<em>2023 GENERAL ELECTION: THE IMPERATIVE OF AN ISSUE-BASED CAMPAIGN</em>

2023 GENERAL ELECTION: THE IMPERATIVE OF AN ISSUE-BASED CAMPAIGN

-By Austen Akhagbeme: Just a few days from now, the longest campaign period in recent time, before a general election, in Nigeria will commence. It has always been a shorter period than it is now. This unprecedented latitude will help to differentiate…

<strong>T</strong><strong>H</strong><strong>E</strong><strong> JOB AND WEALTH CREATION EVIDENCE </strong><strong>[</strong><strong>REVISED AN</strong><strong>D U</strong><strong>P</strong><strong>DATED</strong><strong>]</strong>

THE JOB AND WEALTH CREATION EVIDENCE [REVISED AND UPDATED]

Okowanomics Fact Sheet No. 6, September-A 2022 1.0  Introduction Okowanomics Scorecard Series is a semi-monthly [twice-a-month] bulletin of evidence-based “Fact Sheets” showing Governor Okowa’s spectacular achievements in the social, infrastructural and economic development of Delta State. The Scorecard Series is a “book of chronicles” of Governor…

<em>SENATOR AYU AND THE ROAD TO GOLGOTHA</em>

SENATOR AYU AND THE ROAD TO GOLGOTHA

-By Austen Akhagbeme: The recent call by the youthful governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state for the resignation of the embattled Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP helped to tighten the noose Governor Wike threw at the neck of the former…

A BETTER BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT IS NOW IN PLACE [Part I]

A BETTER BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT IS NOW IN PLACE [Part I]

Okowanomics Fact Sheet No. 5, August-B 2022 1.0 INTRODUCTION Okowanomics Scorecard Series is a semi-monthly [twice-a-month] bulletin of evidence-based “Fact Sheets” showing Governor Okowa’s spectacular achievements in the social, infrastructural and economic development of Delta State. The Scorecard Series is a “book of chronicles” of Governor Okowa’s legacies and…

RE: Crisis Hits Labour Party; Obi And Utomi Fight Dirty Over Campaign Money

RE: Crisis Hits Labour Party; Obi And Utomi Fight Dirty Over Campaign Money

THE EPISTLE OF PERSONAL BITTERNESS AND IGNORANCE BY AGENTS OF THE GROSSLY INCOMPETENT APC LED ADMINISTRATION The attention of Labour party was drawn to the coordinated attacked launched by agents, miscreants and misfits political characters loyal to the would soon defunct APC…

2023 ELECTION AND THE DANGER OF IDENTITY POLITICS IN NIGERIA (2)

2023 ELECTION AND THE DANGER OF IDENTITY POLITICS IN NIGERIA (2)

-By Austen Akhagbeme: In the first part of this essay, I have attempted to lay a foundation for the subject matter by taking a trip through the shenaniganry of the early post-colonial politics of personalities and identity in Nigeria which characterised the…

Okowanomics: UNPRECEDENTED NETWORK OF ROADS, URBAN RENEWAL 

Okowanomics: UNPRECEDENTED NETWORK OF ROADS, URBAN RENEWAL 

AND BOOST OF THE SERVICES SECTOR Okowanomics Fact Sheet No. 4, August-A 2022 Introduction Okowanomics Scorecard Series is a semi-monthly bulletin of evidence-based “Fact Sheets” showing Governor Okowa’s spectacular achievements in the social, infrastructural and economic development of Delta State. The Scorecard Series is a “book…

<em>2023 ELECTION AND THE DANGER OF IDENTITY POLITICS IN NIGERIA (1)</em>

2023 ELECTION AND THE DANGER OF IDENTITY POLITICS IN NIGERIA (1)

-By Austen Akhagbeme: One of my many concerns as we prepare for the 2023 General election, is the wanton amplification of our fault-lines by the deliberate glorification of identity politics in our already fatigued polity today. It has become a norm even…

<em>WHAT IF PETER OBI FAILS?</em>

WHAT IF PETER OBI FAILS?

