Editorial Review

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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Nigeria’s Poor Ranking On Press Freedom

The recent ranking of Nigeria as 115th out of 180 countries on 2020 World Press Freedom Index is not cheering. The index, compiled by an international non-governmental organisation, Reporters Sans Frontiéres (Reporters Without Borders), described Nigeria as a climate of permanent violence. “Nigeria is now one of Africa’s most dangerous and difficult countries for journalists, who are often spied on, ...

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Overhauling The National Social Investment Programme

The National Assembly leadership apparently spoke the minds of many Nigerians recently when it faulted the multibillion naira National Social Investment Programme (NSIP). The Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, raised issues with the programme and demanded its overhaul.  The lawmakers particularly queried the N12 billion purportedly spent monthly on the school ...

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WHO, Africa And Vaccine Testing

A French doctor in a TV debate last week created a storm when he implied that Africa was the best testing ground for new vaccines for the Coronavirus.  He received a chorus of negative responses implying that Africans cannot be used as guinea pigs.  Not anymore. And the Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said ...

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Tokyo 2020 Shift Could Benefit Team Nigeria

NIGERIA’S aspiration to turn in a bright outing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games might have received a boost from unexpected quarters. Shortly before preparations reached a climax, the Tokyo Games were postponed in March from the original July 2020 date to July 2021. The rescheduling was instigated by the COVID-19 global pandemic ravaging the entire world. In essence, Team ...

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COVID-19: Chance To Reset Strategy And Economy

FROM downsizing the national budget to shifting emphasis to drug manufacturing and local efforts to make ventilators, the COVID-19 pestilence with its ensuing shutdown of social and economic activities, is compelling the Federal Government to confront the serious need to reset the country’s development strategy. Recent steps such as support for local producers, incentives for businesses and putting money in ...

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Dealing With COVID-19 Fraudsters

These are perilous times for Nigeria and the world. While the novel coronavirus pandemic currently wreaks havoc on mankind, fraudsters in different parts of the world are planning to wreak financial havoc on hapless people. The other day, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) alerted Nigerians, especially the banking public, to the presence of cyber criminals in our midst. These ...

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Buhari’s Lawlessness: Our Stand

Punch Editorial Board The entire country and a global audience are rightly scandalised by the unfolding saga over Omoyele Sowore and the unruliness of the SSS and the government; but it is only a pattern, a reflection of the serial disregard of the Buhari regime for human rights and its battering of other arms of government and our democratic institutions. PUNCH ...

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South-West Governors Must Protect The people

After interminable foot-dragging over the rising insecurity in their territory, South-West governors and leaders have finally woken up to the need to take strong measures to protect their people and property. Their recent preliminary meetings will eventually pave the way for a full summit to deal specifically with the menace of Fulani herdsmen/militants, whose rampage of murder, rape, kidnapping and ...

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