BY LOUIS AMOKE Recently, the administration of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State announced an impressive increase in the state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) receipts through the sterling performance of the Enugu State Internal Revenue Service, under the chairmanship of Mr. Emeka Odo. The Accountant General of the State, Sir Paschal Okolie, while briefing members of the State Executive Council on the mid-year budget review, declared that the state has grown its IGR to 35% of her total revenue, adding that the state’s IGR receipts for the period of six months (January-June 2017) was N12.4billion - an unprecedented increase which he said almost equaled federal statutory allocation of N13.5billion to the state within the period under review. He also pointed out that the state’s total IGR receipts for 2016 was N14.2billion, describing the development as unprecedented on the part of revenue collection agencies in the state, under the effective coordination of...
By Blessing Bature, Abuja The level of photocopying and downloads going on in Nigerian tertiary institutions is significantly high. There is need therefore for a system through which authors and publishers would be adequately compensated for their works. This was the position of the National Working Group of Reproduction Rights Societies of Nigeria (REPRONIG), as they rose from a two-day meeting on the copyright licensing in tertiary institutions. Incorporated in the year 2000, REPRONIG is an umbrella body of various copyright owners’ associations, including Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) Academic and Non-fiction Authors Association of Nigeria (ANFAAN) and National Association of Translators and Interpreters (NATI). Others are Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), Nigerian Publishers Association (NPA) and Photographers Association of Nigeria (PAN). Representatives of these bodies had met in Abuja to strategize on the implementation of licensing for copyright reproduction in Nigerian higher institutions. In fact, the major focus of the two-day...
By Danlami Musa Primary and secondary education has been a challenge in Niger State, judging by the quality of learning from the managers, teachers and infrastructure which experts say has degraded over time. Kudos goes to the efforts of the administration of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State for the bold ‘old school approach’ aimed at revamping some of the dilapidated schools across the state. Indeed, it is the responsibility of government to provide for its people the basic necessity of life including security, welfare, education and others. In Niger State and in several states of the federation, the quantum of responsibilities has burdened governments at all levels hence, the entering of the private sector to take up and fill some of the gaps created in order to achieve development of the people. On of such is the entrance of Global Vision School in Suleja, Suleja local government area near Abuja....
BY AYUBA AHMAD Like with all who knew and related with him, news of the passage of Honourable Abdullahi Muhammed Wamakko, to the everlasting abode of all humans, came to me with a devastating shock.  That is, even as we have been told by the Almighty Allah, SWT, that, all that lives will certainly taste death at the appointed time: “Inalillahi Wainalillahi Rajiun”. It is all the same, engrained in the nature of man to grieve the demise of one of our own, especially, known and close to us.  Honourable Abdullahi Wamakko, popularly known as, “Abdullahi Speaker” was known to me at close quarters.  A quintessential man of humility, our friendship evolved and subsisted ever since our point of meeting at the Government House, Sokoto, in 2007, when, in various capacities, we served as political aides to the then governor of Sokoto State, Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko. Though, a nephew of...
By Michael oche, Abuja The Federal Government says it will come up with security plans that will guarantee the safety of lives and property in worship centres across the country. Sen. Chris Ngige, Minister for Labour and Employment, said this in Amakwa, Ozubulu in Ekwusigo council when he led a delegation to commiserate with the people and government of Anambra on Saturday. The delegation was led to St. Philips Catholic Church by Dr Nkem Okeke, Deputy Governor of Anambra and Most Rev. Dr Hillary Okeke, the Catholic Bishop of Nnewi Diocese. Ngige said the Federal Government would cooperate with Anambra to ensure that the culprits were brought to book. The minister, who described the attack as heinous, wicked and sacrilegious, said the delegation would report back to the presidency. He said the Federal Government would also work out a security framework that would protect worshipers anywhere in the country. Ngige, who was briefed by the Bishop...
Imam Abubakar Shekau, the Boko Haram leader prefers to be addressed as such, has always been in a desperate bid to be seen as a religious fanatic since he took the reins of an insurgency to demand the strict application of Islamic Sharia law across Nigeria. With the benefit of hindsight, there are a lot to question about this declared motive as each successive day and every additional outrage committed by the Shekau led terrorists add up to build the collage of a picture that tells a different story from the one he has been peddling. Perhaps if the founder of Boko Haram, Mohammed Yusuf had not been killed after his capture in 2009 the group might have been less virulent. Prior to the incidents that led to Yusuf taking on the state, his greater efforts were geared towards the theological bend, relying more proselytizing and coercion rather than industrial...
By Casmir Nnaemeka Marriage is the union of two (wonderful forgivers that have the brain of a child) people who have made up their minds to accept each other’s nonsense, shortcomings without reservations dwelling wholly and entirely on their imperfection and placing value above oneself. Marriage is not a license to sex as many people perceive but a choice to freedom and companionship that so many people refuse to see and understand especially some of the women, who when they go into the union believe that they are voluntarily walking into a cage and giving away their freedom and relinquishing a greater part of their rights and life all in the name of being a complete woman. With this mind set, sometimes it is very dicey to read and satisfy the woman’s wants and needs because she believed she has given in her all for almost little or nothing. The union...
By Femi Akewusola It is legitimate for Nigerians to express their disapproval of the conduct of the legislature and its members if they feel discomfited on any issue but what is certainly not acceptable is for some individuals to hide behind that prerogative to dodge their own responsibilities to the nation or to even pursue personal vendetta. One of such recent developments is the orchestrated media campaign against the senate committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff. About a fortnight ago, I was in attendance at a public hearing organized by the committee in conjunction with that of (senate)  marine transport on the activities of some of the operators –both public and private – in that sector. I was quite impressed with the way the session went, especially the way and manner the committee chairman, Senator Hope Uzodinma, presided. Anybody who witnessed that event would testify that the committee meant well but...
By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah  Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has said the judicial committee set up to review cases of human rights abuse in the military should not be seen as a witch-hunt. According to him,It is the responsibility of the Armed Forces and the responsibility of all those in government to ensure that they  interrogate their  own activities and ensure that those activities meet up with human rights norms and basic rules of decency observed across the world. He made the remarks Friday at the inauguration of the Presidential investigation panel to review compliance of the Armed forces with human rights obligations and rules of engagement at the Presidential Villa,Abuja. He stated that President Muhammadu Buhari has repeatedly stated the administration’s focus on three broad issues; security, the economy and the fight against corruption. Pointing out that the first security, is one without which others may prove impossible, Osinbajo added that  in any event...
BY PHILIP AFAHA 26th October 1996 at the Grasshopper stadium which will later be renamed Dan Anyiam, as the beagle re-echoed my name I spirited from the stands on a quick march to received my NYSC merit award. I took a brisk salute at the military governor of Imo state as we were taught those days .on stretching to collect the award the Governor asked `are you ok`?, I nodded in response as the governor smiled while handing the frail award to me. What Col. Tanko Zubairu did not know was that his youngest awardee will not take up the automatic employment privilege which was the reward for feat I attended. A week earlier my parents  had called to order that I  must not spend a day longer in Owerri after my passing out, this order was the least my parents could do to keep me alive and out of the...