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MEND: Reasons To Worry

THE attack on Atlas Cove should worry those who thought amnesty to militants in the Niger Delta would stop militancy and criminality. It is a long distance from the Niger Delta to Lagos, where the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND, struck on Sunday night. What informed this attack at the height
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Senate’s Accountability

CHIEF Teslim Folarin is the Senate Leader, an office that makes him a principal officer of the National Assembly.  A man of indisputable integrity, he represented his colleagues in a published interview that centred on the nation’s expenditure on the members of the National Assembly. With all the talk about accountability and the trillions of
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Paying Godly Taxes

THE determination of the Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola to implement the Nigeria’s largely ignored tax laws is drawing attentions, sometimes the wrong ones. It is to be expected, nobody likes to pay tax, we just do it out of obligation, or in situations we cannot avoid. Nigerians sometimes think excuses are acceptable in place
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Future Without America

PRESIDENT Barack Obama of the USA told Africans the truth that we have often failed to imbibe, “Africa’s future is up to Africans”. He admitted the role that colonialism has played in Africa’s current situation. It is obvious that most of the problems of the continent today derive more from daft and greedy leadership that
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Failed Bank Debtors

IN a surprising, but  bold move, the Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions, last Tuesday released names of prominent Nigerians listed as owing the failed banks huge sums of money totaling  over N49 billion. Senator Nkechi Nwaogu, who leads the Committee, started receiving threat messages while still reeling off the names. With
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PTI? Not Kaduna

THE proposed N19 billion Petroleum Training Institute, PTI, in Kaduna is a provocative waste. The Federal Government’s silence to mounting opposition to its establishment is instructive, and may be an admission it is wrong. Silence remains inadequate reaction to this matter. However, the mere thought of this project is offensive, with or without the type
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Roads Over Lives

WHEN it comes to choices among lives, literacy and roads, the Senate, Nigeria’s highest law-making body, chose roads. Its decision to move N25 billion from the budget for education and health services to the expansion of the Abuja Airport and Zuba-Abuja expressways to 10 lanes from four lanes speaks volumes. There are no justifications for
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Highway Rule 15

It is an offence for a large and slow moving vehicle to allow smaller or fast moving vehicles queue behind it whenever the driver can pull over safely to make way for other vehicles.  – Section 15 of the Highway Code THE rate of road accidents is on the increase. There are occasional mentions of
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Oaths, Oath-takers

NUDE pictures of some members of the Ogun State House of Assembly published last week in newspapers are minor indices of where we are as a country. Unexpectedly, the owners of the pictures have admitted that the pictures were theirs, with slight disagreements about whether they were taken in a shrine or the private home
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Protecting Our Travellers

DELTA Airlines poor treatment of hundreds of its passengers heading to the US appears to be the standard practice for most foreign airlines that operate into Nigeria. The passengers were stranded at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport, Lagos. The plane that was supposed to convey them developed a technical fault. A passenger’s telephone call to
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More than amnesty

THE Federal Government should be applauded for its amnesty for militants in the Niger Delta. The amnesty, however, needs more content to end the conflicts in the area. Issues about the Niger Delta would always raise emotions. It is in the midst of those fiery exchanges that the points are massively missed. What are the
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