THE choice of Major-General Godwin Abbe as the latest Minister of Defence, had a lot with the expectations of the President that a former military administrator, who is also an indigene of the Niger Delta, and other indigenes of the area in government, would work for the benefit of the region.Read More
The old system of giving Permanent Secretaries and Directors in the Federal Civil Service unlimited tenure appeared to take the term: â€œPermanent Secretaryâ€ 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
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
OUR governments have notoriety for failing in their promises. This character is solely responsible for the vicious attacks on the planned deregulation of the oil industry. There is even the sinister conclusion that what government is aiming at is not deregulation, but price increase.Read More
THE conviction of Chief Olabode George, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and five others, for corruption has deceptively revved hopes that government is serious with the fight against corruption.Read More
WITH the end of the amnesty granted militants on October 4, it is important that the Federal Government does not relapse into its habit of forgetting the region once it is guaranteed unfettered oil exploration.Read More
THREE years ago, the country mourned the spates of air disasters in the country. On the night of September 22, 2006, Bellview flight 210 went missing until its strewn parts were found in Lisa, Ogun State the next day.
AFTER more than three months of shutting the universities down, the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, and the Federal Government have decided to call off this round of strike, an annual ritual that befuddles Nigerians about the issues of university education.Read More
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, â€œThe prize committee could not select a winnerâ€. The prize, the largest individual
IT is a long time since President Umaru Musa Yarâ€™Adua said a word about Nigeriaâ€™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
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
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 courtâ€. – Section 48 Electoral
WHAT difference would it make that 70 people died on a pothole riddled road in Anambra State? Who are these people anyway? Are they not the ordinary people whose high numbers are truly irritating our governments?
NIGERIAâ€™s decline in sports is becoming more embarrassing daily. We used to rule Africa in some spheres of athletics, football, boxing tennis and table tennis. Even on the global stage, our presence was felt in those sports.Read More
A MEMBER of the House of Representatives, Mr. Wale Oke has finally told Nigerians why President Umaru Musa Yarâ€™Adua headed to Saudi Arabia while the world was taking important decisions at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Nigerians who are getting used to their leaders craving irrelevance, and dragging the country down the