The term corporal punishment is not new to many of us. It is synonymous with disciplinary methods in which a supervising adult (teacher) deliberately inflicts pain on a child in response to wayward or unacceptable behavior.
As the Governor of Benue State, His Excellency Rt. Hon. Gabriel Suswam, Ph.D, CON, turns forty nine years, a unique opportunity presents itself for me to take stock of the sojourn of this gentleman who has impacted lives on different fronts and at various levels.
I love the social media! No doubt about that. Just imagine if Edo Governor, Comrade Adam Oshiomhole’s go-and-die spectacle – which threw the social media into a frenzy – had happened in the early-nineties’ NTA-only era, Nigerians would never have had the opportunity to see that evidential proof of leadership brutality in its rawest form.
“You don fall my hand”, the quintessential Nigerian expression of disappointment in otherwise highly regarded persons who fail to meet up to expectations aptly describes how I feel over the recent drama that played out in Benin City , the Edo State capital between the Governor, Adams Oshiomole and a widow before the eyes of a mammoth crowd. Videos of the incident have since gone viral, attracting an upsurge of criticism against the Governor locally and internationally.
Recently my attention was drawn to a news report that security agencies may be working towards unraveling some politicking in the country where there are unnecessary and unfortunate bickering within the PDP as the ruling party and the inter-party rivalry that are taking negative dimensions.
Expectations were high. Very high! The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) made several promises. The electorate believed them. They believed because INEC had enough time to prepare and deliver on their promises. On November 16, 2013, the Anambra Election Day came.
When a man has many children, numerous grandchildren and a lot of descendants but just seven out of those vchildren are erring, I don't really think it's something to lose sleep over. In a similar vein, if a child needs something from his parents, and such a demand cannot be immediately met, that should not be a reason for the child to denounce or ostracize his or her parents.
Last week, the Senate ad-hoc committee investigating the activities and finances of the Subsidy Re-investment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) raised an alarm that N500 billion, accruing to the project, has not been accounted for. The committee, headed by Deputy Senate Leader, Abdul Ningi, stated that a total amount of N834.33 billion accrued to SURE-P between January 2012 and September 2013.
Civil aviation is one of the most regulated industries in the world. Every single technical personnel, equipment and airport must be certified and monitored by competent regulatory agencies known as Civil Aviation Authorities (CAAs).
As the story about the National Security Agency surveillance continued to unfold last week, some of President Obama's supporters, as well as some of his Republican critics, were quick to jump to his defense.
Barely a fortnight ago, I had reason based on personal experiences to call the attention of the authorities and all well meaning country people to the plight of the Nigerian consumer who more often than not finds he or herself at the losing end of a transaction be it related to a service or a product.
At the fringes of the Sahara in the northeastern zone of Nigeria we have the unrepentant Boko Haram insurgents who have relented in their drive to achieve their vile goals through bloodshed in a manner hereto unimagined in Nigeria.
“…Next in importance to freedom and justice is popular education, without which neither freedom nor justice can be permanently maintained”. - James Abram Garfield (1831-1881), 20th President of United States of America.
Stella Oduah, the embattled minister of aviation, who is currently in the eye of the storm in Nigeria, would have been very well advised to have used her time in Israel to call upon her God to save her from her current predicament.
BEING THE Y2013 BUDGET PRESENTATION OF HIS EXCELLENCY, THE GOVERNOR OF LAGOS STATE, MR. BABATUNDE RAJI FASHOLA (SAN), DELIVERED AT THE CHAMBERS OF THE LAGOS STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY, ALAUSA ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2013
A two-day conference, hosted by Nigeria’s leading policy advocacy group, Spaces for Change in Eket, Akwa Ibom State coincided with widespread community protests against the unpaid N26 Billion Naira compensation for the environmental atrocities committed by Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN) Unlimited in the state.
I was one of the sceptic who believed that the last Islamic
Celebration of Eid-Kabir Kabir or the Sallah Festival would be
celebrated in bloodsheds from terrorist attacks rather blood of the
Unfolding events in Nigeria’s Aviation Sector in the past month have somewhat dampened my enthusiasm that Nigerians are learning how to analyze issues based on merit and not just on the impulse of undue sentiments.