As We Approach 2023…

November 22, 2020 Hassan Gimba 0

 I recall an article I read in one of our national dailies in 1982 of a citizen lamenting over the dominance of our political landscape by the “old brigade”. They were men who have fought for our independence and were major actors in both the pre and post-colonial government of our country. He said the late Chief Nnamdi Azikiwe visited Read More

#EndSARS, SARS ends, what next?

November 21, 2020 Clem Oluwole 0

The rampancy of kidnapping in recent weeks has become so scary that no one could pound his or her chest like a gorilla while leaving home in the morning and confidently declare that he/she would be back. No one! Not anymore! The situation became scarier this week along the notorious Kaduna-Abuja Expressway when kidnappers launched their ruthless operations three times Read More

Finance Bill 2020 and development

November 19, 2020 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

In order to fasten development, attract investments and create jobs, the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration reveals its intention to introduce more tax incentives to Nigerians. The incentives are, however, contained in the proposed Finance Bill 2020 which, if passed by the National Assembly, would become workable.Revealing the introduction of the new incentives through a statement it issued, the Presidency said Read More

The logic of more airports? Read my lips

November 19, 2020 Blueprint 0

The federal government is to build glittering new airports in Anambra, Ekiti, Nasarawa, Benue and Ebonyi states. Good news, I think. They will be glittering state of the art airports, no less. The government, given its strong shoulders to bear the burden, will also take over the airports in Kebbi, Osubi, Dutse and Gombe. We already have 26 airports in Read More

How not to reward teachers

November 17, 2020 Blueprint 0

Nigeria’s education system is deep in turmoil. Like everything in Africa’s largest economy, the education system is moving in the wrong direction and no one knows how to reverse the trend. From primary to tertiary institutions standard is plummeting precipitously. Employers are worried that the system is churning out graduates that could hardly be employed. One study suggests that 2 Read More

Trump’s impeachment and America’s hypocrisy

November 15, 2020 Hassan Gimba 0

This was first published on the 10th of February this year. It was meant to point at how “African” American politics is when partisan interests played a significant role in the Trump impeachment saga. A write-up is a historical document. Therefore, I see the need to republish it now after its presidential election that has grabbed global attention. It is Read More

Engaging youth in modern agriculture

November 13, 2020 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

It is no doubt regrettable that youth don’t often see a future in agriculture in Africa. This is even more so in Nigeria, where more than 65 percent of the population lives in rural areas, and more than 70 percent of rural households depend on agriculture for their livelihood.Agriculture provides the single most important platform for employment, income generation and Read More

The last desperate act of a liar

November 12, 2020 Dan Agbese 0

Email: [email protected] SMS: 08055001912 Donald Trump believes he is the best thing to happen to the United States of America. His Republican Party supporters believe this atrocious claim too. Fifty-one million of them wanted him to continue in office for a second four-year term. That to me, is the real shock of the November 3 presidential election for several reasons, the Read More

FAO hunger report: Starvation amidst stupendous affluence

November 10, 2020 Jerry Uwah 0

nisation (FAO), an agency of the United Nations (UN), last Thursday handed the rulers of Nigeria the terrifying data on the country’s man-made food security crisis. In its October/November 2020 Cadre Harmonise analysis presented to stakeholders in Abuja, the FAO lamented that 9.8 million residents of 16 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) were toiling with hunger and malnutrition. Read More

On the significance of maiden National Youth Day…

November 5, 2020 Abdullahi Gulloma 0

This week, President Muhammadu Buhari celebrated the accomplishments of some youth innovators in Nigeria. Among those celebrated was the 20-year-old Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, engineering student, Usman Dalhatu, who built a portable automatic ventilator to help people with breathing problems. Dalhatu was among the five Youth Innovators in different fields showcased by the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development Read More

Their moral burden

November 5, 2020 Dan Agbese 0

Here is something you should find as interesting as I do. We have a huge national asset that we seem to ignore as we cast about in search of a formula for building or rebuilding the nation. We have seven surviving former heads of state and presidents. Together, they are a unique national asset whose varied and unique experiences in Read More

Time to end government by palliatives

November 1, 2020 Hassan Gimba 0

09029880064, [email protected] Palliative – this ten-letter word has taken over our national discourse displacing #EndSARS. Considering how the #EndSARS protests threatened the very fabric of our existence, no one will think anything will supplant it with such ease and in such record time. However, it has turned out to be a welcome development for the authorities. But what is it about Read More

The needle sleeps in the haystack

October 29, 2020 Dan Agbese 0

The judicial panel set up by the Lagos state government to find out who authorised the army to shoot the #EndSARS peaceful protesters at the Lekki toll gate on October 20, is now at work. But let us lower our expectations in the capacity of their lordships to sift the grains from the chaff – and serve us the grains. Read More

