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Making Nigeria financial hub of West Africa

Sola Shittu ,0803 850 2103 (Text only please) e: solasitu@yahoo.co.uk Some of our actions in this country, I mean government actions, are sometimes belated and that is why many neighbouring countries, especially the francophone, trample on us without courtesy. That Nigeria is not the financial hub of this sub region is not only disappointing but a betrayal of our big brother ...

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The day Senate blamed itself

Sola Shittu ,0803 850 2103 (Text only please) e: solasitu@yahoo.co.uk Last week the Senate considered the report of the Senate Committee on Public Account, Chaired by Senator Hammed Lawan, on three Special Fund Accounts managed by the Federal government but unregulated by anyone. The three special funds accounts are Development of Natural Resources Account, Derivation and Ecology Account, and Stabilization Account. ...

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Still on Senate’s rejection of pension for past military rulers

Sola Shittu , 0803 850 2103 (Text only please) e: solasitu@yahoo.co.uk The Senate is a very interesting institution to study, especially if you take a careful look at the characters that make up the seventh Senate. Their mood determines a lot on the success of any bill in the chamber and so the wise senators always ensure that the senate is ...

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Ita Enang: A lone voice of reason

Senator Ita Solomon Enang is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Business, also known as the engine room of the Senate. Enang is not new on the Job; he was an old hand, having held sway for eight years in the House of Representatives on the same job. He was in fact the engine room of the ...

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Senate and the meeting with security chiefs

It was not the first time that a meeting would take place between Senators and security chiefs on the security situation in the country. Each time such a meeting was held behind closed doors, the senators always came out satisfied with the briefings or explanations of the Security Chiefs. Thereafter, as soon as the Security Chiefs had gone, things would ...

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Jonathan and State of the Nation Address

Sola Shittu , 0803 850 2103 (Text only please) e: solasitu@yahoo.co.uk Last Wednesday a bill empowering the National Assembly to summon the President to give account of his stewardship through a State of the Nation Address to the National Assembly was passed by the senate. The Bill entitled: “The State of the Nation Address Bill 2013” was sponsored by Senator Dahiru ...

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PIB: Re-Shaping the politics of Nigeria

Sola Shittu,  0803 850 2103 (Text only please) e: solasitu@yahoo.co.uk When the Senate declared the whole of plenary days last week to the debate on the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), I knew Senators were in for serious business. For months, the PIB has remained an albatross; and almost a mountain insumountablefo the Senators until it was finally brought down on Thursday ...

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A democratic conflict

Sola Shittu,  0803 850 2103 (Text only please) e: solasitu@yahoo.co.uk I am often surprise on many occasions when the Nigerian media scream with their banner headlines “NASS, Presidency at loggerheads or Executive, Legislature on war path”. I think Nigerians especially really need to study the American democracy that our own is fashioned after. If you follow the news on America especially ...

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NASS and the burden of democracy

After nearly six decades of its existence, there is a pervasive feeling that India’s democracy is in crisis. But what is the nature of this threat? Pratap Bhanu Mehta, in a beautifuly crafted essay reminds us what a bold experiment bringing democracy to a largely illiterate and unpropertied India was. He argued that the sphere of politics has truly created ...

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Maina: The gods are not blame

Sola Shittu , 0803 850 2103 (Text only please)e: solasitu@yahoo.co.uk The Gods Are Not To Blame is a play by Ola Rotimi. An adaptation of the Greek classic Oedipus Rex, the story centers on Odewale, who is lured into a false sense of security, only to somehow get caught up in a somewhat consanguineous trail of events. Odewale as a ...

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The Merger Excitement!

Sola Shittu , 0803 850 2103 (Text only please) e: solasitu@yahoo.co.uk The air now in the Senate is dominated by the merger spirit and it affects almost all the opposition senators. I said ‘almost’ because some still have their reservations for the merger, even though many others are excited about it. But why did the excitement stayed in the cooler for ...

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A strange budget!

Sola Shittu , 0803 850 2103 (Text only please) e: solasitu@yahoo.co.uk Something strange happened to the passage of the 2013 Fiscal Act although not so strange in the real sense of it because it was just in compliance with the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2007. But the funny thing is that when the real thing begins to happen, I mean ...

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Again, the bulldozer option for Abuja residents

Sola Shittu, 0803 850 2103 (Text only please) e: solasitu@yahoo.co.uk After the ignoble demolition of Maroko by the military junta of General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida in the 80s there was nothing similar to that until the return of former President Olusegun Obasanjo when the then Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Malam Nsir El-Rufai rolled out bulldozer again to demolish thousands ...

