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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.
21 Dec 2009
SIR: I am not surprised with the revelations in the write-up by Amoke Ajao titled "Open-air pregnancy tests at NYSC camp"(The Guardian, Sunday, December 20). It appears the Federal Government is systematically out to humiliate graduates of tertiary institutions.
21 Dec 2009
SIR: The President, Alhaji Umar Musa Yar'Adua has been in and out of hospital in Saudi Arabia a total of about nine times since he assumed office in 2007.
21 Dec 2009
SIR: I think the U.S. should know better than always wanting to support human rights groups, most of which are either off-shoots of the government or dining mates in modus operandi. People I know who vigourously are out to make money in business are setting up NGOs, going "all out" like our politicians, after which they live large at the expense of the common worker, deceiving the populace that they are fighting for people's rights whereas they are busy compromising everything in order to amass wealth for 10 generations ahead, and so on.
21 Dec 2009
SIR: In a couple of days, year 2009 will give way to a new year in which fresh expectations will fill the air. Dashed hope will be renewed, resolutions will be made and a new journey will begin into the year 2010. But before we shout "happy new year" in appreciation of a new dawn, it is pertinent to review the outgoing year, commend those who have made life more meaningful and bearable for their fellow human beings and advise the wicked to turn over a new leaf.
20 Dec 2009
When I was on postgraduate study at the University of Ibadan in 1991, in line with my tradition, in the evening, I would go to The Seat of Wisdom Chapel to pray to close the day which began with morning Mass. Often, after praying, I would hang around the Church premises to savour the campus greenish scenery and the up and down movement of students.
20 Dec 2009
"Ha. How time flies.. Another year don dey end be dat o." "You sound surprised. When a year starts, it must end. Me I no dey too worry myself about dat kin tin." "It was a tough year. But not quite what you will call annus mirabilis." "Anus mirabilis" "That was how the Queen of England described the year 1999." "An-us mirabilis. Every year in Nigeria is an-us mirabilis, my friend, if you understand what I mean. I can't remember when last a year ended in this country and the people had cause to celebrate. Na lie. Na so so gnashing of teeth. It is a miracle that we are alive"    
20 Dec 2009
There seems to be no end in sight to the battered image Nigeria has suffered internationally with the release of another stereotype commercial in the United States targeting our country's infamous advanced fee fraud industry known as 419. The present commercials play on our Nigeria's perceived international reputation as scammers' haven. The commercial, released this week by Identity Guard, a United States Company safeguarding internet users in the US against online identity theft and currently playing on CBS, a frontline US television broadcast is also being circulated on the internet especially on You tube and other international television network.    
20 Dec 2009
The Minister of Mines and Solid Minerals Development, Mrs Dieziani Alison -Madueke was in Beijing China recently where she addressed an Investment Forum and announced that the Government of Nigeria has approved a three-year tax holiday for new companies in the Solid Minerals sector. The companies are to commence payment of income taxes after three years beginning with accumulated tax liabilities of those previous three years. She also announced to that audience the reduction of company income tax from 35% to 30% and capital gains tax from 20% to 10%. Other incentives, according to the Minister, include import duty exemption on mining equipment and regularised repatriation of foreign capital.
20 Dec 2009
SIR: Reacting to my "Playing games with the records" (The Guardian, Tuesday, December 15, 2009), a response to his attempt at '"setting the records straight" (The Guardian, Monday, December 7, 2009), my dear brother, Mayowa Akinsola, in "Not affirming the records" (The Guardian, Thursday, December 17, 2009) again strayed from the main issue raised in my original article to treat us to another delicious course in academic showmanship.
20 Dec 2009
SIR: Derisive laughter or outright sadness swells inside any modest indigene of Oyo State each time the news of decampment into the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by members of opposition parties is aired by the mass media. The reason is that the decampees are said to claim that their actions were motivated by the good performance of Governor Alao Akala, while you and I know too well that the only area in which Akala is performing is: politicking.
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.

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