Counting the cost of Nigeria’s Arab Spring

October 26, 2020 Jerry Uwah 0

Nigeria is still counting the cost of the carnage, looting and arson that terminated the spontaneous #ENDSARS protest. It was Nigeria’s Arab Spring.By Saturday Lagos was relatively calm but the looting and arson was just beginning  in other parts of the federation. Lekki Circle Mall, an expansive retail outlet owned by South Africa’s Shoprite was still on fire in the Read More

#ENDSARS protesters and COVID-19 risks

October 22, 2020 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

This week, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Control of COVID-19, Mr Boss Mustapha, expressed fears that the #ENDSARS campaign may escalate the rate of coronavirus infections in the country. Coronavirus disease is an infectious disease which can cause a person to experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and Read More

Budget 2021: More poverty ahead

October 19, 2020 Jerry Uwah 0

Nigeria’s unemployment and poverty problem has assumed catastrophic proportions. In a country with a workforce of less than 100 million people, more than 22 million are jobless. That has driven 15 million more people below poverty line since 2018. People are desperate. The story of Solomon Okon, a porter with Havana Hospital in Lagos, who lost his job during a Read More

Still on the #ENDSARS protests…

October 15, 2020 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

 It has been a few weeks of widespread streets protests in our country – Nigeria – and there are, indeed, good reasons to stage the protests. For two weeks, Nigerian youth mounted what can be termed as spirited protests, tagged #ENDSARS, against the activities of the now-disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).The protests started on October 3, 2020, were precisely initiated Read More

The anti-FSARS protests

October 15, 2020 Dan Agbese 0

 It would be uncharitable not to congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari for his prompt response to the people’s outcry against the killer unit of the Nigeria Police, FSARS. For the first time since he assumed power in 2015 to the bells and whistles of a people desperate for change, Buhari uncharacteristically acknowledged that the people’s voice matter and that they have an Read More

Let’s give SWAT a SWOT

October 15, 2020 Jibrin Baba Ndace 0

On Tuesday, 13th October, 2020, the Nigeria Police through the Inspector-General, Mohammed Adamu, announced the formation of a new police unit to replace the banned and discredited anti robbery squad, FSARS. This is part of the response to ongoing #ENDSARS protests on social media and in some cities across the country. A statement by Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Read More

Naira depreciation war: Wrong weapon, bad tactics

October 12, 2020 Jerry Uwah 0

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is desperate and seemingly frustrated by the ineptitude of its monetary policy instruments as weapons against intractable depreciation of the naira. The apex bank has apparently been compelled to take on targets that had all along been ignored probably because of the mega criminals involved. In August 2020, the CBN took its monetary policy Read More

An agenda beyond 60 years 

October 11, 2020 Hassan Gimba 0

“If you are planning for a year, plant rice. If you are planning for ten years, plant tree. If you are planning for one hundred years, educate children.” – Confucius (551 – 479 BCE).Though the above quote was attributed to Confucius, it is believed it originally came from Guan Zhong (720 – 645 BCE) who lived earlier, although it is Read More

On merit as an antidote for economic development…

October 8, 2020 Abdullahi. M. Gulloma 0

 Economic growth means an increase in real Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This represents an increase in the value of national output, income and expenditure.Essentially, the benefit of economic growth is higher living standards, higher real incomes and the ability to devote more resources to areas like healthcare and education, two crucial areas in need of development in Nigeria.With higher output Read More

The imperatives of police re-orientation

October 8, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Email: [email protected] SMS: 08055001912 Vice-president Yemi Osinbajo is outraged by the outrageous behaviour of our policemen who maim, kill, traumatise and humiliate fellow Nigerians, as indeed he should be as a Nigerian leader and a very senior lawyer who watches as policemen, as a matter of professional habit, breach the law and violate the rights of fellow citizens. We should all Read More

Nigeria at 60: Lessons from NCC’s regulatory excellence

October 5, 2020 Jerry Uwah 0

Nigeria may be a toddler at 60 but it is not a complete failure. There are things Nigeria does well and gets the entire globe wondering how it happened. Nigeria may not know how to generate, transmit and distribute electricity. It imports 99.99 per cent of the refined petroleum products it consumes. Roads are deplorable. Lagos-Abeokuta and Lagos-Badagry, two highways Read More

Nigeria @ 60: In need of a just society

October 4, 2020 Hassan Gimba 0

Nigeria ought to be a great country. We have all that is needed to transform our country into the envy of even the most advanced countries of the world. Nigeria is blessed with a plethora of intelligent, innovative, daring, competitive and egalitarian people. Then the land is favoured by the creator of the universe with an abundance of mineral resources, Read More