S/Court ruling on LG autonomy: A call to action

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This is to proudly celebrate the recent landmark ruling by the Supreme Court of Nigeria reaffirming the autonomy of the 774 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Nigeria. The Supreme Court declared it illegal and unconstitutional for state governors to continue receiving and seizing funds allocated to LGAs within their jurisdictions. This “dubious practice,” which has persisted for over two decades, was recognized as a clear violation of Section 162 of the 1999 Constitution, (as amended). In his lead judgment, Justice Emmanuel Agim asserted that no House of Assembly in any…

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​​New FCT Judges: To whom much is given…

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By Dr. Jumai Ahmad The attainment of justice represents one of the enduring promises of Constitutional democracy. And the right to a fair trial is perhaps the most fundamental tenet of Constitutional democracy and has been recognized as a universal human right. This promise was again given when the ranks of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory was swelled by the recent appointment of 12 new judges by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, (CJN), Justice Olukayode Ariwoola. Among the 12 judges to be sworn-in on Wednesday, July 10,…

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NLC: Stemming strike through wage parity 

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has a long history of advocating for wage increases and improved working conditions for Nigerian workers. The NLC is currently on a nationwide strike in agitation for wage increase to address the impact of inflation, rising living costs, rise in electricity tariff and economic challenges facing Nigerian workers. To address these problems government should consider wage parity among all federal government owned institutions since salaries are being paid from the same source (Federation account). Wage parity refers to the principle of ensuring that individuals receive…

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Zenith Bank’s and its first female MD/CEO

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History was made by Zenith Bank Plc with the announcement of the appointment of Dame (Dr.) Adaora Umeoji as the Group Managing Director/Chief Executive with effect from June 1, 2024, subject to approval by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Dame (Dr.) Adaora Umeoji, from Anambra state, takes over from Dr. Ebenezer Onyeagwu, whose five-year term expires on May 31, 2024, and is the first female GMD/CEO since the inception of the bank. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Umeoji has been the Deputy Managing Director of the bank since October…

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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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Malagi: A frontrunner’s 6 guidelines to power

By Rabiu Ibrahim Just how did Mohammed Idris Malagi, media executive and publisher of the Blueprint newspaper become a frontrunner in the race to choose who becomes governor of Niger State in the upcoming delegates’ primaries election, a few days away, and the chase for popular votes in early 2023. Just how? It beats my imagination. He, Malagi, that was a while ago a quiet and unassuming media tender who mostly strutted the public relations and advertising space. Is this a 7th wonder? Apparently, I am not alone in this…

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SANI ZORRO: THE COMING OF A SKILLED SHEPHERED AS THE SPIN DOCTOR OF THE SHIFT

By Bala Ibrahim I read this morning with delight, the news that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Muhammad Sani Zorro, journalist, politician and former lawmaker as the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs and Strategy, Office of the First Lady. The appointment is credited to a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu. Although I got the news from sources that are credible, nonetheless, I chose to ply the path of the persuasive, by…

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Kano Crisis And The Pre-eminence Of Personal Post-mortem

By Bala Ibrahim Pursuant to the thorny issue of factional control of the ruling party in Kano, and the distressful situation the state has found itself in today, a call is coming for the rapid rescue of the state from the hands of the politically insensitive, who seem to be showing the feeling of no concern for the future of the state. Yes, no evident concern, but apparent appetite for the aggrandizement of wealth, through the exploitation of situations that came not by reputation, but unmitigated opportunity. I know a…

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Kanu, PMB And The Prejudice Of Sectional Sentiments

By Bala Ibrahim Yesterday Friday,19/11/21, a group of Igbo leaders, led by First Republic parliamentarian and Minister of Aviation, Mbazulike Amaechi, met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential Villa, during which they asked for the release of secessionist Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the proscribed Biafra group, IPOB. Kanu is being detained and prosecuted on treason charges. According to a statement issued by the president’s spokesperson, Femi Adesina. Mr. Buhari told his guests that an ‘unconditional release’ of Mr Kanu ‘runs contrary to the doctrine of separation of powers…

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