. . . As el-Rufai faults current structure By Kauthar Anumba-Khaleel, Abuja Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara, yesterday, backed President Muhammadu Buhari’s position that the National Assembly is the only organ of government to restructure the country. This is as the chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Committee on True Federalism and Kaduna State governor, Malam Nasiru el-Rufai asserted that there are imbalances in the current federal arrangement in the country. These declarations where made when the members of the APC committee paid a courtesy call on the leadership of the House of Representatives. Addressing the committee, Dogara said “when the president talked about the National Assembly being the proper forum where the nation can be restructured, a lot of people objected, even senior advocates of Nigeria saying the president can do it. But the president cannot tinker with the provisions of the constitution. “I concur totally with him...
By Laure Beaufils Today, on the International Day of the Girl Child, I will be announcing the results of a small competition I launched not long ago: I asked young women and girls aged 16 to 25 to post a one minute video setting out why the rights of girls matter, and what they would do about it if they were given the opportunity. Along with two colleagues, I will pick one “winner” who will be invited to “be the Deputy High Commissioner in Lagos for a day”. I have received some comments on social media asking me why I am discriminating against men and boys, who may equally want such an opportunity. And so here is my answer: this is a small, symbolic, gesture.  A gesture that is intended to show that, despite all the talk of girl power, across the world, girls do not have the same opportunities as boys....
By EMMANUEL ONWUBIKO - These times are indeed fragile because of a combination of factors which have coalesced to pose formidable threats to the continuous existence of Nigeria as a united political entity. There are varying degrees of socio-political agitations from sections of the Nigerian nation State that have bottled up angst and perceived deep seated feelings of alienation from the scheme of things. Some of these crises and agitations are political in nature emanating from the missing links and/or collapsing leadership qualities at many levels of the governance process all around the political entity known as Nigeria whereas other boiling agitations can be attributed to some policy missteps in deploying the necessary institutional mechanisms to resolve the festering crises of confidence amongst the various segments of the society that make up our nation state. This writer has often believed that the Nigerian State has not sufficiently utilised the potentially rich human resources...
By Jamilu Kabiru In a democratic setting, opposition, criticism and alternative viewpoints are common and variegated as the constituents, meaning that it is to be expected given the diversity and heterogeneous nature of the polity and the political society. However, it is desirable that criticism and alternative viewpoints pass the test of being constructive and result-oriented and not being merely distractive, vindictive and obstructive in all its negative ramifications. There have been compelling reasons and the need to explicitly account for the political chemistry in Kebbi State due to some imprecise and unfactual perspectives and reportage written probably by some paid agents or by agents of some defeated Peoples Democratic Party stalwarts presumably to perpetuate self-promotional agenda. Apparently, on the 18th July, 2017 there was a political analysis in the Daily Sun Newspaper captioned; “Kebbi: Gov. Bagudu and 2019 Challenge” where a self-styled veteran journalist, public relations consultant and indigene of Kebbi...
One of the special breed of Nigeria’s military officer cadre, Air Vice Marshal Mukhtar Muhammad went the way of all mortals recently. The expired two-star General is recognised as one of the country’s finest and principled military officers who distinguished himself in the various commands and assignments he held and undertook in the Nigerian Air-force. Given who he was in his remarkable life time, those who met and knew him in and out of uniform have been pouring deserved encomiums on this man many agree was a detribalised Nigerian who applied the fear of God in all his doings. Muhammad was a multi-talented man who channelled his skills and endowments to the service of, first his immediate environment, the North which contributed to the realization of the dream of his people for the creation of the present day Jigawa State. The late air force officer was also loved as a patriotic Nigerian...
House Call with ADEBIYI ADEDAPO The rank of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) further depleted yesterday, as two members of the House of Representatives defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). The development has, again, put to test the efficacy of section 68 of the 1999 constitution (as amended), which states the condition that warrants the seat of a lawmaker to be declared vacant. Specifically, section 68 subsection 1(g) stipulates that a member of the Senate or that of the House of Representatives shall vacate his seat if his election to any of the two chambers was sponsored by a political party and he later chooses to become a member of another political party before the expiration of the period for which that House was elected, provided that his membership of the latter political party is not as a result of a division in the political party of which he...
By Dr. Isaiah Osifo October 1st, no doubt, is an important date in Nigeria. It is a memorable date when Nigeria became an Independent country. Sovereignty has its overall importance-Social, Material and Psychological to the individual citizen and the generality of Nigerians. The annual celebration of this date is significant. The 57th commemoration of the Political Independence of Nigeria requires a critical reflection at this time when there is a high demand for the Restructuring of Nigeria. The starting point of my contribution to the debate for the Restructuring of Nigeria is to ask; which should come first between Restructuring and Democracy. This question and the possible answer are important to because l believe in both Democracy and Restructuring of Nigeria. However, for the potency of both to be actualised, one must come first before the other can survive and serve its political relevance. You cannot have a strong house without a strong...
By Ja’ida Kata An ageless adage says, “educate a woman (the girl-child), educate a nation.” This is a fact that the worst of pessimists would not deny. Contrary to popular belief that the girl-child illiteracy syndrome is mostly prevalent in the north it is pertinent to note that this is a Nigeria problem and by extension, a problem the world over. While poverty is identified to be a leading cause of illiteracy, ironically, illiteracy has been fingered as the root cause of poverty in most Third World/developing countries. In most rural homes the girl-child contributes to being a family breadwinner at a very early age. Mallam Nura confirms that his daughters make more profits every day from hawking because people are more attracted to females who sell than they are to the male children. When asked about his male children, he proudly said “sun tafi makaranta” meaning “they have gone to...
Public officials are always in the eye of the storm of scrutiny. A monitoring eye is no doubt a veritable tool for exerting diligence and efficiency from true leaders; it keeps them on their toes, gives them a new sense of vigor to accomplish far beyond what the public is expecting of them and sets them on the part of history. Even though the public is sometimes like children, the more good you bring them, the more they demand for more. Still, serious leaders requite these attentions and refine them into the energy that fires them into consolidating their positive gains and providing a template for those coming behind to work with. Most at times, nobody considers the good work of leaders worthy of commendation but the moment they fail even in the most forgivable of their duties, they are brought under fire and torn into shreds with vituperations and...
By Louis Amoke Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s administration in a recent business engagement with a Chinese Investment Company, Lion Business Park Limited, recorded a major breakthrough in its spirited efforts to attract direct foreign investments to the state for economic recovery and diversification. The company, is partnering the state government under a Public Private Partnership (PPA) initiative to build an industrial market on a 2000 hectares of land located in the proximity of the Enugu Industrial Park – FTZ ( ENPOWER Free Trade Zone) at the 9th Mile Corner, Enugu, to be known as Lion Business Park, modeled after the Dragon Market in Dubai. It is interesting to note that the new business investment was a fallout of the first ever Enugu State Investment Summit, tagged “Oganiru Enugu”, organized by Gov. Ugwuanyi’s administration, in April 2016, to showcase the economic potentials of the state in line with its promise to vigorously promote investment...