Diego Maradona: Exit of a legend

The global soccer family was plunged into a mourning mood on Wednesday as the news of the sudden death of Diego Armando Maradona hit the airwaves. The iconic footballer dribbled his way to his final resting place at the age of 60. He died of cardiac arrest. Born on October 30, 1960 in Buenos Aires,…

Borno’s 25-year development plan

The unveiling of a 25-year development plan, which is part of the efforts to launch Borno state into recovery by Governor Babagana Umara Zulum, is a welcome development for a state that has been ravaged by a decade-long Boko Haram insurgency. Zulum, who launched the plan penultimate Saturday in Maiduguri, said it included a 10-year transformation…

EDITORIAL: Averting future protests

Not long ago, six eminent men who have managed the affairs of this nation in the past met with President Muhammadu Buhari in the heat of the EndSARS protests. The roll call: General Yakubu Gowon, General Olusegun Obasanjo, General Ibrahim Babangida, Chief Ernest Shonekan, General Abdulsalami Abubukar and Dr. Goodluck Jonathan. Their gathering for the…

Metering: Relief for electricity consumers

After years of trudging helplessly over the inhumane and irresponsible exploitation deployed through estimated billings by electricity providers under the supervision of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), there appears to be relief following the aggressive step being taken by the Federal Government and electricity distribution companies (DisCos) to roll out prepaid meters.   Prior…

Fuel: FG, Labour have failed Nigerians

THE movement of petrol pump price to N170 per litre is, again, threatening to rupture our economic and industrial harmony. This followed the hike by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, of the wholesale price of PMS from N147 to N155. What it means is that between June and November this year, Nigerians have been…

Need for circumspection as harmattan sets in

Were Nigerian traders used to insuring their goods against fire, many insurance companies would be bleeding profusely from time to time, given the frequency with which infernos have razed down markets nationwide every year especially during the dry season. With the harmattan just setting in, fire disasters usually accompany the season as if they are…

Kogi bread levy controversy

THE Kogi State Government trended in the social media recently when reports had it that Governor Yahaya Bello had imposed levies on every loaf of bread baked in the state. Many comments derided the governor, wondering if this was his own idea of “thinking out of the box” to shore up the state’s internally generated…

EDITORIAL: Dousing tension through restructuring

Editorial, Nigerians will not forget the EndSARS Movement that rocked the nation in October in a hurry. What began in 2017 as a campaign against police brutality blossomed into a nationwide movement in 2020. The protest left in its wake arson, looting and fatalities. It generated serious tension in the land. It also caught world…

EDITORIAL: Is NBC out to muzzle the media?

It seems the issue has arisen yet again. A few weeks ago, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), an agency of the federal government, fined Channels Television, AIT and Arise TV three million naira each (N3 million) over their “unprofessional coverage” of the #EndSARS protests and the crisis that followed it. This sanction has engendered outrage…

Diversify economy to avert recession

The recent declaration by the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Arc Olamilekan Adegbite that the federal government is committed to diversifying Nigeria’s economy from oil to agriculture and mining could not have come at a better time than now. There is no doubt Covid-19 pandemic has made it compelling for countries around the world…