Editorial Review

Paying For Nigeria’s Wrong Choices

A recent statement by a United States government official, blaming Nigeria’s woes on government’s wrong choices and bizarre spending pattern, is unlikely to sit well with the authorities; but the aptness of the remark cannot be faulted. The USAID Country Representative, Stephen Haykin, said that Nigeria’s scarce resources were being lavished on subsidies on petroleum products, at the expense of ...

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Making Sense Of The Wage Increase

Punch Editorial Board A two-week ultimatum by labour unions to the Federal Government to announce a new minimum wage refocused attention on workers’ pay and the precarious financial position of public and private sector employers. The threat of industrial strike if the government failed to bend sent Presidency officials scrambling to figure out how to fund the inevitable wage increases. ...

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Recovery Of Pension Deductions

Sure way to avoid relapse into the old era More than 14 years after the country transited into the Contributory Pension Scheme, there are increasing signs that the very ills which it was meant to cure are far from being addressed. At a public forum in Lagos last week, the National Pension Commission (PenCom)’s Acting Director-General, Aisha Dahir-Umah, disclosed that ...

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NASS Invasion: Buhari’s Ominous Descent Into Dictatorship

PUNCH EDITORIAL  THE horizon is looking ominous for Nigeria. Under President Muhammadu Buhari, the country is rapidly descending into a full-blown dictatorship. With scant regard for the separation of powers, the rule of law and the tenets that underpin a sound democracy, masked State Security Service and police officers invaded the National Assembly early in the morning on Tuesday in ...

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World Cup: The Greatest Show On Earth Kicks Off

DESCRIBED as the greatest show on earth, the FIFA World Cup Finals kick off to poignant excitement today with the hosts, Russia, taking on Saudi Arabia in the opening match. Held every four years, the World Cup is regarded as the pinnacle of sports. Thirty-two teams are slugging it out in 12 venues across 11 Russian cities, including the 81,000-capacity ...

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Away With The Corrupt Security Vote

A stark reminder of the depth of corruption in Nigeria and how we have failed to deal with it have been provided by global watchdog, Transparency International. Its finding that, combined, the federal and state governments allocated N241 billion annually under the notorious security vote heading confirms our governments’ reputation for unaccountable expenditure and the persistence of graft in the ...

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Interrogating The Anti-Graft War

In a bid to deepen the national conversation on the anti-graft war – against the background of the very low rating of Nigeria in the latest Transparency International (TI) Global Corruption Perception Index – the Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development (SCDDD), in collaboration with the Arewa Research and Development Project (ARDP) and the Centre for Democratic Development, Research ...

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Dapchi Schoolgirls: Not Yet Celebration Time 

After one month of a heartrending experience in Boko Haram captivity, which seemed like an eternity to their parents, most of the latest victims of the terror group’s pastime of mass abduction of schoolgirls are back in the warm embrace of their loved ones. In a dramatic turn of events, no fewer than 105 of the 110 schoolgirls stolen from ...

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Halt These Killings, Mr President

It is only three months into the year 2018, and the number of Nigerians murdered in their villages and homes by gunmen masquerading as Fulani herdsmen is approaching the 500 mark. From the New Year Day massacres in Benue State which prompted a mass burial televised live, more fronts of barbaric atrocities have been opened in Taraba, Plateau, Zamfara, Kogi, ...

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Disclosures On National Assembly Emoluments

A great outcry rose in Nigeria since last week when it transpired that members of the National Assembly, the legislative branch of government, were pocketing huge sums of money as emoluments hitherto unknown to Nigerians. Senator Shehu Sani, representing Kaduna Central, had granted an interview to TheNews in which he disclosed that senators receive N13.5 million monthly as “running expenses,” ...

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