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Naira Vs Dollar: Have We Missed The Point? By Eleanya K. Nduka

A friend asked me to analyze the state of the Nigerian economy as an economist. Initially I told him off because I'm only a spectator. However, after much contemplation, I decided to write an impromptu essay. From the look of things, it seems the economy is headed towards that of Greece. But what is the problem? Details

 

Nigerians are Contented with Little. By Owei Lakemfa

After many years of having faith in private schools and paying exorbitant fees, what  persuaded parents to become such proselytes? First in a number of schools, the El-Rufai administration took back school lands and restored their environmental sanity. Then it began the renovation of schools, bought new furniture and embarked on the recruitment of teachers irrespective of  their  state of origin. Finally, it sealed the fate of many private schools by introducing free feeding in public schools. Details

 

A Review of the 2016 FGN Budget and Recommendations for Improvement: Part 1. By Dr. Emmanuel Ojameruaye

The first criticism is that the Budget does not reflect the “Change” mantra or slogan of the Buhari’s administration.  Although it is tagged “The Budget of Change” many analysts contend that there is very little manifestation of “change” in the Budget. They say that it is almost déjà vu all over, i.e. business as usual.  For instance, there is inadequate attention given to the anticorruption campaign in the President’s speech Details

 

Love To Spend Dollar & Pounds But Hate Buru Job. By Farouk Martins Aresa

Well, nobody forced Africans to change tastes to conform to foreign food and goods enabling Bureau De Change. They are proving to the whole world that they are “civilized”. In the same way, only a greedy fool would fall for a scam that that millions of dollars is waiting for him in some poverty stricken country or even relatively potentially resource rich country in Africa. Details

 

Bishop Kukah: One Letter Too Many. By Adamu Tilde

As I earlier mentioned, there’s more to this animosity. It is historical and has always been the rallying-point of appeal to the sentiment of ‘the psychology of minority’ (my apologies, Semiu). I have no problem with what Bishop Kukah believes to be History. I am worried because of Bishop’s deliberate distortion of historical facts or evading them, as the case may be, or being economical with the truth, casting aspersions here and there, all of which smack of snobbery, mischief and utter malice. Details

 

Tribute To The Nigerian Military. By Max Gbanite

The Nigerian Military has participated in several if not all peace-support efforts in troubled parts of the world under the auspices of the United Nations; and is the backbone of the Economic Community of West African States force, code named ECOMOG.  It acted as the main trajectory force supported by other West African forces in ending the hostilities in Liberia and Sierra Leone (1985-1999). The Nigerian Military is one of the best ranked (in terms of structural and tactical discipline) armed forces in the world. On the international scene, they have performed creditably. Details

 

Divided Biafra Cannot Stand. By Farouk Martins Aresa

It must be started that Igbo are not the only ones that want to leave Nigeria, there is a general agreement that most Nigerians are tired and do not care if the Igbo leave. The Hausa were lured into Nigeria with conditions and the Yoruba are just sick of labels for making Nigeria work. Even more important are the various ethnic groups that may not be as big as the three behemoths but whose interests are just as important as each of the ethnic groups.   Details

 

Grasping Our Incredulous State Budgets. By Oseloka H. Obaze

It’s hardly rhetorical to ask if there’s something egregiously faulty in the way we fashion our budgets. The broader fault line lies in our overall policymaking methods. Though we prefer envelope budgets over revenue-driven, project-driven and zero-based budgets, our nature of governance and politics continue to compel short-term thinking and planning.Details

 

Lagos and the ‘Lagoon’ Challenge: Confronting the Native/Settler discourse. By Raheem Oluwafunminiyi

Following their return, the Igbo, wounded, deprived and feeling battered, abandoned all forms of political alignments and pursued economic power instead. In actual fact, politics in Lagos for the Igbo was consigned to holding political posts in towns and market unions or associations. Lagos politics from this period was left for the Yoruba elements in the state not until the return of democracy in Nigeria. By this time, the Igbo population in Lagos had soared and was made up of about 30 per cent of the state’s population. The influence of the Igbo in Lagos economically was widening such that the Lagos state governor at the time, appreciating this number and influence, picked an Igbo commissioner in his cabinet who it was said became one of the most powerful men in that government. Details

 

Do We Really Need the Senate? By Muhammad Al-Ghazali

We must not condone the situation where members of NASS Committees feast on the MDAs like locusts thereby compromising their integrity and the quality of their oversight function. Our economy can no longer sustain legislators who are among the highest paid in the world. Why must a developing economy such as ours retain a wasteful bicameral legislature with overlapping functions in any instances? Clearly it is a luxury our current predicament has already called into question. Details

 

Cash And Carry Bureaucrats Guzzled Foreign Income Dry. By Farouk Martins Aresa

Indeed, our foreign exchange allocation is abused by a few powerful people with unrestrained access, most of whom do round tripping. If you have ever wondered where those Bureau Du Change traders got so much local currency no matter how much hard currency you give, they are supplied by the mighty oppressors that got it as entitlements and fake contracts. They then turn around and buy dollars and pounds in naira at Central Bank rate.  Easy way to profit, err! Details

