By Inalegwu Shaibu
Some of the Senators who shared their perspectives on the proposal for a six-year single term of office have shown the trend the debate on the amendment will follow in the Senate.
Senator Babayo Gamawa, PDP, Bauchi North, described the six-year single term as the road to corruption and under performance by the President and the governors.
He kicked against the proposal saying it will make the incumbent to under-perform knowing full… Continue
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*The dummy in a proposed constitution amendment
Just as it was in the early days of the contest for the presidential ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, concerning zoning, the talk about a proposed amendment to the 1999 Constitution, (even as amended) regarding tenure of office for the president and governors, is again being denied as a presidential initiative. This story investigates the ambivalence in the Presidency on the matter and discovers that the reason… Continue
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By GABRIEL OSU
There is a minimum wage palaver that is ragging now in this country: the National Assembly passed the bill and President Goodluck Jonathan signed it into law. But state governors say they cannot pay the minimum wage of N18,000, and they are complaining about it. According to them, until the Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMFAC) fixes another revenue formula upwards for them, they will not be able to pay the minimum wage.
The minimum… Continue
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By Kola Animashaun
“First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out because I was not a communist. Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a socialist. They came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist, Then it was the turn of the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew, Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak for me” – Martin… Continue
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By Simon Ebegbulem, Benin
Goodnews Eche (aka John Africa), a former journalist, was a confidant of the former governor of the defunct Bendel State, the late Prof.Ambrose Alli. He was features editor and later political editor of the state owned Nigerian Observer. John Africa was one of those who initiated the formation of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) being one of the key figures in the defunct Oil Mineral Producing Areas Development Commission, OMPADEC,… Continue
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By Obi Nwakanma
Three matters deserve our urgent attention this week. I will address them in an omnibus way, and hopefully amplify the cautionary tale and circumstance for readers of the orbit who may have read of the appointments made by Imo State governor Rochas Okorocha of his coterie of advisers and special assistants.
At the same time, just across the border from Imo State, is the brewing controversy over the cost to the Rivers State government of Mr. Chibuike… Continue
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In honour of late poet and playwright, Professor Esiaba Irobi, Loneranger Comprehensive Theater Services, Owerri, Imo State, to immortalise the writer with the publication of two anthologies namely; Rhythms Through Cancer-an anthology of poems on cancer and cancer related issues, and Exiles of conscience – a collection of stories and plays. The two anthologies are meant to celebrate the memories of Ezenwa Ohaeto and Esiaba Irobi respectively.
In a press release, the organisation said… Continue
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*War over anti-graft modus-operandi rages
By Ikechukwu Nnochiri
Tongues have already started wagging! Whose interest was the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke,SAN, representing when he gazetted regulations he insisted should be religiously followed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in its operations.
Critics have already said this was nothing but a subterranean plot to make the… Continue
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SIRENS can be expensive as Mrs. Endurance Odubu, wife of the Deputy Governor of Edo State has discovered. A Federal High Court in Benin City ordered her to pay N12 million as damages to Captain Olorunduyilemi Stephen, an officer with the 4th Brigade of the Nigerian Army.
In a role reversal of the military molesting civilians, security operatives attached to Mrs. Odubu, dragged Captain Stephen out of his car, beat him, and detained him at Mrs. Odubu’s residence. The incident took… Continue
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By Donu Kogbara
NEWCOMERS to this country often ask me why most Nigerians are so slavishly willing to endlessly, cheerfully and calmly tolerate bad situations that would trigger off riots or other forms of mass protest in other parts of the world.
I can understand why the individuals who keep asking me this question are so puzzled because I frequently asked myself – and the people around me- the very same question when I first moved here from the UK 11 years… Continue
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By Adisa Adeleye
Many Nigerians would always want to discuss the economic and political position of Nigeria or what is often regarded as the ‘National Question‘. Every Nigerian adult, whether educated or not, would want to know the position of the country, as compared with other nations of the world.
The National Question is not based on Hausa/Fulani hegemony, the position of the Ibo in the country, Yoruba marginalization, or the fear of the minority against the tyranny,… Continue
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THE event of July 19 in Abia State where a police officer, Corporal Umoru Mohammed attached to Government House Umuahia allegedly shot his colleague, Corporal Clement Amachi to death, calls for serious concern, thorough investigation and total overhauling of the country’s security apparati, especially the Police.
Some may say that the ugly incident is not unusual, as we have witnessed similar incidents in the past where a police officer killed his colleague. But that is beside the… Continue
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THERE is no let-off to the mindless and incessant attacks on innocent citizens by Boko Haram, a faceless group of blood-thirsty sadists marauding as new day Jihadists.
Distressing images of gory deaths, lost limbs, arms and eyes as well as wanton destruction of properties mostly churches in the North-Eastern part of the country, notably in Maiduguri, the Bornu State capital, is what Nigerians are being forced to endure. The sect has made incursions into Bauchi, Kaduna and Niger… Continue
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SIMPLY put, a lexicon, among other meanings, connotes all the words and phrases used in a particular language or subject; all the words and phrases used and known by a particular person or group of people.
With the effect of time and circumstances however, lexicons evolve, as well as wither, in any given society. Some impact positively, leading to positive change while others inspire fear, apathy or outright repulsion as can be seen or deduced from events and experiences in other… Continue
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Written by Olutoyin MalikThursday, 28 July 2011
TWENTY three -year-old Jelili Olatunji loves education so much. Despite his physical disability, he was determined to make a headway academically. No… Continue
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AGAIN, infuriated by the composition of the defunct national conference on political reforms – 31 women out of 400 delegates-our women had resorted to court action, to compel the then President Olusegun Obasanjo to reconstitute the conference with at least 200 women.
In the legal suit, filed by a coalition of women groups led by Mrs Jadesola Akande, a professor of law and a former Vice-Chancellor of the Lagos State University, the women insisted: “That the composition of the… Continue
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By Rotimi Fasan
IT was supposed to be a fight tothe finish between organised labour, led by the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress on the one hand, and government both at the state and federal levels, on the other hand.
Nigerians had gone to bed last Tuesday night believing that the planned three days warning strike to protest against failure to implement the Minimum Wage Act by the government would go ahead no matter the position government decided upon-… Continue
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WILLIAM WORDSWORTH once said: “Death be not proud”. It is based on the above poetics that I join numerous mourners, writers, fans and wordsmiths to express my grief over the death of Dr. Richard Tosanwumi.
Tosanwumi, a consummate communicator, was a delight to read in his numerous outings in the pen-pushing trade he assigned himself. I actually encountered the late erudite scribbler at the Urhobo Progress Union, UPU, Cultural Centre at Okere Road, Warri.
An event of… Continue
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By okey ndibe (E-mail: email@example.com ) Tuesday, July 26, 2011
In a sense, the debate over the minimum wage for Nigerian workers raises a more fundamental question: What’s a Nigerian worth? And since there are different kinds of Nigerians, one ought to clarify that the question, at the deepest level, has to do with the least privileged of Nigerians. In other words, what value do we ascribe to the lowliest among us – those that are often, if erroneously, called “ordinary” Nigerians… Continue
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BY TONY EDIKE
ENUGU— PRESIDENT General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Ambassador Ralph Uwechue, weekend, said that unless the South-East geopolitical zone pressed for a constitutional amendment that would enshrine the reality and absolute equality of the six geopolitical zones and work collectively to secure the presidency after the South-South in 2015, it would be difficult for Igbo to regain their leading role in the nation’s polity.
Uwechue also lamented that the South-East zone,… Continue
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