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The More Things Change, The More They Are The Same? – By Jaye Gaskia

This will be very short. This 'government of change', and its 'governing party' never ceases to amaze. The Vice President [VP] comes out to announce that they have started making their promised N5,000 monthly payment to indigent families as part of their much trumpeted [and i am using trumpet because all puns are intended] Social Investment Program. As the late Abami Eda, Fela will say, 'Just like that?' A ...

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Leadership, Governance And The Quest For Revolutionary Social Transformation, By Jaye Gaskia

Let us begin with a poem by David Diop titled ‘The Vultures’. But first who was David Diop? He was a poet of the African independence movement era, born to a Senegalese father and a Cameroonian mother in France, the colonial master. He was educated in France and lived in France. He began writing poetry pretty early, and became one of the leading poets of the Negritude literary and political movement led by ...

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Waiting For Godot? By Jaye Gaskia

Remember that famous literature piece titled 'Waiting for Godot'? In that piece the essence was that of an eternal wait and longing for something which was never to be. Well hopefully we aren't in the same situation yet! Because as it is, barely 5 days to the end of December, and the end of 2016 we are still patiently waiting for the following from this government of CHANGE and this self-christened 'GOVERNI ...

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The 2017 Proposed Budget Of Recovery And Growth: Provisional Reflections, By Jaye Gaskia

It is important to approach the recent presentation of the budget to the NASS by the President from both a process and a content perspective, it is only by so doing that one can begin to unravel the intricacies of the entire range of issues involved and their interconnectedness. But first a very general observation is required. Looking at the 2017 Budget both process and content wise it appears as if we hav ...

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Unraveling The Hidden Underbelly Of Change, By Jaye Gaskia

'We returned to our places, these kingdoms, But it is No Longer At Ease Here, In the Old Dispensation, With an alien people clutching at their Gods ............' Nineteen [19] months after being inaugurated, 39% of tenure already elapsed, more than 2 years since the steep plunge into a near catastrophic economic decline, 3 quarters of consecutive negative economic growth, and barely 12 more months of potent ...

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My Take On Corruption In The Judiciary, By Jaye Gaskia

There a few things about the emerging situation that i am concerned about. And in raising those concerns it is necessary to be clear on a number of things; First is there corruption in the Judiciary as there is in each of the other arms of government? Absolutely YES. Is any officer in any arm of the government and at whatever tier no matter how highly placed, above the law? And immune from Criminal Investig ...

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Interrogating Change: Social Investment, Social Inaction, And Social Deception, By Jaye Gaskia

THIS ARTICLE IS AN UPDATED AND EXPANDED ADAPTATION OF A PAPER PRESENTED AT A RECENT TECHNICAL SESSION ON SOCIAL SECURITY ORGANISED BY ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS ACTION (ERA)]   INTRODUCTION: It is important that I make certain clarifications from the beginning in order to aid an understanding of this write-up. As stated above, this article is an expanded and updated version of a paper presentation at a techn ...

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Budget Padding, Constituency Projects, Corruption And The Trouble With Nigeria’s Ruling Elites, By Jaye Gaskia

Let me begin by acknowledging that I have borrowed in a modified manner the title of this piece from one of the seminal publications of the legendary Nigerian literary giant, the late Chinua Achebe titled ‘The Trouble With Nigeria’. It is indicative of the monumental and historical nature of the crisis of leadership plaguing our country that decades after that publication, ‘the trouble with Nigeria’ rather ...

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The Resurgent Call For Restructuring, By Jaye Gaskia

In recent times, in the build up to the first anniversary of the PMB regime and the Change Government in particular, as well as in the build up to the twenty-third anniversary of the annulment of the June 12 1993 presidential elections in general; and against the backdrop of the resurgence of separatist agitations in the South East [Biafra] and in the South-South [Niger Delta militancy]; there have been gro ...

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From Change To Chain: The Ongoing Metamorphosis Of A Populist Regime, By Jaye Gaskia

This is the month of the first anniversary of the inauguration of the PMB populist regime and of the formal ascension to power of the self-proclaimed ‘New Governing Party’ – the APC. And I am not trying to be cheeky here, just coming from a bruising encounter with the populist regime as it tries to consolidate its hold on power. How many of us still remember the heady days of exuberant triumphalism occasion ...

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The Nigeria Ruling Class: Fantastically Corrupt, Inept, Incompetent And Insensitive, By Jaye Gaskia

I know that the most topical issue in Nigeria for a while now and particularly today, at least for the ordinary citizen is the lingering phenomenon of unavailability, scarcity and significant spike in the price of petrol. And for very obvious reasons, not the least today’s astronomical hike in the pump price of the product, this issue will continue to dominate public discourse and shape public action for so ...

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Biafra Has Become A Negotiating Tool – Jaye Gaskia

By Abdullahi Mohammed A popular civil society activist, Mr Jaye Gaskia has said that  Biafra has become a negotiating tool now used in demanding for more out of  the national cake by  some Igbo elites. He made this assertion in Abuja on Tuesday during Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre ( CISLAC) launch of Government Defence Anti Corruption Index  . According to Gaskia," because the present administra ...

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