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New varsities: Reps, bury the idea

New varsities: Reps, bury the idea

THE legislative process of creating nine new tertiary institutions has reached an advanced stage with the conclusion of public hearing on bills seeking to establish them at the House of Representatives last week. The move is predicated on the jaded and blinkered argument that access to university and higher college education should be expanded to […] …

That crackdown on MTN, four banks

That crackdown on MTN, four banks

Punch Editorial Board Nigerian regulators shook up the corporate environment considerably last week when they slammed a combined N5.87 billion fine on four banks and ordered MTN Nigeria to repatriate $8.1 billion that it improperly transferred abroad. The action has brought to the front burner issues of corporate governance, institutional regulation, corporate rascality, due process […] …

Herders’ terrorism: Buhari at it again

Herders’ terrorism: Buhari at it again

Punch Editorial Board President Muhammadu Buhari demonstrated his cluelessness afresh on Sunday when he blamed herders’ act of horrific violence on the shrinking Lake Chad and alleged biased media reports. His narrow narrative seeks vainly to explain away the campaign of terror and mayhem by bandits on the displacement of herdsmen from the lake area […] …

Election rigging: NSA’s warning to security agencies

Punch Editorial Board Security agencies’ ignoble roles in the conduct of elections in the past echoed in Abuja on Wednesday, when the National Security Adviser, Mohammed Monguno, reminded them of the imperative of professionalism and their expected neutrality in the forthcoming 2019 general election. His message was clear and apposite: what happened in the past […] …

Theresa May on poverty in Nigeria

Alleged Infractions: LCCI Cautions NASS On Probing Private Sector

AHEAD of her visit to Nigeria on Wednesday, Mrs. Theresa May, British Prime Minister, said that Nigeria is home to the highest number of “very poor people” in the world. Speaking in Cape Town, South […]
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Curbing cultism in institutions of higher learning

ON Tuesday, students of The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Oyo State, staged a protest against the killing of an ex-student, Mr Ahmed Olalekan, also known as Maku, by suspected cultists. Olalekan, a member of the Students Forum, […]
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More struggles ahead of flat-looking economy

More struggles ahead of flat-looking economy

More than three years into the Muhammadu Buhari administration, Nigeria’s economic woes have persisted. The 2018 second-quarter report by the National Bureau of Statistics, released on Monday, brings the dire outlook to the front burner. Officially, the economy emerged from recession in 2017, yet growth slowed again in Q2, in comparison to Q1. From 1.95 […] …

The murdered traditional ruler in Ekiti

  IN bizarre circumstances last week, Oba Gbadebo Ibiloye Ogunsakin, the Onise of Odo Oro in Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State, was stabbed to death  allegedly by a man initially described as insane. […]
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INEC should fast-track PVC collection process

INEC should fast-track PVC collection process

The clock is ticking for the 2019 general election. But uncollected Permanent Voter Cards at the Independent National Electoral Commission’s offices nationwide, which stood at 7,458,291 as of mid-August, is a conundrum that should be resolved to avoid many Nigerians being disenfranchised. Interestingly, there is a growing interest among Nigerians in next year’s elections. The […] …

Sagay on INEC’s 2019 budget

  IN the past few weeks, the issue of the passage of the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) 2019 election budget has become a source of conflict between the executive and the legislature, while INEC […]
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