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On Emir Sanusi’s constructive criticisms

December 9, 2016

I  salute His Majesty, Muhammadu Sanusi II, better known as Sanusi Lamido Sanusi (SLS), for staying true to type, irrespective of whose ox is gored and for allowing the chips to fall where they may. […]

Okun people deserve better deal in Kogi

December 9, 2016

OKUN people are Yoruba descendants in Kogi State. Kogi is a multi-ethnic state and Okun people are up to 27 per cent of the state’s population, smaller than the other two major completely different ethnic […]

Why investing in women, girls will eradicate poverty

December 9, 2016

IN 2015, ONE, an international campaigning and advocacy organisation with more than one  million members taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable diseases, particularly in Africa, started a campaign on “poverty is sexist” around […]

Let’s give Buhari a chance

December 8, 2016

In 1983 when Muhammadu Buhari became Nigeria’s Head of State, his vision was to return Nigeria to its former glory. He saw the need to restructure the system based on socio-economic and cultural values that […]

Ondo gov poll: Let there be peace

December 8, 2016

The Ondo State governorship election  has come and gone and a winner has emerged in  the APC candidate, Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN). I congratulate him and commend the good people of Ondo State for a very […]

LAUTECH strike: Ajimobi, Aregbesola must wade in

December 8, 2016

It is high time the duo of Governors Abiola Ajimobi and Rauf Aregbesola had a rethink on their alleged differences over the running of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH). They should please do […]

When will our leaders emulate Awo?

December 7, 2016

  THE  sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, has come and gone. But by investing in agriculture, he made it clear that  our natural resources could serve as national incomes. He served the country wholeheartedly and the […]

How Nigeria can move forward

December 7, 2016

OVER time, thousands of people have seen the theory of libertarianism (freedom) as a bad idea if adopted for any community. They believe that freedom might end up making a lot of people  a nuisance […]

774 LGs: Nigeria’s biggest fraud

December 7, 2016 Tola Adeniyi

A litany of frauds came up in the wake of Lugardo-Fulani colonialism of Nigeria in 1914. And progressively from then came several other frauds which were perpetrated in furtherance of the grand design of complete […]

FG, youths and job creation

December 6, 2016

T HE N-Power project of the Federal Government which will create about 200,000 jobs for our youths is a commendable effort. However, what percentage of the unemployed will this project take off the streets? The […]

Lagos: Still on the cancelled sanitation exercise

December 6, 2016

FOR some time now, there have been different views and varied interpretations on the Lagos State government’s stand-point on environmental sanitation exercise.  While some pundits posit that the exercise, which hitherto held on the last […]

Micra cabs: Appeal to Oyo NURTW boss

December 6, 2016

I want to appeal to the chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Oyo State chapter, Alhaji Taofeek Oyerinde, to start organising frequent trainings for drivers of Micra cabs in the state […]

Economy: Nigeria needs new ideas

December 4, 2016

T HE plan of the Federal Government to obtain loan in the tune of $30billion shows that the country’s leadership needs experienced economic advisers to tackle the recession we are facing at the moment. I […]

Of bad debts and banks

December 4, 2016

I keep wondering how granting of loans by Nigerian banks turn into bad debts. Several months ago, banks began publishing names of debtors who had stopped servicing their loans in the newspapers. How can loans […]

CST: Kudos to FG

December 4, 2016

I want to commend the Federal Government for reversing its plan to commence the Communication Service Tax (CST), which was billed to take-off on December 1. When Nigerians got hint of the plan, they protested […]

Capital punishment: To be or not

December 1, 2016

NIgerians have been debating on whether to stop or continue the capital punishment. However, before we decide on what to do, we need to know what benefit the country gets from the implementation of the […]

On Buhari’s support for LG autonomy

December 1, 2016

I want to commend President Muhammadu Buhari when he said he supports local government autonomy. He has aimed high at moving the country forward by saying the 774 local governments in the country would become […]

Economy: Buhari deserves our support

December 1, 2016

THERE is no doubt that our nation’s economy is already in comatose and the government of Muhammadu Buhari is doing everything possible towards finding solution to the myriads of problems it inherited upon assuming office […]

CST will add to Nigerians’ pain

December 1, 2016

T HE Federal Government should come to the rescue of Nigerians by providing an environment that is enabling for good living. What Nigerians are asking from the government is enduring dividends of democracy that will […]

Capitalising on fall in crude price

December 1, 2016

The crash in the price of crude is now giving our country another chance at being productive. We need to focus on manufacturing, agriculture and mining to reduce the high unemployment rate. Nigerian youths are […]

Of education and capital flight

November 30, 2016

I T is no longer news  that Nigerian parents pay about $1billion as tuition annually for their children studying abroad. This is part of the strain the naira is facing at the moment, which has […]

Kudos to Ooni Ogunwusi

November 30, 2016

I want to commend the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, for the steps he has been taking since he ascended the throne of his forefathers. Recently, the Ooni, in collaboration with the Bank […]

Let’s abolish our bicameral legislature

November 29, 2016

I want to support former President Olusegun Obasanjo on what he said about the National Assembly. The truth is that the National Assembly is a drain pipe in the country’s hard earned resources. When we […]

IGP, revisit police promotion

November 29, 2016

DURING the short tenure of former Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, he focused on approving the promotions of police officers who had stayed too long on a rank. It is, however, so unfortunate […]

Letter to Aliko Dangote

November 29, 2016

NIGERIAN football lovers, particularly those who follow the English Premier League know that Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, is a fan of Arsenal. On several occasions, he had said he would buy Arsenal and take […]

Politicians, make life better for Nigerians

November 29, 2016

GOING by what is happening in the political arena today, it is certain that the battle for 2019 has already begun. With more than two years to go, politicians have started forming alliances to advance […]

Appeal to Oyo govt, Ido LG

November 28, 2016

I want to appeal to the Oyo State government and the Ido Local Government to come and help us rehabilitate the Benbo-Oloko-Elere Road in Apata. This road is under the Ido Local Government, and it […]

Allegations of corruption in judiciary disturbing

November 25, 2016

IT is really embarrassing and quite incredible to see the present mire filth the national judiciary finds itself in during a time the country seriously needs its impeccable firmness and readiness to be the reliable, […]

Economy: Agenda for 2017

November 24, 2016

WE just have a month left in this year, and we should start planning for next year. Already, economists are predicting a tougher 2017, and I hope that the managers of the Nigerian economy should […]

Winning the war against corruption

November 24, 2016

FREEDOM that money cannot buy should elude those who have mismanaged the wealth of this country. It is now very clear that President Muhammadu Buhari is ready to enthrone justice and change in the national […]

Celebrating with Tribune at 67

November 24, 2016

Permit me to felicitate with your widely read newspaper on the occasion of your 67th birthday celebration. The Nigerian Tribune has, in no small measure,  played a major role in stabilising democracy in our country, […]

Of DSS and BDC operators

November 23, 2016

IT was widely reported that the officers of the Department of State Security (DSS), last week, swooped on some Bureau de Change (BDC) operators in Lagos for hoarding and artificially inflating the dollar against the […]

Need to return to agriculture

November 23, 2016

AFTER all we have experienced with oil, I believe that we can still retrace our steps and return to agriculture; in fact, we have no choice than to return to agriculture. It is often said […]

Kidnapping: NASS, come to our aid

November 23, 2016

I want to urge members of the National Assembly to start the debate for the legalisation of the death penalty for kidnappers in the country. This is the right thing to do at this moment […]

Tackling the menace of land grabbers in Ogun

November 22, 2016

ON Tackling the menace of land grabbers in Ogun On Monday, November 14, 2016, a law against land-grabbing became operative throughout the length and breadth of Ogun State. The sentences imposed against violators of the […]

Flouting court orders not good for our democracy

November 22, 2016

In every country of the world where democracy is practised, there usually exist three arms of government, which are legislative, executive and judiciary, with each having distinct roles to play in the administration of the […]

Will these executions stop?

