Independence celebrations – then and now 

October 3, 2023 Victoria Ngozi Ikeano 0

For the first time in the nation’s 63-year-old history, some state governments officially announced that there would be no activities to mark this year’s independence anniversary. In other words, all celebrations connected with it were cancelled in those states. Even in states where the day was ‘celebrated’, events lined up for it were low key. At the federal level, there Read More

FGN-ASUU face-off: IPPIS suffocating the university system

October 3, 2023 Prof. MK Othman 0

The popular view among stakeholders that IPPIS is killing the Nigerian university system is fait accompli. IPPIS stands for Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS). It is a payment platform of personnel emolument, which the Federal Government of Nigeria adopted over 10 years ago to flush out ghost workers, enhance efficiency, and address the corrupt practices related to salary Read More

Modest debt, outlandish servicing cost

October 3, 2023 Jerry Uwah 0

The cost of servicing Nigeria’s modest debt is spiraling out of control. Everyone except the federal government considers the consequent catastrophic financial asphyxiation as an existential threat. Nigeria’s national debt now stands at N87 trillion, up from N48 trillion a few months ago. The size of the debt on its own is not an issue. Nigeria has one of the Read More

Nigeria @ 63: A nation in need of a just society

October 1, 2023 Hassan Gimba 0

This text was published three years ago when Nigeria marked its 60th independence. Nothing has changed except for the age, now at 63, as the conditions remain the same. The text is therefore being reprinted today with only one change: @60 has been replaced by @63. Nigeria ought to be a great country. We have all that is needed to Read More

Reinvigorating NCS through robust trade facilitation

September 30, 2023 Clem Oluwole 0

On Thursday, September 28, 2023, the Acting Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Mr. B. A. Adeniyi, addressed a World Press Conference to roll out the modest accomplishments recorded in his first 100 days in office and his vision for NCS, one of the critical organs of the Federal Government. From his rollout of achievements, Adeniyi has, no doubt, Read More

Issues in Nigeria’s rising drug trafficking, abuse

September 29, 2023 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

Drug use prevalence in Nigeria, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, was nearly 15 per cent, almost three times higher than the global average. The NDLEA also disclosed that 10.6 million Nigerians used cannabis in the past year.President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, this week, said that prevention of the transmission of drugs must be prioritised by the Read More

Youth restiveness

September 28, 2023 Content Administrator II 0

Our youths are restive. We cannot pretend to be ignorant about this. Still, our political leaders choose to pretend about it and the danger it portends for the country and its future. Youths are potent forces for change – both positive and negative. When their anger boils over, it turns into a tsunami. Our country is blessed with a large Read More

Abuse of traditional rulers: Why this bullying must stop  

September 27, 2023 Matthew Ma 0

“As responsible individuals, we must exercise mindfulness in our social media posts and written communications. Parents, educational institutions, and religious organizations must educate our youth on the significance of respectful and sensible communication. Using profanity and reckless behavior in public shows a lack of proper upbringing, civic values, and ethical standards. While it is acceptable to disagree with traditional leaders, Read More

Re: Adesina- Steadily and steely feeding Africa

September 27, 2023 Prof MK Othman 0

Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina is a man of so many outstanding parts – an academic, banker, investment and development expert, diplomat, visionary leader, technocrat, mentor, team player/builder/leader, boardroom guru, political economist par excellence, agricultural expert, farmers’ minister, an icon of corporate world, a private sector mover, the African development icon, the African development czar, a sage tearing away from the crowd Read More

A tall agenda for Zacchaeus Adedeji

September 26, 2023 Jerry Uwah 0

Zacchaeus Adedeji is not a short man like the dubious Jewish tax collector of Jesus day who climbed a tree to get a clear picture of the son of God.Our own Zacchaeus is equally a tax collector but not in the mold of the rich Jewish tax collector who extorted money from hapless tax payers. Adedeji is cerebral and honest Read More

Before I die…

September 24, 2023 Hassan Gimba 0

This was first published by Daily Trust on Saturday, 17 November 2012. It encapsulates my mission and how I want to be remembered. I picked the title for this piece from the book written by Arthur Nwankwo when he felt former President Olusegun Obasanjo threatened him over a series of exchanges they had when the former president called for a Read More

63 garlands for the First Lady 

September 22, 2023 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

On her 63rd birthday on Thursday, September 21, 2023, Mrs. Oluremi Tinubu, the wife of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, was celebrated by family, friends, and well-wishers across the country and beyond. Many took to social media to felicitate with her, praising her selflessness and unwavering commitment to social responsibility projects and her love for humanity. Oluremi Tinubu is a renowned Read More

UNGA: What’s President Tinubu up to?