 

Winning the War Against Corruption In Nigeria Through The Promotion Of Our Ethical Values. By Ugboja Onuche Gideon

What are the major problems facing our country? How do we know the ways defining the problem, identifying the problem, and generalizing possible solutions? As years go by, steadily, it becomes a challenge to empathize and integrate faced experiences of the country into our repertoire of what we thought we already knew about the nation.  Details

 

Managing the Modulation of Petroleum Product Prices in Nigeria. By Dr. Emmanuel Ojameruaye So long as the price of crude oil and import prices of petroleum products remain low (at less than about N65 per litre) and the naira exchange rate remains stable at about N200 to 1US$, the modulated price of PMS can remain at N86.5 per litre and there will be no subsidy! Details

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Checking cholera with hygiene, enlightenment

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We must keep Zika at bay

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Facing down the Zika virus challenge

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Salary scam: FG to probe 23,306 civil servants, banks

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Buhari to int'l community: Help us out of terrorism

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Buhari under pressure to stop...

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FG orders oil firm to pay unremitted N81.6bn

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No money to fight Boko Haram, Service Chiefs cry out to Senate

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EFCC quizzes Badeh, Magu seeks UAE’s support over loot

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11 rescued as helicopter ditches in Atlantic Ocean

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Cameroon sees surge in bombings as Nigeria chases Boko Haram

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Ibori neither released nor re-arrested — Aide

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Boko Haram: Switzerland denies funding MNJTF

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Kwara teachers in the throes of salary arrears

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Dei-Dei land owners seek minister’s intervention

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Wife stabs hubby to death for having child outside wedlock

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11 Cheat Death As Helicopter Crashes Into Lagos Lagoon

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N29bn fraud: Court admits exhibits against Nyako, others

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Shell to cut 10, 000 jobs

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Electricity tariff hike: NLC, TUC, others set for showdown on Monday

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Power Supply Hit All-time High Of 5074.7MW

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MTN Hires Ex-US Attorney-General, Eric Holder, For Talks With NCC

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NSE index drops by 0.9%

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FG suspends Bristow ‘Sikorsky’ Helicopters operation in Nigeria  

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PDP crisis: BOT by-passes caucus to nominate chairman

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I’ve returned N25m Metuh gave me – Ex-VP Sambo’s aide

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Nigeria’s Fixed Exchange Rate Policy: Matters Arising

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Let Buhari Be Wary Of Obasanjo

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The Debate About Nigeria’s Structure

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We are ready for Nigeria, Egypt’s coach boasts

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Super 4: Nassarawa Utd Humble Enyimba,Go Top

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Eagles rise to 63rd on FIFA ranking

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Nigeria up 3 places to 63 in latest FIFA ranking

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Between Aptitude and Attitude

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To succeed in any enterprise attitude and aptitude have to be mixed in the right proportion. Many people in fact believe that attitude rather than aptitude is the driver of success. If we look at the most successful people around us, we will discover that they are often not the most academically brilliant or those who have the most impressive academic qualifications. Details

PEOPLE AND POLITICS BY MOHAMMED HARUNA

 

The NCC/MTN imbroglio

 

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MTN Nigeria, the proverbial hen that has laid the equally proverbial golden egg for its local and foreign shareholders, is in deep trouble. And it’s no exaggeration to say the prospects of foreign investment in the country’s economy hangs on how that trouble is resolved. MTN’s trouble is, of course, the unprecedented and extremely punitive penalty of US$ 5.2 billion (about I.5 Trillion Naira) that the Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC), the country’s telecommunication industry regulator, imposed on the company in October last year. Details

GHAZALISM BY MUHAMMAD IBRAHIM

 

Who Will Save America From Trump?

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In many respects Trump can be considered to be a lucky man. He is not only a wealthy billionaire who relies less on fundraising; almost the entire world seems to be battling radical Islamic terrorism presently. The upsurge in refugees arising from the crisis in the Middle East has also played into his hands. Details

 

BURNING POT BY PRINCE CHARLES DICKSON

 

Nigeria has palpable concussion

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Till today we still get big head (concussion). Some say na coconut head, others even argue say na fish head. But true talk be say we get big head. Details

POLICY INTERROGATION, DISCOURSE AND DEBATE BY  OSELOKA H. OBAZE

 

A Nation Steeped In Schizophrenic Amnesia

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In the absence of history, it will remain a worthy footnote that those who worked hard and fought to “Keep Nigeria One”, are, retrospectively, in attitude and practice, the very persons who are dismantling the legacy they fought for. It is their discordant attitude that stokes ‘Biafran’ recidivism and the embers of a separatist agitation long buried. Hence, it would be delusional to think as some do, including former President Olusegun Obasanjo, that the notion of Biafra is dead. Not exactly. ‘Biafra’ is the metaphor for all that is wrong with Nigeria; insensitivity, injustice, neglect, exclusion, disrespect, disequilibria and executive comeuppance. Details

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