November 22, 2016

IF you ever find yourself anywhere on this planet where there is no Nigerian, RUN! I had guffawed uncontrollably at the bold assertion my roommate made years ago, but as we rocketed through time, I […]

ASUU, strike is not the solution

November 21, 2016 David

W HEN will members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) learn to use other means to make their demands to the Federal Government known other than by embarking on industrial actions every now […]

On Trump’s policy of ‘America first’

November 21, 2016

DURING US President-elect, Donald Trump’s campaigns, he emphasised that he would focus on ‘America first,’ meaning he will shun globalisation in favour of a more prosperous America. Unfortunately, the world is a global village now, […]

On Niger Delta militants’ hostilities

November 21, 2016

AFTER the meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and some leaders of the Niger Delta, led by Chief Edwin Clark, some militants have resumed the bombing of oil installations in the region. What this tells us […]

No to Communication Service Tax (CST)

November 18, 2016

THE Federal Government should come to the rescue of Nigerians by providing an environment that is enabling for good living. What Nigerians are asking from the government is enduring dividends of democracy that will make […]

Why Lagos deserves special status

November 18, 2016

OF recent, Nigeria’s media landscape has been agog with a trending issue bordering on the desirability or otherwise of according special status to Lagos State.  I have personally pondered to underscore the import of such […]

Still on gender equality

November 18, 2016

Gender inequality still remains an insurmountable obstacle in Nigeria. A survey of demographic dividend of the Northern hemisphere in Nigeria reveals how it is normalcy for young girls swayed into marriage to  use modern contraceptives […]

Towards curbing corruption in Nigeria

November 18, 2016

THERE are several families that need just thousands of naira to get by in life, and we have some people who were lucky to have held political offices siphoning billions of naira meant for the […]

Developing a unique system of govt

November 17, 2016

NIGERIA’s democracy should not be practised as it is being done in other countries of the world; we should be able to tailor ours to suit our multi-ethnic composition. I am thinking that we should […]

Olubadan, focus on Ibadan State

November 17, 2016

THE Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, should focus on the creation of Ibadan State. This is what every Ibadan indigene wants; the other two regional power houses in the decades gone by, Enugu […]

Aba shoe industry gaining momentum

November 16, 2016

Indeed, the narrative of the Aba shoe industry is changing positively. Recently, there is an order to an indigenous private firm to supply 50,000 pairs of military boots. According to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia […]

On governing boards for Oyo public schools

November 16, 2016

The Oyo State government’s White Paper on the report of the committee on participatory management of schools is a step to end the decay in the infrastructure and non-availability of furniture, with the establishment of […]

War on corruption and lack of convictions

November 16, 2016

I F there is one area where President Muhammadu Buhari has performed excellently well, it is in the area of the anti-corruption war. It is so unfortunate that over the years, the funds meant to […]

How Trump’s presidency will benefit Nigeria

November 15, 2016

I S anybody really surprised by what is going on in global politics of recent? Western countries are now turning their backs on immigration, and as a result, there is strong anti-immigrant sentiment sweeping over […]

Lessons from the American presidential election

November 14, 2016

DESPITE the tough 19 months of campaigning for the American presidency, with the attack on contestants’ personal and family lives, the electoral process ended last week with the two final contestants commending each other for […]

Appeal to Oyo govt

November 14, 2016

I want to use this opportunity to appeal to the Oyo State government, under the leadership of Senator Abiola Ajimobi, to pardon the shut schools where some students rampaged recently thereby leading to the burning […]

Putting the Trump victory in a context

November 14, 2016

Donald Trump has won and a new dawn has begun, people must be wondering how the hell this happened. Well, this is how. First, in recent times, across the world, from Brexit in the UK […]

Attention, Oyo govt on Eleyele-Ologuneru Road

November 11, 2016

I am using this medium to draw the attention of the Oyo State government to the bad condition of the Eleyele-Ologuneru Road in Ibadan. This terrible road has been affecting the economic situation of the […]

Corruption: Nigerians should speak with one voice

November 11, 2016

NIGERIA is a democratic nation with a huge population. However, the issues currently facing the country in this present administration are not new. Let me quickly analyse one or two things here; the National Assembly […]

Towards reviving Nigeria’s economy

November 11, 2016

STEADILY, the oil price is rising again. It has recently risen to $50 per barrel, and with the coming together of oil producing nations to curb the glut, then there is hope that the price […]

Towards stopping religious fanaticism

November 9, 2016

According to a dictionary, religion is the belief in the existence of a God or gods and the activities that are connected with worship of them. In another way, religion is one of the systems […]

Standardising Nigeria’s education system

November 9, 2016

IT is no longer news  that Nigerian parents pay about $1billion as tuition annually for their children studying abroad. This is part of the strain the naira is facing at the moment, which has made […]

Govt should focus on eliminating gas flaring

November 9, 2016

N   IGERIA’s gas flaring re-emphasises the aphorism that we are rich in energy resources but poor in energy supply and management. The Associated Gas Re-Injection Act was made as an Act to compel every company […]

Still on death penalty for kidnappers

November 8, 2016

I want to urge members of the National Assembly to start the debate for the legalisation of the death penalty for kidnappers in the country. This is the right thing to do at this moment, […]

Protests: Oyo students need discipline

November 8, 2016

IT is so shocking that some secondary school students in Oyo State could set their classrooms on fire simply because the state government introduced a policy that would make the state competitive educationally in the […]

FG, focus on IDPs’ sufferings

November 8, 2016

I want the Federal Government to focus more on the plight of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North East. There have been several reports on some government officials working at the camps but who […]

FG, tackle rising insecurity in Nigeria

November 7, 2016

INSECURITY is rising faster than expected in Nigeria, and it is high time the Federal Government and security agencies tackled it squarely. Nobody seems to be safe in the country any longer, and I believe […]

Lagos deserves special status

November 7, 2016

I am surprised that the Senate can deny Lagos State a special status, which would have enabled the Centre of Excellence to be generating extra revenue from the Federal Government. The truth is that Lagos […]

Setting agenda for new NDDC leadership

November 4, 2016

IN Charles Dickens’ seminal novel, A tale of two cities, which was first published in 1859, the author opens up by positing that, “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times,…it […]

Towards easing pressure on the naira

November 3, 2016

THE naira is still falling against the dollar, crashing to an unprecedented low of N470 to $1 in the parallel market last week. The licensing of Travelex to sell forex is also not calming the […]

GEJ’s confab report can still be useful

November 2, 2016

During former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, the Nigerian people had a national conference, whereby different people from different walks of life participated. I can’t recollect how much was expended on the confab, but I know […]

On the forthcoming Ondo guber election

November 2, 2016

I N a few weeks, another important election will be taking place in the country, as Ondo State decides on November 26, 2016. Of paramount importance to all is the feverish pitch which election situations […]

Oyo govt should explore tourism potentials

November 2, 2016

It is with a great patriotism that I write to urge the Oyo State government to fully explore the cultural tourism potentials in the state. For some time now, cultural tourism has not been seen […]

Celebrating Ekiti at 20

November 2, 2016

ON October 1, 2016, Ekiti State clocked 20 years, having been carved out of the    old Ondo State on October 1, 1996 under the regime of the late General Sani Abacha. The case of Ekiti […]

Of corps members and military training

November 1, 2016

I recently read an opinion article online stating that those doing their youth service should be made to undergo military training, especially in gun handling, and when there is an insurgency or war in the […]

Economy: FG, learn from Saudi Arabia

November 1, 2016

The Nigerian government and other oil producing nations are seriously feeling the impact of the slump in oil prices, and all the countries have devised ways through which they could survive the tough times. In […]

How to make the naira stronger

November 1, 2016

MANY people may be blaming the current fall in the price of crude oil for the fall in the value of naira against the dollar, but as an economist, I would say that the demand […]

On FG’s new initiative for Niger Delta

October 31, 2016

A FTER a lull in violence, the Niger Delta militants have resumed their attacks on the country’s oil installations. Already, the country is in a terrible shape economically today, and the continued bombing of oil […]

How to solve housing crisis

October 31, 2016

Nigeria ought to have gone past the stage of highfalutin promises by now; it is a big shame that this appears not to be the case. Now, the Federal Government is promising to utilise its […]

For a prosperous Nigeria

October 31, 2016

WE may not be where we ought to be, but there is hope for the country; we just need to chart a new course in our developmental agenda. The current economic crisis in the country […]

Appeal to Ooni Ogunwusi

October 28, 2016

It is with great patriotism that I write to call on the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, to extend his good gesture towards everybody in Yorubaland. For some time now, Oba Ogunwusi has […]

FG, focus on citizens’ welfare

October 28, 2016 David

TRULY, the present administration daily fights against corruption, yet nobody wants to listen to the news of it again on empty stomach. Bread is now awfully costly and the price of rice has vastly spiraled. […]

On death penalty for kidnappers

October 27, 2016

KIDNAPPING is on the rise in the country, and it is important that the government takes tougher measures to curb this evil act. There is hardly a day that Nigerians are not treated to news […]

Why Nigerians dodge tax

October 26, 2016

DODGING tax is a huge crime that can land offenders in prison in developed countries, but according to the saying: ‘To whom much is given, much is expected.’ This, therefore, explains why everything is working […]

Nigeria: Let’s face the real issues

October 26, 2016

L ET’S face the real issues. Every now and then, we are eager to lose focus and direct our attention away from the real issues. We are now rubbing our hands in glee, expectedly awaiting […]

Letter to Nigerian youths

October 26, 2016

THE country’s economy is in such a mess today, and this justifies another reason for Nigerians, particularly the youth, to leave in search of greener pastures abroad. Today, we have heard stories about migrants travelling […]

Save Nigerian child, save Nigeria’s future

October 25, 2016

T HE present age is daily dared by innumerable overpowering criminal offences. Many youths are often arrested for sex- related offences while many are involved in bombing activities. These have almost ravaged the nation beyond […]

