2017 JAMB cut-off marks: Matters arising

JAMB

The cut-off marks for this year’s admission to tertiary institutions in Nigeria, since their announcement by the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Is-Haq Oloyede, have generated a lot of debates, comments, condemnations and controversies. I therefore wish to air my views on this subject matter as a stakeholder within the system. One of the controversial matters has been charges arising from post UTME which has been highly criticized and defended; resulting in the government, through the Federal Ministry of Education and its agencies, pegging the…

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Anambra 2017: What went wrong?

Anambra 2017 election didn’t go exactly well for some people hence the question ‘What went wrong on November 18?’ What happened to PDP? Is political debate futile to winning election? How come the candidates that did so well in the debate ended up woefully? These are some of the questions begging for answers. I have also had fans who accused me of misreading the politics of the state. They erroneously based their argument strictly on my attack against Obiano’s leadership style which as far as I am concerned has nothing…

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Don Moen, Nathaniel Bassey, others for The Experience 2017

The House On The Rock Church has unveiled the line-up of artistes for the 12th edition of its annual gospel concert, The Experience scheduled to hold this Friday in Lagos. Speaking on the all-night worship concert, the convener and Senior Pastor of House On The Rock Church, Paul Adefarasin, said the theme of the event is “Jesus our King”. He reiterated that The Experience is a focal gathering point for the Christian community and its many constituencies across Nigeria; Africa and indeed the world, as it features the very best…

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Anambra 2017: In Obiano, Jesus Wept

With this episode, I come to end of my series on Anambra 2017 Governorship Election with a plea to the people to shun any form of violence, go out and vote peacefully. The election officials are performing their constitutional duties and therefore must enjoy our support and protection. Whether November 18 brings forth change or a return to the status quo, the fact is that people gets the kind of leader they deserve. Democracy has given us all the power to decide on who leads us and how we are…

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Decayed infrastructure stunts maritime growth

Despite President Muhammadu Buhari’s foot print, the last two years in the maritime industry have been very challenging as many indigenous shipping companies have either collapsed or battling to survive. BAYO AKOMOLAFE reports In the last two years of this administration, unfavourable government policies have led to unjustified bureaucracy, monopoly and corrupt practices, decayed infrastructure, high costs of doing business and lack of affordable distribution system in the maritime industry. The policies have also affected the government financially, with less capacity to invest in infrastructure, job creation, traffic gridlock, security…

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Local oil firms walking a tight rope

Indigenous firms are the worst-hit by myriads of challenges bedeviling the oil and gas industry. ADEOLA YUSUF reports on how many of them are running into bankruptcy     Aiteo, an indigenous oil firm, made the headlines penultimate week; basking in the euphoria of its new status as the biggest Nigerian- owned oil firm in terms of production, hitherto known by many as the petroleum product trading firm, it announced the production of the largest share of the 313,602 barrels per day output from indigenous companies. The firm’s management cannot…

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Economic recession: PDP asked to apologise to Nigerians, Buhari

An political group, Buhari Support Organisation (BSO), Enugu State chapter, has demanded an apology from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over what it described as the damage inflicted on the Nigerian economy by the immediate past administration of Dr Goodluck Jonathan. BSO made the request while reacting to statement issued by the Ahmed Makarfi faction of the PDP on President Muhammadu Buhari’s Easter message. Speaking through its Publicity Secretary, Mr Eze Chibueze, the group said the PDP should rather apologise to Nigerians, instead of ‘insulting our collective intelligence with their…

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Dickson signs 2017 budget, education bill into law

Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has signed the 2017 Appropriation Budget of N243.2 billion and the Educational Development Trust Fund Amendment bills into law. It will be recalled that the governor proposed an educational trust fund bill to help the less privileged in the state acquire education. Assenting to the bills at the Government House, Yenagoa, the governor said the budget, christened “Budget of Repositioning for Consolidation,” was aimed at completing various ongoing projects in the state. Dickson, who noted that the government appropriated N111 billion for capital projects alone,…

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Sustained development for Etche

As at May 29, 2015 when the good people of Rivers State rightly expelled the All Progressives Congress ( APC) from government, the people of Etche Ethnic Nationality were one of the most neglected communities. They were denied developmental projects, appointments and respect from their own state government. Due to no fault of theirs, they were degraded to second class citizens in a state where they served as food basket and also have some of the critical oil producing communities. Their situation was worsened by the fact that Etche APC…

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