Rivers @ 50: Celebration, new vision, sustained growth

It is no longer news that Rivers State will be 50 on May 27, 2017. Everyone knows that Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has set in motion the process to celebrate the creation of the state, her achievements so far and establish the foundation for the construction of a new Rivers. The celebration is already in full swing. The logo was unveiled by the governor, a fund raising dinner held for key stakeholders to participate in the sponsorship of the Golden Jubilee, while the Golden Jubilee Celebration Committee has rolled out…

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EFCC, humongous money ‘discoveries’ and the continuous entertaining circus shows (Part 2)

ENCORE Frank Serpico, once opined that the fight for justice against corruption is never easy. It never has been and never will be. It exacts a toll on ourselves, our families, our friends, and especially our children. In the end, I believe, as in my case, the price we pay, is well worth holding on to our dignity. On this note, we conclude today, our discourse on the above subject, whilst, we continue our conversation on Accord Concondiale: The Continuous Search for Nigeria’s Elusive Unity (Part 14) QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS…

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El-Clasico: It ’s Ronaldo, Messi affair again

It’s another El-Clasico and in recent memories, the intriguing battle is about the two best players in the world Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi leading the campaign for Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively. Clasico is more than just football to these clubs, players and their supporters, it’s always about ego, it’s about politics and the strive for supremacy as exemplified by the rivalry between Ronaldo and Messi. The two individuals are the faces of the two clubs and they have both scored more Clasico goals than any of their teammates…

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Caught with his ex

Imagine this, a man tells you how much his ex-girlfriend disappointed him jilting him for an older man who already had two wives? He says it with such convincing selfpity and agony that you have to comfort him by promising never to let him down. He burns all her photographs and cards that she’d sent to him when the going was good. He vows never to talk to her again even if this life depends on it. Then one day you return earlier than usual from work and decide to…

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Nigeria engages maritime Africa

It has a matter not only of contemplation but national pride for me since the decision to host Africa’s prime maritime conference in Nigeria this year. So the efforts to get Abuja ready with all the logistics and detail has been a labour of love. So today we are ready. That is why it is my pleasure and that of the entire maritime community in Nigeria to welcome all stakeholders to Abuja. We consider it a privilege to host this important conference that embraces Africa’s maritime elite, the men and…

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Can Nigeria handle technology in electoral process? (1)

In a three-part series, I will examine the place of Smart Card Readers (SCR) or modified Smart Card Readers or other technological device that may be introduced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the electoral process. It is a matter of common knowledge that the electoral management body introduced the Smart Card Readers in the 2015 general elections to aid verification and authentication of voters in the accreditation process. As we move closer to the 2019 general elections, it may be worthwhile to examine the challenges faced by…

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APC, please wake up

Let me use this unique opportunity to wish Nigerians happy Easter as they collectively celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the son of God. Let me also state that this period should offer us an opportunity for sober reflection of our deeds here on earth and the sacrifices we make to add value to our collective wellbeing. Celebrations of the heroic accomplishments of Jesus Christ should not be about wearing new clothes and eating plenty of rice; it should be about imbibing the moral lessons of such accomplishment and breakthrough….

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