The Ganduje corruption videos

In scenes reminiscent of Nigeria’s Nollywood where videos are released in series, for the past weeks, series of videos have been trending online allegedly showing the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, purportedly collecting brides from contractors. The videos show a man stocking wraps of US dollars in his ‘babanriga’, a traditional cloth common in the…

Depoliticising the ‘Trader Moni’ scheme

IN June this year the Federal Government announced its intention to introduce the “Trader Moni” scheme as part of its Social Investment Project, SIP. Continue reading Depoliticising the ‘Trader Moni’ scheme at Vanguard News Nigeria. Find more latest news and headlines from the newspaper

Domestic football deserves much more

Nigeria’s fortunes in the domestic league have continued to nosedive in recent years. Many reasons can be adduced for this, but most importantly the league is very crucial especially in the evaluation of the standard of the game in any country.   The domestic league witnessed a shock decision recently when Lobi Stars were declared…

Lessons from the American midterm elections

The electoral umpire in Nigeria will flag off campaigning November 18 against the backdrop of the recent midterm elections in the United States of America. There are many lessons for citizens, politicians and the umpire from the elections that have changed the outline of the government in America. They concern essentially participation, representation and change….

FG, ASUU And Varsity Education

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) last week stunned Nigerians when its national leadership suddenly announced the commencement of a total and indefinite nationwide industrial action to once again press home the demand for adequate funding of the nation’s university education. Declaring the strike at the end of its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting…

Enforcing National ID scheme in January 2019

ONE of the most frustrating attributes of the public service in Nigeria is the typical perfunctory attitude of officers to their jobs and lack of regard to the very members of the public they are employed to serve. This has again reared its head in the touted intention of the Federal Government to start implementing…

Keep up the fight

Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA), a faction of the insurgent Boko Haram sect, which broke away in 2016, has executed the second of three female aid workers it abducted in March this year. She was Hauwa Mohammed Leman. She was killed shortly before midnight of October 15. The first, Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa, was…

Can government afford the new minimum wage?

After a three days warning strike, the government has proposed to increase the minimum wage from N18, 000 to N24, 000. The labour unions have also climbed down from the initial N56, 000 they were demanding to a moderate N30, 000. After another threat of strike the government tacitly agreed to pay theN30, 000 demanded…

The ASUU strike morass

FOR the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU and other unions in the Nigerian tertiary education system, strikes have become almost annual rituals and culture since the end of the 1970s. Everybody who has gone through our public-funded university system suffered varying degrees of academic disruptions that negatively affected life during and after school. Continue…

Truth Never Dies

Journalism is virtually turning into one of the most endangered professions and its practitioners (journalists) fast becoming the world’s most susceptible and vulnerable species. Journalists and, indeed, media men are now targets for intimidation, victimisation, repression, suppression and, at times, outright murder perpetrated by tyrants, despots, oppressive and draconian regimes, using security operatives and state…

Universities’ unaccredited courses, a time bomb

The reality that some Nigerian universities are running academic programmes that are not approved by the National Universities Commission (NUC), the agency set up by government to supervise university education and activities, no doubt, is a wrong signal coming from the system. Apart from the shock this development has brought to stakeholders, especially university undergraduates…

Gov. Yari’s dangerous offer

THERE is a need for politicians holding high positions of public trust to think through their policies and programmes before making them public. Otherwise, the good intentions behind such policies could turn around and breed nightmares which will be difficult, if not impossible, to handle. Continue reading Gov. Yari’s dangerous offer at Vanguard News Nigeria….