Kitchen statement: Buhari respects women

October 25, 2016

That “My wife belongs in the kitchen” comment was a joke, and it does not in any way represent the way President Muhammadu Buhari views or treats women. Aisha Buhari narrated herself the story of […]

As OYSIEC conducts council election

October 25, 2016

JUST recently, the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC), under the leadership of Mr John Olajide Ajeigbe, said it would conduct election into the local councils in the state on February 17, 2017. I want […]

Election: Appeal to Ondo people

October 25, 2016

Political activities have started in Ondo State, as the people are set to elect another governor next month. As an oil producing state, the expectations of Ondo people have always remained high on rapid transformation […]

Fall in currency value: Like Nigeria, like UK

October 24, 2016

THE Nigerian naira has been falling against major currencies of the world since last year due to the crash in the global oil price, which accounts for over 75 percent of Nigeria’s foreign exchange. From […]

LASG, come to our aid in Ijagemo

October 24, 2016

I recently read a report about the good work the Lagos State government is doing in rehabilitating roads in the state. Unfortunately, my hope was almost immediately dashed after perusing through the list of roads, […]

Aisha Buhari: The masses’ advocate

October 24, 2016

FIRST Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari’s interview should not generate the controversy it is generating at the moment because she simply told the truth. I want to particularly focus on when she said that she would […]

Tackling Nigeria’s growing urban slums

October 21, 2016

Nigeria is still very much stuck in the “Third World” categorisation and the fact of its existence tells us all that this is the correct designation. Thus, it is not proper to aspire to tag […]

Still on speed limiting device

October 21, 2016

THE Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has started enforcing the use of speed limiting device from the beginning of this month. While the organisation has good intention, going by the high rate of accidents on […]

Appeal to education minister, UNILAG VC

October 20, 2016

I am appealing to the Minister of Education and the Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos on behalf of my daughter, Ojo Deborah, with JAMB No. 66143078HH for admission into the University of Lagos. […]

Let’s tackle corruption like Ebola, Lassa fever

October 20, 2016

I can remember how the Nigerian government tackled the deadly Ebola virus and Lassa fever, and now, I am comparing Nigeria’s corruption situation with these two deadly diseases. However, if we can tackle corruption as […]

Govt should focus on education

October 20, 2016

W HENEVER a politician wants to give back to members of his constituency, he would buy motorcycles, grinding machines, stoves, among others. Most of our politicians are so uninnovative. They should look at policies that […]

Still on reforming the police

October 19, 2016

I T is reassuring the statement attributed to the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris Kpotum after assumption of office that the Nigeria Police would be guided by the international core values of policing with […]

LAUTECH: A project that must not fail

October 19, 2016

The Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Oyo State is a project that must not fail. The school, a legacy of the old Oyo State, must not be left to crash at this stage when […]

Gratuity: Kudos to Oyo govt

October 19, 2016

IT was with joy that retired primary school teachers in Oyo State received the news that their gratuities would be paid soonest. I want to thank the state governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, who has shown […]

Nigeria and local rice production

October 18, 2016

RECENTLY, I got to know through one of the private radio stations in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, that Nigerians would begin to enjoy locally-produced rice at cheaper rates by November. This was stated by […]

Appeal to Delta State gov

October 18, 2016

I want to appeal to the Delta State government, under the leadership of Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, to help us reconstruct the Adonte Road in Aniocha South Local Government Area of the state. Most of the […]

Corruption war should be sustained

October 17, 2016

P ERMIT me to use this opportunity to appeal to Nigerians to support President Muhammadu buhari in the war against corruption in the country. Corruption has eaten deep into our national fabric, and it is […]

Curbing rise in food prices

October 17, 2016

THAT the cost of food prices have been rising in the country is saying what is obvious, and two things are responsible for this. First, we import the majority of the food we consume; this, […]

Appeal to Kogi governor

October 17, 2016

I want to appeal to the Kogi State governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, that several months of unpaid salaries in the state have turned tragic, as workers across the state are increasingly living in pathetic and […]

Why MKO Abiola lecture must not die

October 14, 2016

IN 1992, the late Chief Moshood Kasimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola gave some money to the largest and most prestigious umbrella organisation in the world for the study of Africa, the African Studies Association (ASA), based […]

Forex crisis: Food importation partly to blame

October 14, 2016

There is no doubt that our nation’s overdependence on food importation in feeding her citizens despite the availability of large cultivable expanse of fertile land spread across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, […]

Still on legislators’ jumbo pay

October 13, 2016

THE huge salaries and allowances which Nigerian legislators earn is really infuriating Nigerians, especially at a time when things are hard economically for the majority of the citizens. It is so unfortunate that Nigeria tops […]

Why FG should implement GEJ’s confab report

October 13, 2016

THE truth is that this country is structurally and politically defective; the ongoing bombings of oil installations, the cry for secession by the Igbo people, as well as the Fulani herdsmen’s attacks on farmers in […]

Our problems not beyond redemption

October 13, 2016

NIGERIA’s problems are not beyond redemption; however, the real challenge we are facing is that of leadership. It is unfortunate that we have been on the same spot for too long, and all we get […]

Towards a better Nigeria

October 13, 2016

Political office holders must justify people’s confidence in them by striving to fulfill their promises, especially the ones they made during the campaign period. The reason for this is because this is the only way […]

Customs should stop destroying seized foods

October 13, 2016

THE rice and frozen foods being seized by officers of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) from smugglers should no longer be burnt or buried, but be distributed free of charge among poor Nigerians. I particularly […]

Gov Okowa, complete Ogwuashi-Ukwu library

October 13, 2016

I want to appeal to the Delta State governor, Senator Ifeanyin Okowa, to help us see to the completion of the Ogwuashi-Ukwu library. Work on this library has been on for the past 16 years, […]

FG, go against states owing workers’ salaries

October 12, 2016

I T is alright for President Muhammadu Buhari to restate his commitment to his anti-corruption campaign with clinical determination, but I would argue he should focus on state governments that fail to pay workers’ salaries. […]

Still on the kidnap in Lagos school

October 12, 2016

THIS is the second time in a year that a school would be targeted by kidnappers in Lagos State. Last February, a school in Ikorodu was invaded by kidnappers, but fortunately, these evil people were […]

For Nigeria to develop

October 12, 2016

IF Nigeria is to truly develop, then it must focus on manufacturing. A recent report by the United Nations observed that a larger percentage of the country’s population live below the poverty line. Although agriculture […]

Farmers need support to thrive

October 12, 2016

I want to use this opportunity to call on the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, to set aside a certain sum of money to support small scale agricultural firms in the […]

Need for quality in local production

October 11, 2016

WITH the ongoing economic crisis in the country, comes the need for Nigerians to buy locally-made goods, but one of the problems we are having in the country is the quality of our local products. […]

Tough economy affecting Nigerian youths

October 11, 2016

NIGERIANS, particularly the youth, are once again heading for the exit door as the economic situation in the country bites harder. During the military era, many Nigerians left the shores of the country in search […]

Economy: Nigeria needs help

October 11, 2016

  IT is high time we put aside politics so that all Nigerians can come together to brainstorm on how to bring an end to the recession we are currently facing. I believe that people […]

FG, tackle rising insecurity

October 10, 2016

  T HE kidnap of the wife of the Central Bank Governor, as well as a former minister and her husband on the Kaduna-Abuja road last week shows that the issue of insecurity is getting […]

Let’s change our attitude

October 10, 2016

ONE thing that I discovered about Nigerians is that for our country to develop, we need to change our mentality. We have come to see corruption as a way of life that we don’t see […]

Economic crisis and national honours awards

October 7, 2016

T HE striking headlines and the news items in several Nigerian newspapers of late have been on the economic recession affecting the nation. Also, among the populace, the radio and television commentators, public analysts, even […]

Re: Lagos: State of shimmering lights

October 7, 2016

After reading through an article in The Nigerian Tribune features page of August 26, 2016, I was thrilled with the above captioned heading, when the author chronicled from Idimu-Ejigbo-Isolo-Okota-Ikotun, among other areas in the length […]

Ooni, extend your gesture beyond Osun

October 7, 2016

It is with great patriotism that I write to call on the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, to extend his good gesture towards the law graduates whose parents cannot afford to pay for […]

Curbing naira’s free fall

October 6, 2016

The naira has continued to be in free fall, crashing to an unprecedented low of N500 to $1 in the parallel market last Friday. There is pain and anguish across segments of the population and […]

Why our economy is in recession

October 6, 2016

The challenges we are facing at the moment has to do with the fact that we over-relied on oil. When the going was good, we didn’t save for the rainy period, and thus, we enjoyed […]

Proposed LG autonomy: Kudos to Buhari

October 6, 2016

I want to commend President Muhammadu Buhari for saying that he supports local government autonomy. He has aimed high at moving the country forward by saying the 774 local governments in the country would become […]

