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Locally Made Goods More Expensive.
Farouk Martins Aresa
recently announced that he was going into rice production while promising to
flood the market and bring prices down. Well, it is true that most promises made
by businessmen in Nigeria in particular have not been fulfilled. Critics pointed
to Dangote promises about cement whose price has not gone down just as his entry
into tomato production. In the case of tomato, he was not the only Nigerian that
We have to
accept that there are more market forces at play than the promises of one man.
This writer is not a supporter of Dangote and has pointed out his disagreement
with him in other cases.
National Assembly As Democracy’s Poisoned Chalice.
To say that Nigeria’s National Assembly has been living in infamy since the
beginning of the Fourth Republic in 1999 is to understate the severity of the
country’s democratic woes. While less endowed but well-meaning and
development-conscious counterparts on the continent are devising means of
advancing the culture of popular representation through openness and improvement
of the lives of their people, Nigeria’s so-called “distinguished” senators and
“honourable” members are perpetually scheming for secrecy, swindling the
electorate and the country and generally making lives more miserable for their
Political Impasse In The Gambia: The Facts, The Lies And The Bad
Precedent (1 and 2). By Ibrahim M. Attahir,
that, what was on the ground in The Gambia was contrary to what people
were being fed with. I saw the scenario as a manifestation of a
statement attributed to a former US President, Thomas Jefferson that:
“The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who
reads nothing but newspapers.” This serious misinformation prompted
me to write this piece as my humble contribution on the events in The
Gambia. I hope it will put some records straight and separate the grain
from the chaff, at least, for posterity.Details
Gratefully Paying the Price.
By Aliyu A. Ammani
... the Sokoto jihad is the best thing that ever
happened to Hausa: the land, the language and the people. First, it
united the hitherto disunited Hausa states. Second, and perhaps most
important, it made the Hausa language the de facto lingua-franca of
the caliphate which spans beyond the boundaries of the original
Hausa states. Consequently, when the colonialists came, and as a
result of indirect rule, Hausa language gradually became, in
practice, the language of policy and administration across the
entire northern protectorate of Nigeria.
Nigeria Budget 2017: What Are The Issues? By Otive
Therefore, the historical
challenges with budget in Nigeria including concerns with the budget process,
content of the budget as well as implementation challenges remain unresolved.
The process issues include the fact that citizens and communities do not
participate in the selection of projects that go into the budget; Legislators
are not consulted on the selection of projects into the budget; and oversight of
the budget process by the legislature, civil society and the media is weak.
Furthermore, the Public Accounts Committee which was very popular in the second
republic has become very ineffective and there is still confusion on the limits
of legislative power in appropriation.
Free Floating Currencies
in Liberalized Markets.
Farouk Martins Aresa
economists with colo-mentality insist on free-floating currency
and liberalized market as the only way to move our economy forward
because it attracts foreign investments. We do not argue against foreign
investment. We actually want foreign investment, what we guide against
are predatory investors that have no interest in long term
infrastructure but temporarily park foreign pension funds and edge funds
in stock market that has never added value to economy.
Nigeria’s anti-corruption war: Why the presidency
must stick with Magu.
By Godwin Onyeacholem
But President Buhari should remain firm and not
succumb to the prejudiced opinions and sheer blackmail of those
working hard to blunt if not completely eliminate the refined
cutting-edge of the anti-corruption campaign symbolized by the
current leadership of the EFCC. He knows many of these agents of
retrogression, and some of them even thrive under his very nose.
There is no doubt that in Magu, the president made one of the finest
choices of his administration considering the fact that both share
almost an equal level of revulsion for a monster that has virtually
crippled Nigeria, and which Buhari has placed on top his “change”
Understanding Open Government Partnership(OGP) In Nigeria.
Otive Igbuzor, PhD.
Nigeria has been faced with the challenge of effectively utilising
its resources to support equitable economic growth, effective
service delivery and social cohesion. One of the major driving
forces for the development blockade is lack of openness,
transparency and accountability in governance. Therefore, if
government and citizens embrace open government principles in a
tailored stakeholder engagement, then the blockades will be dealt
with and reform will take place that will lead ultimately to
effective policy, effective budget and effective implementation.
The move by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to join
the Open Government Partnership is therefore a commendable one.
Telling the Recent Bayero University, Kano Story.
If the story of this vibrant and promising university
will necessarily be tied to how it stands in the world university
ranking, it is doubtful if it would ever get told. Bayero
University, Kano will simply serve as the first course mixed gravel
and cement holding the intimidating pillars of world Ivy League
universities that annually make the list of Times Higher Education
Supplement world university ranking. This emerging and unassuming
university isn’t likely to put up any encouraging showing in the
African universities ranking either. So if your interest is to look
for a university with a promise like the northern star and you are
going to have to rely on this somewhat academic rankings, you
are more than likely going to miss out on what above every
possessor of knowledge, there is one more learned, which is what
the motto of Bayero University, Kano is, has to offer.
Now that You
are A Graduate.
