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The UN and Nigeria’s housing crisis

Leilana Farha, the United Nations’ (UN) Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, has called attention to the housing crisis in Nigeria. According to her, “Nigeria’s housing sector is in a complete crisis. Existing programmes…

The Port Harcourt serial killer

GRACIOUS David-West, 26, is your prototypical guy next door— young, nonchalantly rumpled as they come, and blessed with a mien that even an angel would envy. But appearances can be deceptive, and no more so than with Mr. David-West, whom…

Nigeria at 59: Still the same story of despair

TODAY, like in the past, Nigeria is celebrating the Independence anniversary with the vast majority of the populace hungry and in despair. To say the least, this was not what Nigerians expected when it transited to civil rule in 1999. …

The AMCON debts

RECENTLY, the Federal Government inaugurated an inter-agency committee to recover the N5 trillion debts owed the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON). Members of the committee include the heads and representatives of agencies…

CBN’s laughable sanctions on banks

MEDIA reports this week indicated that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRC) sanctioned four commercial banks between January and June for money laundering and various infractions. The apex…

Finance minister’s gaffe on debts

RECENTLY, the Minister of Finance, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, gave impetus to the widely held view that the Muhammadu Buhari administration sets little store by the feelings of Nigerians. Speaking during a meeting with management staff of the…

Rape: Adamawa NUT chairman’s sophistry

THE nation must have been appalled by the bizarre defence put up for a rapist in Adamawa State last week. Seemingly wihout any moral compunction, the Adamawa State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) refuted media reports that a…