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Education Reforms: How a Nigerian State is Blazing the Trail

Kaduna State is reputed as having the third oldest University in Nigeria and the only Aviation Technology Institute in West Africa. This is in addition to the fact that the state is home to at least 2 other Universities, 2 Polytechnics, 6 Colleges of Education and 4 Research Institutes that focus on diverse fields from water to leather and agriculture to health. The presence of these institutions has helped the State build a reputation as being a melting pot for people from all over the country who come to study. It is in fact this reputation that informs its slogan as Nigeria’s Centre of Learning....
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NDDC Scholarship: The Typification Of Nigeria’s Chaotic Downtrend

The Niger Delta Development Commission in May, 2016 called for a Computer Based Test of all intending scholars by text message who wished to pursue their Masters and Doctorate degrees abroad - with an official release of this list of successful candidates of the Computer based test published on the NDDC website much later in July. In June 2016, before the list of successful candidates in the computer based test was even published online; interviews were conducted for the successful candidates who were contacted by text messages. As at the 21st of September 2016, the finalized list of successful...
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#NES22: Experts Set Agenda For 22nd Nigerian Economic Summit

#NES22: Reviving Nigeria’s EconomyExperts set agenda for 22nd Nigerian Economic Summit In the midst of what some analysts describe as the worst economic downturn in decades, Nigerians have spared no effort in making known their discomfort and disappointment at the present economic realities. The grave misdeed of too much dependence on sale of crude oil for revenue generation cannot be overemphasized, this is why, when oil prices fell from more than $100 a barrel to about $40, the naira lost more than a third of its value and is still falling. For the foreseeable future, signs abound that the price of oil...
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Happy Recession, Nigeria!, By Gimba Kakanda

We do not know the exact starting date of this historic festival, nor are we in the know of its end date. I mean this festival of inflation and hunger, unemployment and job cuts, liquidation and crime, mental health crisis and despair. There’s something savagely beautiful about celebrating our misery, about refusing to see it as a danger, preferring to call it a mere “word”, for example, since it does not threaten the existence of those in the political house – elected politicians and their allies in and out of the corridor of power. Some think the decision to celebrate our misery was taken on...
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Arigbabu Neemah: Welcome To Nigeria

Welcome to Nigeria Thank You! Thank You!! Thank You!!! The applause is really appreciated. Welcome to this side of the world; now we need to just spell out a little ‘something something” for your enjoyment. A country where a contractor uses substandard materials to build a hospital because lives are not important to them; it’s just another day in the office, business must go on. A country where politicians love enslavement; enjoys having the people remain poor so they can exploit that weakness for electoral gains. It’s just life and ‘we can’t all be equal’ A country where...
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Reuben Abati: The Man Who Named His Dog Buhari

The one absolutely unselfish friend that a man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him and the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous is his dog – George Graham Vest (1870)  Joe Fortemose Chinakwe, the man who named his dog after President Muhammadu Buhari is right now probably regretting his decision to honour his dog with the name of a man he considers his hero. He has been accused of trying to incite hate and breach the public peace. He has been arrested and re-arrested by the police and taken to a magistrate court, which promptly remanded him in prison until he is...
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Adeeko Ademola Abayomi: The Long Road To Fixing Nigeria’s Battered Economy

The Nigerian economy took a deep plunge this year but make no mistake, it’s not a sudden twist, it’s been long coming and every discernible mind should have seen it coming. However, the un-foretold hardship the current situation of the economy has put on Nigerians have really taken a toll on their memory. The struggle to survive is naturally frustrating millions of Nigeria into believing there should be a quick fix.   Compatriots, there is no quick fix to an economy that took decades to "achieve" its present dilapidated form.   Nigeria is a middle income, mixed economy and emerging...
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Signs Your Relationship Is Toxic & You Need To Leave Fast

You have to ask permission.It's nice to consider your partner's thoughts and feelings when making decisions, but it shouldn't be only one of you who can give the go ahead. You should have full freedom to do what you want. You're emotionally drained constantly.If all your energy is being put toward arguing or trying to keep your SO satisfied, that's a problem. A healthy relationship is happy and fulfilling. You can't fully be yourself.You should never have to suppress certain parts of you to make your SO accept you. If they can't love all of you, then they sure as hell don't deserve you.   You'll...
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NGO Regulatory Bill: Why the Nigerian Government Has It All Wrong – Again! – by Mary Olushoga

When has the Nigerian government ever gotten anything right? BudgIT a civic technology company focused on promoting good governance in Nigeria by simplifying the government’s budget, made me aware of the recent non-governmental regulatory bill. Using info-graphs, maps, and mobile applications, BudgIT aims to make public data accessible and easier to understand – well the company achieved its mission because I became aware of a new bill. Sponsored by Umar Buba Jibril, Deputy House Leader for the Lokoja-Kogi Federal Constituency, the proposed non-governmental regulatory bill aims to erode the...
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Omojuwa, Arese, Alibaba Unveiled As Rémy Martin Brand Influencers #OneLifeLiveThem

