Change Will Come But We Must All Be Patient.
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.
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.
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
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.
The 108 Luxury Jeeps for Senators, Kleptocracy and Nigeria’s Version of
Democracy. By Dr. Abubakar Alkali
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.
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
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.
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.
The Way Out of The Chibok Girls Debacle. By
Dr. Abubakar Alkali
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
Tax Evasion As National Nightmare. By Rahaman
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.
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.
Nine Years of
Anguish for the Killers of Sheikh Ja’afar.
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
Osinbajo is wrong on VAT.
Anthony A. Kila
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.
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
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.