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Franktalk: Questions Amaechi Should Answer On Transportation University

I never believed Nigeria was serious about starting a Transportation University until Monday when President Muhammadu Buhari and other government officials commissioned the project in Daura, the President’s home town.  The university, according to Transportation Minister, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, is a response to the question of how Nigeria would maintain and manage its railway infrastructure. The reason given notwithstanding, the whole gamut of excitement that characterized the groundbreaking ceremony, suggests something else.  Going by the way the minister resorted to insults and vituperation on Nigerians that dared to query the…

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Franktalk: Between Expelled FUTA Students And Ex-Babcock Girl

Ordinarily, the expulsion of a 300 Level Accounting student of Babcock University over  a viral sex video should be stale by now, but for  the  expulsion of another set of undergrads by the Federal University of Technology, Akure barely a week after , thus  bringing the Babcock matter on the front burner again.  Apart from the fact that the two institutions meted out similar punishment to their erring students, both offences leading to the students’ expulsion were committed off-campus. In the viral sex video, a female student of Babcock was…

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Franktalk: Setting Agenda For University Of Nigeria Witchcraft Conference

Barring any last minute delay, the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, will hold its conference on witchcraft in a matter of days.  Tagged “Witchcraft: Meaning, factors and practices,’’ the conference, to be convened by the Professor B.I.C Ijomah Centre for Policy and Research Institute, is scheduled  to take place between November 26 and 27. A notice of the event indicates that David Ker, a former vice chancellor of Benue State University, would be the keynote speaker while both the university’s vice chancellor, Charles Igwe, and the director of the Ijomah Centre, …

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TAM DAVID-WEST IN FINAL ESCAPE

Now, my introduction to Professor Tam David-West was on this wise: I was brought up by a very strict, educationist father, who would not allow his seven children travel during holidays, particularly the long vacation at the end of the session. He had his own way of keeping us busy. My town, Ipetumodu, in Osun State, is about ten to fifteen minutes drive from the university town, Ile-Ife. During holidays, my father would drive us to the bookshop on campus, and we would leave the place laden with all kinds…

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Jim Ovia: Garlands To ‘Grandfather’ Of Banking

Thomas Imonikhe THOUGH of noble birth, Mr. Jim Ovia, the pioneer Managing Director of Zenith Bank Plc and current chairman of its board realized early in life that having blue blood in one’s veins wasn’t enough ticket to guarantee stardom in one’s chosen endeavor and opted for the narrow path? And unlike the present dispensation in the country whereby desperation for materialism has dwarfed the age tested virtues of honesty and dignity in labor, Ovia, apparently due his strict upbringing in the royal court imbibed integrity and hardwork holding the…

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Time For Sexual Harassment Policy In Nigeria’s Tertiary Institutions

Three remarkable things happened this week with regard to the fight against sexual harassment in Nigeria’s tertiary institutions.  First was the unveiling of a policy document on sexual harassment at the University of Port Harcourt, in Rivers State. Second was the sacking of eight lecturers at the Akwa Ibom State University, Uyo for sexual offences and the third, the second reading of the sexual harassment bill at the Senate. The UNIPORT policy document defines the rules of engagement between lecturers, university administrators and students of the university. One of these…

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Buhari’s Active Diplomacy Is A Big Plus, Not A Problem

By Garba Shehu Roughly three years ago, President Muhammadu Buhari visited the Kingdom of Morocco. He asked King Mohammed VI to give Nigeria from their rich phosphate mineral so that fertilizer can be produced here at home for the teeming farming population. Agreement reached, President Buhari set up a Presidential Fertiliser Initiative in his office. Three years down the road, 24 moribund blending plans are now working, providing 100,000 direct and indirect new jobs to Nigerians. The cost of fertilizer is down by more than 50 percent. Nigeria makes a…

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Franktalk: Before Google Begins To Teach Nigerian Youths Their Languages

I have been following the ongoing debate on the origin and meaning of the word Yoruba, with Mr.  Femi Fani Kayode, arguing that Yoruba was derived from the word Yariba, which means “shady and unreliable.’’ According to him, the people called Yoruba today are Anago and their language, also Anago. He said the Fulani were the first to refer to the Yoruba as Yariba. To him, the Fulani used two demeaning   and insulting words namely Nyamiri meaning “the fetcher of water” in reference to the people of the South East and Yariba…

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Franktalk: How State Governments Can Make Their Universities Viable

Give it to him, the Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, knows how to hit the nail on the head when it comes to speaking truth to power.   His practical and logical perspectives on national issues can hardly be faulted. An example of this is his contribution at a recent stakeholders’ meeting on how to reduce the number of out-of-school children in the northern part of the country. He chided state governments for sending people on holy pilgrimages. He went as far as telling the governors that it was a…

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Celebrating Multiple Births In Igbo-Ora, World’s Twins Centre

The sign greeting visitors at the entrance of Igbo-Ora in southwest Nigeria welcomes people to “TWINS CAPITAL OF THE WORLD”. The sleepy-looking town boasts of having the highest concentration of multiple births of any place on the globe. To celebrate its self-proclaimed title the town hosts an annual festival, now in its second year, that draws hundreds of sets of twins from around the country. Donning different traditional clothes and costumes, the twins — male and female, old, young and even newborns — sang and danced at the latest edition…

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