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04
Jun

Teacher Fashola teach Nigeria something good

Written by Emeka Chiakwelu.

Governor Babtunde Fashola has become a symbol of progressivism, a can do spirit that has lighted the light of hope, industry and commitment in Lagos State and beyond. History and experience have proven to Nigerians that days of possibilities are not part and parcel of Nigeria’s political-geographical entity but Governor Fashola has given lagosians in particular and Nigerians in general a new sense of hope that we can still dream and that dream can become a reality. For with effort and hardwork rooted in patriotism and love of humanity our nation can still grow with help of great and progressive leaders of Fashola's caliber. The age of Fashola has become the age of possibilities, making Nigerians believe once again that we can work together, dream together and grow together when we set our mind to accomplish great tasks.

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04
Jun

Nigerian Retirees waste away and die waiting for their Pensions

Written by Vincent Ogboi.

Ask the average man or woman on the streets of Nigeria of what benefit is Democracy to him or her ten years later, when men and women who have given their best 30 to 50 years of the service to their Fatherland are allowed to die waiting for their retirement benefits such as their basic monthly pension entitlements. Retirees in their seventies and older who in more civilized societies are accorded respect and dignity they deserve especially as senior citizens through the state provision of free or highly subsidized health care, food, shelter, and transportation, while their counterparts in Nigeria are treated with disrespect and humiliation – Thanks to Nigeria their land of birth where guaranteed economic hardship is a way of life prescribed by mean hearted corrupt leaders to the masses they serve.

This economic hardship is by no means a result of lack of funding or poverty but rather a pervasive and endemic corrupt system as Nigeria is richly blessed with resources such as crude oil which brings in billions of dollars into Government coffers on a daily basis.  Many who have meritoriously served their countries in various capacities are required to make fruitless and multiple trips from all parts of Nigeria by traveling many thousand miles in their frail state of health to the capital city Abuja to collect their pensions only to be told that their pension is not ready because some corrupt politicians have diverted the funds into their personal bank accounts through corrupt practices. These corrupt Government workers and politicians do this only to steal the accrued interests before these monies are released to the pensioner which usually is after 6 months to 2 years late. Add a comment

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04
Jun

Is Nigeria A Failed State?

Written by SAM NDA-ISAIAH.

I wish I was not in Abuja yesterday, the day of President Goodluck Jonathan’s inauguration. The state security forces virtually had to capture the capital city: they blocked perhaps a half of the roads in the territory, blockaded all mobile networks and shut down the airspaces.

 

Those who had to leave the city were trapped and there was no internet connection for people to do their daily job. The only thing that was missing to remind us of the era of military coups was martial music. Add a comment

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04
Jun

Ogoni East –West Road,the Robbers and Governor Amaechi

Written by Kenneth Uwadi .

I was cruising through the East West road, Ogoni  axis of Rivers State last week Friday, heading to Port Harcourt  from  Akwa Ibom  State. Ahead of me was an 18 seater Toyota commercial bus. The bus was also heading to Port Harcourt. There were families, traders, workers, women and children in the bus including the bus driver, and his conductor. White was the colour of the bus .The clickety-clack of the bus, the deafening blaring of the horn and the noisy engine was like a moving welding workshop. The bus was turned into a church house by the passengers. A preacher being the master, the passengers formed the chorus; they were singing praises to God. Time was 1pm in the afternoon. Add a comment

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03
Jun

Nigeria's Historic Opportunity

Written by Dr. Jeffrey D. Sachs.

Visiting Nigeria the week of President Goodluck Jonathan’s inauguration is a special privilege. This country of nearly 160 million people, about one in five of sub-Saharan Africa, is on to something historic. The people feel it. After a sometimes agonizing half-century since independence, Nigeria is on the verge of a takeoff.

 

In my conversations with President Jonathan — who took the oath of office on Sunday — and with government ministers, leading businesspeople and representatives of civil society groups, I felt a firm determination to ensure that this time, in this decade, Nigeria fulfills its potential to become an African economic powerhouse and a member of the world’s leading emerging economies. In practical terms, Nigeria would like to make the BRICS — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — the BRINCS by the end of the decade.

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