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Magu and Ali: Acid Tests for Good Governance, By Issa Aremu

The way both the predominantly APC legislature (Senate) and the APC Presidency eventually  and  conclusively resolve the naughty twin-issues of confirmation of Ag. Chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu and that of the Comptroller General of Customs, Hameed Ali over wearing of uniform will conclusively prove or otherwise the commitment  of this administration  to good governance. Nigeria is fast becoming a 'huge Af ...

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Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, ERGP; Better Late…By Issa Aremu

Many thanks to the Vanguard group for the extended invitation to yours comradely to the Weekend Economic Discourse to proffer solutions to the nation’s economic problems. Former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Professor Chukwuma Charles Soludo, was the Keynote Speaker at the Discourse. He was as cynical of the recovery plan as he has been almost dogmatically hard on what he long dubbed Buharicomics ...

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37th AANI; Major-General Lawrence Onoja (rtd) raises the Bar,By Issa Aremu

Last weekend could very well pass for a weekend of great crowd-pulling events of national importance. What with the triple national events of the commissioning of  Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library on Saturday in Abeokuta, Ogun State, the Coronation of Prof James Ayatse  as  the 5th Tor Tiv,  at the JS Tarka stadium Gboko and the 37th Annual General Meeting of Almuni Association of the National Institu ...

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AANI 37th AGM: Working Towards A better Society,By Issa Aremu

There is a received wisdom which  says; "Well-informed alumni can be powerful ambassadors for their alma maters in the civic and larger society". As the outgoing two-term elected Secretary General, and a member of the National Institute of Senior Executive Course 27 of 2005, yours comradely bears witness that the  story of the Alumni Association of the National Institute ( AANI), Kuru Jos confirms the valid ...

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Return of Citizenship, By Issa Aremu

"No fundamental social change occurs merely because government acts. It's because civil society, the conscience of a country, begins to rise up and demand - demand - demand change". Joe Biden Having voted massively for the current government two years ago without the much expected changes for a better life, last week, Nigeria Labour Congress [NLC] and Trade Union Congress (TUC) led mass protests in Abuja, L ...

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Ilorin Grammar School @ 50; A Nostalgia, By Issa Aremu

"There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have to altered”. - Nelson Mandela Today  Ilorin Grammar School (IGS) Alumni Association commences  a 50th anniversary programme of the school which yours comradely graduated from.  The week long anniversary  programme includes awareness walk from the Emir's Palace, Novelty football match, anniversary s ...

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Justice S.M.A. Belgore @ 80; The Labour Dimension

The elder statesman, retired Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Salihu Modibo Alfa (SMA) Belgore turned 80 last week. The large turn-out of well wishers, friends and associates at the various nation-wide birthday manifestations which included prayer-sessions  and book presentation further pointed to fulfilled and impactful life of one of the leading African judicial officers at 80!  I wish my Lord and ...

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Donald Trump’s Inauguration speech; Lessons for Africa, By Issa Aremu

Not being a fan of Donald Trouble, (sorry President  Donald Trump!), reflecting on some "lessons" of the Inauguration speech of the 45th President of the United States of America (USA) for Nigeria and Africa would definitely sound and read hypocritical. And certainly for once to be hypocritical in analysing President  Donald Trump, will just perfectly be politically correct. For one, the less than 1500 pres ...

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Labour Unity and Trade Union Governance

Against the background of the avoidable lingering crisis of unity in the labour movement it is timely to share the Scholarly thoughts of Professor Dafe Otobo on "Labour Unity". Professor Dafe Otobo is with the Department of Industrial Relations & Personnel Management, Faculty of Business Administration, University of Lagos, and President of the Nigerian Industrial and Employment Relations Association (N ...

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Time To Put An End To Road Terrorism, By Issa Aremu

It’s time once again time to celeberate life. On the occasion of my 56th birthday in Ilorin yesterday it was amazing to discover that my written reflections over a number of good governance issues could now pass for a 500-page book; Reflections On Good Governance and Democracy. One of the recurring notorious is additive road accidents. I wrote four articles on the road carnage, sorry road terrorism. This is ...

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2017: Year of Liberated Sambisa Forest, By Issa Aremu

Going by the spirit and content of 1999 constitution which says, the primary purpose of governance is the welfare and security of the citizens, 2017 is better declared as the year of Liberated Sambisa Forest. Since 2013, (or well before then!) the Boko Haram insurgents forcefully occupied the great Forest/  Sambisa Game Reserve, which hitherto, hosted as many "17 species of mammals" that include, baboon, pa ...

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Let Bank of Industry Be, By Issa Aremu

As a witness to the recent December public hearing organized by the Senate committee on Banking and Finance, I bear testimony that the proposed National Development Bank of Nigeria (NDBN) Bill  ostensibly to provide low-cost loans to small and medium enterprises is a poorly articulated diversionary bill. What is needed is to strengthen the existing Bank of industry (BOI). At a time some Development Finance ...

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