NULGE’s panacea for poverty

August 12, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The recent statement by the President, Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Comrade Ibrahim Khalil, attributing the increase in poverty among the average Nigerians to lack of absolute autonomy of local government administration, once again brings to the fore the vexed issue of the autonomy of the third third tier of government. Khalil stated this penultimate Sunday while briefing journalists Read More

The ominous projection by IMF

August 11, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The projection by the  International Monetary Fund (IMF) that all revenue that will accrue to the federal government in 2020 will be spent on interest repayments is quite worrisome. The forecast is ian ominous sign that the nation’s economy is indeed in a steep recession whose recovery may not be anytime soon unless drastic measures are put in place.  Jesmin Rahman, IMF’s mission Read More

Overhauling Nigeria’s security sector

August 10, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Report last week to the effect that President Muhammadu Buhari is planning a complete re-engineering of the nation’s security apparatus is a welcome development. The move is quite auspices, considering the recent attack on Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state by the Boko Haram insurgents, which seems to underscore the dire security situation in the country. The National Security Adviser Read More

The national honour on Tinubu, Saraki others

August 4, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Not a few Nigerians were stunned when President Muhammadu Buhari last week named railway stations along the Lagos-Ibadan and the Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri corridors after deserving citizens who contributed to the progress and development of their respective communities and the nation at large. The president’s gesture, which cut across party lines, was indeed an ample demonstration his democratic disposition and magnanimity The Read More

As schools resume…

August 3, 2020 Editorial IV 0

  A statement issued last week by the Federal Ministry of Education to the effect that secondary schools across the country are to resume today, August 4, is indeed a welcome relief to parents and the affected students who have been bogged down since the nationwide lockdown in March following the index case of the coronavirus pandemic in Lagos. The Read More

The quest for Igbo president

July 31, 2020 Editorial III 0

The recent statement by billionaire oil magnate, Prince Arthur Eze, to the effect that it will take God for an Igbo man to become Nigeria’s president should be food for thought by stakeholders of the Igbo extraction who should go back to the drawing board and put their acts together if they really desirous of producing the country’s number one Read More

Cross River security vote crisis

July 29, 2020 Editorial IV 0

  The threat issued last week by a retired Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) and former commissioner of police in Rivers state, Mr. Joseph Mbu, to lead a protest against the government of Cross River state once again brings to the fore the controversy surrounding the propriety or otherwise of the appropriation of security votes by governors across the 36 states Read More

Dearth of doctors in Adamawa

July 27, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The recent disclosure by the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) that going by the statistics in Adamawa state, one doctor attends to more than 13,000 people is quite worrisome. The situation is not only undesirable and despical but also an embarrassment to the state in particular and Nigeria as a whole because the case in Adamawa state is reflective of the Read More

Time for stiffer penalties for rapists

July 22, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The revelation last week by the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Pauline Tallen, that during the relaxed lockdown in the country to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, a total of 3,600 cases of rape were recorded is not only alarming but quite despicable and reprehensive. The undesirable situation tends to lend credence to the call for stiffer punishment for Read More

Nigeria’s population boom

July 21, 2020 Editorial IV 0

A new study suggesting that Nigeria’s population is expected to surpass that of China by 2100 should serve as a wake-up call on the nation’s policy formulators and managers of the ecomomy to be more pragmatic, proactive prudent in the execise of their onerous constitutional responsibilties. China, which is currently the most populous nation in the world, is expected to Read More

Buratai’s oft assurances on insecurity

July 20, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The oft assurances and reassurances by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, that the Nigerian Army will do everything humanly possible not to disappoint Nigerians and President Muhammadu Buhari as efforts to mitigate the activities of bandits and insurgents intensify are quite expedient, particularly at a time the nation is seemingly at a crossroads. The insecurity Read More

A painful downing of Flying Officer Tolulope

July 17, 2020 Editorial III 0

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 cast a dark cloud on the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) following the tragic demise of one of its fast rising stars, Flying Officer Sarah Tolulope Arotile. The promising Amazon of the Sky died of head injuries sustained after a former secondary school friend accidentally reversed into her in the vicinity of a familiar territory – the Read More

Wike’s exemplary opposition politics

July 15, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The gratitude expressed by Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state to President Muhammadu Buhari and his invitation of the president to a state visit portend a good omen for the nation’s evolving democracy and the advancement of opposition politics in the country. This is coming after the federal government approved the disbursement N78.9 billion as reimbursement for the amount spent on Read More

