2018 Budget: NASS, Presidency taking Nigerians for granted EDITORIAL NEWS 

Supended USSD Charge And The Imperatives Of Firmer Regulatory Regimes

On the 20th of October, 2019, subscribers of the MTN Nigeria network received a text message informing them of the new charges to apply when they make mobile money transactions on their phones via USSD codes. The news sparked a massive outcry, with most costumers taking to the conventional and social media platforms to vent their displeasure; another message was later sent, announcing the suspension of the move. While this arbitrary charge, another in the countless inexplicable charges that Nigerians are burdened with on a regular basis, has been suspended, it…

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The Onitsha Market Fire And The Sorry State Of Emergency Services In Nigeria

Yesterday, many Nigerians lost their lives and livelihood to an unfortunate fire incidence that happened along Upper Iweka down to Ochanja Market in Onitsha, Anambra state. Our hearts go out to everyone who lost a loved one, businesses or got injured in that sad incidence, the system failed you. Reports have it that the market fire resulted from a fuel tanker that had lost control, spilled its highly inflammable  petrol content and went up in flames. The fire reportedly raged on for over three (3) hours without any intervention from…

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Imperatives Of A National Citizens’ Database

A lot of Nigerians have signified displeasure with the announcement made by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) on payment for the subsequent renewal of E-ID cards. The commission announced a fee of N3000 for renewal of expired cards, N5000 for replacement of cards and N500 for reprinting of slips. The commission has however declared the ID Cards are not mandatory to have and the most important component of the NIN registration is the NIN (National Identification Number) and not the card. While this sounds plausible and tends to relieve…

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10 Years Of The War Against Boko Haram: It Is Time For A Different Approach

The terrorist sect, Boko Haram was founded sometime around the year 2002 in Maiduguri, Borno state, Northeast Nigeria, and was headed by a cleric called Mohammed Yusuf. The group whose name loosely translates to “Western Education Is Forbidden,” had its first known attack in December 2003. The attack which was carried out near the Niger border targeted multiple police stations and involved about 200 militants. The group however gained a lot of media attention in 2009, when the Boko Haram Uprising started in Bauchi. The uprising soon spread to Borno,…

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AS 2020 BUDGET DEBATES CONTINUE: COST OF GOVERNANCE MUST BE PUT ON THE FRONT BURNER

Speaking on the floor of the Senate a couple of days back, Senator Rochas Okorocha (APC, Imo West), argued on the need to reduce the size of government stating that “A Senator and three House of Representatives Members can do what many have been doing.” Indeed the numbers should have sent the alarm bells ringing in the entire public space as even the IMF questioned the lending by the CBN to the Federal government, based on “Over-optimistic revenue projections,” which according to the IMF “have led to higher financing needs…

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2020 Budget Presentation: Matters Arising

President Mohammadu Buhari, yesterday presented the budget for the 2020 fiscal year, titled, “Budget of growth and job creation,” to the national assembly. This budget is set at a sum of N10.3 Trillion, and this makes it the highest budget ever made in Nigeria’s history. To execute the proposed budget, the President estimated revenue for the year 2020 to be N8.2 Trillion (N2.6 Trillion from oil revenue, N1.8 Trillion Non-oil tax revenue, and N3.7 Trillion from other revenues). While all of these look fine on paper, we are worried as to how…

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#SexForGrades: Be More Than Outraged; Do More Than Talk.

Following the release of BBC’s African Eye “Sex for Grades” video, a lot of people have expressed outrage and condemned the act of these lecturers. These ugly acts are being carried out in several universities across the country and it has gone on, unchecked for decades. It is a good thing that the release of the “Sex for Grades” documentary has opened up conversations on sexual harassment in our tertiary institutions. For a lot of us who passed through Nigerian public schools, we are familiar with lecturers who play gods…

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Now That BBN Is Over…

The fourth edition of the Big Brother Naija show came to an end last night, congratulations to the winner, Mercy Eke. Now that the show is ended, let us take an introspective look at the attitude with which Nigerians received the show. At the grand finale of the BBN Season iv, the host of the event, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, announced that this year, the show gathered a total of 240 million votes. The number of votes the show gathers every season is an indication of what interests the Nigerian youth. On…

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FROM VAT INCREASE TO REINTRODUCTION OF TOLL GATES: GOVERNMENT MUST LOOK AT THE BIG PICTURE AND COMPREHENSIVELY REFORM PUBLIC FINANCE IN NIGERIA

The Federal government, through the Ministers of Works & Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola and Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made an announcement that it is planning to reintroduce toll gates on major roads across the country after they were removed by the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo more than a decade ago. This move, coming at a time the national assembly is debating whether to increase VAT or tax commodities such as recharge cards and data usage by Nigerians, betrays desperation on the part of the government to plug a…

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Nigeria @ 59: Finding A Lasting Solution Towards a Peaceful and United Nigeria.

As Nigeria celebrates another year of independence, we remind ourselves once more that we have only come this far by sticking together all this while. Now, more than ever, we have to keep living in peace and oneness if we do not want to become another split up nation. In the last year and a couple of previous years, Nigeria as we know it has been anything but peaceful. We are riddled with all sorts of violence; we have communal clashes in various parts of the country; ethno-religious crisis in…

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