LGs under threat of extinction

The joint accounts run by states and local governments have been blamed for the inability of the councils to meet the two primary objectives spelled out in the landmark reform of 1976, which are to promote participatory democracy and rapid socioeconomic development at the local level, writes FELIX NWANERI with additional reports from correspondents across the country   The local administration is the closest tier of government to the people in Nigeria, yet the resident population in the 774 councils across the country is denied the benefits of their existence,…

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There seems to be so much in-fighting in Buhari’s govt -Brig. Gen. Ikponmwen

Brigadier General Don Idada Ikponmwen, is a former Provost Marshal of the Nigeria Army and a one time Director, Legal Services of the Nigeria Army. In this interview with ONWUKA NZESHI, the soldier turned lawyer speaks on the recent suspension of two prominent officials of the Federal Government as well as the move by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to reconcile the executive and the legislature What is your impression on the suspension of the SGF, Babachir Lawal and Ayo Ojke, the DG of the National Intelligence Agency? It is…

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Buhari has reduced corruption drastically, says Oyubu

Delta State All Progressives Congress Women Leader, Dr. (Mrs.) Janet Oyubu lauds President Muhammadu Buhari’s effort in curbing corruption and other social vices in the country in this interview with OLA JAMES A lot of Nigerians are skeptical about President Muhammadu Buhari’s ability to rule because of his health. What is your take on this? The people saying that are in the minority, though they have right to their opinion. But God is the ultimate. How would they have known that he would not rule again? They are the same…

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Deconstructing Dogara’s sermon on 2018 census

Recently, the speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara provoked a national debate on the vex issue of census. Dogara, who in the recent past has been commenting on critical national issues affecting the polity had called for the postponement of the planned 2018 head count in the country. He appealed to Nigerians clamouring for conduct of population census in 2018 to exercise patience till after 2019 elections when there will be no political pressure to manipulate its outcome. According to him, conducting population census in an election…

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Why they want Oyegun removed

In the last one and half years, the call for the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, to be removed has been a regular refrain among party members. JOHNCHUKS ONUANYIM, in this report looks at the reasons behind the possible agitation for his removal The call, “Oyegun must go” was first mooted at the International Conference Centre, (ICC), in Abuja in 2015 by some APC senators when the news that some of the party’s senators in concert with some senators of the opposition political party, Peoples Democratic…

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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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Why Babachir Lawal doubts presidency powers

He could not believe his ears; at least not from ordinary journalists. I am sure that this is the kind of attitude that Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, the Kaduna State governor was talking about when he wrote a 30-page memo to President Muhammadu Buhari five months ago. El-Rufai in his blunt memo to President Buhari had described Mr. Babachir David Lawal, the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) as a public officer lacking humility. I am one of those few Nigerians who believe too that El-Rufai is completely…

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