Save Nigerians from killer water

Although there have been conflicting statistics about the percentage of Nigerians that have access to potable water, the bottom line, however, is that the situation does not portray the country as being committed to the provision of this basic necessity of life. Yet, Nigeria joins the rest of the world yearly in celebrating the World…

Nigerians finding it hard to cope with COVID-19

The battle against COVID-19 is unlikely to end soon. Nigeria’s economic agents are languishing as the effects of the novel coronavirus disrupts their lives and livelihoods. Noted for their resilience; the fight to survive isn’t new to Nigerians.  Yet,  trying to make sense of opportunities presented in times like this, households have to contend with…

COVID-19 has disrupted business as we know it 

The impact of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, on sectors of the Nigerian economy and ways to manage this crisis has dominated discourse in the last three months. However, prior to the pandemic, Nigeria suffered some underlining challenges which have further exposed her status as the giant of Africa as a mere mirage. These fundamental limitations…

NASS and electricity tariff hike reprieve

Media report that the leadership of the National Assembly on Monday waded into the controversy on the planned hike in electricity tariffs effective from today, July 1, 2020, and succeeded in convincing the Distribution Companies (DISCOs) to defer the plan till the first quarter of 2021 is a welcome and commendable development. The proactive measure…

Lagos flooding and the 21st century economy dream

Lagos, Nigeria’s economic capital and West Africa’s commercial hub, is an interesting geographical expression—a sprawling city that comes off easily as an amalgam of compelling opportunities and consuming challenges. Arguably, Lagos is a peculiar city-state in terms of land mass. It is the smallest state in Nigeria with a land area of 3,577 square kilometres…

FG’s N2.3trn economic stimulus plan

The approval of N2.3 trillion by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for Nigeria Economic Sustainability Plan (NESP) as recommended by the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo committee is a welcome development. The fund, if religiously applied, will, to a large extent, mitigate the adverse effect of the coronavirus pandemic on the nation’s economy as well as possibly…

Defeating rape and sexual violence

The upsurge in rape cases and other forms of sexual violence in the country in the past few months should be of serious concern to all Nigerians and we, therefore, challenge both the security agencies and the citizenry not to spare any effort to curb, if not totally eliminate the activities of rapists who are…

Resolving The NHIS Imbroglio

As if the litany of crises currently plaguing Nigeria is not enough, the country was a couple of weeks ago assaulted with reports of the suspended Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Prof. Usman Yusuf refusing to step aside after being suspended from office by the NHIS Governing Council. The Executive Secretary…

Subsidising fuel amidst crushing poverty

This year, the federal government has bandied several figures as expenditure on fuel subsidy or under recovery as it prefers to call it, since it officially denies that it still pays subsidy on petrol. The current figure we have is from Ibe Kachikwu, the hapless minister of state for petroleum, who, in April avers that…

Gowon’s 2019 poll clarion call

NIGERIA’S longest-serving military ruler, General Yakubu Gowon, has aptly added his voice to the need for aspirants to political offices in 2019 (especially the presidential candidates of the two main parties – the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP) – to accept the result irrespective of the outcome. Continue reading Gowon’s…

Time to eliminate lead paints

SUNDAY, October 21,  2018 marked the beginning of this year’s edition of the week-long International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week which ended on Saturday, October 28,  2018. It is not yet too late for Nigeria to get in the mood and join the fray in efforts to get rid of this deadly substance from paints which…