Japheth Omojuwa, Arese Ugwu and Ali Baba last week were unveiled as the new influencers for the Rémy Martin #OneLifeLiveThem campaign. The campaign tagline, One Life/Live Them®, which assumes its grammatical error, identifies that today’s consumers are not defined by one talent or skill, but are multi-faceted and should be applauded for their many passions. Rémy Martin’s One Life/Live Them campaign encourages consumers to explore and celebrate all their talents. It is a call to live richer, larger lives, to expand the horizon and seize all the wonderful opportunities that life can offer, beyond...
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Signs She Is A Gold Digger

Looking for some red flags to prove you’re in a relationship with a gold digger? Read this:  1. What your partner has is never good enough and he or she is constantly looking and pointing out what someone else just bought. Another red flag is if the focus always seems to be impressing other couples at your expense. It’s always about a good table at the new hip restaurant when you go out with friends, never a movie and a beer afterwards. You always pay. And the biggest red flag can be seen when it comes to vacations. Does it always need to be the St. Regis or Four Seasons or Maui or can we Airbnb a...
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#ReOpenLautech: Nigerians Deserve A Top Notch Educational System – Isaac Amoo

Nigerian student deserves more and the educational system needs better handling than what we are presently seeing in LAUTECH. Is this the promised change or do we wait for another? These are the question plaguing our minds as we look at the unfolding scenarios in LAUTECH.   If this has to do with change mantra, I don't know. But the height and depth of irresponsibility displayed by the two Governors (Osun and Oyo states) stink to the high heaven. They came in the garb of Awolowo but are bereft of Awo's idea and the ideal of Education nor do they portray Awo's integrity.   We have been...
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How Nigeria Is Fighting Corruption – The Economist

  NIGERIANS know what to expect when they approach police checkpoints. “How can you appreciate me?” ask officers, AK-47s dangling languidly from their shoulders. “Happy weekend!” say security guards from the early hours of Friday morning. Or simply: “What do you have for me?” Nigeria, as David Cameron, Britain’s former prime minister, pointed out, is “fantastically corrupt”. In Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index, it is 31st from the bottom. Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, a former military ruler, wants to change this. How is he...
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Olawale Rotimi Opeyemi: Recovering Nigeria’s Refugees and IDPs; A Fight Worth Fighting

Nigeria has been ranked among nations with high number of displaced persons and refugees; this record is solely linked to insecurity challenges faced by the country in the recent past, where thousands were killed by the dreadful terrorist group-Boko Haram and millions displaced across the country and beyond.   At the peak of Boko Haram attacks in North East Nigeria, the figures of displaced persons rose speedily; currently, well more than 2 million persons are displaced within Nigeria. As of June 11, 2014, the International Rescue Committee estimates that as many as 1,000 refugees a week are crossing the...
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Olusegun Hakeem-Adebumiti: Redefining Mo Ibrahim’s Prize For African Leaders.

The Mo Ibrahim's prize for achievement in African leadership was announced few weeks ago and for the umpteenth time there was no clear cut winner for the coveted prize among past African leaders. After reading the news, I remembered a discussion with a colleague at work recently on the personality of Mo himself and how best he could channel his God-given wealth to develop his home of descent - Sudan. My colleague had argued that instead of Mo investing so much as high as 5 million dollars on African leaders, it would not be out of place if he directly spend or invest it in Sudan or some countries battling...
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Dr. Kayode Fayemi: Nigeria And South Africa; Forging Bonds of Mutual Prosperity in Mining

  The recent state visit to Nigeria by President Jacob Zuma marked the beginning of a new chapter in relations between Nigeria and South Africa. Both countries have shared a sometimes turbulent history; we have also at different times reveled in the joy of aligned moral purpose – at some point towards the dismantling of apartheid, at some other point in the struggle to enthrone democracy. During the visit, both President Zuma and his host President Muhammadu Buhari made it a point of duty to strengthen the historical bonds of friendship between the peoples of Africa’s two largest economies. The...
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Richard Tayo: Dino Maleye And Smart Adeyemi The True Difference Between Six And Half A Dozen

Finding the difference between Senator Smart Adeyemi and Senator Dino Melaye is tantamount to finding the difference between six and half a dozen. I mean how can Senator Smart's monkey moves it's head that Senator Dino's baboon cannot? Since both baboon and monkey are primates the interest to talk about them never dies. More importantly, it is very easy for a person to get confused when these primates are concerned. Separate characterization would provide a strong platform to make a fair and reliable comparison between baboon and money but in brief, baboons are also monkeys. Haven said that, Dino Melaye who...
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Gimba Kakanda: Boko Haram; The End Of A Conspiracy?

If the past administration took the Boko Haram for granted, making the disaster a justification for grand treasury theft and even failing to correct perception of its key figures as sponsors of the the group in conspiracy theories promoted to gullible and polarized citizens, the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, despite its controversial handling of the economy, clearly takes its predecessors as a bad model for conflict management. A prominent politician once told me that the war on terror failed under former President Goodluck Jonathan because, aside from our popular ridiculing of the man...
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