September 22, 2023 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

  This week, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu participated in the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, United States of America. As a high-level representative of Nigeria, the President took part in the general debate under the theme, “Rebuilding trust and reigniting global solidarity: Accelerating action on the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals Read More

It’s still an unjust world

September 21, 2023 Dan Agbese 0

The world talked to itself this week from September 18-22 in the most famous talk shop in the world – the annual UN General Assembly. This important annual global political ritual is rooted in the belief of the founding fathers of the UN 78 years ago that jaw-jaw triumphs war-war. The man with his finger on the trigger will be Read More

Between August and December in Igboland

September 19, 2023 Content Administrator I 0

Which of the two months of August and December is the most important in the south east region of Nigeria or Igbo-speaking parts of Nigeria? To the ‘outsider’ or non easterners, the answer is December for the simple reason that December 25 (Christmas Day) is a global Christian festival that commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ and south easterners are Read More

Adesina: Steadily and steely feeding Africa II

September 19, 2023 Prof MK Othman 0

As mentioned in the first part of this piece, the 2006 Africa Fertilizer Summit in Abuja was a turning point for African agriculture. The Summit’s impetus birthed the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). As the first Vice President of AGRA, Dr Akinwumi Adesina led one of the boldest and most considerable global efforts and finance initiatives that Read More

Dearest Max Air

September 18, 2023 Tahir Ibrahim Tahir 0

It’s been a while since our last correspondence, titled, ‘Dear Max Air’, where I had observed that, “It is without any doubt, that Max Air has done considerably well, in plying northern routes mostly abandoned by other airlines. It is a no brainer to appreciate the fact that those routes are low revenue routes, compared to heavier and more consistent Read More

Who be government sef?

September 17, 2023 Prince Charles Dickson 0

Nigeria has a lot of issues, for instance, who do you blame for immigration officers wearing slippers or flip-flops with their uniforms at the airport, or Uber drivers accepting trips and proceeding to charge you higher than the app for an offline trip? For us to get the country we want, we have to change our mindset—Osi_Suave In Armenia, in Read More

Tinubu and his running Cabinet (2)

September 16, 2023 Clem Oluwole 0

While addressing staff of their various ministries shortly after their swearing-in as ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on August 28, 2023, virtually all the cabinet members echoed the mantra of their principal… to hit the ground running. Even the minister overseeing the Marine and Blue Economy Ministry, Chief Adegboyega Oyetola, pledged to hit the ground running! Running on Read More

The ritual of the first 100 days: Why it matters

September 14, 2023 Content Administrator II 0

The first hundred days in the life of a new administration is a respected American political ritual. It dates back to July 1953 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt coined the phrase in a radio broadcast. He did not define what he meant or why it was important for a new administration. He only talked of “…the opportunity of a little Read More

Tribunal verdict: Yet another miracle for Tinubu

September 12, 2023 Victoria Ngozi Ikeano 0

Nigeria’s opposition parties and their presidential candidates, namely, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and former Anambra state governor, Peter Obi, of the Labour Party, LP, have indicated their intentions to (within the 14-day period allowed) appeal last week’s ruling of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, PEPT, affirming Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the duly elected Read More

Adesina: Steadily and steely feeding Africa

September 12, 2023 Prof MK Othman 0

Tenaciously in leadership style with a head high, Adesina is a replica of Indian Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi used a non-violent strategy to achieve free independence for his native country, India; Adesina was mobilizing human, financial, and other resources to feed Africa. Indefatigability in human salvation, Adesina is a replica of his mentor, Dr. Norman Borlaug, of blessed memory, a prestigious Read More

Agricultural journalism and food security in Nigeria

September 12, 2023 Adewale Kupoluyi 0

Guest speakers at the just-concluded National Conference on Agricultural Journalism (NCAJ) have stressed the importance of agriculture in the attainment of food security, promotion of a safe environment, and engendering national development. The theme of the conference was, “Agricultural Journalism in Nigeria: Challenges and Prospects”. The Chairman, National Conference Planning Committee, Dr. Adewale Kupoluyi, had unfolded the keynote speaker as Read More

Shame, recapitulation, and the tribunal verdict

September 10, 2023 Prince Charles Dickson 0

In Walter Isaacson, Steve Jobs, we are told the story of Abdulfattah Jandali who ran a Mediterranean restaurant in California. He was a Syrian immigrant, balding and intelligent, with fierce eyes and round, wire-rimmed glasses. After coming to America, Jandali earned a PhD in economics. He got a job as a professor at the University of Michigan. He began dating a woman Read More