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...
By ADEBIYI ADEDAPO, Abuja The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara has extolled the virtues, commitment and loyalty of his deputy, Hon Yusuff Sulaimon Lasun as he clocks 57. Dogara in a congratulatory message to mark Lasun’s birthday,  described him as a loyal, courageous and resourceful lawmaker who has been a pillar of support in the task of galvanizing members for effective and efficient law making. “ His Excellency,  Hon. Lasun has been a pillar of support, his selflessness, loyalty and commitment to the growth of the legislature are unequivocal.” In particular, Dogara commended the leadership and contribution of  Lasun to the constitution amendment process, describing it as another testimony of a man committed to the growth of the legislature and progress of democratic institutions and ideals. “This is to heartily wish the Deputy speaker good health, God’s grace and more wisdom to continue to serve the nation,” he added.
By Idang Alibi  ''This is the beginning of Nigeria’s gas revolution. Today marks the day we have been waiting for in the past 30 or more years.’’ These were the ecstatic remarks made by the Honourable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, moments after the signing of a Gas Sale and Aggregation Agreement by Greenville Oil and Gas Company Limited and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation/ Total Joint Venture and the Gas Aggregation Company of Nigeria in the Minister’s Board Room at the NNPC Towers, on Tuesday 29th August, 2017. The Gas Sale and Aggregation Agreement (GSSA)Minister Kachikwu was referring to was for the delivery of 74 million standard cubic feet (MMscf) of gas to the Greenville Oil and Gas Company Limited’s US$500m mini-LNG facility in Rumuji, River State. Under the agreement, Nigeria is to make available to Greenville, a Belgian oil and gas company, a daily...
By Abu Maleek  As a University in the nation’s capital, it is the expectation of many that it should be a model in terms of standard of infrastructure, academic capacity, and ultimately be the envy of others. But after about 30 years since its inception, the struggle to attain both administrative and academic efficiency has been very real, daunting and embarrassing. The latest blow amid others in the past few years is the loss of National Universities Commission (NUC) accreditation for courses – notably Political Science and Sociology. There has been a back and forth movement about the legitimacy of courses offered at the University after falling short of NUC accreditation criteria like teacher to students ratio, staff strength, functional and adequate infrastructures like classrooms, libraries, etc. The accreditation crisis is been a long time coming. Back in 2016, the institution, being the most notable casualty lost accreditation for about 14 of...

Paths To Internal Security

We are re-running this editorial to stress the point that the situation in the country when it was first written has not changed in any significant way. If anything, it is assuming what, in our opinion, is a delicate dimension that needs to be addressed urgently.  Some of the seemingly intractable challenges facing the federal government are the pockets of crises across the country which are more serious than the simplistic dismissal of them as threats to internal security.  Until Boko Haram became the monstrosity it developed into, the nation thought the members of the terrorist group were mere irritants that could be dispersed with a whip. Today, we know otherwise even as the Biafran agitators, gun-toting herdsmen and the Niger Delta terrorists are beginning to toe that evil line which is causing the authorities some discomfort. That the government is sending in troops to rout them is evidence that, indeed,...
By Samuel Polley Across the world, exploitation of children still occurs at an alarming rate. Exploitation can take place in many forms, whether sexual abuse, trafficking or even making young people work in difficult conditions. In Africa all of these exist, but there are differencing opinions over certain elements of exploitation, for example, whether child labour is exploitation in every circumstance, especially when the family needs extra hands to create income. Regardless of which side of the argument is correct, the exploitation of children is very damaging to society. Especially in countries where mental health care is often lacking, and so dealing with problems later on down the line can prove very difficult. On many occasions I have met people, or heard of people that have been taken advantage of by people in positions of power. There are situations in which I have had to personally intervene where a pastor and...
By Audu Ogbeh - -   We need to change that narrative (Moving Nigeria forward in beef and dairy production) There is a saying among politicians that “war is too serious a thing to be left to soldiers.”  When I first heard it, I wondered what politicians had to do with war. But, what they were saying was that there are certain issues that shouldn’t be left to professionals alone. The issue of agriculture is not the business of the ministry or the ministries of agriculture or local governments alone. It actually belongs to the private sector. Today, we are dealing with the livestock sector as an industry, long forgotten and ignored by the various sub-sectors of the agriculture establishment. For nearly 30 years, we actually forgot agriculture. We abandoned food production to the peasant farmer in the village. And we expected him or her to feed us at very cheap prices. Today, we...
By Sani Abubakar Bauchi It may look like the 2019 general elections is far from now,  but the released of the elections time table by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), only points to the truism that the early the better. To this end, but the serious and charlatan politicians and their supporters have gone to the drawing board to do a draft of the next power grabbing game. For the elected officials, they would be naïve to think the incumbent factor can rail road them to a second term; well it would be too much of carelessness to seat back and depend on that, so they would need to engage the seriousness of an aspirant who is fighting to unseat an incumbent elected official. Some elected public figures had played to the gallery by turning back on the people who voted them in an election. They either become extremely inaccessible or leave their primary constituent domain and...
If a dispassionate analysis is carried out about the performances of the various Inspectors General of Police (IGPs) that have historically emerged in Nigeria, there cannot be any doubt that the current IGP, Ibrahim K. Idris, has done what non of his  predecessors could do, and he did it in the shortest possible time. Within one year, the police-community relations that has always been elusive, has been restored, while the corrupt system within which the police has been enmeshed is gradually becoming a thing of the past. Notwithstanding the meager number of policemen manning the huge population of Nigeria, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) under the current dispensation has unprecedentedly checkmated the aggressive criminal activities of miscreants in the country, particularly the success recorded in the fight against the problem of kidnapping. In the last two years also, there has been an unexpected rate of crime increment in the country, and...