FG, continue with YouWin project to create jobs

October 5, 2016

I want to urge President Muhammadu Buhari to continue the YouWin project of the last administration. This project was providing entrepreneurs with the needed capital to set up their businesses. In actual fact, many young […]

On the proposed Federal Housing Estates

October 5, 2016

Nigeria ought to have gone past the stage of highfalutin promises by now; it is a big shame that this appears not to be the case. Now, the Federal Government is promising to utilise its […]

The destruction of Ibadan roads

October 5, 2016

FOR some time now, people of Ibadan, the capital city of Oyo State, have been experiencing unprecedented destruction of their community roads by a telecommunication firm and a water firm. In the name of laying […]

Attention, new Oyo Water Corporation boss

October 4, 2016

SOMETIME ago, the Oyo State government, under the leadership of Senator Abiola Ajimobi, announced the appointment of Alhaji T.A. Akanji as the Acting General Manager of the Water Corporation of Oyo State. Until his recent […]

Adieu, Adebowale Adeniran

October 4, 2016

ADEBOWALE, it was with a rude shock that we received the news of your sudden departure from this sinful world. The previous day you were to travel was full of fun and nobody could have […]

Nigeria at 56: There is still hope

October 3, 2016

WE may not be where we ought to be, but there is hope for the country; we just need to chart a new course in our developmental agenda. The current economic crisis in the country […]

Kudos to INEC on Edo election

October 3, 2016

I want to commend the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the successful conduct of the Edo State governorship election. I am happy that the success has justified the postponement by the electoral body, and […]

•••It’s a sad story

October 3, 2016

IF our founding fathers can look back to see how the country they fought for is faring, then they will be shocked that after 56 years, we are yet to get our bearing right. Our […]

On FRSC’s speed limiting device

September 30, 2016

WE have heard a lot from the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on the need for vehicles to install the speed limiting devices. In fact, the road safety organisation said it would not go back […]

Towards changing our attitude

September 30, 2016

ONE thing that I discovered about Nigerians is that for our country to develop, we need to change our mentality. We have come to see corruption as a way of life that we don’t see […]

Nigeria needs functional rail system

September 30, 2016

FORMER President Goodluck Jonathan really achieved a lot by reviving the rail transportation sector which had been moribund for several years. However, a lot still needs to be done if Nigerians will embrace the rails […]

Appeal to Oyo govt on Apata-New Garage Road

September 29, 2016

I want to commend the Oyo State governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, for the wonderful work he is doing in the area of rehabilitation and construction of roads. Even the governor’s critics acknowledge he has really […]

CBN, stop sale of naira notes at motor parks

September 29, 2016

IT is abnormal for new naira notes to be displayed for sale at our motor parks, particularly during weekends. This is a national disgrace and economic sabotage. We need to ask ourselves how these hawkers […]

Capitalising on the recession to develop

September 28, 2016

THAT the cost of food prices have been rising in the country is saying what is obvious, and two things are responsible for this. First, we import the majority of the food we consume; this, […]

Saluting Osun’s education policy

September 28, 2016

As a part of the Silver Jubilee anniversary celebrations of the creation of Osun State on August 27, 1991, President Muhammadu Buhari, on September 1, 2016, commissioned the Osogbo Government High School. The school has […]

Why FG should not sell our national assets

September 27, 2016

DUE to the economic situation in the country, some ‘experts’ have suggested to the Federal Government to sell some national assets, including the refineries and the Nigerian Liquidfied Natural Gas (NLNG) so that the government […]

On NERC’s policy somersault

September 27, 2016 Oluwatoba Olaitan

THE Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), two years ago, introduced a very laudable scheme called CAPMI, to help willing customers get energy meters installed for them and bridge the metering gap in the country. The […]

Let’s recognise our aralympians

September 27, 2016

JUST as they made the country proud in 2012, our paralympians have done the same at the Rio Paralympics. After the event, Nigeria emerged as the most successful team in Africa, with eight golds. As […]

Attention, Oyo CJ

September 26, 2016

I want to use this opportunity to call on the Oyo State Chief Judge, Justice Abimbola Muktar, to constitute a committee that will look into the cases of awaiting trial inmates at Agodi prison in […]

Recession: Education too is not safe

September 26, 2016

A N average Nigerian can feel the dire effects of the present recession in the economy of the country. The standard of living of the people is drastically and amazingly falling despite the glimmers of […]

Change begins with us

September 26, 2016

The recent launch by the Honourable Minister of Information and Culture, of the “Change begins with Me” mantra fascinated me a great deal. The message was timely, simple, unambiguous and its delivery by the Minister […]

Preparing for future Nigerians

September 23, 2016

IT is important for Nigerians to know that with our high growth rate, a time will come when we will find it hard to provide basic amenities for the coming generation. At the moment, we […]

Promoting Nigeria’s cultural values

September 23, 2016

T HE need to appreciate and jealously guard our collective cultural values in all its ramifications is so important. This is undeniably true given the various cultural issues in some parts of the world, Nigeria […]

Remembering the late Gani Fawehinmi

September 23, 2016

IN the face of unrivaled excesses and brutalities of deranged military dictators and civilian oppressors, Gani Fawehinmi remained constant, consistent, and courageous in his criticisms of a ruling class run amok. With all righteousness and […]

Forex: Between CBN and banks

September 22, 2016

THE Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), some time ago, directed that the Bureau De Changes (BDCs) should stop participating in the forex business and directed all end users of foreign exchange to source their needs […]

Towards achieving a great Nigeria

September 22, 2016

Political office holders must justify people’s confidence in them by striving to fulfill their promises, especially the ones they made during the campaign period. The reason for this is because this is the only way […]

Our problems not beyond redemption

September 22, 2016

NIGERIA’s problems are not beyond redemption; however, the real challenge we are facing is that of leadership. It is unfortunate that we have been on the same spot for too long, and all we get […]

Call for fuel price hike unpatriotic

September 22, 2016

AT a time when Nigerians are dying of hunger, some unpatriotic people are calling for another hike in fuel price. Let it be clear that this government was not elected to make life miserable for […]

Making Nigeria’s economy to thrive

September 21, 2016

A PART from oil and metals, agricultural produce come next as Nigeria’s biggest exports to foreign countries. We export cocoa, palm oil cassava, cashew nuts, among others. It is funny that due to the fact […]

No to another fuel price hike

September 20, 2016

FOR some time now, oil marketers have been saying that the current N145 per litre which fuel goes for in the country is not profitable, and an adjustment might be needed. This came to a […]

Saving Nigeria’s aviation sector

September 20, 2016

DUE to the economic situation in the country, several local airlines have gone out of business, thereby throwing our aviation sector into crisis. The unavailability of aviation fuel is the major reason our local airlines […]

PDP not a ‘dying baby’

September 20, 2016

WHEN a factional leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, visited former President Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta recently to intimate him of the crisis in the country’s main opposition party, the […]

Banks, support agric sector

September 19, 2016

FOR the country to get out of the economic mess it finds itself, then there is need for massive investments in agribusiness. However, one of the biggest problems facing agriculture in Nigeria is the lack […]

Economy: Let’s be optimistic

September 19, 2016

T HE statement credited to the Minister of State for Agriculture, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, that a bag of rice could cost about N40,000 by December did not sound optimistic enough. Although the minister was justifying […]

INEC, start preparing for Ondo election now

September 19, 2016

THE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should start preparing hard for the Ondo State governorship election which is coming up in November. The electoral body, last week, postponed the Edo State election by two weeks […]

Making better use of polythene wastes

September 19, 2016

WHEN one moves around the country, one is bound see polythene wastes, particularly pure water sachets, littering everywhere. This is a big problem in several countries, and not only in Nigeria, but other countries have […]

Tackling corruption in Nigeria

September 16, 2016

T HAT corruption is the biggest problem facing the country is not in doubt, but how to go about tackling this evil is what Nigerians don’t really understand. Our anti-corruption agencies have tried their best, […]

Crime on the increase in Benue

September 16, 2016

CRIME has assumed a terrible dimension in Benue State, and it is important for the necessary security agencies, particularly the police, to do something about it. Today, armed robbers, assassins, kidnappers, among other criminals, are […]

Nigerians need sensitisation on Lassa fever

September 15, 2016

IT is surprising that Commissioners for Health across the country have not mandated health officials to start promoting awareness on the Lassa fever epidemic currently breaking out in some states of the federation. It seems […]

Economic crisis: Cut legislators’ jumbo pay

September 15, 2016

THE huge salaries and allowances which Nigerian legislators earn is really infuriating Nigerians, especially at a time when things are hard economically for the majority of the citizens. It is so unfortunate that Nigeria tops […]

Nigeria should stop borrowing

September 15, 2016

THE manner in which the Federal and state governments have been borrowing from foreign institutions has been shocking. I believe the Federal Government can raise money from Nigerians by launching appeals for funds to construct […]

Customs, stop destroying seized foodstuff

September 15, 2016

THE rice and frozen foods being seized by officers of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) should no longer be burnt or buried, but be distributed free of charge among poor Nigerians. I particularly want to […]

