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Learning from the “Music House” saga

“Music House,” which the owners valued at about N800 million, housed a radio station, Fresh FM, music studios and other business outfits. According to the Oyo State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Toye Arulogun, government took the action because the proprietor of the complex failed to submit the approved plan/permit for the building as demanded by the OYSG in a letter dated 18th August 2017.

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Overcoming our humanitarian burdens

Nigeria is one of the countries that should attach special significance to the #NotATarget campaign. The Boko Haram conflict in the North East alone accounts for Africa’s largest displaced persons population which was put at 3.3 million by the end of 2015. Most of them live in Internally-Displaced  Persons, IDP, camps while a sizeable number squatted with relations.

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Need to protect our courts

Only on 11th May this year, the Port Harcourt High Court complex in the Rivers State capital was attacked by a faction of a major political party over issues pending in the courts. In video footages widely broadcast on the social media, armed hoodlums were seen turning the complex into a “war” zone. Many judiciary workers were injured, facilities destroyed and court records vandalised.

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Education boom behind prison walls

Also in the Lagos Prison Command, two inmates, Tunwase Kabiru and Oladipupo Moshood, have enrolled for their Doctorate degrees in Business Administration and Peace and Conflict Resolution respectively at the NOUN. Just last week, the Controller of the Lagos State Command of the Prisons Service, Mr. Tunde Ladipo, disclosed that 157 inmates within his division were registered for the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations, WASSCE.

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EFCC can’t “freeze” public treasuries

WHILE the nation is still smarting from the illegal siege to the National Assembly Complex by armed and hooded men of the Directorate of State Services, DSS, which led to the summary dismissal of its Director General, Alhaji Lawal Daura, another Federal agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has embarked on some highly questionable adventures against some states.

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Handling Nigeria’s two million artisan miners

ONE of the areas in which Nigeria’s rich potentials has been well-documented is the mining sector. In the 1960s, mining contributed up to 50 per cent to the nation’s economy. But due to the advent of oil, Nigeria lost interest in mining. Solid minerals contributed about 0.3 per cent to our GDP in 2015 as opposed to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Botswana (40 per cent).

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