Scandals in Nigeria’s Ivory Towers

    U niversities are known as Ivory Towers. This is for a reason. The towers used to be inhabited by people of not just the greatest academic accomplishments but of also moral rectitude. It was this that gave birth to the phrase ‘learning and character.’ But now the Ivory Towers have become refuge of the morally depraved, academic frauds and all sorts of misfits.     The BBC sex-for-grades investigation not long ago highlighted once again the decadence in the university system. In that shameful episode, lecturers of the…

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Reviving Nigeria’s palm oil glory

E ven with the dust raised recently over its intervention in the nation’s textile industry yet to settle, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) busied itself again by promising to inject N69 billion into the Edo State Oil Palm Programme (ESOPP). The gesture coming amid various other intervention programmes is another demonstration of how much the nation’s monetary policy is beginning to touch lives spreading from the top to the grassroots. For sometime now, the CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, and his team appear to have taken delight in getting…

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Olympic year with high expectations

The year 2019 was full of ups and downs in Nigerian sports and we expect that the mistakes and how best to correct them are crucial ingredients to consolidate on the successes recorded last year. Anthony Joshua, with Nigerian blood flowing in his veins, regained his three world heavyweight boxing belts from Andy Ruiz to put smiles on faces of sports fans. It was a major highlight of 2019. Team Nigeria placed second at the African Games in Morocco but the difference between Nigeria and champions Egypt is too wide…

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Time to really decimate Boko Haram is now

T he current renewed horrendous activities of Boko Haram and its IS affiliates in many parts of Borno State bespeak of government’s ineffectuality to eliminate these Jihadists in their artfully contrived mission against the country. Coming years after Federal Government’s claim to have technically defeated the virulent criminals, it goes without saying that we must evolve more productive strategies to wipe out these extremists.     Interestingly, many strategies, collaborations with the countries of the Chad Basin Commission inclusive have been adopted, and not a few conferences of military chiefs…

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At last, 2020 is here in Nigeria

    F ew days ago, Nigerians joined the rest of the world in welcoming the magical year 2020. For the rest of the world, it was another new year, celebrated with pomp, at least by the living.   But for Nigeria and Nigerians, it was not just a year. It was a sad reminder of the opportunities lost by the country – another one of the countless opportunities and missed targets by the country.   Roughly 10 years ago, government officials at the federal level were filled with promises…

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Tinubu and ABUAD’s recognition of service

    Tunde Rahman     The Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti’s letter intimating Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of that institution’s decision to confer on him an honorary doctorate degree and giving reasons for finding him worthy of the honour was unequivocal. It was also very insightful. The motivation for the award was even more eloquently put when the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Smaranda Olarinde, spoke on the issue. Elucidating on the rationale for the choice of the former Lagos governor and APC National Leader, Prof. Olarinde said Asiwaju Tinubu…

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Abolishing the fraudulent billing system

    F or decades, Nigerians have been under a heavy yoke brought upon them by the inefficiency and epileptic power supply to homes, offices, schools, markets and manufacturing concerns.     The defunct National Electric Power Authority (NEPA) and its successor company, Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), were notorious for their poor service delivery. Their trademark was power outage and estimated billings due to the absence of a proper metering system.   Like a typical monopoly, NEPA operated with so much arrogance and disdain towards its customers. Its…

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Emerging Eagles stars must rule Africa

T his time every year, stakeholders in Nigerian football evaluate the performances of the country’s players and sadly, the results are always unpleasant.     National teams, clubs and individual footballers are rated for their performances in the 12-month calendar year by world governing body, FIFA and the continental body, Confederation of Africa Football (CAF).     Nigerian top footballers have been second best in Africa over the years and this is contrary to the expectations of fans and lovers of the game in the country.     We recall…

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Mr. President and Nigeria’s new visa policy

President Muhammadu Buhari recently announced to the world that beginning from January 1, 2020 there will be a free visa policy for Africans willing to visit Nigeria. Buhari stated this in Egypt during the opening session of the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development in Africa. Under the new policy, all Africans could come to Nigeria without visas and would obtain same on arrival in the country. This is coming months after Nigeria signed on to the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (ACFTA) which is geared towards boosting integration…

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Insecurity: Need for traditional leaders’ involvement

Nigeria is really at her worst perilous time in many ways than one. Insecurity remains the most challenging problem of mankind despite humanity’s outstanding and unsurpassed advancement in the field of science and technology. The world has been moving from one form of horrendous crime to another such as kidnapping, militancy, assassinations, roadblock robberies, Boko Haram and of course the raging insurgency dimension hitherto to unknown in Nigeria which has become the order of the day in our national discourse. The traditional rulers are the gatekeepers of any society and…

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