Only Agriculture Can Save Our Country!

BY Ray Morphy A nation with about 200 million people and 70 per cent unemployment or under-employment, atrocious literacy rate and non-existent infrastructure has really no hope of survival, unless government immediately embarks on agriculture deliberately. It is important to note that only real focus in agriculture will make a difference, and not the haphazard approach, which has not improved the agriculture sector! I mean the sort of agriculture that requires mass mobilisation that will encourage and lead to cultivation of all arable land, in every part of the country! When the reader sees our landscape from the air as I often do, it will be glaring to him or her that no real agriculture is going on, anywhere. As a matter of fact, looking at the country from the comfort of an aircraft, you will notice that only insignificant percent of available land is cultivated. It is estimated that 82...

The Nigeria Police, A Time For Renewal!

BY Ray Morphy I had been restraining myself from writing on the police for many reasons. In 1983, as a fresh graduate undergoing national service, NYSC, at Minna in Niger State, I applied to join the Police Force as a Cadet. Those days, we had to travel all the way to Moore Road at Ikoyi to make the application. I made the journey by train from Minna because I really wanted to join them. I was accepted but I was also accepted by the NTA. That’s how the police lost me, and mass communication gains me. Before then, I was in Boys Scout Movement, and in Man O War too. Those days of youth, I loved uniforms, discipline, strength and manliness. On top of that I felt that the police was an instrument of law and order and one could serve society through such a body since my mother had...
By Ray Morphy - Travelling across country by road has become indeed scary. The roads are bad to say the least, but the real danger is the fact that most drivers, particularly commercial drivers, "shine their eyes well, well” before they start out on their journeys! Motor parks across the nation have become points of drug and alcohol sales! I actually live near such a terminus and I can tell you that it is bad. I live in Asokoro Abuja, close to AYA Roundabout, which is now a taxi and bus terminus of sorts. Drivers hangout there while awaiting their turns! While they hangout, they consume all "every every"! Right in the park, you can see them quaffing all manner of hot drinks and smoking Indian hemp as well. And all is, in the full glare of VIO officers. You can also see uniformed men openly cavorting and fraternising with both hemp and...

Buhari Inaugurates Olam Farm In Kaduna

By Ade Adefeko Global agri-business Olam International Limited (“Olam’’) today welcomed His Excellency President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, to inaugurate Olam’s poultry feed mill and day-old-chick (“DOC”) facilities in Kaduna State. The company also concurrently started production at an integrated poultry and fish feed mill at Ilorin in Kwara State. Together the two state-of-the-art animal feed mills, poultry breeding farms and hatchery have an investment of around $150 million. Addressing the poultry supply gap With a combined capacity of 720,000 metric tonnes of poultry feed annually, Olam’s facilities directly address a significant supply gap for poultry meat in Nigeria, giving farmers and distributors access to high-quality feed and DOC at competitive prices. In addition, Olam’s team of field veterinarians will train up to 10,000 farmers a year in best poultry farming practices. Given around 75 per cent of poultry farming is managed by smallholders, Olam’s poultry initiatives have the...
Leaders of Zimbabwe’s ruling party, ZANU-PF, met yesterday to draft a resolution to dismiss President Robert Mugabe at the weekend, a senior party source said. The source said the leaders will lay the ground for his impeachment on Tuesday if Mr. Mugabe refused to stand down. “There is no going back,” the source told Reuters. “If he becomes stubborn, we will arrange for him to be fired on Sunday. When that is done, it’s impeachment on Tuesday.” Zimbabwe’s military said it was engaging President Mugabe in talks on the way forward for the country and that it would advise the nation on the outcome as soon as possible. The military added, in a statement broadcast on Zimbabwean television, that it had made “significant progress” in its operation targeting “criminals” around Mugabe. On Thursday, Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai urged Mugabe to resign in the interest of the country after the military seized power. “In the...

What Makes Africa Work

By Yemi Osinbajo It is a special pleasure and privilege to be here with you this morning. And I think the Financial Times (FT) deserves every commendation for providing this platform, for discussing the region’s investment climate with a global audience. I am also grateful for the invitation to deliver this Keynote Address. I am told that this year’s summit seeks to focus our attention on what is working in Africa in the hope of drawing broader lessons that could benefit the continent as a whole. I have also been asked to speak briefly on our Ease of doing business efforts in Nigeria. Regarding the question that FT asks, What makes Africa work?, I am pleased to say that searching for answers is not as exasperating as it might have been even a decade ago. Today we can demonstrate with clear examples that what makes Africa work are the ingenuity and resilience...

On The Brink

BY Barrister Hannatu Musawa Tensions between the United States of America, Russia, China and North Korea have continued to escalate in recent times. The tension between these nuclear powers - largely over the continuing crisis in the Korean peninsula - has many fearing the outbreak of a global military conflict. With Kim Jong-un continuing his and North Korea’s sabre-rattling with a series of missile launches, nuclear tests and ever-increasing threats to the US - are these indications of a looming World War? Hostility between the US and North Korea has been building up for months now. In a blatant show of strength recently, two US Air Force fighter jets took off from the US base alongside bombers from Japan and South Korea. These “military drills” came before North Korea announced it is “carefully examining” a plan to target the West Pacific outpost. North Korea made this terrifying revelation just hours after Donald...
I must start this piece by commending our teachers and other workers in the education field. I must praise them for their tenacity, sacrifice and forbearance! It is not easy to teach without salary for months on end! Indeed delayed salary and no salary is the norm in most states. This is in addition to very low wages that are often less than what is paid to cleaners, janitors and security men. Yet, these gallant men and women are the true producers of our collective tomorrow! Many forget that the child of today, is the adult of the future. A poorly trained child, a poorly equipped learner, an improperly motivated child will grow into the voter and office holder and leader of tomorrow. Dear reader, take a little time to let that sink in! What kind of leader will ignorant people make? What kind of country will Nigeria be in the future if we continue to turnout graduates and others who know next...

A Way Forward For The Railway…II

Barrister Hannatu Musawa Thus, the railway system can take its rightful place in the transportation sector in the country if only it is given top priority by the government and possibly also, via introduction of genuine private initiatives. Problems of poor management, underfunding, inconsistent policy, political interference and instability, and inflexible bureaucracy that have plagued the sector for decades must become things of the past. A couple of days ago, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi while inspecting the Abuja-Kaduna rail stations, dismissed several officials of the Railway Corporation. Among those dismissed were station managers, porters, and ticket officials at both the Idu and Rigasa rail stations in Abuja and Kaduna respectively, over ticket racketeering. It saddens me that they were dismissed since I alluded to ticket racketeering of VIP tickets at the stations in one of my recent articles. Nonetheless, the Minister rightly stated that sacking of the culpable officials would...