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Do you act like a leader?

If you want to become a leader, don’t wait for the fancy title or the corner office. You can begin to act, think, and communicate like a leader long before that promotion. Even if you’re still several levels down and someone else is calling all the shots, there are numerous ways to demonstrate your potential and carve your path to ...

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Bitter politics: Between Dokubo and Aliyu

with Adebolu Arowolo, 08171143579, bolurowolo@yahoo.co.uk  Nigeria is no doubt at war with itself. Violence stalks the land like never before. Precious human blood is being spilled and splattered everywhere. Scores are killed on a daily basis. And as the Giant of Africa remains prostrate on life support machine, more afflictions and opportunistic infections still manage to crawl into its bed at the ...

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Let’s go back to issue-based politics

Adebolu Arowolo, 08171143579, bolurowolo@yahoo.co.uk Political contests in Nigeria often pose severe threats to the nation’s fragile peace and stability, always degenerating into battlefield situations where lives and property are lost. The 2015 election is not likely to be significantly different from the ones before it. War drums are already being sounded and the political combatants are already arming themselves for the impending ...

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Let’s go back to issue-based politics

with Adebolu Arowolo, 08171143579, bolurowolo@yahoo.co.uk Political contests in Nigeria often pose severe threats to the nation’s fragile peace and stability, always degenerating into battlefield situations where lives and property are lost. The 2015 election is not likely to be significantly different from the ones before it. War drums are already being sounded and the political combatants are already arming themselves for the ...

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Bamigbetan: Don’t allow abduction in Yoruba land

With Adebolu Arowole, SMS: 08171143579, Email: bolurowolo@yahoo.co.uk   I salute Frederick Fasehun and members of the O’odua Peoples Congress for their quick response to the unfortunate kidnapping of our friend and former colleague, Mr. Kehinde Kolade Bamigbetan. As the sad news of the Ejigbo Council Development Area Chairman’s abduction filtered out on Tuesday morning, Fasehun mobilised and directed all OPC members ...

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Boko Haram amnesty is a road to nowhere

With Adebolu Arowolo, bolurowolo@yahoo.co.uk   A spokesman of the violent Islamist sect, Boko Haram, who spoke recently on the Hausa service of the BBC under the name Abu Dardan said clearly that the group could not accept the amnesty offered by President Goodluck Jonathan because of the conflict of values and violent clash of civilisations between Islam and the Nigerian state. ...

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Arrest this descent into anarchy

It is a huge irony that as Nigeria  prepares to roll out drums to celebrate 100 years of amalgamation, fierce centrifugal forces are assailing this fragile nation threatening to tear it apart. Instability has assumed a new frightening level. This atmosphere of insecurity and despair may deteriorate further if the militant Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta carries ...

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Petrol to sell for N200 per litre?

By Adebolu Arowolo President Goodluck Jonathan is flying a kite of another petrol price hike that must be instantly shot down. At a recent economic summit in Lagos, Jonathan said he still had some subsidy to remove and then mouthed the usual silly and unacceptable reason that “We cannot continue to waste resources meant for the greater number of Nigerians ...

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Air crashes and fruitless probes

The whole purpose of every investigation and research is to take positive lessons from happenings and avoid past mistakes. The use of research results and recommendations has helped humans to overcome obstacles and make living more tolerable. This is not so for us as a country. As we confront the embarrassment of frequent plane crashes, past probes and investigations have ...

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The oil-dependent economy is in trouble again

There are barrels of trouble again for the beleaguered economy. As executive-legislative bickering rages over the 2013 budget and the President continues to withhold his signature, the major benchmarks and underpinnings of the fiscal plan are being rapidly put asunder by unsavory developments in the global oil market and certain domestic challenges. The most oil-dependent economy in the world has ...

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Thanking Keshi for his lesson in self-reliance

By Adebolu Arowolo, 08171143579, bolurowolo@yahoo.co.uk A happy and grateful nation has showered honour and gifts on the Stephen Keshi-coached Super Eagles for restoring our national pride and renewing our sense of unity by winning the 2013 African Cup of Nations. We are all still celebrating our conquest of Africa for the first time in 19 years. That victory was well-deserved. I have ...

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New path to a peaceful change

With Adebolu Arowolo, 08171143579, bolurowolo@yahoo.co.uk Since the return of democracy in 1999 economic development has stagnated and the distribution of national wealth has been non-inclusive, leading to mass poverty, general discontent and rising wave of insecurity. The so-called dividends of democracy have eluded large sections of the society because of the feeble competition in the polity. Whether in politics or the economy, ...

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RMAFC’s largesse and the ailing economy

By Adebolu Arowolo, 08171143579, bolurowolo@yahoo.co.uk At the heart of the nation’s perpetually ailing economy and non-inclusive growth is a huge and escalating cost of governance that has always gulped the lion’s share of every budget since 1999, leaving too little for development projects and the welfare of the people. Since recurrent expenditure has almost completely swallowed up capital allocations, schools, hospitals, ...

