By Innocent Clement One of Africa’s most talked-about ICT success stories in the education sector is the adoption of Computer Based Test (CBT) for entrance examination into tertiary schools organized by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, a Nigerian examination body with a core mandate to conduct Matriculation Examination for entry into all Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education in Nigeria. Globally, there has been an ICT revolution since 2000. The internet economy has grown larger and faster than could have been reasonably expected back then.  In future, technology, connectedness, the internet-of-things all promise a more efficient, fast-paced economy set within an accessible global market. But how can Africa really harness all this change to its betterment? For a long time, ‘creativity’ and ‘innovation’ in technology were only latent concepts in Africa in general, and Nigeria in particular, until the dawn of the digital age. ICT plays an important, valuable and critical...
By: Israel Abiodun  Destiny has a strong influence in the shape of the affairs of men and nations. Theologians believe only God Almighty determines and divinely controls any outing of destiny at any phase in time and history. And God works in mysterious ways. Even the great seer, Nostradamus cannot challenge the potency and efficacy of God on matters of fate and existence. God knows today, much as He knows tomorrow clearer than the commercial clairvoyants and soothsayers that dot the face of the earth. Great seers bow before His might. Nigeria, the most populous black nation, has a date with destiny, which from every indication is ordained by God Himself. Here is a country richly endowed in human and material resources. It would not be completely correct to assert that fate has been so cruel to God’s creation in Nigeria and the nation itself. But it is alright to contend that...
Our progenitor, the great Oranmiyan who has become a phenomenon in Yorubaland traversing the old Oyo empire up to the present day Ile Ife was a Prince, a King, warrior and custodian of cultural authority during his heroic days. Many centuries after he left, another symbol of peace, progress and prosperity for the Yoruba race emanated with unquenchable zeal, implosive passion and a thoroughly-defined concept for unusual governance in the state of osun, Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola appeared on the political scene. The Oranmiyan of our time.   Arguably and interestingly, ever since he assumed the position of the chief executive officer in Osun, he has come under tense and heavy criticism, largely orchestrated by the opposition . However, the radiating love between him and his people (citizens, residents and electorates) previously; recently and presently remain uncompromised and waxing stronger still and that is the fact.   Fundamentally, Rauf Aregbesola is a mountainous movement,...
By Gabriel Onoja In every institution, changes are necessary from time to time in order to reposition the organization to meet its targets, mandate and emerging challenges. A clear-headed leadership ensures fresh hands with new ideas, are injected into a system for perfect service delivery. Fresh puzzles, sometimes require new hands and ideas to demystify them. Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai is a fascinating soldier. A thorough breed no doubt, the Army Chief decodes a problem ahead of time and knows when to move against it. He has just reorganized the Army. And tampering with the counter-insurgency structure is meant to reposition soldiers to meet the emergent challenges of defending the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Nigeria, with focus on punching remnants of terrorists with lethal blows. The Army Chief knows flushing out residues of insurgents is quite easy; but also a complex task based on...
By Turaki A. Hassan On Friday May 5th, 2017, Barrister at Law and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, received a rousing welcome to his home state of Bauchi. Ordinarily, a representative’s visit to his constituency shouldn’t attract such fanfare but this wasn’t just usual constituency visit as the Rep was said to have gone on “exile” even though four months prior he was in Bauchi, and always interacts with his people as he often hosts different groups from across the state in Abuja. The Speaker had remained silent and kept mum for more than one and half years, even in the face of provocation, blackmail, campaign of calumny and calculated attempts to tarnish his reputation as a humble, patriotic, incorruptible and worthy representative of Bauchi state by powers that be in the state. As previously stated, it is not that the Speaker has not been visiting home. For...
By Salisu Abdullahi Rijiyar Lemo When Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi was appointed the Emir of Kano and he became Sarkin Kano Muhammad Sanusi II he promised to support social causes as he had always done throughout his adult life. He was fifty-three years old when he was appointed and he had reached the pinnacle of his professional career. He was appointed Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria by President Umaru Musa Yar’ Adua. Sanusi is a fearless man with strong opinion and high moral integrity. Hence when he was responding to distinguished senators during his confirmation hearing on the floor of the Senate he said he would prefer three-point agenda rather than the seven-point agenda of President Yar’ Adua. However, the President supported Sanusi’s reform initiatives and he cleansed the banking sector and saved it from collapse. Sanusi became the most successful Central Bank Governor in the World thus...
Nigerian businessmen and their foreign counterparts have unceasingly complained about the high cost of doing business in the country. For those of them in the shipping industry, that  cost is becoming unbearable for the simple reason that bringing in goods through Nigerian ports attracts the highest tariff when compared with other ports in the sub region. That may explain why smaller ports in neighbouring countries like Benin Republic and Togo attract more businesses than those in the country. Actually, some ports in the country are virtually idle almost all the year round due to lack of patronage. This is a sad situation as in some countries port activities contribute substantially to their Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) that regulates the industry is lamenting this development. At a recent event on how to make Nigerian seaports world class, NSC presented in graphic detail how high cost can...
By  Faeren Kuanum Terrence The wordings of the letter conveying President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to travel to the Uk for medical treatment has sparked a controversy. From fears that the president may sneak out of the country without informing the National Assembly, the emanating issue after the president has observed all the processes for him to proceed on the medical vacation including transmitting a letter to the National Assembly as well as informing the citizenry has transmuted into a hullabaloo on the literal meaning of a certain phrase in the letter. The angst has to do with the aspect of the letter which says the vice president will coordinate the activities of the government while the president is away. And for this, all manners of interpretations have emerged to the extent that some have called on the president to resign saying he has by that comment breached the Nigerian Constitution and (you...
By Fred Edoreh May 20 is a special day in Delta State. It marks the consummation of the vision of the Ifeanyi Okowa led Delta State Government to restore the heritage of the Principals Cup, a platform which gave life to Nigerian football and empowered the youth to great career heights. Chiedu Ebie, the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, described the mission very assuringly: "one key area for us is in the improvement of schools sports. To this end, one area we focused on is football, and the Principals Cup. Our focus is long term and our plan is that it will serve as a breeding ground for discovering young footballing talents bearing in mind that Delta State is known for its sporting prowess and achievements," he said. This resonates succinctly with the cry by veteran David Aigbovo for the return of the competition. In the days of the old Bendel State, the goalkeeper won the competition...
The national security adviser has lost sway. The White House says everything’s fine. For the Washington establishment, President Donald Trump’s decision to make General H.R. McMaster his national security adviser in February was a masterstroke. Here is a well-respected defence intellectual, praised by both parties, lending a steady hand to a chaotic White House. The grown-ups are back. But inside the White House, the McMaster pick has not gone over well with the one man who matters most. White House officials tell me Trump himself has clashed with McMaster in front of his staff. On policy, the faction of the White House loyal to senior strategist Steve Bannon is convinced McMaster is trying to trick the president into the kind of nation building that Trump campaigned against. Meanwhile the White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus, is blocking McMaster on a key appointment. McMaster’s allies and adversaries inside the White House tell me...