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A Big “YES” To Increase In Tobacco Taxes

By Abdul Adeku One lasting legacy that former President Goodluck Jonathan bequeathed to the nation was the signing of the National Tobacco Control Bill (NTCB) into law on May 28, 2015. Effectively the NTCB is now the Tobacco Control Act 2015. Among some commendable provisions such as ban on single ...

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Bayelsa Politics: A Balanced View

By Mabota  Alata Lately the run of campaigns leading to the December 5 governorship poll in Bayelsa State has led to bizarre claims from the camp of Governor Seriake Dickson of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against Chief Timipre Sylva of the All Progressive Congress (APC). The two are the ...

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Forward next steps on Nigeria’s Tobacco Control Act

The last recorded words of Russian-born ace Hollywood actor, Yul Bryner, in a TV commercial he knew he would not live to see were ‘Now that I am gone I tell you: Do not smoke. Whatever you do, do not Smoke’. Yul’s role in the legendary 1956 film, Ten Commandments, ...

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Out Of Sync And Out Of Step: A Governing Party, Its Change Mantra, And The Threat Of Consolidation Of A Rotten Past

BY Jaye Gaskia It will be six months exactly by the 29th of November since the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari [PMB], and with it the ascension to power of the new ruling party and self-styled ‘Governing Party’, the APC. May 29th 2015 was the culmination of the nationwide electoral tsunami ...

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WAITING FOR TIMIPRE SYLVA

BY MABOTA ALATA The chief reason the people of Bayelsa State would anxiously wait for the second coming of their former governor is the same reason why most Nigerians would await a national leader determined to think out of the box and revive the country’s economic fortunes with less emphasis ...

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Impunity, Rivers State and future elections in Nigeria

By Adiele Wonodi Wendell Willkie, a Republican and one of America’s most colourful politicians said in the 1940s that freedom cannot be separated from America. Americans, he said will always take freedom to people, whether black or white, whether they like it or not. According to Willkie, America’s freedom would ...

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Listen Up Mr. President…

By Michael Oluwagbemi It is almost six months, half a year, since your administration assumed the mantle of office we’ve waited in bated breath for change that we were promised, and have watched as change have died deaths by many strokes of accommodations. First we got platitudes of how bad ...

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Dickson’s Dirty Campaign and Sylva’s Record

By Kesiye Newman Since the campaigns began for the December 5 governorship poll in Bayelsa State, incumbent Governor Seriake Dickson has been quick to cast aspersion on the former governor, Timipre Sylva, who is the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate. Governor Dickson’s predilection with raising alarms of impending violence in ...

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FULL TEXT OF PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI’S 55th YEAR INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION BROADCAST

  October 1st is a day for joy and celebrations for us Nigerians whatever the circumstances we find ourselves in because it is the day, 55 years ago; we liberated ourselves from the shackles of colonialism and began our long march to nationhood and to greatness. No temporary problems or ...

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8TH NASS:Full Text Of Saraki’s Resumption Speech After 4th Recess

WELCOME ADDRESS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, DR. ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI (CON) TO SENATORS OF THE 8TH SENATE ON RESUMPTION FROM THE SENATE RECESS ON TUESDAY, 29TH SEPTEMBER, 2015. Protocol: Distinguished colleagues, I heartily welcome you back from our annual recess. I hope you had ...

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