No to another fuel price hike

September 13, 2016

IT was reported last week that some top officials of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) were saying the current N145 per litre of fuel is not in tune with the present economic reality. What […]

Letter to African American leaders

September 13, 2016

JUST a couple of weeks ago, a United States government agency released the crime figures in major cities across the country, and it declared Chicago, Illinois as the crime capital of the country. It is […]

Of visual disability and quality of life

September 13, 2016

THE primacy of the eye as an indispensable organ in the body cannot be over-emphasised. If you are in doubt, close your eyes for ten seconds and in that brief period, try to walk around […]

On the postponed Edo gubernatorial election

September 12, 2016

THE reason security agencies gave which then lead to the postponement of the Edo State gubernatorial election was not tenable enough. The security agencies cited that they needed more time to provide security for the […]

Postponement can cause voter apathy

September 12, 2016

I was shocked when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) finally succumbed to security agencies, thereby postponing the Edo State gubernatorial election by two weeks. This postponement can result in the lack of interest in […]

How FG can ease Nigerians’ economic pain

September 12, 2016

WE have read the stories of people who have committed suicides due to their inability to provide for their families. In fact, an elderly man who was not paid for more than six months by […]

Banks should lend to agric sector

September 12, 2016

FOR the country to get out of the economic mess it finds itself, then there is need for massive investments in agribusiness. However, one of the biggest problems facing agriculture in Nigeria is the lack […]

Forex shortages, food importation partly to blame

September 9, 2016

There is no doubt that our nation’s overdependence on food importation in feeding her citizens despite the availability of large cultivable expanse of fertile land spread across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, […]

How to save our economy

September 9, 2016

IN just a year, the naira has fallen from being N150 against the United States dollars, to about N420 at the moment. No one ever imagined the naira could suffer such huge loss in a […]

Economy: In defence of President Buhari

September 9, 2016

“I believe we also need prayers in this country. Why is it now that we have a president who is committed to good governance and accountability that we are confronted with paucity of cash? Why […]

Attention, Kwara State govt

September 8, 2016

I want to use this opportunity to bring to the attention of the Kwara State government the suffering of people on Ejiba Road in Ilorin, as a result of the bridge constructed in the area. […]

Buhari deserves our support

September 8, 2016

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari’s policies for the country are good, and I am optimistic that Nigeria will be great under his leadership. I, however, want to appeal to Nigerians to be patient and support the president’s […]

Attention, Delta environmental health workers

September 8, 2016

I want to call on environmental health workers in Ogwuashi-Okwu community in Delta State to ensure that all drainages are cleared in order to prevent outbreak of diseases in the community. The popular saying: ‘Cleanliness […]

On dividend warrant lodgments in banks

September 8, 2016

COMMERCIAL banks should begin to accept dividend warrant lodgements into their customers’ savings accounts as recently directed by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Branch offices of banks hide under the guise of waiting for […]

OOU lecturers, call off your strike

September 7, 2016

I recall reading about members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Olabisi Onabanjo University chapter (ASUU-OOU) when they declared an industrial action, claiming that the Ogun State government owed them salaries for 16 months. […]

Nigeria police need body cameras

September 7, 2016

Considering the efforts being made by the present administration to restructure the Nigeria police, particularly in curbing the activities of ‘rotten’ police personnel, I want to suggest the use of body cameras for all police […]

Still on Nigeria’s restructuring

September 7, 2016

WHAT we are hearing concerning how politicians mismanage our commonwealth is really giving Nigerians cause for concern. Nigerian politics is too attractive, and that is why people struggle to attain political offices at all cost. […]

Kudos to FG on Oyo- Ogbomoso-Ilorin Road

September 7, 2016

I want to thank the Federal Government for flagging-off the construction of the Oyo-Ogbomos-Ilorin Expressway . The immediate past administration had completed the Ibadan-Oyo Expressway, and this went a long way in reducing road accidents […]

On Zuckerberg’s visit to Nigeria

September 6, 2016

FOR Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of popular social media site, Facebook, to have visited Nigeria shows the potentials we have as Africa’s biggest nation. Zuckerberg’s visit was not humanitarian; he knew the value of Nigerian […]

In support of economic powers for Buhari

September 6, 2016

There is no doubt that the nation’s economy is presently in a comatose and the efforts of the Muhammadu Buhari administration in finding solutions to the myriad of inherited lapses in the economic sector from […]

Imo’s 3-day work policy

September 6, 2016

THE three-day work policy being proposed by the Imo State governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha, so that civil servants can use the remaining two days in the week to farm will definitely not work. At the […]

On Ekiti grazing bill

September 5, 2016

I want to commend the Ekiti State government for the new grazing bill which will help tackle terrorism among herdsmen in the state. The bill is expected to prosecute herdsmen with weapons in their possessions. […]

What PDP owes Nigerians

September 5, 2016

IF the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is really serious about its survival, then its leaders must shelve personal political ambitions and work towards uniting the party. The crisis bedevilling the party can bring about its […]

Why John Kerry must revisit Nigeria

September 5, 2016

I think if the United States of America is truly a country that is built on fairness, and which also preaches democracy, then it is important its Secretary of State, Mr John Kerry, return to […]

Police need more than 10,000 new recruits

September 5, 2016

I don’t really know the total strength of the Nigeria police today, but for a population of 180 million people, the police need more than the 10,000 new recruits it is planning to absorb into […]

Kerry’s selective visit to Nigeria dangerous

September 2, 2016

THE visit of the United States Secretary of State, Mr John Kerry, to Nigeria last week is dangerous for our country’s democracy. During the visit, Mr Kerry had met President Muhammadu Buhari, the Sultan of […]

Power: Kudos to FG, Fashola

September 1, 2016

FOR some time now, many cities across the country have been experiencing uninterrupted power supply. In fact, some communities now enjoy power for more than 18 hours per day. While commending the Federal Government and […]

Economy: Buhari deserves all the support

September 1, 2016

THERE is no doubt that our nation’s economy is already in comatose and the government of Muhammadu Buhari is doing everything possible towards finding solution to the myriads of problems it inherited upon assuming office […]

Re: Power improving in Ibadan

September 1, 2016

POWER is not only improving in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, but in other towns like Ogbomoso, Oyo, and the Oke-Ogun area. This shows that we are moving forward in the country, since I believe […]

Do we really need LCDAs in South West?

August 31, 2016

FOR some time now, states in the South Western part of the country have been creating Local Community Development Areas (LCDAs), which are to function like the Federal Government- recognised local governments. The Lagos State […]

Remembering the late Professor Ade Adefuye

August 31, 2016

You did not indicate August which year and like a thief in the night at about midnight of August 27, 2015, Lanre Ashiru called me and asked “Lawyer what happened to Prof”. I surfed the […]

PDP crisis: Appeal to OBJ

August 30, 2016

WHEN former President Olusegun Obasanjo recently attended an agricultural programme in Abuja, where incidentally, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) conference was also holding, news went into town that OBJ had returned to the party, but […]

Women deserve more politically

August 30, 2016

We have lots of issues that need to be addressed, particularly those that affect women and their children. Over the years, men have enjoyed absolute grip on Nigeria’s political affairs, despite the fact that women […]

Police, recruit the best

August 30, 2016

IT is a good thing that the Nigeria Police have commenced activities towards recruiting new officers into its fold. This will go a long way in reducing the number of unemployed people in the country. […]

Developing an export-driven economy

August 29, 2016

APART from oil and metals, agricultural produce come next as Nigeria’s biggest exports to foreign countries. We export cocoa, palm oil, cassava, cashew nuts, among others. It is funny that due to the fact that […]

Nollywood movies aiding violence

August 29, 2016

WATCHING Nigerian movies these days can be really distressing for parents who are still struggling to raise godly children. What we find in the movies are violence, sexual immorality, ritual kidnappings, among others. A movie […]

Attention, Federal Ministry of Health

August 29, 2016

SINCE the country was declared free of the deadly Ebola virus, the awareness about this disease has been on the decrease; the same thing also goes for Lassa fever. It is even now that we […]

Health begging: Attention, Oyo govt

August 26, 2016

IN different strategic places of the city is the blatant display of gory sight of children and teenage girls and boys infected with tumor, and chronic cancer in the mouth, head, and eyes, with the […]

How states can increase their IGRs

August 26, 2016

There is no doubt the fact that Nigerians are passing through hard times, occasioned by the slump in the global price of oil. Many families can no longer boast of good living; workers are the […]

Skye Bank: Kudos to CBN

August 26, 2016

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) deserves a pat on the back for assuring Nigerians on the state of health of Skye Bank Plc. A report from the media about the bank recently had shattered […]

Oyo govt, Oluyole-7Up Road needs attention

August 25, 2016

PERMIT me to use this opportunity to call on the Oyo State government to rehabilitate the Oluyole-7UP Road in Ibadan South West Local Government of the state. This particular road leads to the industrial section […]

