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Osinbajo’s admonition to church leaders

Last Sunday’s admonition by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on church leaders to expose and ostracise their members who grew rich through fraudulent means is not only timely but also a necessary charge towards ensuring the success of the President Muhammadu ...

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Halt the desertification march

Nigeria at the weekend joined the global community to mark this year’s World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. The theme of the commemoration is “Our Land, Our Home, Our Future”. In 1994, the United Nations General Assembly set aside ...

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CBN’s forex intervention laudable

In the last four months, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has funneled over $5bn into the interbank, Bureaux de Change, wholesale spot and forwards auction segments of the foreign exchange market. This dollar intervention policy, which the apex bank ...

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High food prices and checkpoints

The alarm raised by Coordinating Director of the National Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS), Dr Vincent Isegbe, recently, that illegal checkpoints on our highways were negatively affecting prices of agricultural commodities is worrisome. This is because it is undermining the efforts ...

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No to kids’ nutritional deficiency

Recently, the Kano state Government took a swipe at its citizens and Nigerians generally when it charged families to be more responsive and responsible. At the first round of the 2017 Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) programme organised by ...

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No to electricity tariff hike

General discontent was the immediate response to the proposal by the federal government in conjunction with electricity generation and distribution companies to further increase electricity tariff by July, this year. The reasons for the public disgust, of course, are not ...

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For mothers and families

Last Sunday and yesterday were marked as the International Day for Mothers and the International Day for the Families, respectively. The closeness of the Days underscored the importance attached to the first and the critical foundation of the society upon ...

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Macron’s victory: Lessons for Nigeria

The emergence of Emmanuel Macron, 39, who was unknown three years ago, as France’s 25th president is significant to Nigeria in many respects, especially in the rebuilding of a fractured and deeply divided nation, the war against corruption and the ...

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Repositioning midwifery education

Last Friday, midwifery practitioners in Nigeria joined their counterparts in over 50 countries to celebrate this year’s International Day of the Midwife (IDM). The umbrella body of the practitioners, the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), decided to set aside a ...

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INEC should sustain CVR momentum

The recent report that the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will run till the 2019 general elections is a welcome development that will impact positively on the nation’s electoral system and ease the ...

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The Calabar viewing centre tragedy

The entire Nigerian soccer family was on Thursday night thrown into a shock following the news of the electrocution of 30 football fans watching the UEFA Europa quarterfinal match between Manchester United FC of England and Anderlecht FC of Belgium. ...

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Giving fillip to the power sector

The Nigerian Electricity System Operation (NESO) recently released graphic but dismal data on the supply of electricity for the preceding month of March and attributed the loss of 2,746 megawatts of electricity to shortage of gas supply and decrease in ...

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As Dangote clocks 60…

Africa’s wealthiest man and 67th richest person in the world, Aliko Dangote, joined the Diamond League on Monday, April 10, 2017 as he clocked 60. Dangote was born on April 10, 1957 in Kano into a very prominent business family. ...

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Mental health policy long overdue

The recent hacking to death of a pap seller by a mentally-ill man while on her early morning routine sale of her commodity in Mgbakwu town of Awka Local Government Area of Anambra state has once again revived the debate ...

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Lessons of Good Friday

Today, Christians all over the world are observing Good Friday, the day Jesus Christ was crucified on the Cross of Calvary where He shed His blood over 2,000 years ago for the atonement of the sins of mankind.  The death, ...

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INEC’s worries over ex-convicts

Last week’s revelation by the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, that political parties are wont to fielding ex-convicts and certificate forgers as candidates for elective offices is as worrisome as it is reprehensible and condemnable. This ...

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Poverty amidst massive allocations

Recently, the federal government disclosed rather effusively that it released a total sum of N1trn to Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) for capital projects as captured in the 2016 budget. The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, who made ...

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Statistics that gladden

The latest figure released by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on the fatalities on the Nigerian roads in 2016 shows an improvement compared to the previous years. This is cheery news. According to the organisation, a total of 7,657 ...

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Tackling meningitis epidemic

The high death toll, which rose to over 300 in 15 of the 36 states in the country as at March 30, as a result of the recent Cerebrospinal Meningitis (CSM) epidemic, is as alarming as it is worrisome. Sokoto ...

