The World Bank loan for which President Muhammadu Buhari sought and got the National Assembly’s approval two weeks ago for Edo has continued to generate controversy. It has been a war of words between the ruling APC and the opposition PDP, first from the floor of the Legislature and now to the state.
The Senate had approved the request of President Muhammadu Buhari for the $75m World Bank loan for Edo State, penultimate week after considering the Senator Kabiru Gaya-led ad-hoc committee report, which examined the request.
Recently, a committee made up of civil servants and security agents was set up by the Federal Government and mandated with the responsibility of retrieving government properties from former political office holders alleged to have carried out a last minute looting some three months ago, before the entrance of the new government. The report came via sources close to the Presidency, revealing that a number of former government officials are still in possession of vehicles, buildings, generator sets and other entitlements attached to their previous positions.
Ndi Nne Mama! Iso kwa! This is the popular greeting and response when Igbo women meet in churches, in community meetings, etc. And this month- the month of August, it is the greeting that will resound all over the South-East as Igbo women throng home from all over the nation( and abroad) to take part in the age-long August Meeting.
In John Pepper Clark’s poem” the Casualties”, various categories of Nigerian Civil War casualties were captured. The categories of the casualties stretched beyond those who lost their lives in the war to those who were amputated and, according to the poet, “await burial by installment”. They include those the poet describes as “emissaries of rift”- those sent on foreign missions to negotiate for assistance on behalf of Biafra. They were confined to the comfort of their hotel accommodations overseas while their compatriots back home languish in untold suffering.
August 12 of every year is designated as International Youth Day and is always celebrated by countries all over the globe to mark the achievements and welfare of youths. Nigeria joined the rest of the world to celebrate this year’s international youth day with the theme: Youth Civic Engagement. This theme is intended to bring to the fore of policy makers and relevant key stakeholders in government and other bodies, to include youths in civic engagement as part of ways to realise the sustainable development goals SDGs.
Security of lives and property is rapidly becoming so precarious in Imo State, nay Nigeria, by the day courtesy of the apparently intractable escapades of men of the underworld that appear to be enjoying a field day this time around.
There is hardly any day that goes without the blood chilling tale of a mindless gruesome murder or kidnap and other forms of organized crime in the state even as the police, Imo Security Network and other state operatives toil relentlessly to attenuate crime in the state.
Secretary to the National Planning Commission, NPC, Bassey Akpanyung, has recently assured that the Federal Government is committed to rejuvenate and improve the operations of the informal sector at the national and sub- national levels.
Akpanyung gave the assurance at the opening of a national stakeholders’ validation workshop held in Abuja on the report of the informal sector study conducted in the four Niger Delta region that are involved in State Employment and Expenditure for Results, SEEFOR.
No doubt, Lagos is one of the most blessed cities in Africa with its multi enviable advantages among its peer. It is assumed to be the economic capital of Nigeria even when the official capital has been moved to Abuja. The internal generated revenue of the state of excellence is far more than the Federal allocation of some states in the country and wonders are usually expected from the number one citizen.
Power shift agitation has become a recurring decimal anytime political gladiators are back to bid for leadership in Kogi State. A close watcher of Kogi political events would not be taken by surprise hearing the echoes of power rotation in the air of Confluence State as the preparation towards state governorship election gathers strong steam. This is because the way the agitators are going about it has created impression of the move as a mere periodical ritual that fizzles out once the period of election is over; and only to resume when such a time present itself again.
Morality these days comes in short supply, whether it’s religious, traditional, political or social, what is obtainable in our society today is beyond imagination An interaction with a social worker at a brothel in a popular place named - One Nigeria, Jaji Street in Kubwa Village, has revealed that minors actually visit such houses at night with the purpose of seeking sexual gratifications among other things procurable.