Beyond passage of ‘Not too young to run Bill’

There is no doubt that the recent passage of the ‘Not too young to run Bill’ by the National Assembly in the on-going constitution amendment process is a welcome development given the belief that it will afford more young Nigerians the opportunity to stand for elections. With the Bill’s passage, sections 65, 106, 131 and 177 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) have been altered to reduce the age of eligibility for elective offices across board. This means that Nigerian youths can now contest for president at the age of…

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Beyond winning CHAN 2018 ticket

The home-based Super Eagles at the weekend managed to qualify for the Kenya 2018 Africa Cup of Nations Championship. We congratulate the team led by Coach Salisu Yusuf, who is also an assistant to Gernot Rohr in the Super Eagles. It was a close shave. Nigerians have keeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa to thank for saving a penalty in the second half to keep score at 2-0 till the end of proceedings. After losing 1-0 in the first leg encounter, home Eagles needed 2-0 and they were lucky to get just that.…

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Electricity sector as cesspool of corruption

The four administrations that have ruled Nigeria since 1999 under Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo (1999-2007), Umaru Musa Yar’Adua (2007-2010), Goodluck Jonathan (2010-2015) and Muhammadu Buhari (2015 till date) made provision of adequate and efficient electricity the cornerstone of their government. Hence, their hefty budgetary allocations to the power sector. Yet, the country has struggled to stabilise even at half the promised target of 6,000 (7,000) megawatts in the past 18 years, with all manner of excuses given for the failure. But as lately revealed, the humongous amounts budgeted for power each…

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Teachers’ future and governors’ indebtedness

It is indeed sad that at a time most countries of the world are launching into space and creating a new stride in technology, Nigeria’s education sector, after 56 years of independence, is yet to have a bearing and well-focused direction. Of course, the graphic details of the state government’s indebtedness to primary and secondary school teachers across the country, as recently revealed by the teachers, under their umbrella union, the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), has further confirmed that all is not well with the nation’s education sector. Given…

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The floods are coming!

Again, the warning bells are ringing. The National Hydrological Services Agency has warned that more states in Nigeria will experience severe flooding as the country expects more rains this year. People living in flood-prone areas were advised to relocate so as not to be affected by the expected flooding. But, like the biblical Noah, who warned of impending deluge and was ignored, the warning of the agency is not being taken seriously by various state governments and the people concerned. “This is a seasonal occurrence and attributable to a number…

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Saving Nigerians from cheap deaths

Since 2009 when the violent Islamic group, Boko Haram, geminated like a planted seed on a fertile soil, Nigeria has been suffering all forms of violence. Although the group was founded around 2002 by the late Mohammed Yusuf, events between July 26 and 30, 2009, in Maiduguri, Borno State, which led to the summary execution of Yusuf by the Nigerian Police, appear to have set the country on a trajectory of irreversible violence. From the Niger Delta to the South-East, South-West to the North-Central, down to the North-East and North-West,…

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Lessons from London 2017 IAAF championships

The 16th International Amateur Athletics Federation’s World Athletics Championships which ended in London on Sunday has further demonstrated to Nigerians that the country is currently nowhere in global sports. The competition was very interesting and dramatic in many aspects. The story of Jamaican Usain Bolt will be told over and over again. The athletics could only manage a bronze medal in his last individual race, the 100m final and in the 4x100m relays, his fans and the world was waiting for his final medal. Any medal would have been okay…

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WAEC’s 56.22% performance index

The performance index of candidates in the 2017 May/June Diet of the Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results released recently, albeit the number of passes in the recent years, by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) is a welcome development. For whatever reason, students, schools and Nigerians in particular have every reason to be delightful over this progress in the nation’s education system, if the poor performance of candidates in the same examination over the years is anything to gloss over. It is heartwarming that WAEC posted 56.22 per cent…

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Dismissing criminally-minded policemen not enough

Efforts of the police hierarchy to sanitise the force in the last couple of weeks have been yielding positive results. In the last one month, at least more than 13 policemen have been dismissed for various infractions ranging from extortion to robbery. Three policemen, Inspector Okelue Nkemeonye AP No 136005, Sergeant Braimoh Sunday F/No. 355897 and Sergeant Yusuf Olukoga, F/No 35992 were dismissed in July for extorting over N200,000 from Nigerians and forcibly using their banking facilities at gunpoint. The three policemen were attached to Area ‘N’ Command, Ijede-Ikorodu, Lagos…

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Again, judiciary on trial

The recall of six suspended judges by the National Judicial Council (NJC) has, again, pitted the third arm of government against the executive. The judges, who were suspended about eight months ago, were on June 7 asked by the NJC to resume duties following an alleged Federal Government’s inability to initiate any criminal charges against them. NJC’s decision followed an outcome of a meeting held to review the suspension of the judges after a raid of their residence by the Department of State Services (DSS). The NJC, however, noted that…

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