Your Excellencies, pardon my inability to salute you individually. I assure you that I mean no disrespect. I am aware of the enormous power, which each of you wield in your states and the fact that you are arguably the most powerful bloc in this country.
sovereign state is a legally organised entity, whose bounden duty is to cater for and advance the social well-being of its citizen, including foreigners, to whom it had granted legal permission to sojourn in its territory. The relationship between the sovereign state and its citizens and others is said to be bound by a social contract.
Cholera is an acute contagious bacterial disease caused by the bacterium Vibrio Cholerae, usually hosted by human beings. It can be of type 01 or 0139 affecting both adults and children. It has a short incubation period, producing enterotoxins that cause copious, painless watery diarrhoea that can quickly lead to severe dehydration. Most persons infected with Vibrio Cholerae do not become ill immediately, although the bacterium could be present in their faeces between seven and 14 days.
Fighting corruption without the involvement of the people and the civil society organisations is like trying to control flood and erosion with palm tree fences. The corrupt people do not live in another planet; they do not have different physiologies and other physical characteristics that differentiate them from the rest of the society- they are simply part of the society and in many instances, they are more clever than the rest of the society.
igeria’s healthcare delivery has been in a comatose state for years with no solution in sight. Patients often undergo the same medical test in two different laboratories and get two different results. Many doctors still give patients prescriptions without conducting medical tests. And some of the medical tests are unaffordable or not even available at all. Those who can afford overseas treatment, travel to India, South Africa, the USA, Canada, UK, among others for check-ups.
The National Housing Fund was established during the Gen. Ibrahim Babaginda military junta with the aim of facilitating the mobilisation of the fund for the provision of housing for Nigerians at affordable prices; ensure the constant supply of loans to Nigerians for the purpose of building, purchasing and improving of residential houses.
No matter how some of us feel about Governor Emeritus Tinubu, the powerhouse of South-Western Nigerian politics, he may have finally met his match under Okonjo-Iweala. Ban on tax contractors has been discussed and digested only to be forgotten because nobody implemented it. In spite of this writer’s differences with Ngozi, she is dead right on this one. There are different ways to skin a cat; you can also hang it by the balls.
It is doubtful if there are any other nationals that are as cocky as Americans and Nigerians. The only thing that seems to blunt Nigerians’ cockiness, especially abroad, is the not-too-exciting perception of Nigeria in international circles. This cockiness stems from issues such as the sizes of the two countries in relation to their neighbours; the population of these nations; and the wealth of the nationals.
Nigerians should applaud their leaders sometimes. There are disagreements but those who constitute leadership in the various arms of government at the national level keep the engine running. Some are worthy of note. They include the first five foremost Nigerian citizens. Then comes the entire leadership of the National Assembly, followed by Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, of the Finance Ministry because she’s ever in the centre of a storm.
aughter, they say is the best medicine. Let’s take a comic look at our predicament in Nigeria. Plateau State says it is ‘Home of Peace and Tourism’. My wife was born, bred and buttered in Jos, the capital. Its cool climate and cultural landmarks have always made it an attraction for the rare tourists who make it to Nigeria. But, ironically, Plateau State has been plagued by religious and ethnic violence promoted and sustained by evil, calculating politicians that have killed hundreds. There is little about the place that suggests peace let alone tourism.