2019: A Clarion Call For Change In Government

With less than two months to go, Nigerians are still pondering on which presidential candidate to vote for in the general elections of 2019. It will be definitely fun to watch the winner of the election. In the build up of 2015 presidential election, many Nigerians were meant to believe that corruption increased by unimaginable proportions, leading to hardship, hunger, frustration and withdrawal. In fact, one of the strongest points the opposition had against the government of President Goodluck Jonathan was his seeming inability to curb insurgency. Criticisms were rife.…

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Cacophony of Predictions of 2019: Heaven is empty, all the prophets are in Nigeria

By Jonathan Ochemeje In Nigeria, the year 2019 appears to be the year of astrologers. As 2018 was ticking to a close, star gazers, prophets, fortune tellers and apostles were busy brandishing their quivers of predictions.  It was not surprising that the predictions of what 2019 holds were as deafening as the knuckle cracking of the New Year knockouts. Many of the predictions bordered on the outcome of the 2019 presidential elections. As if competing with the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, most of the prophets fell short of releasing…

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EFCC Raises Alarm over Scam Mail

The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has been drawn to the activities of fraudsters who disguise as officers of the Commission and send scam mail to individuals, purporting such to be from the EFCC, with the aim of extorting money from them. The Commission has uncovered a number of email addresses, telephone numbers and websites used by unscrupulous persons to perpetrate such fraudulent activities, and is acting on them. In some instances, they send fraudulent emails, letters and make telephone calls to unsuspecting members of the…

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Sustaining the Momentum of Drug War

Col. MM Abdallah (Rtd.) Chairman/Chief Executive, NDLEA, is a ‘Combatant at War’. He has not only rekindled the anti-drug fire but has sustained the momentum of the drug war Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, Chairman/Chief Executive, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) is an accomplished military strategist. From the rank of a second lieutenant up to that of a colonel where the infantry-trained officer retired, his forte had remained core operational responsibilities. This is the background that perhaps earned him the very delicate responsibility of leading the asymmetric drug war. Precisely three…

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Group seeks an end for all discriminatory policies against female police officers

  CLEEN Foundation is seeking for the abolishing of all discriminatory policies and practices affecting female police officers including unmarried, married and pregnant ones and other extant rules affecting the Police as an equal opportunity employer. This was contained in Memoranda and Position on the Police Bill for an Act demanding repealing of the Police Act CAP P19 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and enacts the Nigeria Police Act 2018. The group presented her position at the Public Hearing by the Senate Committee on Police Affairs, December 5,…

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MRA names Ministry of Defence as winners of ‘FOI Hall of Shame’

Media Rights Agenda (MRA) today named the Ministry of Defence as the 70th inductee into its “Freedom of Information (FOI) Hall of Shame”, accusing the Ministry of refusing to submit itself to civilian oversight by failing to abide by its duties and obligations under a democratically enacted Law. In a statement in Lagos, Mr. Ayode Longe, MRA’s Programme Director, told the Ministry that the mere fact that its functions touch on security and defence matters does not exempt it from the requirements of transparency and accountability, adding that as a…

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Seadogs raise awareness on HIV/AIDS

All over the globe, December Ist, is set aside by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a special day to raise awareness on the prevalence of the dreaded HIV/AIDS pandemic that ravages the world. The aims however is to continually bring to people’s consciousness the paramount need to be protected and thereby help reduce the spread of the virus. This is why the theme of 2018 campaign is hinged on, “know your status”. In principle, WHO urges people to know their infection status through testing and access to treatment and…

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Making the State of Osun an African Alternative Energy Center: the story of IRAGBIJI ARAGBIJI and its bright future

Iragbiji is arguably the most peaceful and serene community in Boripe Local Government Area of Osun State, South west Nigeria. though rustic, its appealing physical feature signify its potential for a greatness that will be driven by the clairvoyance of the town`s huge human capital. Iragbiji`s mountains and hills, flora and fauna make it the tourist destination any day. These beautiful sceneries have for decades remained the defining factors that instill the historical essence of this town that has now produced the present governor of the state–Gboyega Oyetola; the erstwhile…

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Group indicts Ministry of Foreign Affairs over FOI non implementation

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs today became the latest entrant into the Freedom of Information (FOI) “Hall of Shame” as it was adjudged to have consistently breached most of its duties and obligations under the FOI Act over the last seven years. Ms. Chioma Nwaodike, Legal Officer at Media Rights Agenda (MRA), announced the induction of the Ministry into the FOI Hall of Shame in a statement in Lagos, saying the institution had essentially ignored its responsibilities under the FOI Act for most of the past seven years in circumstances…

