BY Ade Adefeko It is not very often you are called upon to be part of a conversation that involves a behemoth and a global giant (not in size as per land mass or population) but with credibility built over the decades. I am writing this piece aboard an African bird with a Livery that is authentically African and that is Ethiopian Air which like its maxim says, is the New Spirit of Africa. I am quite enamored of them and will crave your indulgence to shower on them a few unsolicited encomiums. I am extremely proud of the airline which by the way is the flag carrier of Ethiopia and flies to 113 destinations with 92 aircraft and another 60 in order. It is currently the largest, the only government owned but privately run airline in Africa and boasts a profit to boot. It is worth mentioning, that it...
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...
[email protected] Street talk would analyze Project Nigeria as pooling resources towards baking the national cake. In other words, it presupposes citizen engagement in taking ownership and in turn becoming advocates of shared values and common goals. It is a veritable exercise in realizing the ever haunting lines of the now discarded National anthem which chimed “Though tribe and tongue may differ, in brotherhood we stand”. Shifting focus to the next generation as a value orientation and reorientation strategy as a platform for the affirmation of a collective Nigerianness is worth soft mentoring through schools excursions. The Nigerian narrative can be stimulated through the notion of schools excursion in the realization that travel is the greatest expander of human perception. Travel, in this sense is not to be limited to the bourgeois pretentions of going “abroad” but as a liberation mindset that begins with a coasting through one’s own immediate town/city/Local...

In God’s Name

A book with the title of this article published 33 years ago by British investigative journalist, David Yallop, made the Catholic Church very, very uncomfortable. Yallop said in the book that Pope John Paul I, who lasted only 33 days as pope, did not die a natural death. He said the Pope, who was not the preferred choice, was murdered by vested interests in the Vatican because he was poised to rid the Church of its hypocrisy, hubris and corruption, a claim that the Church denounced as trash. Trash or not, the Church in Rome and elsewhere has had to examine itself in light of many existential threats, after centuries of complicity in and ambivalence over some of the worst atrocities in the world. And believe it or not, money is at the root of it. In response to increasing financial pressures, the Church is bending to new social trends and becoming quite...

The State Of Insecurity

At St. Philip’s Catholic Church, Ozubulu, in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State there was gun attack on worshippers on Sunday August 6, which left 11 people dead and eighteen others wounded. The attack occurred at about 6.30am when worshippers were attending morning Mass. Preliminary report had it that a lone gunman stormed the church in search of an alleged drug baron but that he had fled on getting wind of the plot. The gun man just opened fire indiscriminately into rows of worshippers. Police said that the incident was as a result of a feud between two individuals from the same community living outside Nigeria, one of the individuals having built the church where the shooting occurred. By every definition it was a most condemnable act. The same day the Anambra sacrilegious killing occurred in a place of worship of all places, Boko Haram militants killed 34 innocent...

Derailway

Barrister Hannatu ,Musawa In July last year, President Muhammadu Buhari commissioned the Abuja- Kaduna rail service even taking a train ride from the Idu to Kubwa station in Abuja. With the flag of and the opening of the Abuja – Kaduna train route, train travel is back in fashion again. The closure for repairs of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja doubled the number of passengers in the months that followed. Even after the airport has since re-opened, traveling via the Abuja-Kaduna train is still popular and on the rise. In its first two weeks of operation, the Abuja-Kaduna train service recorded an impressive N5 million income. The Abuja-Kaduna rail line is one of the first standard gauge railway modernization projects (SGRMP) undertaken in Nigeria. The standard gauge line links the Federal Capital Territory with the commercial capital Kaduna, enabling faster movement of goods and people between the two cities. For...
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...