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EFCC in the throes of shoestring budget

Recently, the Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Lamorde, performed the yearly ritual of budget defence at the National Assembly. According to reports, the breakdown of the proposed…

Thoughts on the performances of the State Governors

Thoughts on the performances of the State Governors

By Peter Obi   One of the ironical features of general elections in Nigeria is the tendency to encapsulate the fate of the nation in the post of President. In…

Akwa Ibom lawmakers’ seats declared vacant: Who cares?

Last week, some National Newspapers carried the news of the surreptitious declaration of seats of four members of the Akwa Ibom State Legislature who had defected to other political parties…

Of EFCC and stifling budget

Personally, I have been following the story of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), with unalloyed interest since former President Olusegun Obasanjo established it in 2003. Only recently, I…

The collapse of governance in Ondo

The collapse of governance in Ondo

By Lateef Raji Customarily, an Iroko tree is reputed in the African culture as enjoying a pride of place among the trees in the jungle. Akin to the uniqueness of…

Tribute to Lee Kuan Yew

Barely three days after the death of Australia’s 22nd Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser, I am saddened by the loss of another international statesman and eminent member of the Inter ActionCouncil,…

Electricity: Thank you President Jonathan

By   Cosmas Odoemena I want to thank President Goodluck Jonathan for slashing electricity  tariff by 50 percent. It again shows he is a listening President. Recently, I had added my voice…

2015 Elections: It is time to make or mar Nigeria

By Okafor C. Udoka   The dawn of the year 2015 came with its unique challenges. And pundits are still predicting that it is going to be a long and…

Aregbesola and Osun State workers

Aregbesola and Osun State workers

The observations by Tunji Omofoye in the Sunday edition of The Guardian on the 22nd of March overlooks, perhaps because of the constraint of space, certain critical issues relating to…

Fashola’s boost for Lagos night economy

Fashola’s boost for Lagos night economy

By Tayo Ogunbiyi   Various people view night time from diverse angles and perspectives.  While some see the night as a period associated with danger, immorality or something sinister, others see…

Just before you thumbprint

On March 28 2015, Nigerians will make a statement. A strong statement that they know true leaders. They will jettison dictators, shenanigans and propagandists. The ecstasy will be like that…

Ogun: The politics of PVCs

Permit me to use this medium to call on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to redress the current inexplicable imbalance whereby Zamfara State has recorded almost 100% PVC collection…

CONFAB report and the politics of state creation in Nigeria

CONFAB report and the politics of state creation in Nigeria

By Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye   There have been continuous calls for more states in Nigeria. The agitators for more States argue that States creation will bring development closer to the doorsteps…

 Can Amosun be trusted to steer the ship of Ogun State in the next four years

 Can Amosun be trusted to steer the ship of Ogun State in the next four years

By Odion Orumen   As the clock ticks and each day passes in Ogun State, the mission to rebuild, premised on a solemn oath and passionate bond, is almost four years…

Dissuading money politics in Nigeria

Dissuading money politics in Nigeria

Elections the world over are not cheap ventures. It requires time, human capital and intellect while money is required to reach out to the electorate. For this reason, politicians focus…

Still on Lagos governorship race

Still on Lagos governorship race

By Ayodele Ayoola To all intents and purposes, the coming days in the life of Nigeria will be very interesting, and Lagos, being the country’s economic nerve-centre, will surely not…

Nigeria after March 28, 2015

The Nigerian economy and all other sectors are practically on hold, due to the upcoming election idiosyncrasies. So much speculation and uncertainty, the real question everybody keeps asking is, what…

Tackling the scourge of unemployment through economic empowerment

For Jimoh Dolapo, 35, after roaming the streets for years looking for job that was not there, enrolling for the just concluded Expanded Economic Empowerment Programme of the Lagos state…

An open letter to Kwara state government

One of the hallmarks of a genuine leadership is the willingness and ability to keep to its words. It is this and many other features that distinguish a sincere government…

Ndigbo, Fani-Kayode and 2015 presidency

By Jacob Nwaezeorah There is no doubt that the only way the Igbos, apart from political accident, can produce the president in the country is by zoning. If not for…

Why NDIC needs more powers to protect depositors

Why NDIC needs more powers to protect depositors

By Bashir Ibrahim Hassan   With total banking assets in excess of N22 trillion ($110 billion), Nigeria simply has the largest financial system in sub-Saharan Africa. Such a huge asset…

NLC deserves hearty congratulation, but there are great tasks ahead

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) deserves a hearty congratulation from all progressive and democratic elements in Nigeria over the successful conclusion of its 11th Convention on Saturday 14th March, 2015. The atmosphere of geniality, camaraderie and…

Elections: Mama Peace and her legions

Elections: Mama Peace and her legions

By Omoba Kenneth Aigbegbele   Mama Peace, as Dame Patience Jonathan is fondly called by admirers, remains an enigma due to her passion to canvass for peace across the length…

Restrategizing and repositioning Nigerian literary scene

Some time ago, the country lost a great literary icon and star of first magnitude T.M. Aluko who wrote landmark works like ‘one man, one wife’, ‘Wrong Ones in the…

Femi Fani-Kayode and the burden of hypocrites

Femi Fani-Kayode and the burden of hypocrites

By Jude C. Ndukwe    The All Progressives Congress (APC), in reference to the numerous press releases and statements made by the Director, Media and Publicity of the People’s Democratic…

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