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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No, no to electricity estimated billing

For 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 officials never bothered about the feelings…

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Dare’s Adopt-An-Athlete campaign, other matters

The Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, is having his hands full in the sector that is very wide and unpredictable with events, crisis and all manner of emergency situations. Sports sector is also a specialized area where the number one person in charge is expected to be vast with rich background to help him/her in taking crucial decisions. We are aware that Dare inherited crisis in some of the federations like football, gymnastics and basketball. It is sad basketball is factionalized just like football was for…

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Nigeria’s visa policy

P resident 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…

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Unending scandals in universities

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 University of…

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Makinde and the principle of reciprocity

That Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State could puncture the political balloon of ego ascribed to a certain godfather of politics in the South-West geopolitical zone of Nigeria, is a qualified testament to hardwork, sincerity of purpose and reciprocity of love between the governor and the governed, as well as an abiding faith in and commitment to the virtues of goodness. We will get to this point momentarily.     For the needless controversy and overheating of the political sphere in Oyo State since the ill-fated and uneducated Appeal Court…

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Which way, LAUTECH?

The recent five-member committee inaugurated by Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, to work with a similar team from Osun State to deliberate on the future ownership of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, should, in all intent and purpose, be viewed as a welcome development aimed at resolving the protracted crisis bedevilling the university. Without mincing words, the unresolved rift between Oyo and Osun states, the joint owners of the university and the attendant confusion rocking the institution has, for long, beclouded the collective aspirations of the states.…

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Urgent reforms for Nigeria’s electoral process

Nigeria has a chequered electoral history. Of the 10 general elections the nation had conducted since independence – 1964/1965, 1979, 1983, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019 – only that of 2015 could be said to have met acceptable standards. The 2015 elections, which saw the defeat of an incumbent president and a ruling party for the first time in Nigeria’s political history was a sharp departure from what obtained in the past. This was justified by commendations the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) received after the polls from…

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Nigeria must develop talents in combat sports

N igerian athletes are good in combat sports. Boxing, wrestling, judo, karate and taekwondo are sports that produce medals for the country at continental and global levels. Only on Sunday, a Nigerian, Kamaru Usman, defeated Colby Covington via fifth-round technical knockout to claim the 170 pound title in the main event of the UFC 245 and retained the UFC Welterweight Championship     Usman came into the fight with a belt on the line after scoring a dominant decision win over Tyron Woodley for the belt in March, while Covington…

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