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INEC Grants To Political Parties

IN recent times, there have been calls for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to scrap the grants it gives to registered political parties. The National Assembly appears to be moving in the direction of amending the constitution to remove the clauses that enjoin the Commission to give out these grants.

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Yinka Shonibare’s Ship in a Bottle

At a time when Nigeria suffers great image problems and humiliation of its citizens both within and outside the continent of Africa, Nigerians living in the Diaspora have continued to show the world that we are indeed, a rare breed through acts of creativity and breakthroughs in arts and sciences.

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As Nigeria heads for G20 summit in Canada

MOST Nigerians will agree that the invitation extended to Nigeria by Canada to attend the G20 World Economic Summit coming up in that country later this month is good news. In April 2009 when the event took place in London and the country was not on the list of invitees, late President Umaru Musa Yar’ Adua openly lamented over it.

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ECOWAS suspension of Guinea, Niger

Explaining the suspension of the two French speaking countries, Nigeria’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr Idi Hong, declared: “ Niger and Guinea remain suspended from ECOWAS in line with relevant provisions of the ECOWAS Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance and the African Union Constitutive Act of 2000 until constitutional order is restored in the two countries”.

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Pardon and rehab of Ribadu

THE recent pardon and rehabilitation of the pioneer Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Malam Nuhu Ribadu, has been the subject of heated public debates, just as anything to do with the former anti-corruption tzar is wont to.

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Rig Election, Go To Jail

ON each of the occasions he has had an opportunity to make important speeches and pronouncements since he emerged as the nation’s chief helmsman, President Goodluck Jonathan has harped on his desire to ensure that the general elections of 2011 conform to universal best practices. He has made more pledges on this issue than on any other, which implies that free, fair and acceptable elections in 2011 is his major priority.

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Children’s Day 2010: what now?

Since the world’s tiniest country – The Vatican – pioneered the celebration of Children’s Day, it soon assumed a worldwide dimension when the first International Children’s Day was held in Turkey on April 23rd 1920 in Turkey . The first Children’s Day organised by the International Union for Child Welfare was held in Geneva in 1955. From the 1970’s, it was adopted as an annual ritual in Nigeria .

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