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Ease of Doing Business: PEBEC says it completed 31 reforms in 60 days

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The Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) has released a report card on the 60-Day National Action Plan on Ease of Doing Business which was implemented from February 21, 2017 to April 21, 2017. The report, which highlights 31 completed reforms across the Council’s eight priority indicators, was unveiled on ...

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Reuben Abati: Who is the presidency?

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By Reuben Abati When last week, President Muhammadu Buhari decided to suspend the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, and the Director General of the Nigeria Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ayo Oke in order to allow unfettered investigations of both public officers, the most striking immediate reaction was the ...

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Presidency to design template for whistle-blowing on illegal fire arms

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The National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Munguno (retd.) has been instructed by President Muhammadu Buhari to design a template that would be used to reward persons who give information to government on individuals who are in illegal possession of fire arms. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on ...

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Osun Senator Isiaka Adeleke is dead

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Senator representing Osun West Senatorial District in the upper chamber of the National Assembly, Isiaka Adeleke, is dead. Adeleke’s death occurred on Sunday morning at a hospital in Osogbo following a heart attack. The 62-year old former governor was elected to the Senate on the platform of the All Progressives ...

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Simon Kolawole: Sanusi’s home truth deserves introspection

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by Simon Kolawole The time has come, I propose, for the expression — “Sanusi stirs controversy” — to be officially classified as a cliché. It would appear each time Alhaji Muhammad Sanusi II, the emir of Kano, talks, there must be an outbreak of controversy. Whenever he discusses economics or ...

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President Buhari suspends SGF Lawal and DG, NIA

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President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered an investigation into the allegations of violations of law and due process made against the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr David Babachir Lawal, in the award of contracts under the Presidential Initiative on the North East (PINE). The President has also ...

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Reuben Abati: The Abuja-Kaduna airports: A testimony

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By Reuben Abati I have just returned from Abuja travelling through the Kaduna airport.  As we disembarked from the aircraft and moved towards the arrival section, I could hear an announcement being made. The diction of the announcer was clear. She didn’t sound like those On-Air-Personalities (OAP, they are called) who ...

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In an ideal world, Dogara and El-Rufai would know that they are both jokers

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by Dare Lawal There’s no such thing as an unambitious politician. But among the lot, there are some whose unbridled ambitions ooze more than a skunk’s stench. It can’t be missed. Many will agree that three men who fall in that category are: Nasir El-Rufai, the Governor of Kaduna State; ...

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Court’s verdict on #Otodogbame: “If Ambode truly ordered demolition, he undermined the rule of law”

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A Lagos High Court in Igbosere presided over by Justice S. A. Onigbangbo on Tuesday struck out contempt proceedings brought by the people of Otodogbame against the state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode. Agents of the state government had on Sunday forcefully evicted residents of the community believed to be over 25,000 from ...

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FRSC recalls power-drunk commander who cut the hair of female officials

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On Monday, while carrying out a general inspection of staff at the Rivers state headquarters of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Port Harcourt, the state commander, Andrew Kumapayi, decided to cut the hair of female officials which purportedly contravened the requirements of the service. The female road marshals ...

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Reuben Abati: #BBNaija: Television as madness

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by Reuben Abati What a relief! So, the Big Brother Naija reality television programme is finally over. It ended Sunday evening with 23-year old Efe Michael Ejemba, University of Jos graduate of Economics and singer winning the N25 million + SUV at stake, with 57.6% of the votes from over 24 ...

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Reuben Abati: Dino Melaye: The making of a brand

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By Reuben Abati  It is a sign of the times, and a tragedy that the most popular Senator in the Nigerian National Assembly at this moment is not the person who has moved the most impactful motion, not a lawmaker who has proposed a thought-provoking bill, and certainly not any Senator ...

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Abraham Ogbodo: Instead of corruption, let’s fight stupidity

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by Abraham Ogbodo I signed off rudely for two weeks without any prior notice. I am sorry. I was protesting the imperviousness of the Nigerian State and its people. The protest was triggered off by a query by one lousy fellow who accused journalists, including me, of not writing adequately ...

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Tonnie Iredia: Appointments Buhari should avoid

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By Tonnie Iredia One of the submissions of this column last week was that Nigeria must stop leaving substance to pursue shadows. It was argued that if 25,000 police operatives posted to a state during an election cannot prevent hoodlums from snatching ballot boxes, why should anybody leave that substantive ...

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Simon Kolawole: No bed space in Nigeria – A metaphor

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by Simon Kolawole My wife lost her cousin last week. She suddenly started gasping for breath, so it was a clear case of medical emergency. The family rushed her to a private hospital. Unable to handle the emergency, the hospital referred her to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH). ...

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If you believe this report, Tinubu is to blame for all the problems of PDP senators

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Thisday newspaper has a story out in its Sunday edition, quoting unnamed members of the Senate caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who have reportedly accused a national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, “of working in cahoots with the Economic and Financial Crimes ...

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Where were you when Abacha died? [PODCAST]

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In this short podcast, Mnena Achineku uses old media tapes and recollections of a few respondents to take us down memory lane to June 6, 1998, the fateful day, General Sani Abacha died. Abacha’s death was a defining moment in Nigeria’s history. As the New York Times noted in its ...

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Simon Kolawole: Memories of midnight

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by Simon Kolawole It was midnight, not so long ago, when I woke up, used the toilet and returned to my bed to continue from where I stopped. For almost an hour, I closed my eyes in vain. I could neither induce nor seduce sleep. I was rolling from one ...

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Chude Jideonwo: How it came to be that Jonathan is an option in 2019

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by Chude Jideonwo I got a lot of panicked responses after my last piece; the panic focused on one small nugget of information buried within it: the fact that, as things stand today, former president Goodluck Jonathan is the strongest candidate that the People’s Democratic Party can present in 2019. ...

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Chude Jideonwo: Will the third party candidates please stand up?

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by Chude Jideonwo Nigerians talk a good game about third party candidacies, especially Nigerians on social media. They speak often about this utopia where Nigerians have had more than two options for president of Nigeria, and we could have chosen any of these options instead of what they consider less-than-ideal ...

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