NFF, LMC must guarantee safety at match venues

Sport is one area that promote friendliness, unity, peace and fair play. In football, the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) has FAIR PLAY as its major slogan. Before every international game, the fair play anthem is expected to be rendered to remind fans and players that the world football body expects all followers of the game to embrace fairness in the interest of the sport. Followers of the game all over the world detest football hooliganism because it could lead to death or permanent disability. FIFA is very serious…

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Fighting graft with whistle-blowers

To say that the whistle blowing policy of the Federal Government has yielded amazing results since its introduction is to put it mildly. In recent time, huge sums of money have been recovered from all sorts of places to the consternation of Nigerians. The discovery of $9,772,800 and £74,000 by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in the Kaduna home of Andrew Yakubu, a former Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, is perhaps the first high-profile case in such revelations that have since riveted…

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Govt, unions and unfulfilled agreements

The incessant strikes in the critical sectors of the nation’s economy should, as a matter of necessity, raise urgent concern, if the country is to make any appreciable impact in its quest for development. It is more worrisome that the Federal Government has found it extremely difficult to effectively address the root causes of strikes by various workers’ unions. The question now is whether or not the government at all levels has been thoughtful enough to realise the incurable damage and negative impact this retrogressive practice has brought upon the…

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Nigeria’s absentee lawmakers

It was the Speaker of Kogi House of Assembly, Alhaji Umar Imam, who voiced out his frustration when he raised the alarm, recently, on persistent truancy of members of the House, describing the situation as embarrassing. The Kogi House of Assembly could not sit as only 11, out of the 25-member legislative arm, were in attendance. The House could not sit because it failed to form a quorum. Imam said the House had often failed to form a quorum to carry out its legislative business, saying it was a big…

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Sanusi’s narrative over North’s retrogression

The socio-economic backwardness of northern Nigeria has been a disturbing concern to many people in recent times. Even before the Boko Haram insurgency, the region, which ironically had produced most of the nation’s leaders, was wallowing in poverty. Despite the fact that the North has produced more presidents and heads of states since independence, the geo-political zone has lagged precariously behind in terms of human capital, education and infrastructural development. Mass illiteracy is very rife as well as intellectual and material poverty. Sadly, through the years, each state governor received…

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Rehabilitate these street children

The challenges posed by the menace of miscreants and hoodlums to the security of the society, which has assumed a more dangerous dimension, should be tackled with a renewed vigour. The current un-salutary spate at which the Nigerian society is breeding street urchins and miscreants, calls for a tangible approach on the part of the government at all levels, without exception. And, if not checked with all might and political will the menace deserved, there is no doubt that the propensity of the attendant social disorder will continue to threaten…

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Curbing inter-security forces violent clashes

Last week, a soldier and three anti-riot policemen reportedly died during a shootout between members of the two security forces. Several others on both sides received gunshot wounds in the encounter that took place in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital. Some of the critically injured were said to be battling for life at the General Sani Abacha Hospital in Damaturu. Several civilians were hit by stray bullets in the clash which lasted over an hour. Residents said it was not the first the two had been engaged in clashes. According…

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