Cotonou Degree: Don’t be sad, they just helping us

By; Professor Abdulmalek Amoka. I was reflecting on this Cotonou 6-week to 1-year degree program and I began to wonder why we are making so much noise about it. The good thing about the degree is that you need not travel there or write any examination. You just register and it will be couriered to you. Nigerians said degrees are useless and that “who e help”. They said we should go and learn welding and carpentry instead of going for a degree (skills rather than a degree).  Now, we are…

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Cotonou Degree Saga: The truth we shy away from

By; Hashim Muhammad Suleiman  In all this Cotonou degree saga, like all crises, truth is the first casualty.  We are all up in the furore of few days degree certificates from Nigerian neigbours. Yet, we’ve all decided to shy away from the one and only truth that made those degree mills a reality. Successive governments in Nigeria have failed to fund university education in Nigeria.  If we are true to our pains, then we should all address the genesis of the problem: failure of governments in Nigeria to strengthen our…

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New-Liberalism and Cotonou Degree Alternative

By; Dr Kabiru Danladi Lawanti The whole Cotonou degree is criminal and all those involved need to be fished out and punished. Some people might see us as harsh or maybe insensitive for saying this.  There are things we cannot say in public, but one needs not to be a prophet of doom to predict that Nigeria cannot withstand this onslaught and will eventually crash.  Our desperate quest for certification through whatever means led us to this situation. Parents are desperate to have their kids in the university, some even…

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Smooth Hajj 2024: The need to appoint remaining NAHCON board members

By; Muhammed Ibrahim. By the provisions of section 3 of its establishment act, the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), as captured in sub section (a) is expected to be composed of a Chairman, who shall be the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and is responsible for the day to day running of the commission.  Sub-Sections B to D of the said section 3, states that the commission is also expected to have three full time members and six part time members representing each geo political zone provided that two of…

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University girls & the bitter truth

Fatima Dauda Kurfi Universities have traditionally been regarded as institutions where students acquire intellectual, moral, and character development, along with knowledge and various skills. However, in Nigeria, this longstanding tradition appears to be facing challenges. Students seem to have adopted a different agenda, with a preference for cheating in examinations rather than dedicating time to study. Additionally, there is a disturbing trend of involvement in illicit activities such as cultism, fashion, prostitution, night-clubbing, and watching pornography. Unfortunately, some female students view these activities as a means of livelihood. Aristo contends…

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Israel-Hamas conflict: The unjust UN Security Council structure

By: Nurudeen Dauda To start with, in my thought, the “unjust” “structure” or “arrangement” of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is essentially the “reason” that the two- state solutions and other UN resolutions on Israeli-Palestinian conflict is increasingly becoming practically unimplementable.  In my thought, the way the UNSC is structured currently lacks the “objectivity” and the “sense of belonging” to various continental interests in order to function as a body representing global diverse interests. Unless and until this “lopsided” and or “unjust” arrangement is quickly changed the world has…

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Population Census without majority of Nigerians?

By; Abdull-Azeez Ahmed Kadir & Abubakar Ahmed Nigeria’s census history spans over a hundred years. The first census was conducted in 1866, followed by the Censuses of 1871, 1881, 1891 and 1901. But all these censuses were restricted to Lagos Colony and environs. The 1871 census marked the beginning of decennial census taking in Nigeria in line with the British decennial tradition. Following the amalgamation of the Lagos Colony and the Southern Protectorate in 1906, the 1911 census extended to some parts of the Southern Protectorate; but marred by incomplete enumeration due to non-recognition of the legitimacy of the Colonial Government…

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The Month of October and Women in Peace and Conflict Situations

By; Abubakar Ahmed Introduction As the call for more commitment and strong political will by governments in order to actualize the lofty potentials of women keeps resonating and reverberating across the globe, the need to encourage their activity in politics and governance, decision-making processes and in leadership positions have become an important endeavor more than ever before. However, for this lofty ideal to be achieved there is the need to break the cycle of violence and oppression against women which stands in the way of their effective utilization as human…

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Bauchi Discussion Circle: The Circle of Northern Nigerian Politics and Nigeria’s Independence Top of Form

By; Abubakar Al-Sadique & Abubakar Ahmed On October 1, few days from this day, amalgamated Nigeria will be 63 years in independence. The first of October every year is being celebrated as the nation’s independence anniversary day because it was the day the country secured its independence from Britain after being colonized for forty-six years from the 1914 amalgamation. This makes the anniversary day the most important date in the political diary of the country. Unlike other countries that had to shed blood securing their independence, Nigeria in 1960 became…

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Hajj 2024; The New Dimensions

By; Fatima Sanda Usara. To start with, Saudi Arabia has made its stand clear to which there seems no retraction; any party that delays Hajj remittances for any reason, may have to wait for another year to perform Hajj. Be it the delay were from pilgrims, their officials, the State Governors or even from NAHCON, that will be end of story if it exceeds Saudi’s visa processing deadline. Hence, the Visa e-track portal, that is, the Saudi e-track portal, will be locked by 29th April, beyond NAHCON’s reach. No room…

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