Yusuff Olayode Yusuff Supoto
Good that you have
a good grade, and I am happy you are the best product in your
department. However, there is a very important question you need to
ask yourself before writing an application letter. You importantly
should see, after answering this question that definitely, you are
an irresistible product for an employer. Why not ask yourself, “Am I
Awards Are Bribes To Drain Africans Economy. By
was Finance Minister with zilch private sector experience. Preached advantage of
Paris Club odious debt
pay off (negotiated unwisely
according to Prof. Soludo) during OBJ reign; turned around and sold advantages
of borrowing more during Jonathan. She now laments that foreign investors took
$80 billion out of Nigeria because of Buhari body language. Otherwise, they
could have borrowed at low rate of 2% at home to reap 15% interest
in Nigeria. Where does
Nigeria make the profit (difference) from, what justifies our high rate and who
Why CAN Should Beg for Peace.
Abdussamad Umar Jibia, Ph.D.
The history of Northern
Nigeria has left it with two distinct groups of people who are living in
anything but love and harmony. Of the nineteen Northern states, Muslims
outnumber the Christians in 16, with Christians having the majority in Plateau
and Benue states. The two religious groups fare almost equally in Taraba state.
Of the 19 elected governors in the North, 16 are Muslims representing 84.2 %
while three are Christians representing 15.8 % in the North and 8 % nationwide.
In the North Central geopolitical zones where they nicknamed the middle belt,
there are more Muslims than Christians.
By All Means, Let’s Restructure. By Babayola M.
We are yet again at the
season of unreasoning – the season when hair-brained ideas are put forth
in order to advance personal ambitions instead of moving the country
forward. These are times when after running out of ideas, our
politicians resort to emotive issues to whip up sentiments and draw the
undiscerning to their cause. Nigeria has seen so many of such
fly-by-night politicians in the past and I am sure will see the back of
the current crop. These politicians are not averse to pushing the
country to the brink as long as their scheme gives them political
mileage. The vogue today is the call for the restructuring or
renegotiating the structure and unity of Nigeria as it exist today. Details
You Think Living In Nigeria Is Hell Try Underground World.
Farouk Martins Aresa
the hell am I to tell you where to live, eh? After all, I reported
myself to the Immigration hoping they would deport me back home. The
nice immigration lady kindly told me that they had not received my
medical report back yet and I should wait until they get it. Unknown
to her was that I thought once I showed up, they would deport me
back to Lagos, Nigeria. Home, sweet home. Well, that was many years
Marzuq as Metaphor. By Adamu Tilde
aforementioned narratives demonstrate is the shattering of the long-held
but absurd belief and mythology and wayward stereotyping of Northerners
as lazy ignoramuses, intellectually inferior to their Southern
counterpart, who cannot compete equitably without the aid of "Quota
Takes One Man To Change A Country From Lootocracy To Democracy.
Farouk Martins Aresa
writing that went viral claimed that ten Buhari could not change
Nigeria. We all seized upon it to make our points whether to give up on
Nigeria or keep on trying until we die. Some of his frustrations were
shared by most of us, whatever position we took. Nigeria is a mess that
has not risen up to its potential or expectation as a regional power. So
much was expected in the sixties after Independence. Some even claimed
if it was Nkrumah that headed Nigeria, Eh!
The Untouchables. By Aminu Iyawa
It has been
gathered that Heritage Bank is partially owned by the senate
president, Dr. Bukola Saraki who allegedly solicited the assistance
of the Governor of the Central Bank, Godwin Emefiele to revive it.
I have personally
spoken to a close friend to one of the contractors who was denied
his payment cheque of over a billion Naira until he opened an
account with Heritage Bank. And when he tried to transfer the funds
to the accounts of some people he owes money, he was denied the
transaction and told to ask the beneficiaries to come and open
accounts with the bank.
The 2016 'BRICS'
India (GOA) Summit: - Wether Nigeria. By
Nigeria is never mentioned anywhere in the 7,322-worded Declaration,
unlike the Republic of South Africa (RSA) that is a member nation.
Therefore, why should any Nigerian for that matter bother about the
relevance of the Goa Declaration to Nigeria?
The North, Shiites and the Quest for Tolerance. By Adamu Tilde
The recent sectarian mob violence targeted
against the northern Shia minority should enrage any believer in justice
and freedom. That appalling display of lawlessness and barbarism must be
unreservedly condemned by everyone. It is bereft of any legal, moral or
social justification. Those angry mobs who cheerfully lynched their
fellow citizens and torched and looted their properties have desecrated
the very religion (or values) they are claiming to protect, and the
clerics who silently or loudly abetted such travesty have betrayed their
calling as men of peace.
Osinbajo Ridiculed United Looters Of Nigeria At Harvard.
Farouk Martins Aresa
someone asked about differential treatment and marginalization, the Vice
President as a skillful lawyer and Senior Advocate noted that when
Nigerians loot, they do it as united clique of people. You would find
different ethnic and religious groups united. But as soon as they cry
marginalization, it usually comes at the expense of one ethnic group
inciting other members that would hardly share their loot. The whole
audience roar in approval and laughter!