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Why Igbos are supporting Atiku——-Group

The Eastern Union (EU) is a political-social cultural organisation of old East Central States , based in Nigeria and abroad with members across the South East and South-South zones of the country championing the course of the old East Central States. In this interview with Dailymandate in Abuja, National Chairman of the group, Hon. Charles Anike, gives reasons why South East and South-South zones are clamouring for presidential ambition of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and other issues. Excerpts How do you see the recent search of PDP’s Presidential flag bearer, Atiku…

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The fall of Adams Oshiomohle

  These are not the best of times for Adams Aliyu Oshiomohle, Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, former Governor, Edo State and former President, Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC. Many were those who wondered at the palpable silence of this foremost labour leader as the Government and the Organised Labour were spoiling for a fight over the minimum wage. Unknown to many, Oshiomohle was having his own baptism of fire in the hands of the dreaded Department of Security Service, popularly known as SSS. For a couple of…

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FG keeps mum on secret meeting with INEC Chairman

Federal Government has kept mum five days after its meeting with the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at the presidential villa in Abuja on Friday. Chief of staff to the president, Abba Kyari, hosted Mahmood Yakubu, in a meeting, alleged to have lasted 30 minutes, which took place inside Kyari’s office. Yakubu did not speak with state house correspondents on his way out of the villa, neither Kyari. The presidency has also not issued a statement on the meeting that held while there was an outrage over…

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Ikeja electric bags award for commitment to safety

For its strict adherence to high safety policy and commitment to safety of life, Ikeja Electric Plc (IE), Nigeria’s leading Electricity Distribution Company has been honoured with the 2018 Concerned Organization of the Year. The award, which was presented by the World Safety Organizations (WSO), an International Association of HSE Professionals, is in recognition of IE’s outstanding dedication and support to ‘Making Safety a way of Life.” In another category, the company’s Head: Quality, Health, Safety & Environment (QHSE), Engineer Jamiu Badmos, also won the prestigious WSO-NG Environmental/Occupational Safety Person…

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AFEX condemns gruesome murder of Jamal Khashoggi…calls on the UN to take decisive action against Saudi Arabia

The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX), a network of prominent media and freedom of expression organizations across the continent, today condemned the October 2, 2018 gruesome murder of renowned Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, saying a country that indulges in such barbaric behaviour ought to be ostracized by the civilized world. In a statement issued from its Secretariat in Accra, AFEX called on the United Nations to demonstrate its commitment to the safety of journalists and ending impunity for crimes against journalists by…

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MRA indicts FRCN over FOI

Media Rights Agenda (MRA), has inducted the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) into its Freedom of Information (FOI) “Hall of Shame”, saying the institution’s sundry violations of the provisions of the FOI Act also amount to a breach of its primary mandate to make news and information available to the public. In a statement in Lagos, Ms Morisola Alaba, a Legal Officer at MRA, said: “It is always disheartening when a public institution established and funded primarily to facilitate the free flow of information within the society, particularly between…

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Court cases rather than running mate position reasons for Ekweremadu’s plan defection

There are indications that the purported defection of the deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to the ruling All Progressive Congress APC, may materialized next week. Ekweremadu is said to have perfected plans to move to APC, in a shock move following the several court cases hanging on his head rather than the choice of Alhaji Abubakar’s running mate as the PDP’s Presidential candidate in the 2019, presidential election. Irked by the choice of Peter Obi, the former governor of Anambra State as Atiku’s choice,…

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FG issues first gold refining licence says National Gold Reserve Scheme is working

 The federal government said it has established a Federal Gold Reserve Scheme, in its bid to diversifying the economy. Minister for , Sen. Udoma Udoma, said the move was part of the implementation of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) with a view to strengthening the nation’s macro-economy. Disclosing this at the on-going National Economic Summit, He stated:, “As an outcome of the ERGP focus labs, we have also been able to accelerate the development of a National Gold Development Policy and the establishment of a Federal Gold Reserve…

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Government , labour who blinks first?

Signs that the organized labour and the Federal Government are headed for a show down began to manifest when the tripartite committee set up by government to review the minimum wage ended without any categorical statement on the agreed amount that was recommended to the Federal Government for approval and implementation. From all indications, there was no consensus and there was no deadlock. Since the Committee submitted its report, it has been claims and counter claims on the amount agreed upon by the Committee. Labour claimed that it was N30,…

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