Kogi govt, fix Okoro-Ayeh Road

August 25, 2016

I want to appeal to the Kogi State government to help us rehabilitate the Okoro-Ayeh-Ayegunle Road in Ijumu Local Government Area of the state. The said road is in a terrible condition and it is […]

Bronze medal: Kudos to Olympic Eagles

August 25, 2016

IF one should look at the stress members of the football team to the last Olympics in Rio, Brazil went through, before and during the competition, then one should commend them for the feat of […]

Sports: Let’s catch them young

August 25, 2016

SINCE the 1996 Atlanta Olympics when Nigeria won two gold medals, we have not been performing well in subsequent games. The London 2012 Olympics was the most disastrous for the country as we didn’t win […]

OAPs not helping upcoming artistes

August 25, 2016

ONE of the fastest growing industries in the country today is the music industry, which has given many youths financial breakthroughs. That is why there are many youths going into the industry, but if the […]

How to tackle corruption

August 25, 2016

If we are serious about tackling corruption in this country, then we should ensure that convicts serve their jail terms without any option of fine. If a public official steals N25billion and after trial, he […]

OOU strike: Governor Amosun, come to our aid

August 24, 2016

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU),  Olabisi Onabanjo University, has, recently embarked on an indefinite strike due to the non-payment of salary subvention by the Ogun State government. The effect of this strike is […]

Power supply improving in Ibadan

August 24, 2016

I don’t know if this is the case in other parts of the country, but electricity supply in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital is becoming more stable by the day. For some time now, residents […]

Kudos to Olympic Eagles

August 24, 2016

NIGERIANS must commend the Under 23 Olympic football team for winning the only medal for the country in the just-concluded Olympics in Brazil. If not for the team, Nigeria would have had another disastrous outing […]

How to score zero at Olympics

August 24, 2016

IF the watching of foreign football matches can be made into an Olympics event, I am sure Nigeria would have got some medals at the last Olympics. Unfortunately for us, medals were given to nations […]

Judiciary, save Nigeria’s democracy

August 23, 2016

LAST week, a court in Abuja stopped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) convention, which was scheduled to hold in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, while another court in the Garden City gave the party the go-ahead […]

Economy: Let’s focus less on oil

August 23, 2016

IT is a good thing that Lagos State has finally been recognised as the 13th oil-producing state in the country. The good news also is that the Centre of Excellence is the only non-Niger Delta […]

Still on the restructuring of Nigeria

August 23, 2016

ONE thing the Federal Government must know is that the demand for the restructuring of Nigeria does not mean that the country will disintegrate; rather, it will give everybody a sense of belonging so that […]

PDP crisis not good for democracy

August 22, 2016

WE may not like the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), but the truth is that it is better for democracy in the country to have a strong PDP as opposition party than a weakened one. The […]

Militants attack: Kudos to military

August 22, 2016

I want to commend the Nigerian military for the good job it is doing towards tackling the activities of militants in the riverine communities of Lagos and Ogun states. Before the response of the military, […]

Lessons of love from the Olympics

August 19, 2016

The spate of terrorism, mass killings, growing crisis, and humanitarian situation across the globe definitely requires a state of emergency to be declared on planet earth. The impact of the crisis on vulnerable women and […]

Online fraud: Bank customers, beware

August 19, 2016

FOR some time now, internet fraudsters have been on the rise, targeting bank customers through email and short messages, telling them that their Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards had been blocked and they needed to […]

Primary education: Appeal to Oyo govt

August 18, 2016

FIRST, I want to commend the Oyo State government for its efforts towards repositioning education in the state. However, I want the government to give special attention to primary education, as that is the foundation […]

Kudos to Buhari, but…

August 18, 2016

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari is doing a good job in his bid towards repositioning the country, particularly in the area of economy. Unfortunately, the majority of the governors are saboteurs, and are therefore, giving the president’s […]

Creating jobs for Nigerians

August 18, 2016

DESPITE the lack of jobs in the country, it is always a thing of joy for me when I see young people engaging in skills like fashion designing, barbing, hairdressing, furniture making, among others. Getting […]

Of Nigeria’s 20 ‘unsafe’ states

August 17, 2016

Just recently, the United States warned its citizens to avoid visiting 20 Nigerian states. This will not be the first time the US Department of State will be warning its citizen to be extra cautious  […]

The need for peace in Nigeria

August 17, 2016

THE National Orientation Agency (NOA), a parastatal under the Ministry of Information and Culture, has a lot to do if we are to have a united country; in the wake of the renewed pro-Biafra agitations, […]

Saving the naira against foreign currencies

August 16, 2016

NO matter the financial policies the Federal Government takes towards stabilising the naira against other world currencies, the local currency will continue to fall if we don’t take the necessary steps as Nigerians to help […]

Still on IS, Shekau’s misunderstanding

August 16, 2016

IT is shocking that the Islamic State (IS) can publicly pronounce a leader for Nigeria’s terror group, Boko Haram. This is the reason our security agencies must step up the war against the insurgents. Just […]

Nigeria’s growing urban slums

August 15, 2016

Nigeria is still very much stuck in the “Third World” categorisation and the fact of its existence tells us all that this is the correct designation. Thus, it is not proper to aspire to tag […]

Speed limiting devices: Appeal to FRSC

August 15, 2016

THE Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has said that it would begin enforcing the use of speed limiting devices from October 1. While the organisation might have good intention, going by the high rate of […]

Nigerians deserve better than this

August 15, 2016

T        HE Nigerian political elite has a way of diverting people’s attention from serious developmental defects to mundane matters that sometimes border on the personal interest of a few people, but which are given patriotic […]

Lokoja Federal varsity falling apart

August 12, 2016

THE glorious past of the Federal University, Lokoja is gradually fading. Gone are the days when the university glittered in newness and beauty, with lawns well-manicured, bathrooms and toilets properly cleaned and running with water. […]

Crime: IGP, come to our aid in Benue

August 12, 2016

CRIME has assumed a terrible dimension in Benue State, and it is important for the necessary security agencies, particularly the police, to do something about it. Today, armed robbers, assassins, kidnappers, among other criminals, are […]

On Ogun health card

August 12, 2016

IT looked like the ATM card at a distance. I drew closer to some of the pregnant women and officials of the Ogun State Ministry of Health in order to assess it. Indeed, it was […]

Govs should conduct LG elections

August 11, 2016

S TATE governors have almost ruined the functions of the third tier of government, which is the local government. They have extended their power to the local government level, thereby denying citizens the opportunity to […]

FG, complete Ilorin-Ibadan Road

August 11, 2016

I want to call on the Federal Government to complete the Ibadan-Ilorin Expressway; the first leg of the project from Ibadan to Oyo had been completed by the past administration of Dr Goodluck Jonathan, and […]

Why govt should sell our refineries

August 11, 2016

ALTHOUGH the Federal Government has gone ahead with the deregulation of the oil sector, we will not achieve anything if we don’t sell our refineries to investors who will be able to turn them around […]

Why are Nigerian youths divided?

August 11, 2016

FOR some time now, I have been noticing a trend on social media about how divided Nigerians are along ethnic and religious lines. To be sure of what I am saying, Nigerians should visit news […]

Attention, electricity suppliers

August 10, 2016

THE electricity generating companies have been citing the lack of gas supplies as the major reason they have not been able to provide stable electricity supply to Nigerians. However, if this is the case, nothing […]

Turkey coup and the proxy war in Nigeria

August 10, 2016

R ECENTLY, the Nigerian media was awash with the news about the call by the Turkish ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Hakan Cakil, on the Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to close down all 17 schools,  popularly […]

OGSIEC, stop contradicting yourself

August 10, 2016

The organisation  mandated to conduct the local government elections in Ogun State come October 8, 2016 does not seem to be any where ready for the assignment given to it, if the glut of misinformation […]

FG, focus on manufacturing sector

August 10, 2016

A recently-published Human Development Report on Nigeria by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has urged the Nigerian government to pay attention to the effects of its policies on the ordinary citizens. The report, entitled […]

Amnesty programme: Kudos to Buhari

August 9, 2016 David

I want to commend President Muhammadu Buhari for his decision to continue with the amnesty programme, as this will go a long way in curbing militancy in the Niger Delta region. Apart from the monthly […]

Saluting GEJ’s message of unity

August 9, 2016

FORMER President Goodluck Jonathan is a good man, and he is someone who wants the progress of his country. First, after he lost the presidency, unlike other sit-tight African leaders, Dr Jonathan willingly relinquished the […]

How to curb rising food prices

August 9, 2016

T      HAT the cost of food prices have been rising in the country is saying what is obvious, and two things are responsible for this. First, we import the majority of the food we consume; […]

Of IS and Boko Haram

August 8, 2016

THE announcement last week by the Islamic State (IS) that it has appointed Al-Barnawi as the leader of the Boko Haram terrorist organisation, and the subsequent fight-back by Abubakar Shekau, is a dangerous trend for […]

