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24 Feb 2015
SIR: The attention of the Committee for the Protection of Peoples Mandate (CPPM) has been drawn to the report in the media of the assault on the constitution, public peace, safety and democratic rights of the government and people of Lagos State on Thursday, February 12, 2015 by some agencies of the Federal Government including…
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23 Feb 2015
WHEN the Federal Government directed all airlines operating both general and commercial services in the country to recruit Nigerian pilots the other day, it was a heart-warming acknowledgement of the worrisome phenomenon of increasing number of unemployed indigenous Nigerian pilots. The directive not only envisages a reduction in the rank of unemployed local pilots but that it…
23 Feb 2015
BY May 29, 2015, which marks the end of the current legislative year, it would be exactly eight years since the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) was first presented to the National Assembly (NASS) for passage into law. By that date, two legislative assemblies would have sat over this critical PIB without passing it. The bill…
23 Feb 2015
THE 1946 Constitution, named after the then Governor of Nigeria, Sir Arthur Richards, was widely opposed by different groups and nationalist parties in the country not only because they were not consulted before it was promulgated but that it did not secure greater participation of Nigerians in the management of their own affairs. Contrary to…
23 Feb 2015
UNITED States (U.S.) president, Barack Obama, this month announced the withdrawal of a 3,000-strong military contingent that had been deployed since October to build hospitals in Liberia and Senegal. The troops had been sent to support the treatment of victims of Ebola which has killed 9,268 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. Obama had…
23 Feb 2015
INTERNALLY Displaced Persons (IDP) denotes persons or group of persons who have been forced or obliged to flee or to leave their homes or places of habitual residence, in particular as a result of or in order to avoid the effects of armed conflict, situations of generalized violence, violation of human rights, natural or human-made…
23 Feb 2015
SIR: A colleague has just shown me clips of where President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GEJ) pledged to spend only a single term of four years, and the former President, Olusegun Obasanjo (OBJ), was praising him for that “magnanimity”. But after his electoral victory in 2011, GEJ stopped mentioning the pledge. Instead, he started canvassing for…
23 Feb 2015
SIR: The availability of both Garegu power plant phase one and two and Ajaokuta Steel industry has not been a blessing to Lokoja the state capital. When the Geregu one and two plants were to be installed, the government promised to ensure the availability of constant power supply to the entire Kogi State and the…
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23 Feb 2015
22 Feb 2015
IT is quite remarkable that the Auditor-General of the Federation has released highlights of the forensic audit carried out by the accounting firm of PriceWaterhouse-Coopers (PwC) into the former CBN Governor’s allegation on September 25, 2013 that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) had failed to remit US$49.8 billion into the Federation Account (FA) from…
22 Feb 2015
YEAR 2015 is likely to be a year of contrasts in which a difficult and uncertain start will most probably give way to a promising end, as renewed post-election economic reform efforts to address fiscal, structural, and financial challenges highlighted by low oil price and weak capital inflows on the eve of election will open…
22 Feb 2015
ABOUT two years ago, the Jonathan Administration went to town to celebrate its Mid-Term Report rolling out its achievements and exhibiting its score card from dividends of the ‘Transformational Agenda.’  I was opportune to be in Abuja at the time, although not anywhere close to the Banquet Hall of the State House where the Dinner…

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