The peace of Lagos State was recently threatened as some obviously aggrieved soldiers went on rampage along Ikorodu road, leaving behind wanton destruction, chaos and commotion. According to eyewitness accounts, a soldier riding on a motor cycle was allegedly knocked down and killed by a Bus Rapid Transit, BRT vehicle along its designated lane in the Ikorodu corridor. Characteristically, soldiers quickly rallied themselves to deal with the situation in their own way.
Uruguayan born football star, Luis Suarez, is, no doubt, a talented footballer. Last season, before he finally agreed to stay with his English Premiership club, Liverpool FC, he was a subject of fierce transfer speculations as most major clubs in Europe jostled to snap him up from the service of Liverpool FC. Though he started the 2013/14 English Premier League season late, having earlier been suspended for nine league matches, Suarez still emerged the highest goal scorer with 31 goals .
The 2014 World Cup tournament in Brazil is on, and it is not without its surprises as a couple of top rated teams like Spain and England have been eliminated, while “minnows” like Costa Rica are proving to be a team to really be reckoned with. For most of the countries remaining in the competition, patriotic juices are still flowing as their teeming fans all over the world are rooting and hoping for the team to reach the later stages or win the trophy. But how wide should such hope be?
The rot in the judiciary appears to be worsening by the day. As a sacred institution that is saddled with the administration of justice, all efforts should be deployed to ensure that the canker-worm called corruption tearing the soul of this important arm of government is uprooted without further delay.
It is shocking that even at this time, we all still find time to trade blame as regards the curse that the Boko Haram insurgency has become to our country. About two weeks ago, Governor Kashim Shetimma of Borno State, the hotbed of the Islamist insurgence, was on the Cable News Network speaking about the seeming irresponsibility of the Jonathan-led Federal Government. Shettima, prodded by his interviewer, Christiane Amanpour, told of how the President did not speak with him for three weeks after the unfortunate abduction of close to 300 schoolgirls in his state.
Nigeria, undoubtedly, is in the threshold of history. There are commendable development strides in the governance space, which, if deepened and accelerated, will soon redefine Nigeria’s global reckoning. But the key words are ‘deepening and acceleration’ which entail balancing ‘doing the right thing’ and ‘doing it right’. Deepening means doing things differently, doing some magic of a sort, and here disciplined execution is key.
The ongoing national conference has been fraught with some very controversial issues one of which is the agitation for control of resources by the delegates from South-South Nigeria pitching them against their northern compatriots. If the last resource control debate at the confab had lasted for 30 more minutes, insults and fisticuff would have ensued; such is the fervor with which such issues are debated. The northern delegates have never flinched while openly canvassing for their region in a manner that irks the South.
The over 200 schoolgirls of the Government Secondary School Chibok, aged between 16 and 18 years, still remain missing after three weeks of being abducted by Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State since April 15, 2014. These girls were about to sit for their final year examination when their school was invaded by the insurgents and their nightmare began.
Nigerians seem so accustomed to man-made tragedies, bad governance and routine negative news that we fail to acknowledge little positive steps and achievements when they occur. We are inured to negative news so much that nothing shocks us anymore. When there are tragic events like terrorist attack, road accident, flashflood, epidemic and so on, we shrug it off and go on with our business as if nothing has happened. The common catchphrase is, “And so what? Life goes on! Today, I have decided to recall some of the positive, soul-lifting stories that happened in the recent past.
Economic scholars and jurists have defined privatisation as “…to encompass a wide range of options for involvement of private capital and management in the running and operations of public enterprises…” It may involve the total transfer of public ownership and assets structures to private companies or conversion of public enterprises to private entities or incorporation of new private entities in place of public enterprises or public-private participation in the running of public enterprises, which can be by management transfers, leases, operational concessions, development leases, build an