Buhari, sustain war on corruption

August 8, 2016

I F there is one area where President Muhammadu Buhari has performed excellently well, it is in the area of the anti-corruption war. It is so unfortunate that over the years, the funds meant to […]

Economy: Govt should tax luxurious items, mansions

August 8, 2016

EVEN with the economic situation in the country, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Nigerians are still buying costly luxurious items like handbags, wristwatches, sunglasses, among others. The people who opt for these items see it […]

Still on the Senate forgery case

August 4, 2016

THE issue of forgery levelled against the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Mr Ike Ekweremadu, should be halted for now. We should be pre-occupied with issues that will move the country forward, […]

Ikorodu attacks: Saluting the military

August 4, 2016

I want to commend the Nigerian military for finally deciding to tackle the militants who have been attacking innocent Nigerians in Lagos and Ogun riverine communities. These militants were responsible for the oil bunkering in […]

Banks, do more to tackle internet fraud

August 3, 2016

FOR some time now, internet fraudsters have been on the rise, targeting bank customers through email and short messages, telling them that their Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards have been blocked and they needed to […]

Still on forex shortage

August 3, 2016

SINCE the price of crude oil began rebounding in the international market, the ‘Buy Made-in-Nigeria Products’ campaign have been going down. The agency of government in charge of disseminating this message should not stop now […]

Commending Ogun on school feeding programme

August 3, 2016

School feeding is a great idea to encourage education and provide food aid to children born into extreme poverty, as pupils or students being fed by government are empowered by their school meals to learn […]

Ooni Sijuwade: Remembering a great king

August 2, 2016

THREE hundred and sixty five days ago, we had a sunset; 12 months ago, we had an  end of a  glorious  era;  however, despite this loss, we  had the prestigious beginning of  the biography and […]

Doing more for the physically-challenged

August 2, 2016

DESPITE the cliché that ‘there is ability in disability,’ there are still innumerable cultural, political, economic and social barriers that have served to deter full participation of persons with mental or physical disabilities in various […]

For agribusiness to thrive in Nigeria

August 1, 2016

FORMER President Olusegun Obasanjo’s recent submission at a lecture in Ibadan, Oyo State, that government has no business in agriculture should be commended by stakeholders in the agriculture sector. Most agricultural projects of government, after […]

Why Nigeria must restructure politically

August 1, 2016

WHAT we are hearing concerning how politicians mismanage our commonwealth is really giving Nigerians cause for concern. Nigerian politics is too attractive, and that is why people struggle to attain political offices at all cost. […]

FG, compel state govts to farm

July 29, 2016

NIGERIANS are truly suffering today. There is hunger in the land, and that is why the country is experiencing security challenges today. I hope the Federal Government can compel state governors to establish state farms, […]

New mining policy: What are govs waiting for?

July 29, 2016

WITH the decision of the Federal Government to allow states to mine the natural resources in their domains, I think this is a great opportunity for the states to become financially buoyant. Unfortunately, since the […]

If Nigeria truly wants to remain as one

July 29, 2016

I want to support President Muhammadu Buhari when he declared that Nigeria’s unity is non-negotiable. After the 1967-1970 civil war, I don’t think it is right for some sections of the country to be clamouring […]

On Federal universities’ pensioners

July 29, 2016

Our union wish to congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari on his first year in office. We, senior citizens, under the Nigeria Universities Pensioners Association, University of Ibadan branch, wish to remind the president that our outstanding […]

South West candidate will unite party

July 28, 2016

If the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) really wants to solve the challenges facing it, as well as remain relevant outside the South South, then it should simply pick its chairman from the South West. Since […]

Kudos to NJC

July 28, 2016 David

I want to commend the Nigeria Judicial Council, under the leadership of Justice Mahmud Muhammed, for the efforts it is taking towards restoring credibility to the judiciary. Recently, the NJC sacked some judges for bribe-taking, […]

Appeal to new Skye bank’s board

July 28, 2016

RETIREES of Skye Bank PLC heaved from a sigh of relief at the news that a new management has been put in place by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to run the affairs of […]

PDP members, settle your differences

July 28, 2016

I am not happy with the crisis within the fold of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which has resulted in the party having three factional chairmen. Today, everybody is battling for the control of the […]

Economy: Letter to President Buhari

July 27, 2016

YOUR Excellency, any patriotic Nigerian who is literate should know that this is not the best of times for our nation’s economy. For reasons that are collateral in nature, we now find ourselves in a […]

Tackling Nigeria’s congested urban slums

July 27, 2016

Nigeria is still very much stuck in the “Third World” categorisation and the fact of its existence tells us all that this is the correct designation. Thus, it is not proper to aspire to tag […]

Militancy: FG, come to our aid in Ikorodu

July 27, 2016

I want to call on President Muhammadu Buhari and the new Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, to save us from Ijaw militants in Ikorodu, Lagos. For some months now, residents have not be […]

Foreign education and strain on the naira

July 26, 2016

I T is no longer news  that Nigerian parents pay about $1billion as tuition annually for their children studying abroad. This is part of the strain the naira is facing at the moment, which has […]

Re: The lingering OAU crisis

July 26, 2016

Kindly permit me to express my view on the essay of the above title, being the editorial opinion of your newspaper of last Thursday, July 21. While it is true that journalism in Nigeria is […]

On NFF’s search for foreign coach

July 25, 2016

IT is so unfortunate that Frenchman, Mr Paul Le Guen, did not agree to the terms of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). One of the terms he rejected was the NFF’s insistence that he would […]

Attention, IGP Ibrahim Idris

July 25, 2016

I was shocked that the new Inspector General of Police, Mr Idris Ibrahim, could accuse his predecessor, Mr Solomon Arase, of making away with 24 cars belonging to the police. After reading Mr Arase’s response […]

Kidnapping: Appeal to Ambode

July 25, 2016

THE Lagos State governor, Mr Akinwumi Ambode, should quickly convene a security summit in the state so that stakeholders can brainstorm on how to tackle the activities of criminals who operate through the creeks. The […]

For agribusiness to thrive in Nigeria

July 22, 2016

FORMER President Olusegun Obasanjo’s comments last week in Ibadan that the government has no business in agribusiness is the truth from the horse’s mouth. The Nigerian government has shown that it does not have the […]

Appeal to NDA

July 22, 2016

THE Niger Delta Avengers should allow peace to reign in the Niger Delta. As a result of their activities, our farmlands are being polluted, while fishermen can no longer go to the waters to fish. […]

How to resolve the OAU crisis

July 22, 2016

I am deeply convinced that it is indefensibly wrong to dissolve the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Governing Council because of two uncoordinated unions (NASU and SSANU), which do not even have a say in the […]

The plight of pensioners

July 21, 2016

I want the government to see to the plight of pensioners across the states of the Federation, especially as regards the issue of the minimum wage. Today, the official minimum wage is N18,000, but it […]

Curbing Nigeria’s population explosion

July 21, 2016

I want to appeal to the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Health, to do more to curb Nigeria’s population explosion. At 180million people, the country is over-populated, considering the infrastructure we have on ground. […]

PDP, put your house in order

July 21, 2016

WHAT is happening in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) today should give lovers of democracy cause for concern. We may not support the party, but a nation that has only one strong party is not […]

Agony of Kogi civil servants

July 21, 2016

KOGI State civil servants are passing through the most trying period in their lives due to the non-payment of their salaries. Before the last administration left, the workers were owed three months salary arrears. However, […]

States’ endless request for bailout

July 21, 2016

The Federal Government’s ill-advised decision to dole out N90billion loan to the states has generated some dust among Nigerians. It is like struggling to meet up a problem you can’t solve. It is not different […]

On Ibadan-Ilorin Road

July 20, 2016

I want to call on the Federal Government to complete the Ibadan-Ilorin Expressway; the first part of the project from Ibadan to Oyo had been completed by the past administration of Dr Goodluck Jonathan, and […]

Nigeria needs unity to prosper

July 19, 2016

FOR some time now, I have been noticing a trend on social media about how divided Nigerians are along ethnic and religious lines. To be sure of what I am saying, Nigerians should visit news […]

Why are govs not conducting LG elections

July 19, 2016

State governors have almost ruined the functions of the third tier of government, which is the local government. They have extended their powers to the local government level, thereby denying citizens the opportunity to elect […]

Of Brexit and Nigeria’s democracy

July 19, 2016

A      LTHOUGH the British people have voted in a referendum to leave the European Union (EU), and a new Brexit-looking government has taken over, the petition of four million citizens urging the government to have […]

CBN, stop these loans

July 18, 2016

I T is so unfortunate that many state governors just seek for loans without considering the impact of such on the citizens and future generations. I am forced to react because it has been reported […]

Ikorodu attacks: Navy, come to our rescue

July 18, 2016

I want to call on President Muhammadu Buhari to order the Nigerian Navy to start regular patrols on the Ikorodu waters so that the ongoing attacks on innocent residents in the town can be curbed. […]

