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2015 federal budget: A call for action

By Eze Onyekpere   The 2015 federal budget is aptly tagged a “Transition Budget”. The idea of transition implies a change and a movement to the next level. 2015 is…

2015 elections and the imperative of peace

2015 elections and the imperative of peace

By Tayo Ogunbiyi   It is heartwarming that the two leading candidates in the forthcoming presidential elections in the country, President Goodluck Jonathan and General Muhammadu Buhari, as well as…

How Jonathan’s campaign donors violated the law

How Jonathan’s campaign donors violated the law

By Eze Onyekpere   About two weeks ago, the Peoples Democratic Party held a fund-raising dinner at the Old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The sum of N21.27bn…

Reviewing the 2015 federal budget (2)

Reviewing the 2015 federal budget (2)

  By Eze Onyekpere The demand for budgetary funds to service debts is increasing. It rose from N712bn in 2014, being 14.26 per cent of the budget, to N943bn in…

Reviewing the 2015 federal budget (1)

Reviewing the 2015 federal budget (1)

  By Eze Onyekpere The 2015 federal budget laid before the National Assembly on December 17, 2014, by the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, came very late in the…

The joke is not on General Buhari

The joke is not on General Buhari

By Sufuyan Ojeifo and Uche Ugboajah Former Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, turned 72 on December 17. But it is not the matter of Buhari’s birthday that is trending,…

What National Assembly owes Nigerians before 2015

What National Assembly owes Nigerians before 2015

By Eze Onyekpere   There are fundamental issues that should take precedence over others. Without sorting out these issues, the right and enabling environment to engage in other tasks would…

When politicians overheat the polity

When politicians overheat the polity

By Mohammed Faskari Across the political divide in Nigeria, strong, fragile and sometimes shifty alliances and dalliances are being fabricated, broken or strengthened, as the case may be, in unequal…

Imperatives of constitution amendments

Imperatives of constitution amendments

  By Eze Onyekpere   Nigeria is undergoing crisis moments in many spheres of our national life. However, from the challenges of the crises, we can tap opportunities that could…

Our mismanaged fiscal policy

Our mismanaged fiscal policy

By Eze Onyekpere   It has been an interesting but depressing week with developments occurring at a frenzied pace. But the major issue for this discourse is Nigeria’s current economic…

Reviewing the 2015-2017 MTEF (2)

By Eze Onyekpere   The 2015-2017 Medium Term Expenditure Framework is suffused with a feel good recounting of government’s achievements in a period of great hardship and uncertainty for the…

Reviewing 2015-2017 medium term expenditure framework (1)

By Eze Onyekpere   The Fiscal Responsibility Act makes it mandatory for the Federal Government to prepare a Medium Term Expenditure Framework every year. It is an integrated economic and…

As we go to the polls

As we go to the polls

By Eze Onyekpere   The 2015 elections are virtually creeping in on us. Yes, we are aware of its coming and it is an event fixed for every four years…

Anatomy of the new Atiku

Anatomy of the new Atiku

By Ugo Jim-Nwoko For former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, experience is not only the best teacher as it is commonly said; it also appears to be his only teacher. The…

We must stop this insanity

We must stop this insanity

By Eze Onyekpere   Nigerians want to be respected and accorded the same treatment as other rational, reasonable and civilised people and human beings. But when it comes to applying…

Recent realities

Recent realities

By Eze Onyekpere   Recent events that will shape the economic welfare of Nigerians and the response of our government leave reasonable men and women with a few conclusions. Take…

On Nigeria’s 54th Independence anniversary

By Chiedu Okoye Before the British imperialists came to Nigeria, the disparate ethnic and cultural entities that occupied the geographical space called Nigeria had their distinct types of political leaderships.…

Political zoning: An imperative for equity and political stability

Political zoning: An imperative for equity and political stability

By Ogwazu Nnamdi   In my last piece on this page, efforts were devoted on the general principles or concepts of zoning as a political function. In today’s piece, further…

Lagos international airport road of shame

Lagos international airport road of shame

By Austine Uche-Ejeke The state of any international airport road says a lot about the country. Why, you may ask, and the answer is not far-fetched. Most of the international…

Jonathan’s presidential committee on job creation

Jonathan’s presidential committee on job creation

By Eze Onyekpere   A few days ago, President Goodluck Jonathan set up a committee including ministers and representatives of the private sector and charged it with creating three million…

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