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Food security as panacea for economic distress

The massive production of agricultural produce to cushion the adverse effects of the economic distress being faced by Nigerians cannot be over-emphasized.  Food is a cardinal need of man, without which survival is impossible. Countries that have overcome food shortage ...

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Reviewing WAEC fees downwards

The recent directive by the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, to the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), to review its registration fees downwards is a welcome intervention, hence a right step in the right direction. The directive will no ...

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Reviewing WAEC fees downwards

The recent directive by the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, to the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), to review its registration fees downwards is a welcome intervention, hence a right step in the right direction. The directive will no ...

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Before the second bailout to governors

President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent directive to the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, and Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, to act with dispatch in releasing the second tranche of the London-Paris Club refunds to the states ...

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Ambode’s rescue mission

The ongoing collaborative effort of the Governor of Lagos state, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode, with the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports to take over the management of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, is a welcome development. By this move, the ...

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A new dawn at CAF

The seemingly perennial grip of Issa Hayatou on the presidency of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) came to an expected denouncement penultimate Thursday following his emphatic defeat by his challenger, Ahmad Ahmad of Madagascar, at its 39th General Assembly. ...

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As Onnoghen gets Senate’s nod

Wednesday’s confirmation of the appointment of Justice Walter Onnoghen as the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) by the Senate, making him the first person from the southern part of the country to occupy the office in the last 30 years ...

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Repeal ex-governors pension laws

Last week’s newspaper report indicating that 108 former state governors are currently living off their states through pensions and other entitlements they provided for themselves while in offi ce is mindboggling, obnoxious and inconsistent with the Certain Political Offi ce ...

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Repeal ex-governors pension laws

Last week’s newspaper report indicating that 108 former state governors are currently living off their states through pensions and other entitlements they provided for themselves while in office is mindboggling, obnoxious and inconsistent with the Certain Political Office Holders and ...

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Fueling inflation with checkpoints

The recent disclosure by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbe, that security personnel manning checkpoints on the nation’s highways are responsible for the high cost of goods may sound like a flimsy alibi but these are ...

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Nigerians’ travails in S/Africa

T e disclosure by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Af airs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, that 116 Nigerians have been killed in South Africa through extrajudicial means in the last two years, is as frightening as it ...

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Falcons and their dominance of Africa

Nigeria’s senior women’s football squad, the Super Falcons, at the weekend in Cameroon reaffirmed their dominance on African female football when they successfully defended the trophy they won at the 9th edition of the African Women’s Championship staged in Namibia ...

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Ibrahim Dasuki: 1923 – 2016

Penultimate Monday night, death crept in on Sultan Ibrahim Dasuki, one of the few shinning stars remaining in the firmament of northern Nigeria. He was aged 92. Even though the late monarch had not enjoyed good in the past couple ...

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Sustaining World Sight Day awareness

This year’s World Sight Day (WSD) was commemorated last Thursday, October 13. The occasion was observed worldwide with the theme: “Eye care for all”, which implies that all humans without exception all over the globe need to care for their ...

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Freedom for 21 Chibok girls

Last Thursday, Nigerians received with incredulity the news of the release of 21 of the over 250 students of the Government Girls’ Secondary School, Chibok abducted by the Boko Haram insurgents on April 14, 2014. The release came exactly 30 ...

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Wrong war on ‘corrupt’ judges

Last weekend’s arrests of seven senior judges in a ‘sting operation’ by the Department of State Services (DSS) over corruption allegations, has understandably elicited anxiety among Nigerians as regards the propriety, morality, legality and whether the action falls within the ...

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Earth tremors and early warning mechanism

Residents of Kwoi and neighbouring communities in Jaba Local Government Area of Kaduna state recently went into a panic mode following the earth tremors that occurred in their localities. Many inhabitants were frightened away from their homes as the earth ...

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Masari’s alarm on desertification

The alarm sounded last week by the Governor of Katsina state, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari, to the effect that his domain is losing about five kilometres to desertification annually once again calls for an urgent action to put the dangerous ...

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PMB, listen to Sanusi and Soludo

The recent admonition by the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi II, to the effect that the federal government should avoid the mistakes of the immediate past administration that plunged the nation’s economy into the current quagmire should be ...

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Avengers’ readiness for dialogue

The recent ceasefire and declaration of readiness to dialogue with the federal government by the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), which has claimed responsibility for the wave of attacks on oil and gas pipelines in the Niger Delta region, appeared to ...

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