If I had a chance in my youthful days, I would have enlisted into one arm of the Nigerian Armed Forces.  But I was frustrated, as several attempts I made for admission into the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) Kaduna were met with a brick wall. After the third failed attempt, I resigned to fate and gave up pursuing a career in the military. But to say, I have a passion for the military is grossly understating my feelings. I am very emotional about soldiering because its nature does not only blend with me, but perfectly communes with my adventurous nature. The satisfaction that I am battling to protect someone else, known or unknown to me, drives me crazy. That I can stand to be counted among citizens of Nigeria who can sacrifice their lives to protect and defend the territorial integrity and sovereignty of my country confers on me an infinite...

A Heritage For SMEs

By Olu Tayo, If you you’re a small business owner or entrepreneur, who needs market boost, or even a big player seeking expansion, maybe you should be talking with the people at Heritage Bank-Nigeria’s Most Innovative Banking Services Provider. Ask proprietors of Vera Karris Accessories, Infusion Cakes, Niuma Boutique & Accessories, David Wej Global Ventures, makers of quality shoes; De-Vine, makers of fresh juice; Heart Affairs and Africanna Accessories, among others. These are promising young business concerns that have benefitted from collaboration with Heritage Bank. Apart from access to finance made easy for them, they have also benefitted immensely from the exposure given to them through the innovative Heritage Bank Plc’s “Sunday Small Market.” This is a market that brings together the bank’s Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises’ (MSME) customers in the country.  The market brings as many small businesses as possible together to display their wares and crafts, which...
By Magnus Onyibe John McCain, the indomitable United States of America, USA senator whose vote torpedoed the Republican Party- his political party’s attempt to repeal the USA affordable health care bill-dubbed Obamacare is a study in political courage.This is because along with two other senators - Suzan Collins and Lisa Murkowski who incidentally are ladies - he casted the vote that thwarted the plan of the current USA president Donald Trump and the ruling Republican Party to scrap the existing affordable health care coverage nicknamed Obamacare.  If the vote for the repeal had sailed through, an estimated 30 million Americans would have been compelled to face avoidable health care risks. In a US regime where both the executive and legislative arms of government are under the control of the Republican Party, and l dare add the judiciary arm as well (since Trump had the rare privilege of appointing a conservative Supreme...
Amarachi Eshiogu Economists have several theories on how to fund economic growth in a time of recession, and one of these is through public debt management. This entails the initiation and execution of a strategy for managing the government’s debt in order to raise the required amount of funding, achieve its risk and cost objectives, and meet any other goals the government may have set. It is related to the composition (the types of securities sold) and the refunding of the debt held by the public within a country. In Nigeria, it is the Debt Management Office (DMO), under the Ministry of Finance, that does this job, of course in collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the government’s economic team. Since the inception of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, the DMO has assumed a more central and critical role in the economic strategy of the government. The administration’s...
By Abba Mahmood The US was the sole superpower after the demise of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s. The Americans have turned out to be very good tacticians but hopelessly poor strategists. When in1979 they created the Mujahideen in Afghanistan to fight the defunct Soviet Union the Americans never factored in the consequences of their actions. Osama Bin Laden was a veteran of that Afghan war. The Muslim world never thought of Jihad for over one hundred years until America initiated one in defence of their interests to fight USSR in Afghanistan. That war gave birth to Al Qaeda that is turning out to be America’s nemesis. A veteran of KGB operative, Mr. Vladimir Putin emerged as leader of Russia out of the chaos of the post- Soviet chaos seventeen years ago. He is not only an intelligence officer but a master of the Great Game. He reorganized and...
BY Barrister Hannatu, Musawa It was heartwarming news when over the weekend the six Secondary School Students of Lagos Model College, Igbonla, Epe, who were abducted on May 25, regained their freedom. Pictures of the happy students surfaced on various traditional and social media outlets as they were ferried back to their loved ones. Kudos must be given to police and both the Ondo and Lagos state governors, as well as the Federal government for the roles they played in securing the release and reuniting the children with their loved ones. However, it must be said that the current spate of insecurity within the country gives cause for serious concern. Virtually every day in the news now, you hear of a kidnapping attempt or an actual abduction. You hear of killings and jungle justice. You hear of an armed robbery attempt or an actual robbery. In the North-east, particularly in Borno...
President Muhammadu Buhari is not just a leader, but a politician whose leadership is translucently exemplary.  He assumed leadership of Nigeria at a time the country had been mindlessly raped by rapacious leaders and dumped to lick its wounds. President Buhari came with the assurance of hope on the premise of change, what most Nigerians have come to dub as the “Change mantra,” of ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC). The first appointments of the Buhari Presidency reflected his mind set. It indicated the direction and destination of his intention for Nigeria. Among the pioneer appointees of the Buhari Presidency was a globally recognized administrative icon in the oil industry, Dr Ibe Kachikwu. President Buhari first appointed him the Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (GMD/CEO) of NNPC to clean the inherited mess in the oil and gas sector. Some Nigerians doubted President Buhari’s independent choice of Kachikwu, to...
By Lizi Ben-Iheanacho Uniforms are not only part of the accessories for leveling the playing field in the education sector, they are strong symbols for creating safe and structured school environments. While in support of these aspirations, this discourse looks beyond to expand the production ideology to benefit not only the bespoke tailors but the unstructured indigenous fabric manufacturers typified by the Adire producers of Itokun, Ogun State, the anger weavers of Benue State, the batik designers of Osogbo, Osun State, the products of the dye pits of Kano, among several others. The idea of this discourse is to mainstream these traditional fabrics associated with Nigeria into the school environment while creating traditional cultural entrepreneurship owned and bought into by their primary communities at the same time. School uniforms eliminate wealth gaps between students. The idea of fashion show by families of means when dressing up their children for the public...
BY Ifeanyi Omokwe Security of investments is a panacea for growing and deepening any country’s capital market. There is perhaps no better way to achieve this except through proper regulation and adequate control of the market based on industry best practices. The Nigerian Capital Market Community led by Director General of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Mr. Mounir Gwarzo recently presented several reports on the reviews of various laws affecting investment and capital market practices in Nigeria to the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki. The reviews were conducted under the leadership of three of Nigeria’s most erudite legal practitioners namely:  Chief Anthony Idigbe (SAN), Mr. A. B. Mahmoud (SAN) and Dr. Babatunde Ajibade (SAN), and had the input of all segments of the financial system community. While presenting the report to the Chairman of the National Assembly, Gwarzo expressed optimism that the proposed recommendations would improve Nigeria’s investment climate when...
Abba Mahmood The new almighty formula for solving all the problems of Nigeria, according to some perennial noise makers, is what they call “restructuring”. At the tail end of the 20th century, with the collapse of communism as ideology and the demise of the Soviet Union as a superpower, some Francophone countries in Africa organized what was called “Sovereign National Conference” which led to the emergence of multiparty democracy from the ashes of military rule and/or one-party states. The Nigerian copycats soon started parroting the need to organize “sovereign national conference” of “ethnic nationalities” here. It did not fly because the historical context and the environment are totally different. With the advent of civil rule in 1999, the most vocal among them started advocating for “national” conference of “ethnic nationalities”, since they know that no sovereign will ever surrender his or her sovereignty because of mere noise from some busybodies. In...