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Kidnappings in Lagos, By Dele Agekameh

At about 3pm on Friday, February 24, 2017, I received a phone call. The caller was Bola Frazer. She introduced herself as the producer of a programme on Channels Television. She expressed the station’s growing concern about the spate of kidnappings in Lagos and the need to seek expert opinion on how to curb the menace. She was, therefore, inviting me to appear on the programme scheduled for 7:30pm that Frid ...

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The Magu scare,By Dele Agekameh

For many months, there was procrastination.Then, suddenly, a bombshell.On Thursday, last week, many Nigerians were shocked to the marrow when the Nigerian Senate declined to confirm the appointment of Ibrahim Magu as substantive chairman of the country’s premier anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,EFCC. The vague reason the upper legislative chamber gave for this unpopular action ...

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Fidel Castro: The Burden Of A Name, By Dele Agekameh

It is not only those who attended Castro’s funeral last Sunday that are mourning him. There are lots of other mourners all over the globe. One of them is yours truly. My obsession with Fidel Castro’s persona dates back to 1972. That was my second year as a student at Saint John’s Grammar School, Ile-Ife, present day Osun State. Saint John’s was founded in 1962 by the late Reverend Father Fabian Cloutier. He ...

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This FRSC Is Drifting (1) By Dele Agekameh

That most Nigerian roads are in deplorable stateis no longer news. Everyday there are chilling stories of road accidents on these roads. The cost to the economy and the toll it takes on lives and property can only be imagined. It is for this reason that the federal government set up the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC. The many not-too-palatable stories about the bad state of Nigerian roads have become ...

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Waiting for President Trump, By Dele Agekameh

The 2016 elections in the United States of America, USA, have come and gone, what is left now are the ripple-effects of that election. The election will long be remembered as the most divisive and shocking presidential race in modern US history as conventional wisdom and political science were proved wrong with the outcome of the election. Historic was the emergence of Hillary Clinton, a woman, former senat ...

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Waiting for a Third Force (2) By Dele Agekameh

It is rather ironic that it is Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, one of the prosecution witnesses intended to rubbish, incriminate and demonise Saraki and his ambition to run for president in 2019 that is being primed to pull Saraki from his high pedestal. It is also surprising to note that the unusual rapport and camaraderie existing between Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, a former governor of Kano State and current senator of ...

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Waiting For A Third Force (1) By Dele Agekameh

Power, to the ambitious, is like an aphrodisiac.  It creates the enabling self-satisfying platform for the realisation of other pursuits and wants that can only be assuaged by a higher dose of its finer or baser attributes.  It has been used by leaders to subjugate and strangulate the opposition in the selfish race to personalise or colonise it. Others want power for its sake as a development tool or a vehi ...

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FUTA: The Trouble This Time, By Dele Agekameh

For some weeks now, the Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA, has been embroiled in a crisis which has paralysed activities in the usually bustling citadel of learning. Trouble started when the three non-teaching staff unions in the university - the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, the National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT and the Non-Academic Staff Union, NA ...

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Inside The Fortress Of Aso Rock, By Dele Agekameh

The Presidential Villa or Aso Rock as it is popularly known in Abuja is the seat of the Nigerian government. It is a place where the country’s “honey pot,” is domiciled. Naturally, people troop there in large numbers on daily basis to have a piece of the action. However, gaining access to the fortress is not an easy task. And since it is very difficult to penetrate the place, going in there requires weeks a ...

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NLNG: Time for shift in strategy, By Dele Agekameh..

I recently ran into a group of foreign investors who have been trying all they could to break into Nigeria’s energy market without success so far. Their story is as pathetic as it is shameful for a country that has now grounded itself only to start contemplating selling off its national assets in order to survive a self-inflicted economic meltdown. As the story goes, these investors have been working to cre ...

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Engr. (Rev) Etteh: Tracing the Trajectory (2) By Dele Agekameh

As stated in this column last week, Etteh Aro & Partners, a firm engaged in civil engineering works in Nigeria, arose from the crucible of the uncertain aftermath of the Nigerian Civil War which ended in 1970. The duo of Ette Ikpong Ikpong Etteh and Lawrence Oluwemimo Arokodare had been brought together by fate at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where both studied civil engineering and formed a life-lon ...

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Engr. Etteh: Tracing the Trajectory (1) By Dele Agekameh

Tomorrow, Thursday, September 22, 2016, the cream of the Engineering profession in Nigeria and people from all walks of life will converge on the Function Suite of the Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos, for the second edition of the Annual Engr. (Rev) Ette Ikpong Ikpong Etteh Distinguished Lecture Series. The theme of this year’s lecture is: “Managing the Challenges of Infrastructure Deficits in Nigeria: A Cross ...

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