by Asks Sampson Ikemitang Indeed, there is a raging debate among analysts, experts and commentators across the political spectrum as to whether President Muhammadu Buhari has so far delivered on his campaign promises to the Nigerian people, or whether he was yet to do so, halfway into the life of his administration.  This is against the backdrop that President Buhari rode to power on the mantra of change.  In fact, change was what he (Mr. President) promised Nigerians in the build-up to the 2015 general election.  It should be emphasized that the country had prior to this time, been enmeshed in an unprecedented terrorist debacle that nearly overrun the entire north-east in particular and the country in general. Aside the issue of insecurity, the economic fortune of the nation has been bad and signs of possible collapse were imminent; owing to non-diversification of the economy and over-dependence on crude oil as...
By Hembadoon Orsar, Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom was sworn in as the fifth democratically elected governor of Benue State on 29th May, 2015 and to properly position himself, the governor declared a 14 -day prayer, fasting and dedicated the state to God at IBB Square, Makurdi. Even though the two years of his administration has witnessed some achievements in areas such as, SECURITY: the governor after the dedication of  the state to God,  swung into action and introduced the amnesty programme which has the carrot and stick approache, where  over 700 youths  embraced the programme and submitted over 600 arms, light weapons and thousands of ammunition. Also to ensure peace between farmers and herdsmen and as well build interstate peace  relations, Benue and Nasarawa State Governments came together and resolved to put to an end, the lingering crises between herdsmen and farmers at the border areas of Agatu and Nasarawa for a...
With estimated 37.2 billion barrels of proven oil reserves and over 188 trillion standard cubic feet of natural gas, Nigeria holds the largest hydrocarbon deposits in Africa. Oil exploitation has become central to the economy, accounting for some 80 percent of government revenue, 95 percent of foreign exchange earnings, and 40 percent of gross domestic product. Because of her over reliance on oil as major source of revenue and owing to unchecked corruption in the sector, the country has suffered rampant inflation, stalled investment and mass layoffs, worst of all and for the first time, government is gripped by one of the worst economic crises in its history. For the first time in months, government is finally looking to exit its first recession in decades, pushing to restore stability in the oil and gas sector. But then again, Nigeria’s oil and gas sector is not immune to the dynamic of international...
By Obinna Ogbonnaya, The Ebonyi State governor, Chief David Umahi, by May 29th, 2017 would be two years in office. Within the two years of his administration, there have been numerous achievements and flaws. In the area of road construction, the governor came into the administration at a time the state needed critical infrastructure especially internal roads in the state capital which hitherto was in a deplorable state and serious decay. The governor, on assumption of office, has completed over 39 urban roads within the capital city of Abakaliki. The federal roads in the state were also in a sorry state prompting the state governor to embark on reconstruction of major federal roads in the state especially the Afikpo-Abakaliki road, the Amasiri/Okposi federal road and the Nkalagu/Nigercem road which are in various stages of completion. In the education sector, the immediate past administration led by Chief Martin Elechi did not do much...
Senator Chukwuka Godfrey Utazi is a PDP lawmaker representing Enugu North senatorial district. He is also the Senate Committee Chairman on Anti-Corruption, a  former lawmaker in the Enugu State House of Assembly and Commissioner for Transport in the State. In this interview with CELESTINE OKAFOR, Senator Utazi appraises the two year government of President Muhammadu Buhari and pointed out what he considers as mistakes by the APC regime. He however spoke on the anti-corruption war and the National Assembly’s performance in two years. For 16 years, your party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) was in government and a lot of achievements were recorded within the period, just as many things were left undone. Looking at the President Muhammadu Buhari’s government in the last two years, would you say that he has been able to successfully attend to some of those things in the country which your party probably had no...
Hon. Chukwuemeka Ujam represents Nkanu East/West federal constituency of Enugu State in the House of Representatives and is the deputy chairman of the committee on Telecommunication. In this interview with KAUTHAR ANUMBA-KHALEEL, he speaks on the exploitations of Telecom providers and other national issues GSM service providers have consistently exploited Nigeria-drop calls, unsolicited messages, high call tariffs etc. What is the committee doing about this? So far, we have called the NCC to register our displeasure over such exploitations. We have also held a public hearing with all the operators here regarding unsolicited text messages and put to them our position that it should stop and that there should be proper usage of the ‘do not disturb’ function. I personally told them that the ‘opt in’ should be by personal intervention. So, the default and preferred route should be that you can opt out without necessarily having to call your operator...
Two years in the saddle, efforts of President Buhari’s Administration on industry, trade and investment have shown that the government has made giant strides in policies formulation and implementation. KINGSLEY ALU AND OLAJIDE FABAMISE write on the journey so far. Nigeria Launches Economic Recovery And Growth Plan The federal government launched the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP), a medium term plan for 2017 – 2020. The plan focuses on achieving macroeconomic stability and economic diversification. Macroeconomic stability according to the government, would  be achieved by undertaking fiscal stimulus, ensuring monetary stability and improving the external balance of trade. Similarly, to achieve economic diversification, policy focus would be on the key sectors driving and enabling economic growth, with particular focus on agriculture, energy and MSME- led growth in industry, manufacturing and key services by leveraging science and technology. While speaking at an event in Washington, D.C., organized by the Center for Strategic and International...
By Abah Adah, The coming on board of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC government two years ago on the 29th May, 2015 was received by Nigerians in an aura of joy and hope as a dawn of a new era of socioeconomic recovery and prosperity. The power sector as a major component of the economy has witnessed a chain of activities under this administration as it strives to turn it around for the benefit of all Nigerians. Here are the highlights: This administration inherited both the good and the bad from the past administration including the Power Sector Reform Roadmap which was launched in 2010 and experienced the first review in 2013. Before 29 May, 2015, the peak of power generation ever attained was in the region of 4, 000 MWs, a far cry from what Nigeria a large population of about 170 million people should be boasting off. And like...
By Eugene Uwalaka Nigerians were rightly exhorted by the Senate President Bukola Saraki and acting President Osinbajo to ignore the red-herring of distinguished Senator Mao Ohuabunwa. Mr. President’s letter was not vague. It is neither opaque nor ambiguous I will come back to this. There was no need for the legal pedantics and political hermeneutics that ensued from       Mr. President’s May 7, 2017 letter to the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives save that some commentators at times write to impress rather than to express. This rejoinder was provoked by the wrong headed comments made in the grand masters’ column of the Guardian. (Read page 9, dated 23/05/2017). Mr. Ray Ekpu got it wrong. He has to be told this before the gullible public swallows his comment hook, line and sinker. Mr. Ekpu sought to play the role of the great French deconstructionist late Jacques Derrida. But...
BY HAMIDU DANBAREWA This year’s just concluded JAMB UTME exercise marks a milestone in the quest for an effective and efficient planning and conduct of national examinations for admission into tertiary institutions. The general impression among candidates, educationists and parents across the country where over 1.6 million sat for the examinations was that there were significant improvements and responsive innovations this time around which is a welcome development. This positive assessment is not a blanket commendation but rather an objective overview recognizing that the seemingly unavoidable hitches usually associated with the exercise had a lesser impact on the overall conduct of the examinations to the satisfaction of a greater proportion of candidates. A candid review of the examinations exercise highlights the successful roll-out of the Computer Based Tests (CBT) as the main mode adopted after a critical analysis of the outcome of the transition from written mode coupled with strategising to...