By Bunmi Oteniya - The importance of agriculture to the development of Nigeria cannot be over-emphasized. Previous administrations in the country as well as various stakeholders have at different fora harped on the significance of exploring the agricultural angle for the development of Nigeria, but the required blueprint to make it a reality has eluded the country leading to the current situation where a great potential has been reduced to a miserable reality. Nigeria is an agrarian society with agriculture contributing about 24 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). With an estimated population of 180 million people, it is instructive to note that about 70 percent of this population live in rural areas and depend on agriculture for livelihood. The worrisome aspect of the entire scenario is that a sizeable number of this population, 7 percent to be precise, are undernourished. The Global Hunger Index (GHI) in the last two decades...
By Lizi Ben-Iheanacho - Recently, the National Council for Arts Culture unveiled its compilation of the 37 Cultural Wonders of Nigeria.  The 37 Cultural Wonders of Nigeria is a brand identity and marketing concept premised on peculiar tangible manifestations and intangible expressions unique to the 36 States of the Federation and the FCT. Each of these constitutes the wonder of natural endowments or amazing evidence of human creative interactions. Together, they have evolved to become iconic emblems of Nigeria’s tourism destinations and technological processing. The selection was determined by considerations of long acknowledge exposure of some of these wonders as well as a deliberate attempt to highlight some long ignored totemic representations. Finally, it must be acknowledge that the 37 Wonders selected are in themselves beacons that map out even more of the untapped hidden treasures that collectively make up the rich variety of Nigeria’s cultural diversity. In alphabetical order, the wonders are: Ohafia War...
By Hussaini Ibrahim - Next year, Nigeria will become self-sufficient in cement production and a net exporter of the product. This entails that the country’s cement industry will save the nation’s economy about $2 billion in foreign exchange, with an output capacity of 45 million tonnes per annum, 1400 per cent up from about 3.0 million a decade ago. This is the outcome of the industrial evolution BUA Group is undertaking in the industry. Last Tuesday, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo commissioned the 3.0 million tonnes Okpella plant line-1. He also performed the ground breaking ceremony of the second line (Line-2) of BUA Group’s Okpella plant which has a target completion date in the first quarter of next year. It is not rocket science that a project whose groundbreaking was performed barely one week will be completed in Q1 of next year. The actual construction works had started earlier this year, reaching...
Definitely, these are not the best of times for the Nigerian Senate. This is because,  the most revered, honourable chamber and the highest law making organ of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, has been infiltrated by some elements who can best be described as ‘dishonourable, disgruntled and chronic liars’. They also lack any iota of integrity and honour to warrant them step into the Red Chamber, let alone sit there as senators. This, the leadership of the Senate must act fast by flushing out such bad elements in order to regain and maintain its ‘distinguished’ status. The sorry state of the Senate came to the fore recently when a serving senator representing Bauchi Central who is also the Senate Committee chairman on Navy, Senator Isah Hamman Misau, raised spurious allegations against the Nigeria Police Force. In his allegations, Misau said that the police authorities collect bribe for special promotions. As sensitive as...
My dear citizens,  I am very grateful to God and to all Nigerians for their prayers. I am pleased to be back on home soil among my brothers and sisters. In the course of my stay in the United Kingdom, I have been  kept in daily touch with events at home. Nigerians are robust and lively in discussing their affairs, but I was distressed to notice that some of the comments, especially in the social media have crossed our national red lines by daring to question our collective existence as a nation. This is a step too far. In 2003 after I joined partisan politics, the late Chief Emeka Ojukwu came and stayed as my guest in my hometown Daura. Over two days we discussed in great depth till late into the night and analyzed the problems of Nigeria. We both came to the conclusion that the country must remain one...
By Simon Onmeje, For 10 years after its establishment, the National Information and Technology Development Agency (NITDA) remained a sleepy outfit. But under a determined management, the agency conquered the peculiar and strangulating odds in Nigeria to impressively place the country on the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) ladder in just one year. By ensuring the visibility of ICT application and safety in the country recently, both the private and public sectors of the economy have been motivated to show extreme enthusiasm in cropping the multiple benefits of the ICT innovations and transformations instituted by the current management of NITDA. It has also positioned the agency as the ideal destination for e-Nigeria in accordance with its establishment mandate. NITDA Director-General, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami’s professionalism and leadership commitment have impacted on Nigerians in a manner never before felt in the administration of the agency. Consequently, it has posted many rewarding returns...