Sam Nda-Isaiah@ 55

By IGBOELI ARINZE,    The name, Sam Nda-Isaiah may mean different things to a number of people. To some, he is the wordsmith, writer and journalist. To others, he is the businessman and media guru, while for some, he is the radical thinker, grim philosopher, politician and statesman in the making. All rolled up in one, Nda-Isaiah is a star of his generation and a gift to the Nigerian nation. The man was once described as someone with a passionate concern for Nigeria. Now, when we say passion, I do not mean the short termed ones which a lot of Nigerian politicians seem to have until they are thrust into the klieg lights. No, Sam’s passion is legendary that he quit being a pharmacist and logged himself unto the uncertain and murky waters of journalism from which he has made a tremendous impact with the Leadership newspapers and other numerous publications. Nda-Isaiah...
By Nkechi Odoma It is public knowledge that President Muhammadu Buhari did not make the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday. For three consecutive Wednesdays, the president did not show up for the FEC meeting and Nigerians have begun to ask questions with some offering answers that suits their interpretations of the occurrence. Those genuinely concerned have advised the President to take his time and rest so that he would fully recover before continuing with task of governance , but some with selfish intentions, have advocated a drastic measure that would suit their interests, calling on the President to resign. Information Minister Lai Mohammed, not one to shy away from giving an accurate report of the condition of the President, has explained that there is nothing to worry about and that the commander-in-chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces has only decided to take a rest from official functions on the advice of...
By IBRAHIM BIU Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC) was established in 2004 with the mandate to effectively manage and supervise all facilities in Abuja with a view to making Abuja city a beautiful and functioning one. The council was recently repositioned to be more effective in service delivery. For the past two years, AMMC has been making efforts on the issue of time frame, submission of building plans, clearing and removal of all obstructions on the road corridors, removal of illegal structures and beautifying the city. The actions of the council had led to the removal of some illegal structures, imposition of fines and sanctions on developers. The council is currently tackling the issue of animal rearing and planting of crops in prohibited areas of the city. The successful implementation of regulations which are aimed at guiding developers to comply with the FCT rules whenever they want to commence developments on their...
By Aaron Mike Odeh  “A war hero has no value or honour in his own territory”- African adage.   Many of us never value what we have until we lose it.  We make caricature of our best brains and great men in our domain due to the fact that we can easily access them on daily basis, while many others fast and pray to God to have audience with such people. Meanwhile, we thought most of these men got to the top on a platter of gold so, we insult and abuse them simply because they accepted our plea to go all out to use their resources, brains, time and energy to better our lots through leadership either in the name of politics or otherwise. Most of them toil day and night to deliver on their campaign promises to us yet, we feel they have done nothing to show for the trust...
By Abdullahi Lawal Dass Nigeria has had a chequered political history predicated by various administrations, characterized by confusing climate of forward – backward retardation pendulum since independence in 1960. However, the enthronement of the present administration of President MuhammaduBuhari gave Nigerians                   a lot of hope. The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari at the outset made it clear that it would provide purposeful leadership for the good of all. President Muhammadu Buhari in his holistic declaration to give Nigerians effective service delivery and in his determination to transform the country to a better place with zero tolerance on corruption suspended the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Engr. Babachir David Lawal on Wednesday, 19th April, 2017 in order to pave way for presidential Administrative panel headed by Vice President Yemi Osibanjo to ascertain the veracity of the allegation of corruption levelled against Lawal over contracts awarded under the Presidential                   Initiative for                  ...
By Inuwa Othman I wish to start by congratulating Your Excellency, The executive governor of Plateau State, Right Hon. Simon Bako Lalong over your commendable achievements in the two years of your governance in Plateau State. So far in steering the ship of leadership to a peaceful and promising Plateau, you have succeeded in bringing about peace, unity and togetherness among the citizens of Plateau State irrespective of tribe, religion and place of residence.  This is achieved through your strong, honest and committed desire to uplift Plateau State to the highest level. Sir, the journey of your Rescue Team so far has been good despite all odds. I most sincerely commend your giant strides towards running an all-inclusive government that gives all and sundry a sense of belonging in the Plateau project. The numerous appointments you gave our sons and daughters in Jos North Local Government Area are unprecedented and highly...
By Kauthar Anumba-Khaleel and Adebiyi Adedapo, Abuja The House of Representatives yesterday declared its support for the immediate review of the National Minimum Wage to reflect current realities of the country’s economy. This is as it commended the organised labor, and representatives of workers who have continued to put in their best in order for Nigeria to experience progress. The declaration follows protest and sudden disruption of the May Day celebration by aggrieved workers in Abuja. In a motion under matter of urgent public importance on the need to appreciate the efforts and resilience of Nigerian workers in commemoration of the May Day celebration, the House hailed the workers who despite lean resources, worsened by the decline in the economy and a myriad of other challenges, have been resilient in the discharge of their duties. Mover of the motion, Hon. Ezenwa Onyewuchi in his debate expressed worry that the economic recession has hit hard...
By  Dr. Thomas Olusola When Nigerians and in fact Kogi State as an entity is about to heave a sigh of relief following the nomination of Professor Stephen Ocheni by President Muhammadu Buhari to represent the state in the federal executive council, some handful mischief makers whose ambition is their stomach and what they will get in the state have decided to pull back the hands of the clock. Under the leadership of the state chairman of the party, APC,  Alhaji Hardy Ametuo, certain mischief makers wrote a petition to the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki  and copied the party leaders on why the Upper Chamber should disqualify Prof Ocheni and replace him with one Usman Maiyaga whom they claim is most suitable for ministerial position rather than the former. The move sounds laughable as it defies every conceivable logic, it is a clear indication that the state chairman of the party...

Punch and Jonathan

The punch editorial, graphically brings out, the coven of editorial tragedy marked by wanting to be either politically correct or apostles of consumerism, by providing in elegant prose, what the public wants to hear, rather than a sober introspection on the prevailing issues. Too often, in the media, there is the resort to a display of a primitive sense of intellectualism, in stories and editorials to the consternation of not only the larger public but sober Nigerians who cannot understand how supposedly educated people could be not only brazenly partisan, but could become active forces in the chain of misinformation. It is an enthronement of intellectual deficit, to categorically condemn discard, denigrate the observations of a former President or anybody for that matter, on pressing national issues but in the Nigerian perverted discourse, no matter the degree of the facts at the disposal of such people or person, it becomes subjected...
The suspension of Prof. Haruna Abdu Kaita the Vice Chancellor of Federal University Dutsin-Ma seems to be long overdue considering the palpable and debilitating conditions of over 260 staff of the university he unilaterally and wrongfully terminated their appointment without the knowledge of the University Governing Council. The remaining staff of the university who were over worked and at the same time go to work without knowing what would befall them also were relieved of the uncertainty. It would be recalled that the Governing Council of the Federal University Dutsin-Ma, had on Thursday 13th April unanimously agreed to suspend the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Haruna Abdu Kaita for a period of six months after being severally warned. With this development, the Vice Chancellor is now the second Principal Officer of the University to be suspended after the suspension of the Bursar, Mr. Momohjimoh Sadiq in May, 2016. The Council received several...