A Thought For Indigenous Peoples

It is safe to conjecture that by the term indigenous peoples, it should be understood that the International Day observed on August 9 each year refers to the people living in a particular geographical area before either colonialism or urbanisation, or both caught up with them resulting in the dilution of their ways of life or even wiping out such traits altogether. There are many instances of countries where the aborigines, as they are sometimes referred to, are marginalised in the scheme of things in a territory they have the right to claim as their own. Time was when such territories were said to be made up of fauna and flora. In other words, the humans living in those areas before the invasion by outsiders were not recognised as humans; hence, the word fauna, a reference to them as animals and attempts were made to wipe them out by people on...
By Adesoro Olamide Nigerian youngest governor, Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, stepped up into the saddle of leadership with a burden to achieve a positive change for his people. His various decisions and activities since then brooks no illusions that it is in no longer business as usual, but rather business unusual. He captures his vision in a piquant phrase, New Direction. However, the determined Chief Executive is not our immediate focus in this piece, but his pretty, value-prolific wife and First Lady of Kogi State, Her Excellency, Mrs Rashida Yahaya Bello. We have no idea, how much planning went on between husband and wife in the closet, but if Kogi State people wondered about what dimension and elements the Governor’s New Direction would prove to be, they didn’t have to wait for one hundred days before the supportive wife of the Governor unfolded new portals in First Ladyship to Kogi...

Insurers And Fake Policy

The outcry by the Nigerian Insurers Association (NIA) that the industry is drowning in a cesspool of quack insurers and fake policies must be seen for what it really is, a wakeup call for the industry. It claimed that more than N40 billion is lost through this unwholesome process yearly Even worse still is the claim by the professional body that half of the estimated 16 million vehicles on Nigerian roads are illegally covered as most of the policies are contracted by quacks and are therefore fake. Before this outburst, the industry in Nigeria had brought upon itself an abysmally poor public image that has continued, over the years, to stymie its growth and development. The sad aspect of it is that the challenge is eminently self-inflicted. Before now, taking an insurance policy, especially for vehicle and other machineries, was considered something one does because it was required by law to...
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...
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 govt 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...
There is renewed pressure on Nigeria from the European Union and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to sign the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) which has been touted to be the elixir that would enhance the country’s diversification agenda and regional integration. The head of trade and economic section, EU delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Filipppo Amato said that signing the agreement would accelerate Nigeria’s industrial development, discard EU tariffs on Nigerian exports, protect domestic industries, agriculture and consumer products, while manufacturers would benefit from lower input prices, and that the EPA would enhance cooperation on issues such as standards, trading, agriculture investment and custom cooperation. The ECOWAS commissioner for trade, customs and free movement, Laouali Chaibou also urged Nigeria to sign the agreement which, according to him, would make the region’s production the centre for export to Europe. Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) are trade and development agreements...
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...
The transformation of Dr Tony Ezekiel from the study of mathematics to the occupation of carpentry is the kind of story usually told of legends which he is in his own right. For a man with solid academic qualifications acquired at first class institutions- Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and Oxford University England, the place to be is among egg-heads in the Ivory Tower and not in a carpenter’s workshop. The founder and Chief Executive Officer of Itex Furniture; an indigenous furniture manufacturing company in Abuja, Nigeria is proud of where he is. It is unusual to see a man with such pedigree in an industry that is not grouped among the key sectors of the economy. But his humility, an uncommon passion for the vocation he loves, determination to raise it to an art form and the integrity to play straight have earned him a reputation as a visionary leader, loyal...
The ruling elite class in Nigeria has a mischievous way of being rude to those they love to describe as the poor. The condescension cuts across the spectrum, cadre and dispensation whether in a military regime in the country or democracy. And their agents inflict these insults without any qualm of conscience or compunction.  A more recent episode is playing out in Edo State as the government sets in motion a plan to build a brand new university in the state. Don’t laugh because the existing one at Ekpoma, Ambrose Ali University, is barely trudging on for lack of adequate funding. However, and in our opinion, considering the near insatiable demand for tertiary education by the youths of the state, three or more universities in that state will barely fill the yawning gap. Therefore, our argument is not directed at the idea of a new institution but the intentions of...
It is becoming increasingly difficult to understand why states are afraid of an autonomous local government administration. The impression being created in the process is that the allegation that they steal the allocation of that tier of government from the Federation Account because they are the supposed senior partner in the joint account arrangement is true. Since the struggle for autonomy for local governments started, states have been the only obstacle to its actualisation. The National Assembly has just passed a major amendment that will abrogate state/local government joint accounts and ensure the existence of democratically-constituted local government areas. Already, speculations are rife that the Governors, who have the State Assemblies in their pockets as stooges, are beginning to mobilise to obstruct its passage as required by law. The same perfidy happened during the last review as the State Houses of Assembly sabotaged the process and the required concurrence from...