Category Archives: Editorial

Airports concession is welcome

FEW measures taken by the Buhari administration in the bid to promote rapid economic growth, recovery and development can be compared with the recent announcement by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, that the Federal Government has set  up a committee on the possibilities of concessioning two foremost airports – the Murtala Muhammed International Airport […]

No to NGO regulation bill

WE are worried at strenuous efforts being made to shackle activities of civil society groups, otherwise known as Non-Governmental Organisations, NGOs. If allowed to pass, our democratic and civil liberties will suffer a terrible blow, rather than expand, after 19 years of unbroken civil rule. The Bill, which was sponsored by the Deputy Majority Leader […]

Need for emergency shelters

IN view of the rising spate of man-made and natural disasters, some of which come nearly every year, there is an urgent need for permanent shelters for displaced persons to be erected in communities throughout the Federation. The advent of Boko Haram terrorism, herdsmen attacks, flooding (which now occurs almost every year due, mainly, to […]

Judiciary of Kenya as pace-setter

KENYA’S democracy defied the usual expectations of judicial rubber-stamp of incumbent presidents in Africa on Friday, September 1, 2017, when it nullified the August 8 presidential poll and ordered a new one within 60 days, citing unconstitutional conduct by the Kenya Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission, KIEBC. Chief Justice David Maraga who read the split […]

Recession exit: Not yet time for celebration

LATEST data released by the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, shows that Nigeria’s economy is technically out of a recession.  The gross domestic product, GDP, has grown by 0.55 per cent in the second quarter of 2017 (Q2’17) fully returning the economy on the path of positive growth after five consecutive quarters of negative growth. Despite […]

New JAMB cut-off marks: A call for restraint

THE recent decision of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, to peg admission cut-off mark at 120 for universities and 100 for polytechnics and  colleges of education has continued to generate ripples from stakeholders in the education sector. This is not surprising because issues bordering on university admission in Nigeria have always been highly contentious. […]

Rising spate of deportation of Nigerians

Though countries routinely deport illegal foreign nationals and migrants, news of the arrival of Nigerian deportees from various countries have become pervasive of late. In 2017, according to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, no fewer than 1,134 Nigerians illegally residing abroad have been deported from Libya, Saudi Arabia, the […]

Managing the budget cycle for greater efficiency

News that the Budget Office of the Federation and the Federal Ministry of Finance have commenced the processes for preparing the 2018 budget of the Federal Government must have delighted champions of fiscal discipline. The call circular for the personnel budget of the Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) of the government for the 2018 budget […]

Needless rift between AGF, EFCC boss

The seeming muscle-flexing between Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice,AGF, Abubakar Malami SAN, and Acting Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, reflects an absence of coordination in the Federal Government’s prosecution agencies. Malami alleged breach of rules in the  prosecutions of high profile cases by the EFCC. A letter […]

Now that Buhari is back

We join millions of well-meaning Nigerians in welcoming President Muhammadu Buhari from his  medical vacation in the United Kingdom. It is gratifying that he is back to resume his duties. In his absence, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, as Acting President, had done his best under the circumstances he found himself.  His personal diplomatic touch in […]