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Importing 100 large scale rice mills

By Adebolu Arowolo, 08171143579, bolurowolo@yahoo.co.uk The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, comes along as a bright star in an otherwise lackluster cabinet. His words, facts and figures at his finger tips, portray him as a man who has a penetrating vision of where the nation’s agriculture should be and the steps required to take it there. As somebody ...

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This cement industry must not die

With Adebolu Arowolo, 08171143579, bolurowolo@yahoo.co.uk The nation’s cement industry has been a shining star in the dark and gloomy firmament of failed industrialization and atrophied real sector. Owing to deliberate concessions, goodwill, encouragement and support by ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo and his government, local cement production has soared, giving the hope that this introverted one-product economy can be diversified. From a mere two ...

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Air crashes and fruitless probes

With Adebolu Arowolo, 08171143579, bolurowolo@yahoo.co.uk The whole purpose of every investigation and research is to take positive lessons from happenings and avoid past mistakes. The use of research results and recommendations has helped humans to overcome obstacles and make living more tolerable. This is not so for us as a country. As we confront the embarrassment of frequent plane crashes, past probes ...

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Mama Okonjo and the worsening state of insecurity

With Adebolu Arowolo, 08171143579, bolurowolo@yahoo.co.uk Criminality and violence stalk the land. The government is only big and visible in ostentation and the capacity of those in power to display wealth and affluence. The government that has always spent 70-80 per cent of the budget in oiling itself has not been able to protect anybody. It has now deteriorated to the level where ...

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Sanusi’s home truth

with Adebolu Arowolo, 08171143579, bolurowolo@yahoo.co.uk Nigeria may remain permanently backward and underdeveloped if the current obscenely lopsided pattern of public expenditure continues to prevail. This was the kernel of a public lecture delivered recently by the Central Bank Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. That message, for me, was bang on the nail, going directly to the heart of the nation’s massive infrastructural deficit, ...

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Who will save the military from Boko Haram?

with Adebolu Arawolo, 08171143579, bolurowolo@yahoo.co.uk President Goodluck Jonathan must be deeply worried by the ease with which Islamist insurgents are attacking military compounds and facilities. The insurgents are becoming increasingly daring and ruthless. Though they had previously bombed the United Nations offices in Abuja and the Nigeria Police Headquarters, shedding innocent blood, the attacks early this week on the nation’s most important ...

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The futility of fuel price fixing

with Adebolu Arowolo, 08171143579, bolurowolo@yahoo.co.uk The government has always engaged in fixing an official price for selling fuel throughout the country. This is the only method that has been used for many years. There has always been a uniform price at which fuel is expected to be sold in every part of the country. But since you cannot defy the law of ...

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2013 budget and impending complications

with Adebolu Arowolo, 08171143579, bolurowolo@yahoo.co.uk Nigeria, the most oil-dependent economy is at it again. As executive-legislative bickering over what should be the appropriate oil benchmark and production level continues, fresh threats are coming from home and abroad to test the feasibility and viability of the new fiscal plan. Such threats as usual may hobble the full implementation of the budget and constrain ...

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America’s politics without bitterness

with Adebolu Arowolo, 08171143579, bolurowolo@yahoo.co.uk The U.S. general election held last Tuesday was keenly fought between the sitting Democrat President Barack Obama and his Republican rival, Mitt Romney. The campaigns were issue-based and rigorous and the expenses were huge and unprecedented in the history of the country. But what particularly struck me was the conviviality and sense of oneness that pervaded the ...

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End fuel supply crisis with market reforms

with Adebolu Arowolo, 08171143579, bolurowolo@yahoo.co.uk Overwhelmed and discouraged by the dysfunction and decay that normally attend state control in centrally planned systems, the last Premier of the defunct Union of Soviets Socialist Republic, Mikhail Gorbachev, once famously asked a former British Prime Minister and a free market devotee, Margaret Thatcher, ”How do you see to it that people get food?” Obviously, Thatcher ...

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Is poverty the cause of Boko Haram bloodbath?

By Adebolu Arowolo, 08171143579, bolurowolo@yahoo.co.uk As a frightened and bewildered nation gropes for an enduring solution to the Boko Haram insurgency that has consumed hundreds of lives in the past three years, many have attributed the Islamist uprising to widespread poverty, ignorance and misery especially in the northern parts of Nigeria. It seems as if the Jonathan administration that is under pressure ...

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Still searching for peace and progress

with Adebolu Arowolo, 08171143579, bolurowolo@yahoo.co.uk As Nigeria marks another anniversary of her independence, fears are still lingering that the country of 167 million people may ultimately be consumed by structural defects and disintegrate. Beleaguered and buffeted by centrifugal forces, many are surprised that the terminally sick giant of Africa is still alive today to celebrate. But the existence of this dysfunctional state ...

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