abuses that the federal civil service became the engine room of corruption, ethnic domination, sectional cabalism and the nurturing of super-powerful public officers who were
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Pa Soludo – A Challenge

THE police has been handed another rare opportunity to prove its seriousness with the promises it has made to tackle kidnapping. The kidnap of Pa Simeon Nwankwo Soludo, father of Professor Chukwuma Soludo, former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, has upped the intrigues in the Anambra State governorship election. Events so far are
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Winner Is – Nobody!

THE Mo Ibrahim prize for achievement in African leadership has given a damning verdict on the quality of African leaders with its decision not to award the 2008 leadership prize. Former president of Botswana Ketumile Masire, speaking for the selection committee said, “The prize committee could not select a winner”. The prize, the largest individual
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Electricity, Not Excuses

IT is a long time since President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua said a word about Nigeria’s low electricity supply, or even his electoral promise to declare an emergency on electricity within months of being in office. Electricity is central to the existence of the modern society. Decades ago, it was one of the strongest factors that
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Remember Chia?

DETIMBIR Chia, a 14-year-old secondary school student, in the inner recesses of Benue State, three years ago, was credited with the spirited and courageous efforts that resulted in the fervent rescue operations which saved the lives of some passengers of the military plane that crashed in his village of Mbakunu, in Sangev Ya. There are
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Still On Election Cases

WITHOUT prejudice to the provisions of Section 294 subsection (1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, an election petition and an appeal arising therefrom under this Act shall be given accelerated hearing and shall have precedence over all other cases or matters before the tribunals or court”. – Section 48 Electoral
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