Ban on hawking: Kudos to LASG

July 18, 2016

LET me commend the Lagos State government for banning street hawking in the state. It will go a long way in reducing crime, as well as sanitising the environment. Having read different contrasting opinions on […]

Lessons from UK’s change of leadership

July 18, 2016

THE manner in which the former British prime minister, Mr David Cameron, left office, and the new leader, Mrs Theresa May, assumed the leadership of the Conservative Party, and the prime ministerial position should serve […]

Tackling unemployment crisis in Nigeria

July 15, 2016

W HEN the Federal Government announced that it would be employing 500,000 teachers to reduce the unemployment rate in the country, the website through which the applications were to be made crashed under 24 hours. […]

Our unity not negotiable, but…

July 15, 2016

I want to support President Muhammadu Buhari when he declared that Nigeria’s unity is non-negotiable. After the 1967-1970 civil war, I don’t think it is right for some sections of the country to be clamouring […]

How to make Nigeria prosperous

July 15, 2016

SINCE President Muhammadu Buhari assumed office last year, he has been straining every nerve towards making Nigeria a great country. The former military Head of State has focused his attention on  putting the economy on […]

Tackling corruption in Nigeria

July 14, 2016

THERE are several families that need just thousands of naira to get by in life, and we have some people who are lucky to have held political offices siphoning billions of naira meant for the […]

Ban on hawking: Appeal to Lagos govt

July 14, 2016

IN as much as I understand why the Lagos State government took the decision to ban hawkers from Lagos highways and streets, it is also important that the government realises that things are tough economically […]

Attention, Gov Okowa

July 14, 2016

I want to use this opportunity to call on the Delta State governor, Senator Ifeanyin Okowa, to come to our aid on Chief Joseph Ndudi Ozah Street in Ogwuashi-Uku. The road on this street is […]

IBEDC, save us from darkness in Owode-Ede

July 14, 2016

FOR several weeks now, we have not had electricity supply at Owode-Ede, Osun State, and this has brought untold hardship on homes and businesses in the locality. However, more painful is that efforts to get […]

Of govt and interference in varsity administration

July 13, 2016

I am reacting to a story published in your newspaper on Thursday July 7, 2016 entitled: Afe Babalola cautions against government interference in varsity administration. I agree with the thoughtful submission of the eminent jurist […]

Nigeria needs unity to prosper

July 13, 2016

EVERYBODY knows Nigeria is a country that is capable of being among the biggest economies in the world. We have the human and natural resources to make our country prosperous, but we are our country’s […]

Resolving the OAU crisis

July 12, 2016

THE responsibility of selecting the Vice Chancellor based on the autonomy given to Nigerian Federal universities is solely the duty of the University Governing Council as quoted in the Universities (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Act 2003, […]

Letter to Fashola on Lagos/Ibadan Expressway

July 12, 2016

NOW that the budget has been passed, I really don’t know what is delaying the contractors from fully concentrating on the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway. Work on this busy road is still so slow, and this is […]

Militancy: Niger Delta needs peace

July 12, 2016

RECENTLY, it was widely reported that President Muhammadu Buhari begged the Niger Delta militants ‘in the name of God’ to cease all hostilities. With this, the president has shown a human side to his person, […]

Buhari, tackle NDA now

July 11, 2016

AFTER a brief suspension on attacks on oil pipelines, the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) has resumed its hostilities in the region. This now brings to the fore why it is important for President Muhammadu Buhari […]

A future without oil

July 11, 2016

I   am so happy that we have started looking at ways through which we can diversify our economy from an oil-dependent one to other economic areas. For several decades, the United States depended on oil […]

Of Lagos and street hawking law

July 8, 2016

The new street hawking law in Lagos State makes it an offence for traders to hawk on the streets; the law, therefore, proposes a fine of N90,000 to both the hawker and whoever patronises them. […]

Attention, Kogi gov

July 8, 2016

KOGI State is one of the most endowed states in the country, as the state is blessed with several mineral resources. It is, however, unfortunate that we find the state in the financial mess it […]

Still on the bailout for states

July 8, 2016

PERMIT me to use this opportunity to call on the Federal Government to disburse the salary arrears of state civil servants directly to them instead of through the governors. When the last bailout fund was […]

Nigeria will succeed with parliamentary system

July 8, 2016

SINCE the result of the United Kingdom referendum became known, I have been following what is happening politically in that country. Immediately after it was revealed that the British people had voted to leave the […]

On Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway

July 7, 2016

IT has become imperative to call the attention of the Federal Government to the precarious condition of the Lagos/Abeokuta Expressway. The road is making life unbearable  for its users on a daily basis. The toll […]

FG, implement confab report now

July 7, 2016

THE truth is that this country is structurally and politically defective; the ongoing bombings of oil installations, the cry for secession by the Igbo people, as well as the Fulani herdsmen’s attacks on farmers in […]

Still on the OAU crisis

July 6, 2016 David

Permit me to express my view on the ongoing logjam at the Obafemi Awolowo University, where I am a 300-level student of Law. I have carefully studied the crisis at the institution and I have […]

PDP imbroglio: Need for new leadership

July 6, 2016 David

I   want to use this opportunity to reach out to Senator Ali Modu Sheriff over the leadership crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). I want to say that if Senator Sheriff truly loves the […]

How to make Nigeria work

July 6, 2016 David

Cuban revolutionary leader, Che Guevara, once stated that “a large proportion of the so-called developing nations are in total stagnation, and in some of them, the rate of economic growth is lower than that of […]

IGR: Are Nigerian states really viable?

July 5, 2016 David

LAST week, an organisation, Economic Confidential, after an investigation, released the amount states make as internally generated revenue (IGR), while comparing them with what they get from the Federal Goverment. It is so unfortunate that […]

Fuel price is reducing

July 5, 2016

IF Nigerians had known, we would have given former President Goodluck Jonathan the chance to implement the deregulation of the downstream sector of the nation’s oil economy. After President Buhari stopped paying subsidy fund to […]

Of youths and Nigerian politics

July 5, 2016

I want to support the new policy that makes it possible for anybody from 30 years and above to seek for any political position in the country. The majority of our politicians are old men […]

Kogi needs a new minister

July 5, 2016 David

SINCE the late Minister of State for Labour, Mr James Ocholi, died in a road accident, the Federal Government is yet to appoint another minister to represent Kogi State. I believe President Muhammadu Buhari is […]

As the new IGP takes over

July 4, 2016

I want to congratulate the new Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, on his appointment to head the police force. With the appointment, comes many expectations from Nigerians. The new police boss is coming […]

16 months after: Benefits of TSA

July 4, 2016

T      HE Treasury Single Account (TSA) policy of the Federal Government partially commenced in February 2015 under the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan. It was, however, the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration that began its full […]

PDP crisis: Sheriff, Makarfi should go now

July 1, 2016

THIS is the right time for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to solve its differences. Everyday, the party is losing politicians elected on its platform to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). As if that […]

Simple method to curb poverty in Nigeria

July 1, 2016

Child bearing is a thing of joy most couples cherish. It is tormenting to witness when families are denied  this blessing. The beauty of love carries us away when we discover that we are expecting […]

As electoral process kicks-off in Ondo

July 1, 2016

Political activities will soon be set in motion as the people of Ondo State will elect another governor later this year. As an oil producing state, the expectations of the Ondo people have always remained […]

We need peace in Niger Delta

July 1, 2016

LAST week, it was widely reported that President Muhammadu Buhari begged the Niger Delta militants ‘in the name of God’ to cease all hostilities. With this, the president has shown a human side to his […]

RIP, Keshi, Amodu

June 30, 2016

IT is so painful that former Super Eagles coaches, Stephen Keshi and Amodu Shuaib are no more. The manner in which both football tacticians passed away is just so shocking. I hope the Nigeria Football […]

NFF should hire a foreign coach now

June 30, 2016

I don’t know why the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is delaying hiring a foreign coach; I hope the Federation is not trying to give the current handlers of the Super Eagles permanent contracts. It is […]

Brexit: Why EU should punish UK

June 30, 2016 Isola Tayo

IT is no longer news that the people of the United Kingdom have voted to leave the European Union; what the world is waiting for now is for the British government to trigger the Article […]

On the fall in oil price

June 22, 2016 Oluwatoba Olaitan

I  T is a good thing that Nigerians finally allowed President Muhammadu Buhari to go ahead with the deregulation of the oil sector; Nigerians’ support for the president in this area was evident by the […]

Nigeria needs restructuring

June 20, 2016 Oluwatoba Olaitan

BRITISH nations participating in the ongoing European football competition, Euro 2016, have given ample insight into how Nigeria can also restructure politically if we are to truly develop. In France, there are three of the […]

On the new bailout for states

June 20, 2016 Oluwatoba Olaitan

THE Federal Government should not hand over the new N90billion bailout fund to the state governors to manage, rather, it should look at how to pay the civil servants and retirees directly. The reason for […]