Written by Chris Ajaero Monday, 30 May 2011
Insecurity remains a big problem and Nigerians are unsafe in and outside their homes
In a developed society like the United States, the president is rated by his ability to effectively protect its citizens and their properties. That is how important security is regarded there. Security is the number one duty of the state. It is the major duty assigned to the state under the social contract it signed with the citizenry. When government… Continue
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Written by Dike Onwuamaeze Monday, 30 May 2011
Education has suffered a lot of decline in Nigeria but the situation is not irredeemable
Prospero, the major character in Shakespeare’s Tempest, made an apt statement that fittingly describes the current ineffective state of Nigerian educational sector. Alone on an island where he was banished with his daughter, Prospero tried to assuage his daughter’s unpleasant feeling about their loneliness by impressing on her how much he had… Continue
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Written by Modupe Ogunbayo Monday, 30 May 2011
Foreign policy experts want Nigeria to make economic diplomacy the focus of its foreign policy in the new dispensation
What should be the main thrust of Nigeria’s foreign policy under the new political dispensation with President Goodluck Jonathan as helmsman? Foreign policy experts who have given a deep thought to this subject have all voted in favour of economic diplomacy. What that means is that President Jonathan should pay… Continue
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Written by Emmanuel Uffot Monday, 30 May 2011
Nigerian hospitals are in a shambles and most of them are hardly ever able to play their roles as healing centres adequately
The health sector in Nigeria is in comatose. It is the reason why people who ought not to die often do so. Joel Dappa, publisher of Nigeria Today is still leaving with the scary memory of the poor medical attention at National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos, that nearly cost him his life. He was rushed… Continue
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Written by Demola Abimboye Monday, 30 May 2011
A report of the special committee that probed shady deals and indicted many officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has remained buried four years after its submission to government
It was killed on arrival. Four years after it was submitted to government, the report of the National Committee for the Reform of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, headed by Gilbert Obayan, a retired justice, has not… Continue
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Written by Anza Phillips, Abuja Bureau Monday, 30 May 2011
Benue State is gradually turning into a hotbed of tension following recent cases of politically motivated assassinations
Charles Ayede, former manager, news, with the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, and media adviser to Steve Torkuma Ugbah, the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, gubernatorial candidate for Benue State in the April 2011 polls, was in high spirit on the morning of Friday, May 13, 2011. As he packed his… Continue
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Written by Tobs Agbaegbu Monday, 30 May 2011
Ban Ki-Moon, United Nations secretary-general, is happy that Nigeria is on its way to meeting its 2015 MDG target in various areas
Ban-Ki-Moon, the United Nations, UN, secretary-general who left Nigeria on May 24, last week, after a two-day official visit, may have gone with the impression that all is well with Nigeria’s health care. He also left with the impression that Nigeria, one of the highest in child and maternal mortality… Continue
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Written by Anthony Akaeze Monday, 30 May 2011
Over the years, Nigeria’s infrastructure has suffered terrible decay because of lack of a maintenance culture. Can President Goodluck Jonathan halt the rot?
One area Nigeria has truly lagged behind and which President Goodluck Jonathan needs to focus and improve upon is the nation’s infrastructure. In the last 50 years, most of its public facilities have either been dilapidated, outdated or malfunctioning. This is particularly… Continue
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Written by Maureen Chigbo Monday, 30 May 2011
Nigerians want President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to keep to his election promise to give the power sector high priority attention in his new regime
Since the military era, the Nigerian economy has been wobbly and most people hoped that the coming of civilian administration will change the situation for the better. But 12 years after the advent of civilian administration in 1999, the economy is still in coma. No doubt, different… Continue
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Written by Bala Dan Abu Monday, 30 May 2011
Can Jonathan wipe away the tears of our long suffering people? Will the next four years of the man of good luck give jobs to millions of our unemployed youths currently pounding the streets helplessly in search of jobs? Will the electricity situation in the country change dramatically?
To what extent should the electorate trust the politician to keep promises made during campaigns for election? This is a nagging question, no doubt, one… Continue
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on MAY 31, 2011 · By Rotimi Fasan
IN an ethnically-alert Nigeria, the people of the Niger-Delta, particularly Bayelsa, must feel proud of the achievement of Goodluck Ebele Jonathan who was three days ago sworn in as Nigeria’s 13th president.
Jonathan is not particularly new to the Aso Villa residence of the Head of State; he has been the occupant of the place for many months now since the death of former President Umar Yar’Adua and he emerged the winner of a seat some had… Continue
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on MAY 31, 2011 · By John Amoda
THIS excerpt from Kathryn Kulhman’s God Can Do It Again, is an excellent example of the philosophy of Christianity and a good contrast to the Gospel of God concerning His Son Jesus Christ.
The goal of the Gospel is the gift of life eternal and this life is as defined by the Lord Jesus thusly: “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (John 17:3).
The reproduced… Continue
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on MAY 16, 2011 · in PEOPLE & POLITICS By Ochereome Nnanna
SOMETIMES, one wonders what the numerous advisers that elected office holders surround themselves with actually do to earn their keep.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, however, gave an insight when he told his advisers (in effect) that he gave them the job not because he needed their advice. Perhaps, it was just a magnanimous gesture to get them gainfully employed.
That, perhaps, accounts for the… Continue
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on MAY 16, 2011 · in VIEWPOINT
THIS is a post-mortem. The 2011 election have come and gone, but it will go down in our lore as one election in which the fabled ‘masquerades” of the Nigerian politics were thoroughly demystified.
Among other things, one remarkable factor of the election is the demystification of these demi-gods who had bestridden the country’s political firmament like a colossus.
For former Governor Orji Uzor Kalu, particularly, it is the… Continue
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on MAY 16, 2011 · in VIEWPOINT
IN November 2004, during the may-hem at which parts of Anambra State were burnt down, it was difficult for me to believe that people from Anambra could inflict such violence on their State. But have we not seen brothers committing fratricide and sons committing patricide.
By the nature of man, especially when he takes off his reason, he could be an animal in no metaphorical sense.
Reading the interview granted to some newspapers by… Continue
Added by News Updates on May 16, 2011 at 1:00am —
Written Tuesday, 03 May 2011
The images are striking: Overweight boys and girls staring somberly from billboards and online videos, real-life embodiments of the blunt messages alongside.
“Chubby kids may not outlive their parents,” for example. Or: “Big bones didn’t make me this way. Big meals did.”
The ads — part of a new “Stop Child Obesity” campaign in Georgia — won some enthusiastic praise for their attention-grabbing tactics. But they also have outraged… Continue
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Written by Rotimi Ige Tuesday, 03 May 2011
Gaining admission to universities in Nigeria requires success in the secondary school certificate examination. This requirement has driven university applicants to seek various methods to pass examinations conducted by the institutions established by government, hence the emergence of some centres which, for a fee, guarantee success in such examinations. Rotimi Ige, in this report, examines the problems posed by these ‘wonder’ centres and… Continue
Added by News Updates on May 3, 2011 at 1:21am —
on MAY 3, 2011 · · in VIEWPOINT
BUT for post-election crises which engulfed most parts of Northern Nigeria, the April elections were free, fair, credible and peaceful.
Nigeria has once again demonstrated her capacity to do things right when inclined. The election has set at naught the sham that was the 2007 election.
By sheer exertion, the Attahiru Jega’s INEC and the efforts of well-meaning Nigerians have ensured the realization of long elusive credible… Continue
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