Opinion: #NotTooYoungToRun: Now Our Youths Are Crying and Kicking – By @DeleMomodu

Fellow Nigerians, I didn’t know whether to cry or laugh when I got a call early this week from Ambassador Dayo Israel, one of the brightest youths I had mentored in my own modest way some years ago. It was a plaintive cry for help after the debacle of a failed local government chairmanship aspiration bid and the death knell of the campaign for youth emancipation in the Senate. Dayo has since those halcyon days, when he came under my tutelage, worked very hard to be an iconic youth in Nigeria…

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Lagos Sole Administrators Deliver APC candidates at the LG polls 

Time ticks on the expiration of appointment of Lagos Sole Administrators, and many wonder what next for these set of great men and women. Before we begin to forecast and push for further appointments and tip a few for election come 2019, let us take a peek into how many of them got their appointments.  The Sole Administrators were basically appointed to relief the Executive Secrataries appointed by the erstwhile Governor of Lagos State – Babatunde Raji Fashola, it was one political move that was imminent as the loyalty of…

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LAGOS LG POLL:FORCED REPRESENTATIVES [by Kazeem Shuaib] 

The Lagos State independence electoral commission has affirmed that Saturday July 22nd is the day residents of Lagos state would be allowed to choose their representatives in different local government without no further postponement of the poll.  As events unfold its now dawn on residents to make their choice of persons and maybe those with the highest popularity in their localities would be allowed to win, I used the word allowed because it is is already normal it is psychological to say the government which is the ruling party that’s…

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N-Power Lagos: What Is Going On?

In January 2017, successful applicants of the N-Power programme protested at the State House of Assembly over non-commencement of the programme in the State. The first phase which kicked off in December 2016 with the deployment of volunteers to their duty posts in other parts of the country was yet to start in Lagos. By March, the protesters were back again at the State Assembly protesting non-deployment and non-payment of their stipends since December. They stated that they were only verified after their initial protest in January after which they…

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N-Power Focal Persons: How Are They Faring?

N-Power focal persons are officials appointed by State Governors to assist in implementing N-Power in their States. They have the responsibility of managing the job creation scheme and acting as a liaison between the State and the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP), office of the Vice-President. To underscore the importance attached to the programme, focal persons are mostly cabinet-level appointees of the Governor. Some States have also created a Social Investment Programme Office to make coordination and supervision, seamless. The focal persons have had to face some challenges since the…

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Does Nigeria Really Need Political Restructuring? -By Sampson Ikemitang

Several decades after the amalgamation of the northern and southern protectorates in 1914 by Lord Lugard, and 57 years of the nation’s independence, there are still strong and persistent agitations by some interest groups in the polity demanding the restructuring of the existing political arrangement. This, they say, should be done if the country must remain an indivisible and indissoluble entity. Their agitations are coming on the heels that Nigerian federalism has totally assumed the attributes of a unitary system of government. Pundits have also agreed with the above line…

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BRF: Resolutely Focused At 54 by Hakeem Bello

  May 2017 was appraisal time of the mid term of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in office.   Expectedly, much attention was on the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, as it controls the fulcrum, which the country’s development revolves around. While Power plays a vital role in its industrial development, Works (roads, bridges) facilitates the transaction of business and social activities across its boundaries and cultures while Housing gives both stability and security to its human resource.   There were, and there will still continue to be truths, half-truths, and…

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Open Letter: Resign And Let Nigeria Exhale By Abiodun Ladepo

Your Excellency Sir, There are no better ways to say this: The release of that Eid-el-Fitri message to us through the BBC Hausa outlet, in Hausa language, convinced even those of us who are your diehard supporters that you are no longer sentient; that some people around you are taking advantage of your compromised medical situation to fulfill their own selfish agendas. If you were in charge of all your faculties and firing on all cylinders, you would not have allowed such a message to be used to prove that…

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 N-Power: Tackling Unemployment And Spurring Economic Growth

Unemployment has been a major challenge to successive governments in Nigeria. According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), 200,000 graduates join the unemployment market every year with only a few securing jobs, years after graduation. As at the last quarter of 2016, Nigeria’s unemployment rate was put at 14.2%, up from 10.4%, the previous year. Therefore, the imperative for a radical approach to tackle the problem cannot be overemphasised especially for an administration that rode on the wings of a change agenda to power. The Buhari administration’s policy initiative…

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N-Power: Renewed Enthusiasm, Better Management

It is no longer news that N-Power, the Federal Government’s signature job creation and empowerment scheme reopened its portal for second phase recruitment at exactly 11.30pm, 13th June 2017. What is however significant is that in just five days, the number of applicants exceeded the total figure recorded in the two and half months application window of the first phase in 2016. That 753,307 young Nigerians have already applied as at 18th June is a pointer to the fact that Nigerians are now better informed about the programme and have…

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