Monday, February 18, 2019

Dinosaur Public Servants Postponed Nigeria's Elections

A hatchet job to postpone the general elections or cause spontaneous violence required a patsy and INEC fit the bill. And all Nigerians were left with a N2.7 trillion bill.

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Donor Fright and a Governor’s Death Threat

This week, over 39 international NGOs providing disaster relief in Boko Haram afflicted Borno state will halt operations and send foreign and national staff home as a safety precaution ahead of presidential polls on February 16. Already, the UN agencies have closed shop in Borno since February 4 and will remain shut for three weeks. Will the donors come back to Borno after February 16?

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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

How $1b Annual in Vocational Education Can Produce 50m Technicians

Put $1b into vocational education rather than fuel subsidy and you can bet that Nigeria will produce millions of artisans and technicians, addressing the shortage of skilled labour and addressing youth unemployment currently at 55%. This is how it would work.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Become a writer, in 2 hours

Two weeks ago I conducted a writing workshop and made a slide presentation. It provides a “how-to” write a journalistic piece in four steps.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Why Nigeria’s Pop is 205.5m, not 198m

Seven million Nigerians were unaccounted for when the Population Commission spoke to an international audience, in New York.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Toxic Fanta and dead girls

Health Minister Prof. Isaac Folorunso Adewole yesterday empanelled a group of food industry experts to unearth the facts about the court declared toxic Fanta and Sprite. Will the probe amount to anything? Remember that the same health minister stopped by in Lagos last month at the height of the Queen's College mass food poisoning scandal. He held a meeting with the school principal, Dr Mrs Lami Amodu and that was the last heard from federal authorities on a blistering problem in a federal facility with close to 4,000 pupils entrusted to federal care by citizens.

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Monday, January 18, 2016

My encounter with Ironsi on coup day – Rita-Lori

Chief Mrs. Rita Lori-Ogbebor was one of the country’s leading broadcast journalists at the time of the January 15 coup and was the first Programme Director of the Nigerian Television Service, NTS. On the morning of the coup she encountered the General Officer Commanding of the Nigerian Army, General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi near the Parliament Building as he bustled to suppress the uprising. &nbsp;Fifty years after the coup she asserts that the plotters were perhaps not motivated by the lust for p</em>ower, being that they desired a better society.

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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Tompolo, arrest warrant and show of force

Militants blow flow station, pipelines: a random incident in the violence-soaked mangrove creeks, or a simple show of strength?

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