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Franktalk: Masari And Child Bandits In Katsina Forest

Finally, the chickens have come home to roost! The misdeeds of Nigeria’s leaders are coming back to haunt them. Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State painted a vivid picture of this during the week when he spoke about the horrors locked in the Northern forest, where anyone could get hundreds of armed men almost for free.  He said that the children abandoned in the forest across the north were now coming back to fight the society as bandits. He didn’t stop there. He warned that unless the education of children…

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Franktalk: It’s Time To Review Nigerian Universities’ Curricular

The National Universities Commission has finally unbundled Mass Communication into seven separate degree programmes.  The implication of this is that from the 2020/2021 academic session, what used to be Mass Communication in Nigerian universities would be recognized as seven programmes. The seven new programmes may be domiciled in a faculty, school or college of communication and media studies depending on the university’s choice. The new programmes are: Journalism & Media Studies, Public Relations, Advertising, Broadcasting, Film & Multi-Media Studies, Development Communication Studies and Information & Media Studies. Considering how long…

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Franktalk: Who Says Nigerian Graduates Are Unemployable

Whenever I hear people describe Nigerian graduates as unemployable, I shiver.  I quiver because many a time, such sweeping assertion is made by people who themselves are also products of Nigerian universities, thus wondering if such people realize the implication of their weighty indictment of the system that produced them.  I may not be able to give specific statistics on the number of graduates from Nigerian universities working in both indigenous and multinational companies in the country, a casual observation of happenings around shows that many of these companies are…

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Franktalk: Gbajabiamila, Nigeria Does Not Need Another Law On Compulsory Basic Education

I am yet to understand the basis for a new bill on compulsory basic education for Nigerian children when a subsisting Act on the same issue has not been implemented to the letter. The new bill, sponsored by the Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has reportedly scaled second reading at the plenary session. Mohammed Monguno from Borno State, while moving for the debate of the bill on behalf of the speaker, had said that the bill would ensure that millions of out-of-school children in Nigeria return to the classroom.…

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PMB At 77: ‘Please Tell Baba We Are With Him All The Way’

I boarded a commercial airliner heading to Lagos from Abuja. I was already seated, and strapping my seat belt, when a young man approached me. He must have been in his late 20s, or at most, early 30s. I shook hands, greeted him warmly, and he slipped something in my palm. He went back to his seat. It was a piece of paper, and on it was written: “Please, tell Baba we are with him all the way.” My eyes became misty. I knew who he was talking about. My…

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Franktalk: Aisha Buhari’s Unending Drama Amidst Nigerian Child’s Plight

If President Muhammadu Buhari’s wife, Aisha, devotes half of the energy invested in fighting the cabal in Aso Rock to pressing for the welfare of the Nigerian child, perhaps, there could have been a significant reduction in the number of the over 13 million out-of-school children in the country.  This could also have probably led to a drastic reduction in the number of child brides in the country- the highest in Africa. I am not saying this out of spite but in recognition of the First Lady’s strong convictions and…

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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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