Reviving Nigeria’s Shrinking Economy. By Amina Ado
How did we get into this mess? First, the
fall in commodity prices depressed oil and gas earnings. Despite
progress made since the return to democracy in 1999, Nigeria still
relies heavily on oil and gas for its foreign exchange earnings and
revenues. For example, it accounted for 93% foreign exchange earnings in
2014 and 70% of government revenues in the same year.
Africans Were Writers. By
Farouk Martins Aresa
Babatunde Fafunwa (23 September 1923 – 11 October 2010). A Nigerian
advocated that school children should be educated in their native
language first in order to facilitate their thought processes making it
easier to learn other languages and subjects. Their thinking and logic
become easier to adapt for invention and discoveries locally. This is
how children that cannot speak a word of English or French become great
scientists and Nobel prize winners.
‘Aso Haunted House
By Ezekiel Daminabo
Abati’s take on the Aso
Villa was further accentuated through the write up by Femi Fani Kayode
in his own piece titled: Abati’s ‘Aso Rock Spirits’, Buhari’s ‘Kitchen
Wife’, And The Curse Of Power’’. Fani Kayode claimed to concur with
Abati based on his own personal experiences having served in Aso Rock
for three years. He also veered into history to mention personal
tragedies of past leaders which he referred to as their sacrifice for
Girl-Children as ‘Endangered’ Humans in our Society.
Girl-children face more challenges than can be
confined in a single piece like this one. A girl child is, by her
soul and flesh, like an embodiment of problems. Many poor girls
languish in the river of despair, disgrace and disdain and have no
one to listen to them. Their crime is only being girls. They are
today the victims of abuse, rape, labour, hawking, early marriage,
Operationalising Open Government Partnership (OGP) In Nigeria.
The Buhari administration
made the commendable move of joining the Open Government Partnership (OGP),
The partnership has the potential to unblock those challenges that have
prevented the government from providing effective service delivery to
citizens. The process of operationalising OGP in Nigeria has started.
Nigeria government and citizens need to learn from the experiences of
other countries and engage the process in a way that will lead to the
accelerated development of Nigeria.Details
Abuse Of Integrity
And Breach Of Trust. By
Farouk Martins Aresa
If Buhari can clean up corruption in the Judiciary and the Police as
he had embarked on in the Army as soon as he was elected, we will
see more changes (except for Burutai property in Dubai). We do not
expect a perfect system but enough to make most promises stick. He
was elected knowing his fault and weaknesses, especially regarding
some of his appointments. But Nigerians are so sick and tired of
corruption, they are willing to ignore some of his blind spots.
APC Imbroglio: Is
Bola Tinubu guilty? By Abiodun
Well, while I may
be insufficient at supplying answers to these troubling questions,
until proven otherwise, I hold the notion that Odigie-Oyegun was
either misunderstood, misrepresented or used by some
principalities higher than him. Again, until there is evidence to
the contrary, I am also of the firm belief that President Muhammadu
Buhari is too decent a leader to be involved in this messy and
rather childish tricks that take nobody anywhere.
Consolidating the Gains of the Fight against Corruption in Nigeria: The
Need to Ban Convicted Looters from Holding Public Office for Life.
By Dr. Abubakar Alkali
Buhari of 1983 is still the same one of 2016 as far as his stand against
corruption is concerned. Remember that Mr President started his war
against corruption in 1983 as a military head of state (During his war
against indiscipline WAI). Mr President is not ready to jettison what he
started 33 years ago. When you fix corruption, you automatically fixed
95% of Nigeria’s problems. Details
Little People Pay Taxes Corporate Welfare Bums Do Not.
Farouk Martins Aresa
politicians make more money in salaries and allowances than other
politicians in the world. Yet nobody asks or query them about how much
they pay in taxes. Ask anyone of them how they accumulate so much money,
they usually claim their wealth is from their businesses. If business is
so good and profitable, we wonder why the country has not shared their
prosperity. The fact is most of them only give honest business men and
women a bad name.
Is Nigeria Ready
Nigeria has always
been a country hanging by a thread, balanced on a needle and always on
the edge. Nigerians for so long have wallowed in a state of uncertainty
and misery. Nigeria was well on a path to a suicidal self destruction,
we were in dire need of some kind of fairy tail romance before we
finally imploded to oblivion. Buhari in his second coming drove us madly
in love when he promised us ‘CHANGE!’. The promise of change resonated
with every Nigerian. People from every state, city and village flocked
en-masse and voted for change. The divine message has been heard and
Nigerians were finally ready for a euphoric beginning with Buhari.
Youth Restiveness, Militancy and the Intractable Problems of the
Niger-Delta. By Austin Emaduku
If the Federating
States must exist as Centres of developments rather than wasteful
bureaucracies, then they must be empowered to develop at their own
space. There are serious efforts by the Buhari Administration to
diversify the Nigerian economy away from dependence on oil. This is good
but can at best be only a short time measure while we commence the
process of truly fashioning out a new federal constitution that is
agreed upon by all constituents.