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Only Exemplary Indigenous Characters Can Change Nations. By Farouk Martins Aresa

The difference between Kwame Nkrumah and Jaja of Opobo before him was that one tried to first build a Continental while the other tried to build an Economic independence. The Rooted Threats were knocked down. Man needs certain amount of money to live a simple decent life. How much is enough after that is subject to individual goals and wants not needs. Details

 

On the Menace of Cattle Herders in Nigeria. By Leonard Karshima Shilgba

Have you seen the report titled, “Ebonyi State becomes the first to ban cattle rearing in Igbo land”? Do you blame them? My governor, Dr. Samuel Ortom of Benue State, recently cried out, “I didn’t become Governor to preside over dead bodies…Our people are being pushed too far by herdsmen! Details

 

Fuel Price Increase and the Mass Rejection of Suffering. By Izielen Agbon

There is a subsidy on corruption in Nigeria. The corruption subsidy is the difference between the true price of petrol and the official pump price set by the FGN. This subsidy on corruption goes to the fuel cabal as increased fuel prices. The fuel cabal makes additional profits by selling at actual pump prices that are higher than the official FGN price. The key question facing the nation today is- who will pay for the corruption subsidy? Details

 

Indeed, We Are All Biafrans. By Godwin Onyeacholem

Yet for a country like Nigeria that is steeped in diversity in language, culture, religion and all known markers of identification, federalism is the best possible instrument for managing inter-group conflict and threats of disintegration along ethnic, religious and geo-political lines. But rather than blur the multiple fault lines, Nigeria’s “bizarre” federalism has so far served to widen the cracks in addition to failing to enhance democracy and economic development. Details

 

The Problem With David Cameron's Problem With Nigeria. By Eseoghene Al-Faruq Ohwojeheri

So when Mr. Cameron says Nigeria is perhaps the most corrupt country in the world, what source was he quoting or basing his statement on? Amnesty International just recently removed Nigeria from the top ten corrupt countries in the world, Britain is significantly missing in the list of the least corrupt in the world after over 300 years of existence, and Mr. Cameron is mocking a 56 years old country making effort. Details

 

Nigerian Workers And A Surge Of Discontent. By Rahaman Onike

The endurance levels which Nigerian workers had displayed in the recent past, is without exaggeration, an  act of patriotism and it is indeed a great sacrifice. As at May 1, 2016, some states have not paid November 2015 salary of workers on the excuse of current economic meltdown. whatever might be the excuse for the delay in payment of salary of workers, it is a sign of insensitivity of some of the state governors. Details

 

Resuscitating Idle Katsina Airport. By Muktar Maimaje

My idea is simply that Government should liaise with relevant stakeholders to produce high quality agricultural products that can be air freighted and sold in other areas for economic gains. Katsina State government should liaise with the Federal Ministries in charge of Aviation, Trade and Agriculture, Nigeria and Northern Governors Forums, NNDC, SON, NABDA, NAFDAC, NACCIMA, Cooperative societies and the Presidency and other relevant stakeholders to give life to this idea. Since Katsina is scheduled to host the President during the upcoming Economic Summit the opportunity is now. Details

 

Change Will Come But We Must All Be Patient. By Raheem Oluwafunminiyi

Those who claim change is the only constant thing in life didn’t mince words. But change itself does not occur in a day. The Chinese did not come this far in one day; neither did Botswana achieve greatness in one night. Nigeria is a complex nation and it will take years before we achieve uhuru. No matter the divide we fall into, we must give kudos to the government on these two notable achievements despite its imperfections. Details

 

Buhari: Who is sabotaging the sheriff? By Abiodun Komolafe

On the whole, Nigeria remains a worthy light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel project,  in spite of the crisis of value, compounded by crisis of structures, that currently threatens her existence. All the same, as Nigerians are  expecting the president to experiment the miracle of the Marriage at Cana,  another critical area that has of late become Nigeria's defining identity  is the activity of Fulani herdsmen. Details

 

Reforming the Government Budgeting Process in Nigeria. By Dr. Emmanuel Ojameruaye

My goodness! If each of the 360 federal constituencies were to be allocated projects totaling N4.196 billion, then  a total amount of  N1.5 trillion or about 25% of the total budget will be required for “constituency projects” which are highly susceptible to corruption. This will obviously crowd out needed investment in “truck A” (inter-state) roads, railways, electricity, higher education, security, energy and other much-needed national projects that are outside the purview and ability of state and local governments. Details

 

The ‘Sinking’ Calabar-Lagos Railway Scam. By Tatabonko Orok Edem

In my humble opinion, Calabar – Lagos Railway Project is a scam to siphon money in preparation for the 2019 election, nothing more, nothing less. The present government has absolutely no intention of building a rail line between the two cities. A mere look at the total sum that would be involved, confirms my hypothesis. Compare the cost of the present Niger Bridge mentioned above, factor in inflation and the value of that sum today, add 50 times the distance to be covered by a weight bearing bridge over the River Niger swamps, that should tell the unwary that there is a scam developing. Details

