By Nwobodo Chidiebere The story cum revolution in the  Nigerian telecommunications sector has been a successful one, ever since the berthing of GSM in the nation’s economic shores. Nigeria’s economy blossomed: jobs, innovations and wealth created as a result of the positive impact of telecom industry on the overall health of the economy. But these successes cannot be said to come without its attendant shortcomings. Before now, Nigerian telecom consumers were left in the cold. The lingering issues of unsolicited messages, drop calls, poor network service, and so on, have been the bane of telecom consumers in the country until recently, when the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) intervened majorly, to save the situation once and for all. The launch of Nigerian Telecoms Consumers’ Year, 2017, by the regulatory agency—the NCC, came as breath of fresh air to telecom subscribers in the country. The Nigerian Telecoms Consumer Year project was conceived and...
By   Yakubu Uba “Hurricane of Change” is a lengthy documentary on Adamawa’s Success Story under the two-year leadership  of Governor Muhammadu Umaru Jibrilla popularly known as Bindow that was shown to dignitaries and others on May 29 to mark Democracy Day. Many that were opportuned to see the hurricane documentary including Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftains like Prof. Jibrin Aminu and Ambassador Wilberforce Juta were so impressed that they endorsed the APC administration for 2019. The brand new Waziri of Adamawa, Atiku Abubakar, also endorsed Bindow that day. The myriad of platitudes and accolades, really humbled and excited governor Bindow but not some APC supporters  who were denied entry into government  house to watch the hurricane. The angry supporters who were denied entry themselves decided to form a human hurricane, and went about damaging billboards advertising Bindow’s achievements erected at strategic places in the city. As if that was not enough, a group...
By  Yusuph Olaniyonu Today is the second anniversary of the Eighth Senate. The Senators have agreed to simply mark the day with a special session devoted to reviewing their activities in order to talk about what and what have been achieved as well as areas that require improvements. However, viewed from several perspectives, the last two years in the Red Chamber of the federal legislature had been filled with events and successes. It is true that this Senate resumed as a divided house over the issue of election of its leadership. There was a clash between the preference of the Senators for independence in the choice who leads them and the insistence by certain leaders of the party with the majority, All Progressives Congress (APC), to impose their wish on the newly inaugurated lawmakers. As the facts today show, the Senators prevailed. This however exposed the lawmakers to  mischief and sabotage by...
BY A.A GADZAMA Achievements in the security sector in the Niger Delta are critical parts of the successes of the present government in the general security outlook. Today, the destruction of oil and gas installations, as well as, the theft of crude oil has been substantially reduced. So also is, the influx of dangerous weapons through the coastal waters. Informed sources in the national security establishment believe Maritime security at the time the present government took over was at the verge of collapsing. The situation was been reversed through the gallant efforts of the Nigerian Navy and other security services. Efforts by the present government to reposition Maritime security therefore deserves to be commended. One of the parameters for measuring the successes or otherwise of a government in providing security is the ability to secure its borders. Any security architecture that does not take this into consideration is flawed. The reason...
Much as Igbo nation has the inviolable right to self-determination, its agitators, especially latter-day campaigners are damn too messy about the whole affair. It stains us; it goes after the blackmail of the rest of Nigeria; it is after hooliganism approach and it is after eclipsing the last vestige of dignity and honour we have as a people.  But I make haste to say, I still respect the concept of Biafra as initiated and espoused by the late Biafran war-lord, the venerated Ikemba Nnewi, Chief Chukwuemeka Odemegwu Ojukwu prosecuted under a military regime. The candle he lighted in us about Biafra is yet to extinguish, though he also never nicely prosecuted this campaign.  When Ojukwu unleashed his thoughtless anger against the Nigerian federation, I was just a growing up boy, somewhere in the darkest aisles of the eastern region.  I suffered; we groaned under pains; endured humiliations, hardships.  Like others, i...
by Kunle Olasanmi, Abuja The immediate past majority leader in the senate, who is also standing trial for alleged link with BokoHaram, Senator Ali Ndume yesterday, before Justice Gabriel Kolawole of a Federal High Court admitted having links with Boko Haram. He however said the link he had with the dreaded sect was as a result of his appointment into presidential committee on security matters by the government to negotiate for peace with the terrorist group. Ndume, who is now on suspension from the senate, is standing trial before the court for alleged terrorism funding.  He told the court in Abuja that he has no case to answer in the four-count charge brought against him by the federal government . Ndume told Justice Kolawole that the government has not in any way established a prima facie case against him or link him with the heinous crime. In a no case submission argued by his...
By Uchenna Okoro Hawking is a familiar word in Nigeria that immediately connotes the streets. It is the vocation of a majority of the masses of the country. Nearly everything is hawked on the streets of our cities, from sachet water to household items. There is something for everyone who wishes to buy while trekking, driving or commuting home after work. The wares are usually cheaper than the price tags you find in the supermarkets and big stores. That is why many of Nigeria’s average families do their shopping on the streets, whether from hawkers or mobile traders who display their wares along the roads. That brings me to the subject matter of this article. The Debt Management Office, DMO, under the cerebral Director General, Dr Abraham Nwankwo, has also been busy recently doing some hawking. It is hawking a uniquely distinct product named the Federal Government Savings Bond, FGSB. The...
By Abubakar Barde               According to the 2006 census, out of140,437,790 people, the north forms about 56.95% of Nigeria’s population. Age range from 14 to 36 constitutes about 40.78% of Nigeria’s entire population and though one is only eligible to vote from age 18, 14 to 36 very well covers the youth demographic in the country. Putting those statistics side by side implies that North as the most populated region; must share a large chunk from the over 40% youths in Nigeria which automatically makes the stake of the youths as high as any other. That being said, allow me to discuss some realities that we as northern youths need to face. At the very least, four distinct nations were tailored into one great and mighty nation called Nigeria by the amalgamation of the Southern and Northern protectorates in 1914. The Hausa-Fulani (North), the Yoruba...
By Abimbola Johnson Nigeria’s Capital Market operations are changing, and nothing symbolises this better than the electronic dividend payment (e-dividend) initiated since last year. By end of June this year, the Security and Exchange Commission, SEC, has said that issuing of dividend warrants would stop. Before registration for e-dividend started, over N90 billion was said to be unclaimed dividends. This fund was either just lying there idle, or some smart people were taking advantage of it and using it for personal or corporate gains. But since the commencement, over N30 billion unclaimed dividend has been credited to investors’ bank accounts. An elated Munir Gwarzo, Director General of SEC, told a press conference recently: “In this country, we have never had this kind of initiative that has reduced unclaimed dividends like we have today. Apart from the investor getting his dividends where ever he is, that investor will be able to get dividends...
In the early days of his administration, President Muhammadu Buhari hit the nail on the head about how serious a problem corruption had become. “If we don’t kill corruption,” the President said, “corruption will kill the country.” Yet, not a few well-meaning Nigerians have expressed concern that fifth columnists in his administration and at different levels across the country could be hiding under the anti-corruption war to serve their own selfish interests. Witch-hunt is now being elevated into an art form. When on February 19 last year, the Governor of Katsina State, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari requested that his counterpart in Plateau State, Simon Lalong release a particular judge, Hon Justice Mohammed Ibrahim Sirajo, for an assignment to recover looted funds in Katsina, not a few of those indicted by various committees earlier set up smelt a rat. For them, calling on a particular judge, instead of asking the State Chief...