By Emmanuel Ado - In the next few weeks, the annual ritual of budget presentations by the federal government and sub - national governments would commence and Kaduna State from every indication will be  the first to present its budget. Kaduna State has undoubtedly given a good account of itself. The federal government, which has had three disastrous budgets, would hopefully present its 2018 budget by December 2017. The earliest it has ever presented its budget was 14th December 2016, for the 2017 budget,while it struggled to present the 2016 budget on 22nd December, 2015  to the National Assembly. In the coming days, Nigerians would also be inundated with all manners of slogans representing the intentions of the federal government and the various state governors - from Budget of Plenty (Consolidation) to Budget of Life. The 2017 Federal Government Budget was tagged “Budget of Recovery and Growth”, the growth is definitely...
By Commodore Emmanuel O. Beckley - Poverty alleviation is an essential ingredient for development because national growth becomes impossible when a greater proportion of the population live in abject poverty. Governments worldwide therefore, pay attention to poverty alleviation as it impacts on national development. With effective poverty alleviation programmes for the citizenry, some level of national development would be attained. Poverty alleviation schemes to improve the socio-economic conditions of the poor segment in the society are therefore essential for the attainment of national development. In Nigeria, the poverty profile appears to be worsening. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Human Development Report for 2016, places Nigeria at 152nd position out of the 188 countries surveyed. The situation was marginally worse with over 80 milion of her population living below poverty line of US$1.25 per day with an unemployment rate of 42 per cent. Available reports indicate that there are over 3.3...
By Mohammed Isiaka - It all began as a singlehanded alteration to the terms of contract with INTELS to remit all revenues, including the revenue that should accrue to the company, into the Treasury Single Account, TSA. Then it transmuted into media campaign against the company accusing it of running an unhealthy monopoly in the oil and gas services industry in Nigeria. The tempo kept increasing, and now we have the last straw aimed at breaking the camel’s back. Following a Presidential approval, Mr. Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation wrote to the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, Hadiza Bala-Usman directing her to terminate the boats pilotage monitoring and supervision agreement between INTELS Nigeria Limited and the NPA, which allowed the company to receive revenue on behalf of the government and retain a certain percentage of the revenue collected. As reported in some dailies, the AGF in response...
By Omoba Kenneth Aigbegbele - Since assumption of office the incumbent Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has re-invigorated and enhanced the internal working mechanisms of the Nigerian Army like never before, inspiring men and officers alike to professionally give allegiance, patriotism and loyalty to the country. As the country basks in the euphoria of yet another independence celebration, it is pertinent to take stock of one of the oldest military institutions in the country and how far it has fared in spite of the enormous challenges of the 21st century - terrorism, kidnappings, herdsmen/farmers’ clashes, oil pipelines vandalism, cultism, among others. Under the present leadership of Lt. Gen Buratai, Nigerians have severally praised and commended the army with high approval ratings in terms of professionalism, rule of law, welfare, training provisions of officers, military strategies adopted against insurgency and the institutional capacity building currently taking place including...
By Casmir Nnaemeka We understand each other, we communicate without word, each one of us was engrossed in passion . We are always ready for each other. There were never a day that one person wants it more than the other. There will always be a day when you will be almost caught off your guard… there are times when you just don’t feel like anything but because of the passion, you are saying no to the advances but are those no’s so strong enough to resist him/her or are you just holding his/her hands in between your thigh or at the edge of your breast and is still saying a tiny no that actually means and represents a big YES and please don’t stop. May be you had a fight earlier on and settled it, a part of you is still angry but you are cool with it and those...
Text - John 9: 24-41; Mathew 15:14; 13:15; John 12:40; Matthew 12:34 This is the story of the man that was born blind, and Jesus saw him, and took the initiative to get to him, and use the clay to open his eyes, and as he went in obedience to the word of Christ, he came back seeing. And as you obey the word of God, what you have not seen before, you will see, the blessing of God that have been hidden from you, you are going to see and receive in Jesus Name. And as he came back, neighbours, community people saw him, that he can now see, they were confused, and he said that I am the one born blind and now can see. How did your eyes got opened. Somebody called Jesus, touched my eyes and open them. And then, they brought him to the Pharisees, they...
By Kunle Obadina Maritime resources are critical to maritime states because they harbour vital resources which include oil and gas, cobalt, manganese nodules among others. In this era of economic diversification drive in Nigeria, the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) need not look too far. Nigeria’s maritime resources could serve as major source of foreign reserve if properly harnessed. However, in order to benefit from the huge maritime resources, the FGN need to improve its efforts at addressing the security threats confronting Nigeria’s maritime domain. Threats associated with maritime environment as have been witnessed in the Straits of Hormuz, Malacca, Singapore, Gulf of Guinea (GoG) among others include piracy, poaching, and even terrorism. Therefore protection of the maritime environment is vital if Nigeria is to exploit these abundant sea resources as part of the government diversification drive toward enhancing national development. In Nigeria, the Nigerian Navy (NN) alongside other agencies such...
HOUSE CALL with ADEBIYI ADEDAPO I can no longer hide my admiration for the House of Representatives Committee on Telecommunications. This is not because the committee's chairman, Hon Saheed Akinade-Fijabi, is an illustrious son of the ancient city of Ibadan where I hail from. After all, I'm aware of some lawmakers from the same city whose committees have not been active. Besides the people-oriented investigations initiated by the committee, the passion with which the committee members, particularly the member representing Yenagoa/Kolokuna/Opokuma of Bayelsa State, Hon Diri Douye and  his counterpart from Ijebu Ode/Odogbolu/Ijebu North East federal constituency of Ogun State, Hon Kehinde Odeneye engage their series of investigations give hope that there are still leaders passionate about the Nigerian project. The adhoc committee engaged stakeholders on the alleged danger of citing telecommunications mast close to residential and business environments. The committee engaged telecommunication companies on labour related matters, particularly; their preference...
By Joseph T. Namor This month, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu’s will mark two years as the leading policy driver of Nigeria’s petroleum and gas industry under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari. He was first appointed Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) by the President and eleven months later, Minister of State, Petroleum Resources was added to his portfolio. In July last year, Dr. Maikanti Baru was appointed GMD of NNPC. This allowed Kachikwu to focus squarely on policy formulation and coordination as Minister of State. The last two years under Kachikwu’s watch easily qualify as one of the most reform focused periods in the history of the country’s oil and gas industry. He has led with vision and an infectious passion to make a difference. The minister has introduced innovative initiatives and set in motion groundbreaking changes in the sector. These initiatives are helping to manage the...
A KEYNOTE SPEECH BY SAM NDA-ISAIAH, CHAIRMAN, LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPERS GROUP, TO THE NATIONAL LAW STUDENTS’ LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE 2017 HELD AT THE OBAFEMI AWOLOWO UNIVERSITY, ILE IFE, ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2017   Thank you for inviting me. It’s always a pleasure to come to Ife. I am not sure what qualifies me to speak to our future learned juggernauts but I will never miss an opportunity to speak to those who will lead our nation tomorrow. We may have lost our past and may be struggling with our present, but we must do all we can to not lose our future. The future is ours to keep. The organisers of this programme wanted me to speak on media-related issues, for obvious reasons. But I am in no mood to do that today. I want to speak on a subject that is more related to you and your country at this point of your...