 

The 108 Luxury Jeeps for Senators, Kleptocracy and Nigeria’s Version of Democracy. By Dr. Abubakar Alkali

It is imperative to add here that the purchase of the 108 posh and luxury jeeps is not only misplaced, unwarranted and illegal but also a clear manifestation of gross insensitivity by our senators to the current crushing economic hardship faced by majority of Nigerians. While our senators are busy purchasing the best jeeps on offer, about 9 out of every 10 Nigerians are so poor that they cannot afford one decent meal. Details

 

From Nomadism to Sedentarism: An Analysis of Development Constraints and Public Policy Issues in the Socioeconomic Transformation of the Pastoral Fulani of Nigeria: INTRODUCTION. By Ismail Iro, Ph.D.

The socioeconomic transformation of the Fulani will not be achieved so long as the policy-makers ignore the environmental limitations and the sociocultural preferences of the pastoral Fulani. So long as the Fulani are distant from decision-making and implementation on matters affecting their welfare, a positive transformation of the Fulani will not occur. So long as the planners divorce the welfare of the Fulani from the welfare of their herds, problems will persist in Nigeria's herding sector. So long as state administrators continue to stereotype traditional pastoral system, problems will remain in the pastoral sector.

 

My theses in this paper, therefore, are that the traditional method is still efficient and ecologically sensible for raising livestock in Nigeria; that state interventions and technology-driven approaches are not necessarily the best solution to pastoral problems in the country. Details

 

Developing Minds, Developing Nations. By Leonard Karshima Shilgba

Nigeria has "privatized" her electricity infrastructure: six generation companies (GENCOS) and eleven distribution companies (DISCOS) have been sold ("privatized"), while the only transmission company, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) is being managed by a private firm. About three years after (since November 2013), what is the result? We now have more darkness than before, more outrageous bills for prolonged darkness than before, and poor billing standards or, may I say, more "estimated billing" that is not based on any imaginative or scientific basis. Details

 

The Way Out of The Chibok Girls Debacle. By Dr. Abubakar Alkali

The second most potent effort at dialogue with Boko haram was the Obasanjo truce move facilitated by former comrade Shehu Sani in 2011 when the former President dared the odds to visit the lion’s den at the then headquarters of Boko haram in Maiduguri and right in the house of late Boko haram leader Muhammed Yusuf to hear directly from Boko haram about their grievances.

Members of Boko haram were still operating from the heart of Maiduguri which then became their centre of gravity at the time and had not relocated to the bush. They presented Obasanjo with pictures and evidence to support some of their grievances against the authorities. Out of sheer patriotism, former President Obasanjo prepared a report in which he recommended that the government should listen to the grievances of boko haram and dialogue with the group towards a lasting solution. The Goodluck administration received the report but never implemented it as the report went the way of other reports on Boko haram presented to former President Jonathan: To the dustbin!  Details

Tax Evasion As National Nightmare. By Rahaman Onike

It is worrisome to note that some companies in Nigeria prefer entering into secret agreements with tax officials to out rightly dodge the payment of tax or to surcharge the payment to the government. In most cases, the motif behind surcharging the tax payment to government is draw the substantive or proportional share of the payable tax into their private accounts  through negotiations and bargaining. Any time such evil is perpetrated, it is the masses that suffer the deprivation. Details

 

Crisis In Nigeria’s Oil And Gas Sector: A Nation In Search Of Magicians. By Chief Madaki Omadachi Ameh

As the crisis persists, this article examines the reasons for the perennial crisis in this all important sector of Nigeria’s economy and what can be done to bring the situation under control on a permanent basis in order to restore the profitability of the oil and gas sector as a major revenue earner for Nigeria. Details

 

Nine Years of Anguish for the Killers of Sheikh Ja’afar. By Dr. Abdussamad Umar Jibia

It was in that early morning when the Sheikh was leading subh prayer that the assassins numbering about five drove to the mosque. But before they reached the mosque, the killers stopped at Gadon kaya mosque apparently to confirm the Sheikh’s location...They shot at his chest and stomach and killed two people who attempted to stand in their way. The 47 year old Sheikh was immediately rushed to Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH) where he died before he could receive any medical attention. According to the people who took him to the hospital, Sheikh Ja’afar kept repeating the kalimah until his last breath.Details

 

