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21 Dec 2009
I write in protest against the events that took place at the Lagos-Ipaja NYSC Camp during the registration exercise on November 3, 2009. This year, the NYSC has decided to force pregnancy tests on all female corps members. It is my understanding that mandatory pregnancy tests were introduced last year and previous batches had been forced to undergo the tests under all manners of conditions. Having heard of previous batches doing 'press and check' pregnancy tests, and having listened to live accounts from members of this year's Batch A (Oyo camp), being forced to share as little as 20 test tubes between hundreds of girls where the tubes were 'disinfected' by being dipped in a shared bucket of water with a capful of diluted dettol... I imagined that by the time Batch C began their camp experience, the NYSC would have gotten their acts together and scrapped the test. However, the truth could not have been any more different.
12 Dec 2009
"K'olododo K'olodo pe, K'awon odale na o pe Atepe aiye, ile lo mo yen - Haruna Ishola in the 60s   IT is a great privilege for me to share with Nigerians some of the dividends of my relationship with Papa Chris Oladipo Ogunbanjo, OFR, CON, one of the most prominent, respected and revered elder statesmen in Nigeria today, and, who, thanks to the gift of long life, will be 86 years old tomorrow, Monday December 14, 2009. I have chosen Haruna Ishola's deep philosophical rendition as a medium through which to analyse and celebrate Papa's long and consistently successful and fulfilling life.
5 Dec 2009
THE cessation of armed agitation in the Niger Delta as a result of President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua's Amnesty Initiative is a very laudable achievement. Even more commendable is Yar'Adua's statesmanly gesture of granting ten percent equity in the oil business in Nigeria to the Niger Delta.
28 Nov 2009
Many out there, especially those engrossed in the hustle of city life, may not appreciate the magnitude of the impending food crisis. For such and more, agriculture appears secondary on the scale of things that require urgent attention from government at all levels. We all complain about zero electricity and water supply, bad roads, terrible schools and all those other things that ordinarily are essential in sane climes where it is granted that government is led by wise men.
14 Nov 2009
There comes a time in the life of a nation when a visionary, a rare patriot inspired by an urgent sense of commitment to improving the quality of life of a people elects to step out of the woodwork and onto the plate.
7 Nov 2009
Finally, it has come to this. Our literature, the lone place where it has been possible to revel in an unqualified sense of achievement, has now too been placed on the altar of desecration. Every year since 2005 the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas company gathers a philistine crowd to wine and dine at a well-appointed venue in Lagos or Abuja.
31 Oct 2009
In the mid 1980s, as the 1990s drew closer, I was a part of the national communication and mobilization (NACOMO) effort to make Nigeria achieve the target of universal child immunization (UCI) by 1990. It is therefore impossible for one like me, immersed as I am in development work, to ignore the silently raging controversy around the implementation of the agreement between Pfizer, the giant pharmaceutical transnational, and the government of Kano state. One of the concerns that I was called upon to address, using my communications skills, was how to make the issue less controversial than it was getting. Among the allies to achieve this was the Ulamaü the intellectual movement of the Islamic community.
24 Oct 2009
'Never say Never!" is the cry of the pessimist who would rather believe something will always go wrong than right, and would warn against the next round of calamity than be willing to enjoy the present period of bliss, no matter how brief! Between ASUU and Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN), employers of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), it is audacious to think strike will never come again, now that some respite has been contrived from the three months of harrowing experience of strike, embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, since June 22, 2009.


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