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OPINION – COVID-19: What the Presidential Address Did Not Address

By Adewale Kupoluyi (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – There have been mixed reactions on the disposition of President Muhammadu Buhari in addressing the nation on the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. While some people feel that it may not be necessary for him to do so, not a few people felt this was crucial because of its severity of […]

OPINION: Unemployment, Skill Acquisition And Functional Education

By Jide Ayobolu (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Director-General of the Industrial Trust Fund (ITF), Sir Joseph Ari, has linked the unemployment of over 20 million Nigerians to their failure to acquire requisite skills as well as a penchant for white-collar jobs. Ani, who expressed this view at the 1st National Skills Summit held in Abuja recently, […]

OPINION: COVID-19 And the Nigerian Economy

By Jide Ayobolu (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has expressed concern over the impact of COVID-19 on the local economy. He said the toll, especially the declining global oil price, was becoming severe, calling for massive investment in agriculture. Its Governor Godwin Emefiele spoke at the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) […]

OPINION: An Aberrant Democracy

Akintokunbo A Adejumo (akinadejum@aol.com) What exactly is democracy? Democracy (Greek: δημοκρατία dēmokratía, literally “rule by people”) is a system of government where the citizens exercise power by voting…In a representative democracy the citizens elect representatives from among themselves. These representatives meet to form a governing body, such as a legislature. What is the best definition […]

OPINION: The Development Of A Society Is Not For Charlatans

Akintokunbo A Adejumo ( akinadejum@aol.com) (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – For a society to develop (in all aspects and areas of human endeavour – technology, agriculture, governance, industrial, infrastructure, communication, transportation, sports, youth development, labour and employment, human and natural resources utilisation, etc.), there must be elements of complete sincerity, altruism, commitment, willingness and will-power, cooperation, diversification, […]

OPINION: Okada Ban in Lagos Discussed

By Akintokunbo A Adejumo (akinadejum@aol.com) (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Raise your hand if you want your child to be keke rider!’ – Seun Kuti tackles Nigerians over okada ban – TheCable Lifestyle https://lifestyle.thecable.ng/raise-your-hand-if-you-want-your-child-to-be-a-keke-rider-seun-kuti-tackles-nigerians-over-okada-ban/#.XjvAu4u4snw.whatsapp Eric Ayoola: That’s a ridiculous assertion. Even in the UK, an affluent country, there are people who make a living by delivering items, […]

OPINION: Adams Oshiomhole’s Tirade, By Adewale Kupoluyi

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Following the Supreme Court ruling over the Bayelsa State gubernatorial election, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, has pontificated that nobody should be sworn in as the new governor of Bayelsa State. Oshiomhole made this known after the apex court sacked Mr. David Lyon of the […]

Senator Douye Diri Sworn-in As New Bayelsa Governor

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Senator Douye Diri has been sworn-in as governor of Bayelsa State alongside his deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpor, at an event held at the Government House, Yenagoa. The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC’s declaration of Senator Diri as winner of the November 16, 2019 governorship poll in obedience to the Supreme Court judgement, paved […]

OPINION: Anti-Graft War, Loot Recovery And Economic Development

By Jide Ayobolu (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Federal Government is set to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Island of Jersey and the United States to repatriate looted assets. To this end, the federal cabinet yesterday asked the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to sign tripartite assets sharing agreement […]

OPINION: Strengthening The Socio-Economic Wellbeing Of Corps Members

By Jide Ayobolu (AFRICAN EXAMINER) -The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim has said the monthly allowance of corp members has been increased to N33,000. Ibrahim revealed this while addressing corps members during a working visit to the NYSC secretariat in Bauchi State. He said the increase is in […]

OPINION: Extraditing High Profile Looters, By Jide Ayobolu

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – No fewer than 18 high-profile looters in different parts of the world will be extradited soon, Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu, has said. He told reporters in Ilorin, yesterday that: “The request of President Muhammadu Buhari in London for the extradition of alleged looters […]

REJOINDER: Response By John Chiahemen To A Publication “On The Matter Of Gotel Expatriates”

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – My attention has been drawn to a publication in The News/PM News and Sahara Reporters online news sites, both of January 16, 2020, captioned ‘On the matter of Gotel Expatriates’ (“the publication”).  In the publication, Paul Ibe, the Media Adviser to Gotel’s Founder, His Excellency Atiku Abubakar, made some false and libelous […]

KPMG SME Report: Firstbank Named Biggest Mover In 2019

Written by Collins Nweze (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Capital is crucial in driving sustainable Small and Medium Enterprises'(SMEs’) growth and uplifting the economy. First Bank of Nigeria Limited, as part of the launch of its specialised SMEs’ propositions, has continually supported SMEs through diverse initiatives. The bank says its support for SMEs is in line with […]

OPINION – Refineries: Repairs Without Commensurate Results

By Jide Ayobolu (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The three refineries owned by the Federal Government lost a total of N111.27bn from January to September this year, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation said in its September report. The refineries posted a loss of N96.31bn in the same period in 2018, according to the NNPC data. Nigeria, Africa’s […]

OPINION: Obasanjo’s Visit to El Rufai, By Jideofor Adibe

 (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Obasanjo’s  recent visit to the Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El Rufai, has dominated the media the past one week.  During the visit, the former President reportedly reflected on the Kaduna state governor’s spat with the Senate when he was Federal Capital Territory (FCT) minister and his refusal to apologise to […]

OPINION: Dealing With The Perennial Glitches Of The Physically Challenged Persons

By Jide Ayobolu (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – A commission that will be responsible for the activities and welfare of people living with disabilities in Nigeria will be established soon, the Federal Government has announced. It said the commission would be the next action to be taken by the present administration with respect to supporting the PLWDs. […]

Opinion: Increased VAT Accruals, By Jide Ayobolu

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The country earned a total of N876.09bn from Value Added Tax in the first nine months of this year, statistics released by the National Bureau of Statistics have revealed. The NBS in its VAT report which was released recently said the sum of N289.03bn was generated in the first quarter while N311.94bn […]

OPINION: Making The Best Out Of Steel Development, By Jide Ayobolu

Mr Olamilekan Adegbite, Nigeria's Minister of Mines and Steel Development

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Mr Olamilekan Adegbite, the Minister of Mines and Steel Development says President Muhammadu Buhari has given marching orders to his ministry for the completion of Ajaokuta Steel Company. Adegbite disclosed this in Abuja during an interactive session with newsmen on the proposed Nigerian solid minerals downstream workshop scheduled to hold Dec. 2. […]

OPINION: Dr Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu: Politics with Potentials, Dignity And Results

 Photo: Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu during the just concluded Kogi governorship and senatorial elections. By Igho Akengha, Abuja (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Politicians all over the world are interestingly different. Some politicians are mere noise makers and attention seekers. In most cases, characters under this category are lightweight when it comes to ratings and delivery of critical […]

OPINION:Kogi, Bayelsa 2019 Governorship Election: Foretelling The Outcome

By Omoshola Deji (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Democracy is earning the power to govern through free, fair and credible elections. Nigeria is a democratic state, but the leadership recruitment process is largely undemocratic. Material and financial inducements determines victory, the security agencies are political, and the umpire lacks the capacity and will to conduct credible polls. […]

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