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...
By Iyorwuese Hagher   Many important Nigerian opinion leaders and politicians have advocated for restructuring. I respect their views. True the country needs to be restructured. The word restructuring caries with it synonymous interpretations to also mean overhaul, overthrow, break up, and revolution! But while Nigerian leaders have been re-structuring the nation from time to time they have not been engaged very much in nation building. Nation building is the use of the power of the state in creation or repair of cultural, social and historical ties that bind people together to create a national identity. We have yet to do this! Restructuring can be done by a single broadcast but nation building requires painstaking steps by a caring leadership. Re-structuring essentially is faultfinding and tearing apart. What we need now as a fragile state torn apart by; personal, ethnic, regional, and political rivalries and grudges is to stay action...
By Rogers Edor Ochela By ‘’One lie built on another is like a thatched house, and before long, it will soon rain through’’----African Proverb It is increasingly becoming clearer by the day that some misguided elements are getting more desperate and paranoid about the fact that an unforgettable fortune of a life time is about to smile on the Peace Corps of Nigeria as a result of the efforts of its Founder, Amb. (Dr) Dickson A. O. Akoh. The Akoh-phobia, instead of dissipating, is rather burgeoning in the camp of his critics to the extent that when he sneezes, his fast-vanishing tribe of detractors catches cold. In Nigeria, the challenge of leadership is undoubtedly daunting. How do you ensure that you satisfy the people without pandering to the whims and caprices of the stakeholders? By stakeholders, I mean those whose principal desire is a government or entity that caters to their needs...
By Olu Tayo At a time when public confidence in many government institutions is probably at its lowest ebb, one institution that stands out for its commitment to service is the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN). Set up since 1956 when it was known as the Nigerian Building Society, the bank has continued to deliver on its mandate of supplying the mortgage markets with sustainable liquidity for the advancement of home ownership among Nigerians through mortgage financing. Very few Nigerians are familiar with the mandate of the bank beyond being a mortgage loan institution. But the bank does far more than just lending money to Nigerians to build houses. The FMBN Act 82 and the Mortgage Institutions Act 53 stipulates among others, that the institution will also provide long-term credit facilities to mortgage institutions in Nigeria; encourage the emergence and growth of viable primary and secondary mortgage institutions to...
University leadership anywhere in the world is a serious business. Much as it appears good for all intellectuals, but strangely, it is only for the gifted in human resources management. A politician can fail in leadership, but would hardly be noticed. But a university administrator has no such luxury, as his steps and actions are closely monitored from the outset. The internal, ever watchful eyes are not patient and voices go berserk when he goes astray. Therefore, those who are saddled with the task of the administration of universities are somewhat thrown into the furnace of hellfire, because varsities are one of the most complex human institutions to manage anywhere or in any clime. This is understandable because varsities vibrate with knowledge; they kick and bubble with wisdom of disparate dimensions. Therefore, to create an impact, a university administrator must necessarily go the proverbial extra mile to ingrain his name in...
BY Jonathan Nda-Isaiah Not too long ago,  Nigeria’s rumour mills went overdrive when some persons started alleging that President Muhammadu Buhari is on life support and was fighting for his life. It was a recircling of the same old rumour that made the rounds when the president travelled earlier in the year for medical vacation. Earlier this month, acting president Yemi Osinbajo embarked on a sudden trip to London to see the president. Because there was no pictures to back up the visit, the cynics and internet warriors , also called e-rats, started alleging that the acting president never went to London. An online medium went as far as saying Osinbajo spent only five minutes with the president because of the state he found  Buhari in. Specifically,  Ekiti State governor, Ayo Fayose, accused Osinbajo of lying about the true state of the president’s health. He threatened to release some pictures of...
If I had any doubt that it is end game for Boko Haram madman, Abubakar Shekau, it has disappeared with the vow of a 37-year-old Islamic cleric, Ali Ahmad to trek the whole 844 kilometers from Maiduguri to Abuja. Recent history teaches us that people make such declarations when they sense a definite outcome. Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai had a few days ago handed a 40-day deadline to the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, to capture Shekau. The directive came at a time when remnant of the terror group made a renewed desperate push to revive their terror attacks. Only that previous claims of attacks on soft targets have now been proven beyond reasonable doubt. There is equally the desperation on the part of the group to claim or accept responsibility for any violence that they can lay claim to. If it...
By Onyedikachukwu Ozongwu Clean energy can enable off-grid power solutions, while also reducing Greenhouse Gas (GhG) emissions in Nigeria. Fossil energy, a significant determinant of GhG and core of a largely unreliable national grid system in the country causes an increase in average global temperatures. While fossil energy sources such as oil and gas are extensively exploited in Nigeria, most are exported or wasted through leakages or flaring according to the African Development Bank (AfDB). The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IIPCC) further asserts that burning of fossil fuel and the attendant increase in GhG emissions fuels global warming.   Impact of Gas Flaring At 17.2 billion metric-cube of natural gas per year along with crude oil exploration, the Niger Delta accounts for 40% of the gas flared in Africa every year – Anslem Ajugwo of the Department of Haematology, Madonna University, Elele. Gas flaring, is explained as the venting of gas without burning...