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Halt the Press Council Bill

IT is curious that nearly 20 years after the end of military dictatorship in Nigeria, elements in the governing circles have continued to explore ways of gagging the media. In March 2016, the Frivolous Petitions Prohibition Bill (also known as the Social Media Bill) was being pushed in the Senate. It was later thrown out due to massive opposition.

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Restoring the secrecy of our elections

THE negative effect of money in elections is a source of concern in all genuine democracies. Though no election is possible without the funding of activities around it, unbridled deployment of money can derail its primary purpose, which is to ensure that the electorate cast their votes freely and that candidates who get the majority of votes will be declared winner.

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Third Mainland

Need to check all Lagos bridges

We wish to also alert government to the need to pay similar attention to the various bridges, flyovers and causeways built between the 1960s and the oil boom years of the 1970s. Even though the Federal Government had announced its intention to do just that in September last year, little activity in that direction has been noticed.

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Protecting our beaches from annihilation

SINCE the President Muhammadu Buhari regime assumed power over three years ago it has tended to pay serious attention to the deleterious effects of climate change in the Northern extremes of the country, especially the rapidly-disappearing Lake Chad. The President has addressed at least two major international fora, calling for urgent measures to resuscitate the lake which was once home to millions of people who have now been displaced.

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Curbing corruption in the Amnesty Programme

In spite of the open anti-corruption stance of the current Amnesty Coordinator and Presidential Adviser, Professor Quaker Dokubo, committees he set up to evaluate all the sectors of the Programme still discovered that only 314 out of 1,061 students slated to participate in the programme for the 2017/2018 session were actually found in the database of the Amnesty Programme.

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Emulating Japan’s cute World Cup exit

THIS  year’s ongoing Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) World Cup, which will be winding up in Russia this weekend, has lived up to the quadrennial soccer extravaganza’s reputation as a showpiece of colour, glamour, culture, global unity in diversity, competitiveness and triumphs in “the beautiful game”.

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Special courts a worthy experiment

The call became necessary because the wheel of justice is extraordinarily slow in Nigeria. It is even slower when it comes to the trial of big-time corruption cases, especially politically-exposed persons and bankers who capitalise on the slow judicial process and elements within the anti-graft agencies to frustrate the anti-corruption war.

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NNPC

NNPC, FAAC and the rest of us

The present stand-off where a FAAC meeting had to be suspended indefinitely has the potential of addressing the fiscal irresponsibility that has been bedeviling Nigeria’s public finance for too long, at least to some extent. We hope this opportunity should not be missed to reconnect fully with the principles of the Fiscal Responsibility Act which has been eroded.

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inec

History waits on Prof Yakubu’s INEC

President Muhammadu Buhari is the first Nigerian leader to appoint individuals reportedly close to him into the INEC which will conduct elections in which he and his direct interests will be involved. The notion of “independence” has traditionally been underscored by the fact that before Buhari, Presidents tended to appoint the Chief Electoral Officer of the Federation from regions other than theirs.

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