MMA2 @ 10: Lessons for private investors

The 16th American President, Abraham Lincoln, once said, “It often requires more courage to dare to do right than to fear to do wrong.” Come May, this year, Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal Two (MMA2), Lagos, which is a product of the courage to dare to do right, will be 10 years old and it will roll out the drums, blow the trumpets amidst pomp and colours to celebrate this landmark anniversary. This is significant in a way because what started in a modest way in May 2007 has now become…

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The denouement of Babachir Lawal

“We are victims of our actions; our destinies are controlled by the cosmic rolls of the dice, the whims of the stars and the vagrant breeze of fortune that blows from the windmills of the gods.”- H.L. Detridge. The above lines came to mind on Wednesday, April 19, after the Presidency suspended the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. David Babachir Lawal, from office pending investigation into the allegations of violations of law and due process in the award of contracts under the Presidential Initiative on the…

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Recession: Application of bizarre monetary and fiscal politicies

Nigeria is truly an interesting country. Within the space of two years it has moved from a country governed by a President completely incompetent on matters of security and warfare that Nigeria was on the verge of having a rebel group numbering no more than 1,000 men (and with little or no sources of income) overtaking most of the North Eastern part of Nigeria and threatening parts of both the North Central and North western parts of the country. At the height of that erstwhile government, money allocated to arm…

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Tackling unemployment menace in Abia State

Successive administrations in Nigeria have found the issue of job creation and unemployment tasking and perhaps insurmountable. Creating jobs for the youths has become a mirage for past and present administrations in the country, though the challenge is globally inclined. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) in its World Employment and Social Outlook – Trend 2017 (WESO) outlook said it expects global youth unemployment to rise to from 5.7 to 5.8 per cent in 2017, representing an increase of 3.4 million in the number of jobless people. In Nigeria, statistics from…

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Olabimtan: Dossier of a quintessential leader at 60

For Victor Adekanye Olabimtan, a veteran classroom teacher, lover of the lower class, compassionate humanitarian, valiant comrade and grassroots politician, who turns 60 today, God has been most kind and humane to him. An indigene of Supare-Akoko in the present day Akoko South West Local Government area of Ondo State, Olabimtan has been a blessing and God sent to his community, state and the nation of Nigeria at large. The man had always had the “fire” in him since his days as an undergraduate at the prestigious University of Lagos,…

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Nigeria: One step forward 10 others backwards!

Recently, on the cover of the New Telegraph were two pungent pictures supported by two equally captivating captions with the screaming headline: “The struggle… before admission, after graduation”. One of the captions said: “University Matriculation Examination applicants struggling to register at Digital Bridge Institute, while the Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oloyede (right) looks on in Abuja …yesterday,” while the caption of the second photograph had: “A cross section of applicants for the Nigerian Railway Corporation’s recruitment examination at Ibadan station”. One theme common to both…

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Balancing your wellness dimensions

Emotional wellness is that state where you understand your feelings, react appropriately and know how to effectively cope with stress when it shows up. This can be easily done by paying attention to self, knowing when to relax, staying calm to reduce stress levels and building inner resources through experiences. Roadmap to Emotional Wellness •Always Stay Positive – be optimistic with everything. • Show Your Emotions – don’t be afraid to show your emotions just be careful in choosing whose presence. Cry when you feel sad, smile when you feel…

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