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This House is divided

Sola Shittu , 0803 850 2103 (Text only please) e: solasitu@yahoo.co.uk At the budget defence of many Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) throughout last week, the main comment of the Directors-General and even the ministers was the condemnation of the idea of envelope for the MDAs which they claimed does not take into consideration the specific needs of the government ...

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Are we really appropriating?

Sola Shittu , 0803 850 2103 (Text only please)e: solasitu@yahoo.co.uk Budget defense is an annual ritual usually conducted by the National Assembly Committee for Appropriation and it involves government Ministries, Departments and Agencies also known as MDAs. For the year 2013 fiscal year the month of November has been set aside by the National Assembly for this all important ritual ...

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Constitution review: the ayes, the nays

Sola Shittu , 0803 850 2103 (Text only please) e: solasitu@yahoo.co.uk Critics of the on-going constitution review exercise must by now be having a change of mind especially with the huge turn-out of Nigerians who submitted memoranda for the exercise. Though some of them do not have full grasp of what the exercise is all about, the turn-out has shown ...

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The Jombo-Ofo experience

Sola Shittu , 0803 850 2103 (Text only please) e: solasitu@yahoo.co.uk The refusal of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Mariam Aloma Muktar to administer oath on the Appeal Court Justice, Ifeoma Jombo-Ofo attracted the attention of the senate on Wednesday last week and the red chamber lawmakers did not spear the rod on Muktar. The CJN’s action was indeed ...

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NBA versus Senate

Sola Shittu, 0803 850 2103 (Text only please) e: solasitu@yahoo.co.uk Strange things are happening these days. These strange events are not peculiar to Nigeria. As we wake up every day to see a new day, the intensity of the sun is no longer the same as that of our forbearers in this planet. The rain our grandfathers worshiped strange gods ...

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Between Zannah and Sheriff

Sola Shittu, 0803 850 2103 (Text only please)e: solasitu@yahoo.co.uk The blame game between Senator Ahmad Zannah (PDP, Borno Central) and former Borno Governor, Ali Modu Sheriff over the arrest of Shuaibu Bama, a Boko Haram suspect assumed wider dimension last week with both parties pointing accusing fingers at one another over the exact point of the arrest of Bama, Zannah’s ...

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Drums of war

Sola Shittu , 0803 850 2103 (Text only please) e: solasitu@yahoo.co.uk One of the most annoying things in this country is the inability of our leaders to learn from and detach themselves from military rule. We see every day how political office holders behave as if they are gods and we are just mere instruments of sports in their hands ...

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When Jonathan visited the Headmasters

Sola Shittu, 0803 850 2103 (Text only please) e: solasitu@yahoo.co.uk Growing up in the village was unique experience for those of us who started our early education in a village of less than 3000 people with only one primary school where the headmaster was the king in the world of his own. In those days, a marriage was not successful ...

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Revisiting the Mubi killings

Sola Shittu ,0803 850 2103 (Text only please) e: solasitu@yahoo.co.uk In 1999, at the dawn of former President Olusegun Obasanjo administration as the first president of the Fourth Republic came the murder of five students of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, by a cult group which invaded the campus from another university. Notable among the victims were the Secretary General ...

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Taming the tongue of Maku

Sola Shittu ,0803 850 2103 (Text only please) e: solasitu@yahoo.co.uk The Taming of the Shrew is the title of one of Shakespeare books and a classical story of how brutish, fortune-hunting scoundrel, Petruchio tames his wealthy shrewd wife, Katherina. It is considered Shakespare’s most outrageous comedy. The main plot depicts the courtship of Petruchio, a gentleman of Verona, and Katherina, ...

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The crash of the N5,000 initiative

Sola Shittu ,0803 850 2103 (Text only please) e: solasitu@yahoo.co.uk Ordinarily on a day that happened to be the first day of resumption after eight weeks of recess, the senate would not embark on business at a go like that, but last Tuesday was different. The senators arrived and declared the plenary open with less than twenty senators on seat ...

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Ekweremadu and the Ghanaian $300,000

Sola Shittu, 0803 850 2103 (Text only please) e: solasitu@yahoo.co.uk Last week Nigerian businessmen in Ghana wrote a letter of appreciation to the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who doubles as the Speaker of the Economic Community of West African States, (ECOWAS) Parliament. The letter was in appreciation of the reversal of the $300, 000 or N46 ...

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