By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah Nigeria produces the best in every way, its citizens continue to shine in various ways around the world, and as we continue to do what is right in public service, the country is bound to reach the top globally as a people, according to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN. According to a statement by his spokesman, Laolu Akande, Prof. Osinbajo was speaking at the Presidential Villa where he received Dr. Oluyinka Olutoye, Houston, US-based Nigerian doctor who successfully led a medical team that operated on a foetus, winning US and global acclaim for the feat. Olutoye had also been an active member of another medical team that had separated a set of conjoined twins successfully in the US. That team actually included two other Nigerian female doctors including his wife, Dr. Toyin Olutoye, an anesthesiologist, and Dr. Oluyemisi Adeyemi-Fowode, a pediatric gynecology fellow. Osinbajo told Olutoye who was accompanied...
The unrelenting media trial of the Senate ‘s Joint Committee on Customs  , Excise and Tariff and Marine Transport Over its Investigation of alleged infraction by the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) reached an unprecedented low over the weekend. To put the issues in their right perspectives, I did a discreet investigation into the allegations by the retired Colonel and some startling revelations came to the fore. First, Masters Energy Limited a corporate citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria had imported 30 containers of rice which were seized on arrival in the country by the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS). The company petitioned the Senate Committee on Customs Excise and Tariff on its experience and attached various importation documents to multiple government agencies wherein the said consignment was duly declared as Rice. On November 17, 2016, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Customs, Excise & Tariff, Senator Hope Uzodimma wrote to the Comptroller General of...
By Chris Finebone Despite the best efforts by his media minders to downplay the cataclysmic negative impact of the sudden revocation of the Certificate of Occupancy (CoO) of Novotel Hotel over an alleged flimsy excuse of becoming a den of criminality, Governor Nyesom Wike cannot in good conscience (something he is known to be in short supply of) deny that his rather rash and draconian action will obviously send a terrible signal to investors – local and foreign. It must be stated that the governor’s action loudly and robustly cancels out any expected gains from the expensive advertisements the Rivers State Government has been running on local and international media especially the CNN beckoning on local and international investors to come invest in Rivers State. Like his former Commissioner for Information and  Communication, Dr. Austin Tam-George stated in a reaction to his former boss’ action, “But it is a hostile signal...
 By Musa Hassan As all is now set for President Muhammadu Buhari to return to the country and assume duty as president and commander-in-chief, those seeking to enthrone an agenda different from what the president espouses have begun subtle moves to slot in their plan before the no-nonsense president returns. They need to do this because they know that once the president returns, he would see through their selfish agenda and stifle their bid to only themselves and attract opprobrium to his well respected government. That is why from nowhere, some have planted stories in the press to suggest that the presidential committee headed by the acting president, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has concluded investigations and has recommended the sack of  both the suspended SGF and the DG of the National Intelligence Agency, NIA, Ayo Oke. The rush is similar to the one that occurred just before the president travelled out of the country...
By Chuks Okocha Last week, chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Itse Sagay was quoted as saying that the 8th Senate under Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki is the worst Senate in the history of Nigeria. He went further to state that the members of the 8th senate would be kicked out come 2019. But. this his claim does not seem to be in tandem with facts on ground. As it is always said, facts are sacred and opinions and comments are free. The Professor of law may have contempt for the 8th Senate but certainly, he should not muddle up facts with verifiable and historical facts. The 8th Senate, like it or not, has distinguished itself with several achievements and landmark facts that other sessions of the Senate before it did not attempt to do. The facts on ground is that the 8th Senate has developed a  practical formula...
BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN Journalism is a noble profession and those who practice the profession are equally men of valour and integrity. Being the fourth estate of the realm, journalists are saddled with the responsibility of reporting the happenings and holding those at various levels of governance accountable through objective reportage. Again, persons who have one issue or the other to pass across to the public regardless of their religion, political party, ethnic and race do so through the media. It was on this premise that aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State, who were not comfortable with the way and manner their local government delegates’ elections, which they termed selection, was carried out and decided to address the press to register their grievances. It was however unbelievable, when heavily armed political thugs, who were allegedly sponsored, stormed the headquarters of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Kaduna Council,...
BY Ariyo-Dare Atoye The political terrain of every nation comes with its own diverse challenges: and these challenges are capable of making or marring anyone. So, it is not out of place that only a few men and women of courage dare to tread this wobbling pathway. The interesting thing, however, about life is that, in totality, it is full of challenges and adventures for everyone, either in politics or in private enterprise. Novelist, Richelle Goodrich said: “No one is without troubles, without personal hardships and genuine challenges. That fact may not be obvious because most people don’t advertise their woes and heartaches.  But nobody, not even the purest heart, escapes life without suffering battle scars.”  But what keeps great people going is the ability to see challenges as surmountable obstacles. Silently and relatively unpronounced, Namadi Sambo is one of the most vilified personalities in Nigeria today, notwithstanding his status as a...
President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the family, government and people of Bauchi State over the death of the former Deputy Governor of the State, Alhaji Garba Gadi, The President, in a condolence message issued in Abuja on Monday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, also condoled with members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state. He stated that with the death of Gadi, Nigeria had been robbed of one of its “finest men of principle and integrity who set an enviable standard worthy of emulation.’’ He noted that, “despite the negative perception of politicians, there are still honourable men such as Alhaji Garba Gadi. President Buhari maintained that loyalty was one of Gadi’s greatest quality, adding that the deceased was impeached because he rejected opportunism for the sake of principle, a quality, he said, was “uncommon among our politicians. The President said he held Gadi...
By Kauthar Anumba-Khaleel, Abuja Following  public outcry at the rejection of devolution of powers to states by the National Assembly in the ongoing constitution amendment, the House of Representatives has said that it will revisit the amendment. This is as it attributed the rejection to an oversight in lumping up various items under devolution of powers. The leader of the House, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila who disclosed this in a statement yesterday, informed that lawmakers will be calling for the issue to be looked at again when plenary resumes in September adding that the process is work in progress. The statement reads: “Many of us will be asking for the issue of devolution of powers to be revisited upon resumption in September. The democratic process was played out as it should be during the voting exercise. However the process is ongoing and not concluded. “Under our rules we do have a mechanism which allows for...
BY JENNIFER TANKO One great challenge of the girl child not getting educated is poverty. Poverty is a deadly disease that inflicts a lot of pain and keeps dwelling among those it inflicts anguish. It has been so from generation to generation and until a decisive action is taken against it, it won’t go. One of its cure is education and that is why we must stop laying emphasis on the need for education, especially for the girl child. She is the most neglected concerning education in Africa. Poverty is a tree with so many branches which has been fighting girl child education, leading her helplessly to early marriage. In a chat with one of the victims of early marriage, she revealed how she got married due to lack of funds to aid her go to school with the hope that her husband would put her in school and pay the...