Anxiety in Benue, Kano, Bauchi ahead of elections

•Buhari to governor: seek legal redress  •Kano elders warn against crisis  •Row in Bauchi over INEC’s stand THERE is anxiety in Kano, Benue and Bauchi states over the “inconclusive” governorship elections. Collation of results is to resume today in the Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area of Bauchi State, seven days after the election was declared inconclusive…

CBN eyes $10b revenue from palm oil

An ambitious plan, which is expected to lift Nigeria to the world’s third largest palm oil producer, was announced yesterday by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). The plan is to overtake Thailand and Columbia as major palm oil producers. Addressing stakeholders in the palm oil industry in Abuja yesterday, CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele stated:…

Neither here nor there

•It is immaterial whether leaders have university degree or not Legal luminary and the founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), Aare Afe Babalola, has once again brought to the fore the issue of what the minimum educational qualification for people seeking to be president, governors and other elective positions should be. He also spoke…

Freight forwarders deplore port concession

The All Ports Unified Freight Forwarding Practitioners Association is worried about cargo facilitation, import and export, at Lagos Ports. It blamed shipping companies and terminal operators for what it called “frustration of export  trade,” alleging that additional levies are imposed on importers aside requisite fees. To the body, this leads to delay in exportation of…

Is Nigeria ripe for e-voting?

To avoid the flaws in the last general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has promised to embark on electoral reforms ahead of the 2023 polls. While some stakeholders have advised the electoral umpire to consider adopting electronic voting, others believe the country is not ripe for it. What should INEC do? ADEBISI ONANUGA…

Unassessed funds: FG to deduct counterpart funding of state govts’ from source

The Federal Government yesterday said it will start deducting counterpart funding meant for the development of basic education in the country from source if state governments’ attitude of deliberate refusal to provide counterpart funding for basic education continues. Under the Universal Basic Education Act, state governments are expected to provide 50 percent as matching grant…

The many shades of an election

This weekend, electors in six different states will again head to the polls, this time, to complete their outstanding elections.These are Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Kano, Plateau and Sokoto where elections were declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Although INEC claims that the issue at stake is that the margin of victory in…

Ukraine to the rescue

•Sokoto’s decision to send 50 indigenes to Ukraine to study medicine is commendable.  But the state should develop the capacity to train even more at home A post-inauguration speech of Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State in 2015 was remarkable in one sense. He had promised to declare a state of emergency in the education…

Group accuses Ebonyi APC governorship candidate of diverting campaign funds

Some aspirants, who failed to secure the APC ticket to contest elective positions in Ebonyi, have urged the APC leadership to probe the deployment of funds released for all elections in the state. The group, who addressed a press conference on Monday in Abakaliki, accused Sen. Sonni Ogbuoji, the Ebonyi APC governorship candidate, of anti-party…

Yari presents N135.3bn budget for 2019

Zamfara State Governor, Abdula’ziz Yari on Monday, presented a budget of N135.32 billion for the 2019 fiscal to the state Assembly for approval. Yari said that N62.71 billion was proposed for recurrent expenditure while N72.61 billion was earmarked for capital expenditure. According to Yari, the N72.61 billion allocated the Capital Expenditure would go agriculture, livestock,…