VP Osinbajo is wrong on VAT. By Anthony A. Kila

No Mr VP, as you teach us, there is a season for everything. The first error is that of timing. In the main streets of Nigeria, this is not a time of abundance.  It is not a time people are spending recklessly and robbing the government of its due in taxes. Rather, people are coping with very little income and very high expenses aggravated by direct infrastructural and financial costs for businesses and families. Details

 

Pharaohs Outrageous Pay Reincarnated In Panama. By Farouk Martins Aresa

After all, what is Saraki celebrating that has not been predicted by the actions of those before him? Obasanjo and his best friends Danjuma and Atiku fell apart over oil blocks, privatization of parastatals and foreign investors. Andy Uba loaded plane with American dollars. We only know about when he got caught, we did not know if they made many trip to Panama. Even Jonathan as President could not be outdone with Dasuki, by sending a planeload of dollars to S. Africa. Details

 

 

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On Niger Delta Avengers

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As NLC calls off strike

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Nigeria’s Worsening Inflation

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Nigeria’s Worsening Inflation

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FG appoints new heads for NTA, NBC, FRCN,VON, NOA

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Appeal court dismisses Metuh's 'No-Case' application

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40 Nigerians deported from UK, Australia

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Nimbo attack: How Police nabbed 5 suspects

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States endorse 22-Point Action Plan to weed out ghost workers

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Lagos blew N3.2bn on Buhari’s visit — PDP

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El-Rufai visits Shehu Sani over mother’s death

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Kubwa residents raise alarm over Okada riders’ jungle justice

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Soldiers Kill 2 Gunmen, Rescue 3 from Kidnappers

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Appeal Court Affirms Decision Denying IPOB Leader Bail

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Surveillance Contracts Fuelling N’Delta Crisis – Police

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Edo Govt Withdraws Letter Approving Oba of Benin’s Appointment

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Court rejects Metuh’s foreign medical trip request

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Senate uncovers N447bn scam in import duty waivers

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Assets declaration: FG alleges plot to frustrate Saraki’s trial

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A threat worse than Boko Haram

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Now that Government is broke

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One Year After, Buhari Delivers On Security

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FRSC Versus Killer Tyres

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Government’s Victory Of Improved Security

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On The Journey So Far

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New Aviation Minister, New Policies

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Ighalo, Iwobi, 15 other Eagles in France for friendly

POLICY INTERROGATION, DISCOURSE AND DEBATE BY  OSELOKA H. OBAZE

 

Ending Nigeria’s Fuel Subsidy By Default

[GAMJI WRITER]

 

Fuel subsidy ranks high on the list of policy albatross President Muhammadu Buhari inherited. A recurring theme in Nigeria’s policy realm, subsidy removal has been debated for over three decade. Except for President Umaru Yar’Adua, every head of state since General Ibrahim Babangida had skillfully played the fuel subsidy removal game; which turned fuel subsidy into a synonym for fibs and myths. Details

PEOPLE AND POLITICS BY MOHAMMED HARUNA

 

“True federalism” and all that…[GAMJI WRITER]

 

Everything has unintended consequences. Gowon’s 1967 creation of 12 states has led eventually to Nigeria becoming a federation of 36 states where the centre has been the one ceding power to its constituents rather than the other way round. This had led to the perception that the centre has become too powerful for the good the country with its many nationalities and religions. This, in turn, has led to a widespread obsession with structure when we should be more concerned about the character of those we entrust with power. Details

PeeCeeJay By Jideofor Adibe

 

No matter how long you’ve been travelling in the wrong direction...

 

[GAMJI WRITER]

A number of reasons could explain Buhari’s inability to act decisively on the issue: he was known to have assiduously opposed subsidy removal under Jonathan, and so could have assumed that to turn around to embrace what he had opposed all along, would undermine his integrity - his key marketing point among his supporters.  The President also probably felt that the subsidy regime ran into problem under former President Jonathan because of corruption and that sanitizing the system of corruption could make subsidies on petrol sustainable. There is equally the fact that the majority of his supporters are ordinary Nigerians and he might have felt that any policy that seriously hurts his primary constituency would be an act of betrayal. Details

PUBLIC SQUARE BY MUHAMMAD AL-GHAZALI Death and the Invisible Herdsmen

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Make no mistake about this: there are, indeed, criminals among the Fulani herdsmen just like there are among all the other tribes in Nigeria. But to hold a particular ethnic group responsible for the crimes of the few among them is, in itself, a greater injustice. It also makes the herculean task of fishing out the particular criminals even harder. Details

BURNING POT BY PRINCE CHARLES DICKSON, PH.D.

 

Sun re o Oge: Fatalism of the Nigerian story

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Tell me a Nigerian that is not sick, sick from lack of electricity, water, good roads, quality education and improved healthcare facility. These are the ones we can lay hands on, we forget the school fees, bills for unavailable utility, frustration of inadequacies which all result in abnormal blood pressure. Details

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