PDP: The task before Secondus

At last, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) managed to successfully hold its elective convention last Saturday. The convention, though peaceful, was acrimonious in the manner the National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, emerged. Against all sentiments that the seat would be reserved for the South-West, Secondus, through the instrumentality of very powerful governors of the party, won the seat. He defeated Prof. Tunde Adeniran, Chief Raymond Dokpesi and a former Minister of Sports, Prof. Taoheed Adedoja. The acrimony generated by the insistence of Secondus and, by extension, Dokpesi,…

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Wanted: Full scale surgery in SARS

The directive by the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, for immediate reorganisation of the Special Anti-Robbery Squads (SARS), operating in all state commands throughout the country, is one reaction which could not have come at a more auspicious time. For one thing, the move, albeit belated, bore eloquent testimony to the fact that the police leadership believes in the philosophy behind feedback mechanism on perception of the organisation, thereby making it a basis for introspective appraisal with a view to ensuring more effective and efficient policing. Undoubtedly, public image of…

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NFF and its fresh bonus controversy

Crisis over bonuses and allowances of players is not a new thing in Nigerian football. Players in all cadres of the national teams at male and female levels have experienced the bonus brouhaha at one time or the other due to the lean purse of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). We recall that last year, the country’s female national team, the Super Falcons, conquered Africa in the Africa Women Football Championship but came back to the country and protested for 10 days over unpaid match bonuses and allowances. It took…

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Ending minimum wage impasse

After a long drawn battle, an end to the recurrent minimum wage battle between the Federal Government and workers appears to be in sight. The positive development was recently crystallised with the setting up of a formidable committee to deal with the issue once and for all. Although this is not the first time the government would constitute a body to look into the lingering crisis that has seen major labour unions almost grounding the economy on several occasions, this is, however, the first time the committee would be all…

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Scary statistics on human trafficking

The revelation by Governor Godwin Obaseki that no fewer than 3,000 Edo State indigenes have died in the last one year as a result of human trafficking is frightening. This is just a fraction of the 10,000 indigenes of the state that had been trafficked in the last one year. Like Obaseki admitted, Edo State has a major crisis of human trafficking and modern day slavery to contend with. “It is on record that from Edo State alone, over 10,000 young people have been trafficked within the last one year…

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No need for inter-agency rivalry

On Tuesday November 21, 2017, providence averted what could have been a bloody crossfire between two armed security agencies in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) were on an early morning mission to arrest a former Director General of the Department of State Services (DSSS), Mr. Ita Ekpenyong, at his No.46 Mamman Nasir Street, Asokoro, Abuja residence. Ekpenyong was the head of the DSS (secret police service) between 2010 and 2015. The anti-graft agency’s audacious move was, however, rebuffed by armed…

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Not too young to run Bill and Kogi State

As Nigeria moves towards 2019, another election year, arguments have started once again for the election of youthful men and women to run the affairs of the nation at both the state and national levels. The arguments are currently strengthened by moves by the National Assembly to lower the eligibility age for various elective positions across the country’s political space. By the provisions of the 1999 Constitution, to qualify for the presidency of the country, one must have attained the age of 40 years; 35 for the Senate and 30…

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