Stem the NDDC scams

July 14, 2020 Editorial IV 0

For the second time within two months, the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) came under fire in the Senate last week over N3.14 billion the commission gave as relief funds to its over 4,000 staff and Police Commands of the affected nine states. In May, the IMC of the NDDC, the Senate and the Minister Read More

The 16-point demand of PANDEF

July 13, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The recent threat issued by some Niger Delta groups to resume hostilities in the littoral region if President Muhammadu Buhari does not meet the demand of its eminent leaders deserves urgent attention. Eminent socio-cultural leaders from southern and middle-belt Nigeria had sued President Buhari for N50 billion over marginalisation of the people of the region in the appointments to security, Read More

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Marking World Population Day amidst Covid-19

July 10, 2020 Editorial III 0

Today, Nigeria joins the international community to mark this year’s World Population Day. The Day is an annual event, observed on July 11 every year, which seeks to raise awareness of global population issues. The event was established by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in 1989. It was inspired by the public interest in Five Read More

As airlines resume domestic flight operations…

July 8, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The resumption of domestic flights in Nigeria and other countries in Africa yesterday came as a huge relief to air travelers who have gone through traumatic experiences as the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic and its consequential socio-economic lockdown had forced the airlines to suspend operations since March 27, 2020. It is, however, pertinent that the relevant safety measure Read More

The Lagos govt’s stride on Covid-19

July 7, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The disclosure last week by the Governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, that plans are in top gear by the state government to construct a purpose built International Infectious Disease Research Centre at the Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba is quite laudable. It is, indeed, a good initiative at tackling the ravaging coronavirus pandemic as well as other infectious diseases Read More

Buhari’s order against godfatherism

July 6, 2020 Editorial IV 0

President Muhammadu Buhari may have taken his governance a notch further in consonance with the next level mantra by ordering Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to disregard any purported request from government officials aimed at conferring undue advantage on anyone seeking jobs or other favours. The president’s directive is long overdue in ending the inglorious era of godfatherism and connection Read More

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Save Nigerians from killer water

July 3, 2020 Editorial III 0

Although there have been conflicting statistics about the percentage of Nigerians that have access to potable water, the bottom line, however, is that the situation does not portray the country as being committed to the provision of this basic necessity of life. Yet, Nigeria joins the rest of the world yearly in celebrating the World Water Day which is set Read More

FG must avert the looming ‘severe recession’

July 1, 2020 Editorial IV 0

  A statement by the World Bank penultimate week in Abuja to the effect that collapse in oil prices coupled with the Covid-19 pandemic is expected to plunge the Nigerian economy into a severe economic recession, the worst since the 1980s, should serve as a clarion call on managers of the nation’s economy, to take appropriate actions and adopt desperate Read More

NASS and electricity tariff hike reprieve

June 30, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Media report that the leadership of the National Assembly on Monday waded into the controversy on the planned hike in electricity tariffs effective from today, July 1, 2020, and succeeded in convincing the Distribution Companies (DISCOs) to defer the plan till the first quarter of 2021 is a welcome and commendable development. The proactive measure by the legislative arm of Read More

FG’s N2.3trn economic stimulus plan

June 29, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The approval of N2.3 trillion by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for Nigeria Economic Sustainability Plan (NESP) as recommended by the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo committee is a welcome development. The fund, if religiously applied, will, to a large extent, mitigate the adverse effect of the coronavirus pandemic on the nation’s economy as well as possibly save the economy from another Read More

Kaduna Refinery’s N65bn loss

June 26, 2020 Editorial III 0

The first audited financial statements of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) after 43 years of its operation to the effect that the Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company Limited (KRPC) generated no revenue in 2018, once again underscores the need for the deregulation of Nigeria’s oil and gas industry, particularly the downstream sector. There is, indeed, the dire need for Read More

Sa’adiya Farouq and 100m out-of-poverty scheme

June 24, 2020 Editorial IV 0

  The statement credited to the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sa’adiya Umar Farouq, that her ministry will ensure that President Muhammadu Buhari’s promise to take 100 million Nigerians out of poverty within 10 years is achieved is quite reassuring. This is more so considering the despondency of the mass of the people, no thanks Read More