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Prospects And Challenges of INEC For Credible Elections In Future


By AHMED ABUBAKAR As the 2011 general elections has past and INEC is assiduously working towards conducting credible and acceptable elections in 2015, it may be said that it has at the moment impressively put in place some necessary machineries for a successful election. But in spite of all the efforts of the Independent National […]

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The Politics and Praxis of the Development agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN)


By IBIYINKA O.SOLARIN The DAWN document, a well-thought out, and meticulously prepared socio-economic framework for bold economic integration/transformation of western Nigeria was finally unveiled to the Nigerian public on Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Those who prepared this document, and the organizers of its public unveiling are students of history. The personage and history of Obafemi […]

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The Parable of a missing Needle


By RUDOLF OGOO OKONKWO At the anthill beside Uncle Joe’s fence, I inserted a straw into a termite’s tunnel. The soldier ants gripped the straw and tried to drag it inside, but I pulled it out. Dozens of soldier ants clung to it. I picked up a plumb ant, lined its big golden head on […]

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The Misconception of Infrastructure as Development


By OKACHIKWU DIBIA A Nigerian governor said: “When I have provided roads and electricity to my people, I would have done all for which I was voted to this office.” Prof. Nnaji asked: “When has the provision of basic amenities become the most significant accomplishment of government anywhere?” Prof. Bart Nnaji The Guardian, 6th March, […]

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Security and Development


 By ROBERT MCNAMARA The rub comes in this: We do not always grasp the meaning of the word“ security” in this context.  In a modernizing society, security means development. Security is not military hardware, though it may include it.  Security is not military force, though it may involve it.  Security is not traditional military activity, […]

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Wishing President Jonathan a ”meditative” leave


By IDANG ALIBI Ever since the news was given out that beginning from last Monday, President Goodluck Jonathan would remain in Abuja for a more or less one -week working leave, I have been watching out to see if some of my compatriots will buy space in some of our leading newspapers to wish the […]

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For First Bank, Huge Profits are Reaped from Public Sector Graft


First Bank is the news again for all the wrong reasons. The bank has been named as a major facilitator of the police pension fund scam where money meant for retired policemen was laundered through the bank and moved into personal accounts after deals were cut with the bank’s officials. And despite the public outcry, […]

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Nigeria’s Educational System and the Democratization of Ignorance


By UGOCHUKWU RAYMOND OGUBUARIRI It has become an incontestable truism that Nigeria’s educational sector is in doldrums. Even with the entire hullabaloo being made about “transformation” of the country, yet, the drums of shame in the sector have continued to resonate and the naked dancers are not showing any sign of fatigue. Only few days […]

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Is Nigeria A Knowledge Based Society?


By BUKHARI MUHAMMED BELLO JEGA Knowledge and skills have become the global currency of 21st century- economic…if you really want to know how a country is going to do in the 21st century don’t count its oil reserves or gold mines, count its highly effective teachers, involved parents and committed students- Thomas L. Friedman Knowledge […]

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World Bank Interest better served as Finance Minister


Africans now have this hang-up on international positions, considered as prestigious. You must remember that Africans have been Pope, Europe conqueror, United Nations President and now American President. None of these is enough as long as your Continent remains in shambles. If you know you are good enough to rule the world, rule your country […]

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Power Sector Liberalization and Capacity Shortage


By FELIX AYANRUOH Introduction: Nigerian has one of the most problematic electricity sectors in the world, with an estimated installed electricity generation capacity of 8,644 MW, and available capacity of only approximately 3,200 MW, to cater for the needs of a population of about160 million. By comparison, South Africa, with a population of just 50 […]

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Will Liberalizing the Power Sector solve the Problem of Capacity Shortage?


By FELIX AYANRUOH Introduction Nigeria has one of the most problematic electricity sectors in the world, with an estimated installed electricity generation capacity of 8,644 MW, and available capacity of only approximately 3,200 MW, to cater for the needs of a population of about160 million. By comparison, South Africa, with a population of just 50 […]

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Perceived Dangerous drift of the ship of Nation: A call on Nigerians to Act Now


By DINO MELAYE Fifty-one (51) years down the road of independence that I decided once again to address the nation Fellow citizens, it is therefore with bleeding heart and concern for the innocent lives that are being lost daily and our beloved country that seems to be manifesting symptoms of a potentially failed state, through […]

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General Babangida A True Northern Icon?


By BALA MUHAMMAD MAKOSA   I happened to know about General Babangida before he became the Nigerian President; this was because most of the northern elites were looking at him as an icon of the region worthy of emulation. If you enquire about reasons they regarded the man as an icon, they will say, “He […]

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What Nigerians Should Know About Fuel Subsidy Removal


By SANUSI MUHAMMAD   The issue of fuel subsidy reared its head into Nigeria’s polity as a canker-worm poised to destabilize the entire country if not handled with absolute care, utmost patriotism and genuine application of wisdom. Nigeria may have been loosely constituted in origin and content but we owe it a duty to ourselves, […]

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Bullying in the Nigerian Workplace


By MUTTI YOVBI That bullying has become entrenched in the Nigerian workplace is probably not surprising or noteworthy because after all it is a fitting reflection of the predatory and exploitative behaviour that has come to typify interactions across various facets of our social sphere. From street gatemen who refuse to open gates for not […]

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