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Yes, Nigeria Is Collapsing Forward

In the past one week, those who think they own Nigeria, and their cohorts, have been making magisterial pronouncements on the state of the nation. What they couldn’t get through the ballot box in 2019, they are attempting to achieve through misinformation, disinformation, malevolence, false narrative, and outright malediction. Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, wants us to believe that the country is collapsing, and is now a basket case, with the economy and unity in tatters. Fine. Nigeria has a lot of challenges. Insecurity. Insularity. Fallen economic fortunes. Rising costs.…

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Buhari’s Applause For Akinwumi Adesina

The strife is o’er, the battle done. But it was by no means easy. It took so much: tact, diplomacy, guts, deft footworks, prayers, yes, prayers, and so many other things. But today, we can noise it all around. Dr Akinwumi Adesina is now elected for another five-year term as President of African Development Bank (AfDB). If America and some other world powers come after you, you have every right to shiver in the broiling sun. It’s like Chief Olusegun Obasanjo telling you to dismount from the horse of leadership…

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Franktalk: It’s Time To Run Nigeria’s Tertiary Institutions As Business Ventures

Sometimes when you hear certain things about Nigeria’s public tertiary institutions, you cannot help but weep for this country. You just keep asking yourself how things got so degenerated and why helps seem far away. That was exactly the anguish I suffered reading the story of the Dean, Faculty of Engineering, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Prof. Emeka Obe, and his team that had to contribute N300,000 to fund a research project in the university. Members of the Faculty’s Auto Service Centre led by Engineer Nwakile were able to produce contactless…

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Emefiele And The Burden Of A Prophet

By JACKSON UGBECHIE Dateline June 2015: Godwin Emefiele, the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, banned importation of 41 items which the apex bank classified as ‘not valid for forex’. These items ranged from consumables like rice, poultry products, vegetables and processed vegetable products to building materials like cement, roofing sheets, etc. The aim was to encourage local manufacture of these items, all of which can be produced locally. The other objective of the ban was to ease pressure on the nation’s foreign reserves. Crude oil (the major source…

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I Hate Trains. I Hate Bridges. I Hate Rice. I Hate Tallest Building East Of The Niger

Let me give the background to this piece. I was reading some comments on Twitter early in the week, when I ran into this one by one Dr Ben Gbenro: “Why are some people allergic to good news about Nigeria? You are angry about the test-run of Lagos-Ibadan rail, you are angry about the development in Onne Port, but will eagerly amplify any negative news even if it’s not true. Something is wrong with you and I am here to tell you.” Of course, that comment generated responses, both positive…

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ISMAILA ISA FUNTUA: WE BEGAN AS ADVERSARIES…

For decades, I had known him as a politician, businessman, and media entrepreneur. His reputation was as impressive as his height. But my first close contact with Mallam Ismaila Isa Funtua was as an adversary in 2013. In fact, it is one of the ‘greatest comebacks in history’ that we eventually became quite close, and we began to exchange confidences. I also visited him at home many times. How did it all begin? I had served as a member of the Standing Committee of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE)…

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Franktalk: UNILAG: Ivory Tower or Tower of Babel?

If anyone had doubted the ability of our egg-heads in this country to put up a fight whenever they think a particular issue is not in their favour, their swift reactions to the removal of the vice chancellor of the University of Lagos, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, on Wednesday, should be enough to make one  have a rethink. Hours before the university’s Governing Council, headed by Babawale Babalakin, issued the official statement on the removal of the VC, the academics seemed to be battle ready. One could deduce this from messages…

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Franktalk: Looking Beyond The Brick -And -Mortar Classroom In Nigeria

Again, we had a bit of good news as regards the education sector this week with the commencement of assessment of Nigerian universities to determine their readiness for resumption by the National Universities Commission. This was in addition to  seeing school doors open again early in the week for students in exit classes to enable them to prepare for their external examinations. NUC Executive Secretary, Abubakar Rasheed, had told journalists in Abuja on Tuesday that vice chancellors had been given a template of protocols and strategies  for combating the spread…

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THE BUHARI INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY KNOWS

The Nigerian President is different things to different people, depending on the prism from which he is being considered. To some people, Muhammadu Buhari is a father figure. At 77 years old, he qualifies. To some others, he’s the greatest crowd pulling politician the country has seen for some time, and may yet see for a long time to come. True. And yet, to some others, he’s the strict man of discipline and integrity, who sets his face as flint against all forms of graft and avarice. Very true. President…

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Reopening: What Happens To Private Universities’ Final Year Students?

The Nigerian Government’s decision to reopen schools for students in exit classes and allow the country participate in this year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) is a welcome development.  It is also heartening to know that the ministry of education has finally come up with a comprehensive schedule for other national examinations. Of course, some people might say the ministry’s response was rather too late; it is better late than never. Some of us are simply excited that at long last, we are getting some clear signals from…

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