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Calls for a new constitution

NIGERIA will celebrate her 60th Independence anniversary this year, but it will be typically low-keyed and heavily laced with lamentations over our failure to meet our national aspirations. Instead of achieving a prosperous and united Federal Republic, a showpiece of democracy in Africa and the pride of the Black World, Nigeria at 60 will still
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Social media bill will protect human dignity — Lawmaker

Confronting the Social Media Bill

IT should be clear to anyone who cares to know that the media, human rights and social advocacy groups will never lie low over any legislative or executive threat to the democratic and constitutional rights of Nigerians to lawful free speech. We as a newspaper are firmly on this page. We, therefore, call on all
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Our de-radicalisation faux pas

THE Operation Safe Corridor, OPSC, of the Federal Government is ostensibly designed to encourage “repentant” Boko Haram Islamic terrorists to surrender and accept the De-radicalisation, Rehabilitation and Reintegration, DRR, a programme of the Nigerian Army. President Muhammadu Buhari administration created it in September 2015. At least, three batches numbering over 1,000 have been reunited with
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COVID-19: Nasarawa to evacuate non-indigents almajiri across 13 LGs

Kano’s ban of child begging

WE are glad to note that gradually but surely, the political leadership in the North has started making bold moves to eradicate street begging, especially by the Almajirai pupils of Islamic schools. A 2014 report by the United Nations Education Fund, UNICEF, indicated that Nigeria has the highest number of out-of-school children (13.2 million) in
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DSC pensioners seek NASS' intervention over unpaid benefits

No immunity for legislative heads

NIGERIAN lawmakers must check their penchant to annoy the public with bills which shrink the democratic space and block elected and appointed officials from public scrutiny and accountability. They must align themselves to the realities of the political economy in which they operate. Enough of obnoxious bills such as those attempting to regulate the social
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SUBEB projects: Nasarawa Assembly tasks contractors on quality assurance

States’ unclaimed UBE funds

FORMER Governor of Kwara State, Abdulfatah Ahmed, was a profound example of governors who failed to provide the counterpart funding of the Universal Basic Education, UBE, scheme. The state was unable to draw down N7.1bn worth of the UBE funds during his eight years tenure. The UBE facility was created by the Olusegun Obasanjo administration
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The youth need jobs, not prayers

FORMER Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi’s call for prayers for our unemployed youths is not the answer to the dire situation the idle young people of our country are facing. Obi had tweeted on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at the onset of this year’s 40-day Lenten period observed by most Christian groups towards
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VIDEO: Total power outage at Lagos International Airport

Our Instrument Landing System fiasco

NIGERIA is, unfortunately, a country that operates a reactive government. While other progressive countries plan and sustainably implement policies to develop, give their citizens better life and make their countries attractive to the world, ours most of the time only swing into action when things have gone wrong. This same ludicrous attitude showed up in
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Boko Haram, Pandemonium as Boko Haram attacks Chibok community

Suspend the Boko Haram rehab Bill

NIGERIANS have received with mixed reactions the Bill which seeks to rehabilitate “repentant” fighters of Islamist terrorist groups such as Boko Haram, Islamic State in West Africa Province, ISWAP, and others currently waging insurgency wars against the country. The Bill entitled: “National Agency for the Education, Rehabilitation and De-radicalisation of Repentant Insurgents in Nigeria” is
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35 lottery firms operating illegally in Nigeria — EFCC

Fighting graft beyond EFCC dramatics

EFCC: SINCE President Muhammadu Buhari assumed power in 2015 with his anti-graft policy occupying a prime position in his Three-Point Agenda, his government has been severely criticised for deliberately sensationalising the effort. The regime was accused of emphasising the recovery of stolen funds and targeting officials of the former Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, administration while
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