This Ali-Must-Stay!

By Segun Tomori (08062672869-SMS only) In the late 70’s, a certain Ali stirred the hornet’s nest when as Minister of Education, he increased the daily meal fee of University students by 50 Kobo. That singular action sparked riots on a scale quite unprecedented in the history of protests in the nation’s citadel of learning -they were tagged Ali-Must-Go protests. Though the Ali in question then was Ex-PDP chair, Col. Ahmadu Ali, the subject of this piece is however different. Fast-forward to 2017, another Ali, this time Col. Hamid Ali, Comptroller-General…

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Nigeria @57: We Must Work To Make Her Great Again

I congratulate Nigerians on the occasion of our 57th independence anniversary today. Despite our daunting challenges, that we are still a united entity is worth celebrating. Nations that have gone through less than we did are today dismembered or in a state of anarchy but by divine providence, we have managed to pull through. However, we must not be oblivious of the challenges of our nationhood. We must tackle it headlong. Our dysfunctional Federation which is at best unitary is structure must give way to true Federalism where Federating units…

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Not Today, Satan!

By Ilsa Aida The alarm rang at 4.00am, I mulled over laying there for another 5 to 10 minutes mentally calculating if it would seep into the time required to complete the packing and whatever else I wanted to do. I instead chose to play the music that always gingered my soul — Alagbada Ina and thanks to the Bang and Olufsen feature, I could hear the music play as I walked round the house. 5.00am, set to go, driver had arrived, headlights on, medium speed, the Champion track playing, traffic lights,…

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Of Protest Merchants And Genuinely Concerned Nigerians

By Johannes Tobi Wojuola  Fairly, it is in the lawful and democratic right of every Nigerian to express themselves through peaceful protests and lawful assemblies. Mr Deji Adeyanju, the convener of the Concerned Nigerians group, currently hosting the #ResignOrReturn protests and his crowd are exercising this right. That should never be an issue. But the question that should be of issue is to what extent and what intent does this protest by a politician want to achieve? To push a political interest in the masqueraded façade of being Concerned Nigerians? That…

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Globalization: Implications for Buhari’s Economic Agenda

By Johannes Tobi Wojuola President Muhammadu Buhari’s determination to boost the nation’s economy does not seem to click with the tenets of globalization of trade as enunciated by the Western world. This is because the West, including the neo-liberalist and the Brettingwood philosophers, see the peculiar nature of the approach as theoretical. The conclusions by both groups is based on their penchant for a free market space, unfettered by government inhibitions and stringent policy controls. They also look for opportunities for the dumping of all sorts of goods, especially, sub-standard…

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N-Power: Much More Than Employment

By Segun Tomori Conceptualized to be a job creation and empowerment scheme, N- Power is turning out to be more than that. Feedback from across the 18 States that have hosted the N-Power monitoring and evaluation team indicate that communities are being impacted by innovative inventions of creative volunteers who are taking ownership of the scheme. From Wadata Primary school, Makurdi, the Benue State capital, comes the story of Orlaade, an N-Power beneficiary, tutoring Primary six pupils. The volunteer on resumption of duty last year discovered that some pupils couldn’t…

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Chronicles of Osinbajo’s Visit to N-Power office

By Segun Tomori The barricade of the entrance of Niger Delta Holding Company (NDHC) building, housing the N-Power office as early as 7 am that Friday morning, 14th July 2017, gave an inkling of what was in the offing. Stern-looking security operatives had taken over the building, thoroughly frisking staff before letting them in through the back gate. Those without a valid means of identification were politely turned back. On entering the building, one could notice the red-tape security cordon of the lobby that leads to the lift from the…

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Dissecting The Buhari Administration’s Two Years In Office (2)

By Segun Tomori (08062672869-SMS Only) …. Continued from Part 1.. Another driver of the economy anywhere in the world that this administration has commendably focused on is the growth of the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).  The establishment of the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) clinics in some States meant to serve as a one-stop shop to address challenges faced by small business owners across the country and provide opportunity for them to talk to business regulators and share their problems is novel. Relevant agencies brought together in the…

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Dissecting The Buhari Administration’s Two Years In Office (1)

By Segun Tomori (08062672869-SMS Only) The euphoria that trailed the defeat of the then incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan seems like yesterday. But lo and behold, It is two years already since All Progressives Congress (APC)’s President Muhammadu Buhari took the reins of power, riding on the crest of change to defeat the incumbent President of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP), the first time in our nation’s history. It will be recalled that President Buhari hinged his campaign on three major planks- security, fight against corruption and the economy. On…

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EFCC’s Ikoyi Recovery: The Web Of Bemusing Controversy

By Segun Tomori(08062672869-SMS only) When the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) last Wednesday night gleefully announced its discovery of a huge sum of money in a sting operation in the upscale Ikoyi area of Lagos, Nigerians marvelled at the breakthrough.The operation was like none other as the anti-graft agency sensationally posted pictures and videos of the operation and informed bewildered Nigerians that counting machines of banks had been hurriedly obtained to put a figure to the humongous sum. At the end of the process, a figure was put out…

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