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OUR YOUTH AND ECONOMIC REALITIES….. By Ibiteye Kehinde

When we look critically at our youth demography considering their role as major stakeholders in economic development, coupled with the myriad of challenges in governance which is highly symptomatic of administrative inefficiency and weak institutional performance, one would quickly realize there exist inescapable constrains to the timely attainment of sustainable development goals where there’s equally an endless vista of opportunities ...

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NILS Holds a One-day meeting with CSOs, Social Media Influencers on Budget Reforms in Nigeria

National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILS) has held a one-day meeting with the leaders of Civil Society Organizations and Social Media Influencers to deliberate on the way forward on the recent developments around the appropriation/Budget Reform Process in Nigeria. The meeting which was tagged “NILS’ Hangout with Social Media Influencers and Civil society Organizations on appropriation/Budget Reform Process took place ...

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the Paradox of Inefficient Power Distribution!

This shot of weird and whacky looking generating sets was taken on my quick visit to Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, (AEDC) Federal Housing Estate, Lugbe Abuja today. An oxymoron isn’t it? Very contradictory! Although I wasn’t too shocked to have found anything like Generator in an Office of the Company charged with the responsibilities of distributing power to the masses. ...

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Expert Calls on Ministry of Communications to Review National Broadband Plan

A telecom expert and former chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Dr Ernest Ndukwe has called on the Ministry of Communications to review and update the National Broadband Plan 2013 – 2018 for digital literacy initiatives and public access targeted at populations that are unconnected, especially women and girls in urban-poor/rural settlements. Dr Ndukwe made this call at a Workshop ...

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WHY THE NGO CONTROL BILL LACKS MERIT….

By Sonnie Ekwowusi   The NGO Control Bill still pending at the House of Representatives completely lacks merit and therefore should be rejected. It is brought mala fide. It is oppressive. It is supressive. It is repressive. It is antithetical to democratic values. Above all, it is unconstitutional. The full title of the Bill is: A Bill for an Act ...

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CSOs write AU, UNHRC on Internet Shutdown in Togo!

A coalition of some 35 civil society organisations has written to several international bodies including the African Union and the United Nations Human Rights Commission over the recent internet shutdown in Togo. Signatories to the letter include Paradigm Initiative, Reporters Without Border, World Wide Web Foundation, Access Now, DotunRoy.com, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Ghanaian Centre of PEN International. The Coalition ...

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NGO Boss Commends Yoruba Summit on Restructuring!

The founder of Ibadan-based Guildance Community Development Foundation, Mr Kabiru Adisa FCA has commended Yoruba leaders for convening the Yoruba Summit that deliberated on restructuring and other associated issue. This was contained in a press release issued on Sunday by the chartered accountant and development expert. “I find it gladdening that Yoruba leaders are now following up their restructuring demand ...

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Senate to Prioritize Passage of Occupational Safety Bill!

President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has stated that the 8th Senate will give accelerated consideration to the Occupational Safety and Health Bill (SB. 200), once the National Assembly resumes from its annual recess later this month. In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, the Senate President emphasized that with the ...

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Much Ado About JAMB 120: Another Directionless Noise in the Nigerian Education Sphere

By Ibrahim Ajala Hell is now on the loose. Another Nigerian agency JAMB has decided to follow the steps of others in sinking the Nigerian dream of Vision 20:2020 by reducing the entry cut off mark to 120 for universities and 100 for polytechnics and colleges of education. Nigerians has been transformed into a “public affairs analyst”. Reprobatory remarks from ...

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FG approves tax reduction for telecom firms in #Nigeria

  The Federal Government on Tuesday said that it had resolved to reduce taxes payable by telecommunications operators in order to enable them to expand their services to the hinterland. It stated this through the Minister of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, at the 2017 Information Communications Technology and Telecommunication Expo in Lagos, which was organised by the Lagos Chamber of ...

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