Editorial Review

Achieving Local Content In Nigeria’s Technological Development

Nigeria showed some signs of technological prowess during the Nigerian/Biafran Civil War. Then, the Research and Production Department of the defunct Republic of Biafra developed a land mine named ‘Ogbunigwe,’ that tremendously helped it in the prosecution of the war. Unfortunately, that invention and others were allowed to fizzle out with the war. There was also no effort to concretise ...

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Significance Of June 12 As Democracy Day

Nigeria’s democracy is still on a tortuous journey. Apart from having inefficient electoral and political systems, our politicians are intrinsically selfish. To them, service to the fatherland is not a major consideration. What matters more to them is the unbridled penchant for accumulation of wealth. The essence of June 12, therefore, is to remind Nigerians of the pitfalls of the ...

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Rescue NDDC From Influence Peddlers

FRUSTRATION is gradually giving way to disgust and impatience among stakeholders over the never-ending crises rocking the Niger Delta Development Commission. The crises have without a doubt, hobbled the performance of the commission over the years. There is an urgent need to enthrone transparency and take a major bite out of the fraud, corruption and influence-peddling that pervade the commission. ...

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Justice For Omozuwa, Others

National outrage had greeted the rape and murder of a 100-level student of the University of Benin inside a church in Benin City penultimate week. The outcry was yet to die down when another heinous rape occurred in Ibadan, Oyo State. Like the Benin incident, the rapists in Ibadan also killed their victim. The two recent tragedies represent the rising ...

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Federal Character And Buhari’s Appointments

The most consequential letter in the last few years must be Col. Abubakar Dangiwa Umar’s recent open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari.  In the letter, the former military Governor of Kaduna State, after a brief excursion through recent Nigerian history, recalled the President’s pledge during his first inaugural speech in 2015 in which he swore to “belong to everybody” and ...

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Repealing Former Governors’ Pension Laws

The recent repeal of life pension’s law for former governors and speakers in Imo State is one of the good things to come out of that South-eastern State in recent times. The repealed law was enacted during the administration of Chief Achike Udenwa. No doubt, the signing of the repeal bill into law by Governor Hope Uzodinma is a step ...

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Buhari, Go Tough On Wealthy Tax Evaders

A fresh amendment to a legal mechanism against offshore tax evasion could serve as the bold impetus the Federal Government requires to expand its flagging revenue profile. To accomplish this objective, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has resuscitated the Voluntary Overseas Assets Regulatory Scheme. In modifying Executive Order 008, he vowed to recover the backlog due to the ...

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Nigeria’s democracy at 21

Nigeria’s 21 years of unbroken civilian rule has been a potpourri of celebration, sadness and hope. As the nation marks the occasion today, May 29, 2020, it has become imperative to look at where we were coming from and where we are heading. Prior to 1999, the military had always interrupted our march to unhindered democracy. The First Republic, for ...

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Developing Local Cures For COVID-19

There is a frenetic search by scientists and health officials worldwide to find a cure for COVID-19 disease. Researchers and companies like Pfizer, Moderna and many others are working towards developing vaccines to combat the disease. Some drugs such as Gilead’s Remdesivir, Favipiravir, and the old malaria drug, Hydroxychloroquine, are also undergoing testing to determine their efficacy against coronavirus. The ...

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Managing COVID-19 Donations Transparently

Undeterred by disobliging officials, civil society organisations and activists are pressing forward in the crusade for probity in public office. In another push, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, among other CSOs, is demanding that the Federal Government, the Central Bank of Nigeria and state governments furnish Nigerians with details of the public funds and private donations made to assist ...

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