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Yes to collaboration but not on tobacco

Two un-coverings that dominated the news in 2015 have made it imperative for the different agencies of government to work together to check the excesses of tobacco companies operating in Nigeria. First is the internationally-acclaimed report that British America Tobacco (BAT) bribed politicians and policymakers in Rwanda, Kenya, and Uganda …

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We Must Define A New Common Agenda For Development Challenges In Line With The New Urban Agenda Being Fashioned For The World.

It is my delight to welcome you all to Abuja as we gather together at this all important regional meeting in preparation for the 3rd United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, the HABITAT III Conference. Even though I am inclined to single out my fellow Ministers from …

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They Don’t Care If We Exist

14th February was celebrated as Lover’s day across the world, but in parts of the creeks of the Niger Delta it turned out to be a tragic day. While lovers dressed with a touch of red, Forcados communities were braced for the unknown with the threat of having their water …

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When the call came on Sept 13 2013, to serve the Nigerian people as DG National Center For Women Development, I took it as a call from God and I answered in the affirmative. I served for 2years and five months and did my best under very difficult conditions. We …

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Still on Optics: Gulliver’s Gaffe in London

By Pius Adesanmi. First things first: Gulliver’s herd will destroy Gulliver. They have learnt nothing, absolutely nothing, from Jona’s herd. At the risk of insulting the intelligence of their fellow citizens, they have adopted the creed of heroic infallibility which took Jona’s herd and their hero to perdition. Everywhere Gulliver …

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A Living Memorial for Deadened Memories- Nnimmo Bassey

The Bus, a sculptural memorial in honour of Ken Saro-Wiwa, Saturday Dobee, Nordu Eawo, Daniel Gbooko, Paul Levera, Felix Nuate, Baribor Bera, Barinem Kiobel, and John Kpuine was shipped to Nigeria from the United Kingdom by Platform. On arrival in Nigeria it was seized by the Nigeria Customs since 8th …

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Nigeria’s Economy: The road to recovery

To start by saying that the Nigerian economy is challenged is stating the obvious, but it is nevertheless, a very necessary statement especially at this period of our economic history. For an economy dependent on oil for 70 per cent of government revenues the 12 year low in oil prices, …

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Slow-Tracking the Ogoni Clean up

The 30 days ultimatum issued to the Federal Government of Nigeria by the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP) over the delayed clean-up of the devastated Ogoni environment did not come as a surprise to observers. The President was widely acclaimed when he declared that the implementation of …

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Don Jazzy, Olamide And The ‘Hyundai Skelemba’-Taking It To A Bank

By Charles Novia The Headies 2015 (which ironically held on the first day of 2016) was an anti-climax after that. And perhaps the public tantrums of both Don Jazzy and Olamide were the highlights of what was before then an above average telecast with glaring lapses which could have been …

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Davido Child Abduction Scandal: What Really Happened – Dele Momodu

By Dele Momodu In September 2015, I got a call from Dr Adedeji Adeleke, a long time family friend, telling me his son had fathered a baby girl with my cousin, Sophia Momodu. I rejoiced with him as any reasonable soul would do. He apologised that he had not called …

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