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WAIVERS: THE TRUTH BEHIND ANTI-OKONJO-IWEALA CAMPAIGN

By Favour B. Afolabi The Punch editorial published on Tuesday January 28, 2014 titled “Okonjo-Iweala’s TEDxEuston blunder on waivers” illustrates what happens when a publication throws professionalism out of the window and becomes personal and narrow-minded in its analyses of a major government policy in pursuit of an unholy agenda. The article, against all evidence including the testimonies … Continue reading

Who is Hijacking Democratic Principles in Rivers State? Let’s fix what is broken

 It is interesting to note that a protest, tagged, ‘One-day Global Action in Defense of Democracy in Rivers State,’ is scheduled for Tuesday, July 30, 2013. According to “THISDAYLIVE” publication of Sunday 28 July, 2013 (http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/senate-approves-takeover-of-rivers-assembly-s-functions/154497/ ), this protest will address politically motivated violence and other anti-democratic norms in the state. A lot of never-ending … Continue reading

What about the “weak and clueless” President”? by John Okiyi Kalu

“President Jonathan should be blamed for the insecurity in the north after all he is the commander in chief and nobody stopped him from using our military resources to fight Boko Haram. He should spare us of excuses and do his job or resign. Did they force him to be President. He is simply weak … Continue reading

Nigeria: The Politics of the Power Sector – Favour B. Afolabi

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BUHARI: Myth and Mystery

I have never been a fan of Muhammadu Buhari. When he took power in December 1983 as military head of state, I was already a third-year law student at Ife. He headed a brutal and unthinking dictatorship, one that jailed journalists, abolished civil liberties and declared it wasn’t interested in democracy – the only military … Continue reading

FG commences disbursement of $200m entertainment fund

[Vanguard] The Nigerian Export Import Bank (NEXIM) may have started disbursing the $200 million fund pledged by President Goodluck Jonathan to support the Nigerian entertainment industry. NEXIM Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Roberts Orya, while speaking at a press briefing held at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Victoria Island,Lagos, said the partnership signified the flag-off of NEXIM’s … Continue reading

Fuel subsidy report economically encouraging – Fitch

[Vanguard] Fitch Rating, global rating agency has described as economically and politically encouraging the report of the House of Representative investigation on the fuel subsidy regime. In a statement issued yesterday, the company said, “The fact that corruption in Nigeria’s oil subsidy programme has been officially uncovered is encouraging, both politically and economically. Politically, it … Continue reading

Farouk Lawan committee is selective, must probe the industry in totality to be credible.

The Farouk Lawan committee would be commended for doing a good job if its recommendations were arrived at without passing through a jaundiced process. The quest for good governance translating to a greater well being for Nigerians is a task for one and all. When this quest is hijacked by persons and interest groups who … Continue reading

Bursting the myth of Police road block

IT’s unbelievable! Nigeria has existed for two good months now without police roadblocks!  From the fringes of the vast landmass of the North   to the mangroves of the Niger Delta,  from  Calabar to Lagos, Nigeria has moved on without the iron bars and the sand-filled bags that forced motorists to slow down and snake through … Continue reading

FMBN Records N188m Profit, First Time In 20 Years

[Leadership] The Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) has made a profit of N188, 082,845.00 in its operations in the first quarter of 2012, the first profit record in 20 years. This is even as it has funded the building of 61,193 housing units in the six geopolitical zones in the country. The managing director … Continue reading

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