Delisting Religious Studies

Report emanating from the Federal Ministry of Education indicate that both Christian and Islamic Religious Studies will no longer be part of the school curriculum. What this entails is that the two religion- based subjects will not be thought as separate subjects in schools. Instead, they will become part of what is described as themes in an omnibus subject to be known as civic education. This is part of the curriculum reforms at the basic education level in Nigeria ostensibly aimed at catching them young to create change. To be known as Religious and National Values, the listed components, Christian and Islamic Religious Studies will serve as themes. Contents are planned for all children to take social studies, civic education and security education themes. The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), in particular, is disturbed by this development and has cautioned against its implication on the moral upbringing of the young...
The Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika recently revealed that the federal government has put in place a policy to regulate the engagement of expatriates in the aviation sector, which it hopes will help to take on more Nigerian professionals in the sector, particularly pilots and engineers.  The minister said that with the policy in place, the only areas where expatriates could be engaged would be areas where there are no licensed Nigerian professionals to handle and that the Nigerian government was eager to do what was correct and proper to develop the aviation industry. This is a heart-warming development which we hope will help in securing job opportunities for Nigerian professionals thrown out of employment by expatriates in flagrant disregard of the country’s expatriate quota policy. There was a time when the problem was lack of indigenous professionals such as aircraft engineers and pilots but the story...

Social Media And The Family

By Pindar Balami Social media are computer mediated technology that allow the creating of platform for chats and friendship. It is a useful tool that is frequently used as part of daily personal and professional lives. As technology continue to advance, the number of people using the internet is rapidly growing. Unfortunately people become addicted to the social media and the number is growing each day. It is possible for any addict to have direct impact on the family, because members of the family may experience isolation when an addict is obsessively using social media they become quickly disengaged with their surroundings. Looking from an optimistic perspective, children and parents have gained a powerful tool of communication. Indeed while communicating in person might be difficult for both teenagers and their parents during the so called “teenagers rioting” period, the social network provide a valuable opportunity for communication. In our modern Day today,...

The Python In Our Backyard

By Idris M. Kabir We might be too immersed in politicking to notice, but the menace of local militias and cultic groups is highly on the rise in recent times. Even if they only steal little pages of the dailies, the violent ideologies, however, continue to rage wildly, mounting bases on every opening created by social imbalances. It’s verily a harsh reality we have found ourselves in, one which could arise to cripple our existence if we fail to nail it with very quick but sound social, economic, and political strategies. In a porous society like ours, we can only but endure these deadly trends for some moments before the whole nation plunges completely into anarchy. In retrospect, what is even scarier about these spates of violent uprisings is how they facilitate the destruction of our peaceful societal ethics and morals. The fear they command breed enough darkness to raise a...

NIMC And NIN

NIMC stands for the National Identity Management Commission, an agency of government mandated to create an identity data bank for all Nigerians by issuing them a set of National Identity Numbers (NIN), assigned to an individual upon successful registration through which they can be easily identified.  The number, if the law setting up the agency is to be applied strictly, is statutorily required when opening bank accounts, getting driver’s licence, obtaining permanent voters card, participating in National Health Insurance Scheme, paying of taxes, needed in contributory pension scheme, land transactions and has social security implications. The list is endless. What this means is that the number is an omnibus, multi-functional identity kit that is, by itself, as essential as life. Considering its relevance in the day to day existence of the average Nigerian, the agency in charge would have seen the urgency in accomplishing its task. Yet, that is not...
A recent report that a chief executive of one of the federal government agencies is facing trial in court in connection with his involvement in an under the table recruitment of about 38 people without approval exposes the illicit employment going on in the nation’s Ministries, Agencies and Departments (MDAs). The chief executive in question is only going to be a scape goat in a matter that is as sordid as it is reprehensible. It is not altogether an alien knowledge to most Nigerians that openings, when they occur, are shared secretly among top politicians and other notable Nigerians in utter disregard for laid down rules guiding how vacancies are to be filled in the nation’s public service. We believe that this development that brings to the fore the insincerity of government officials in the much talked about unemployment issue also point out symptoms of corruption, nepotism and  the high rate...

Emefiele And The Naira Miracle

Not long after the Muhammadu Buhari administration came into power, youth restiveness in the Niger Delta led to a decline in oil production and the accompanying fall in the nation’s earnings from the sector which has remained the main stay of the economy. It was no surprise then that foreign reserves plummeted leading to a drastic fall in the value of the Naira against other major currencies especially the United States dollar. Distributing the limited foreign exchange among the critical sectors of the economy became a delicate balancing act on the part of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and, in particular the Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele. The situation posed a huge challenge to the management of the apex bank. The Governor himself was, literally, in the eye of the storm as demands for foreign exchange kept rising even as the supply side of the hard currency remained static at...
By Popoola Idowu Abosede Overtime we’ve seen Africa (the dark continent) being plagued with a lot of suffering and difficulties and the inability to enjoy the benefit of good living and the rights to some basic social amenities that will help sharpen the lives of individuals and its environs. One of those things fundamental to human existence and good living is the ability to feed properly. In Africa today, starvation has become a common trend and very difficult to curb, because of the mismanagement of funds/resources and carelessness of African leaders towards ensuring a proper feeding of citizens. Over here in Africa quite a large number of children are suffering from starvation. This has led to numerous diseases, death and other abnormal situations affecting these innocent children. As a matter of fact, Nigeria seems to be suffering from starvation too. The self-acclaimed giant of Africa and the most populous black nation cannot boast...
The Nigerian Police has unveiled a technology which is designed to bring to an end, the incessant cattle rustling in the country. The initiative, according to the police, is aimed at preventing cattle rustling which has been prevalent in the country in recent times. The high-tech and user-friendly technology which was developed by a private firm, would apart from being used to ascertain the actual population and demography of our national herds rather than the currently used estimated figures, also help in tracing and tracking of animals stolen or rustled. The technology according to the police, would also prove useful in improving Nigeria’s international ranking in livestock and animal information transparency which is sine qua non in international trade in livestock and livestock products and it will impact positively on the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the nation. Cattle rustling and pastoralists-farmers clashes have inflicted a lot of pains, fears, anxiety...
By Yushau A. Shuaib “Fear a tumult which will affect those who caused it as well as the innocent ones…” Quran Chapter Anfal 8:25 I have deliberately quoted the above verse from the Quran, the Holy Book of Islam since the majority of Borno People are Muslims without ignoring the fact that there are other communities and towns within the state that are predominantly Non-Muslims. As a Nigerian like most of you, I express my deepest sympathy and great empathy with Governor Kassim Shettima, the Shehu of Bornu, Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai El-Kanemi and the resilient people of Borno State over the seeming unabated Boko Haram insurgency. It is rather regrettable that when the military had prepared for a massive onslaught with a declared 40 days ultimatum for a major arrest, Nigerian troops escorting oil prospectors and geologists were ambushed by the terrorists in the state. While some of the victims including soldiers,...