-By Austen Akhagbeme: Sometime last week, I was in the midst of a very hot debate about the suitability, capacity and phantasmagoric appearances of the three leading presidential aspirants in the forthcoming presidential election. Even when I was prickly tempted to join…

<strong>THE LEGACY OF A TRANSFORMED HEALTHCARE SYSTEM</strong>

THE LEGACY OF A TRANSFORMED HEALTHCARE SYSTEM

Okowanomics Fact Sheet No. 3, July-B 2022 INTRODUCTION Okowanomics Scorecard Series is a semi-monthly bulletin of evidence-based “Fact Sheets” showing Governor Okowa’s spectacular achievements in the social, infrastructural and economic development of Delta State. The Scorecard Series is a “book of chronicles”…

<em>THE TERRORISTS AND THEIR AUDACIOUS THREAT</em>

THE TERRORISTS AND THEIR AUDACIOUS THREAT

–By Austen Akhagbeme: It is most disturbing and disheartening that nothing moves anyone anymore in this country; not even the government of the day. Just a few weeks ago, the advance convoy of the nation’s number one citizen was attacked by bandits…

<em>THE MUSLIM- MUSLIM TICKET: BETWEEN POLITICAL MISCALCULATION AND POLITICAL EXIGENCY</em>

THE MUSLIM- MUSLIM TICKET: BETWEEN POLITICAL MISCALCULATION AND POLITICAL EXIGENCY

-By Austen Akhagbeme: The media space is once again agog with arguments and counter-arguments about the recent religious choice of a running mate of the Presidential candidate of the ruling party, APC. The argument is aggressively tilting toward the side of those…

COLD LESSONS FROM COLOMBO

COLD LESSONS FROM COLOMBO

-By Austen Akhagbeme:: The people of Sri Lanka couldn’t take it anymore. The Presidential Palace at Colombo, the nation’s capital, was invaded by hungry and angry protesters such that even the presidential kitchen played host to the August visitors with hurriedly self-prepared…

<em>OUR PRESIDENTIAL ASPIRANTS AND THEIR NAKED DRUMMERS</em>

OUR PRESIDENTIAL ASPIRANTS AND THEIR NAKED DRUMMERS

–By Austen AKHAGBEME: Electioneering campaign seasons are always very interesting in Nigeria. It brings to the fore hitherto forgotten and harmless issues that have no direct bearing on the much needed extermination of the ageless cankerworm eating us from within. And I…

THE BRAGGING RIGHTS OF BOLA TINUBU

THE BRAGGING RIGHTS OF BOLA TINUBU

THAT Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has to unleash his feelings most emotionally and at a most auspicious moment on those he felt had treated him with disdain against the laws of reciprocity, has successfully thrown him into the political space for polemicists, pundits,…

OKOWANOMICS IN ACTION: The Agricultural Sector Testimonial

OKOWANOMICS IN ACTION: The Agricultural Sector Testimonial

-Prof. Eric Eboh,Chief Job and Wealth Creation Officer In the last seven years, Delta State, under the excellent leadership of His Excellency, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor of Delta State, has witnessed unprecedented positive social and economic transformations. These unparalleled achievements and…

ORJI UZOR KALU AND THE NORTH-EAST ALTERNATIVE

ORJI UZOR KALU AND THE NORTH-EAST ALTERNATIVE

-By Austen AKHAGBEME: For some time now, Senator Uzo Kalu has been under crossfire from the political class of his native Igbo extraction, being vehemently berated by his people for “jettisoning” the age-long desire of Ndi Igbo to produce the next president…

Ongoing Illegality In NDDC – President Buhari And The APC Need To Act Now

Ongoing Illegality In NDDC – President Buhari And The APC Need To Act Now

-By Tonye OGBOGBULA: Amity between the President Muhammadu Buhari government and the people of Nigeria who he governs is based on trust which is earned from promises made and promises kept. One of such promises by President Buhari to the nation was…

Opinion>> NBBF President: Who Is Witch-Hunting Ahmadu Musa Kida?

Opinion>> NBBF President: Who Is Witch-Hunting Ahmadu Musa Kida?

–By: James Bwala The recent call for the suspension of international competition as claimed to have emanated from the presidency remains doubtful. This call has generated a lot of concern from basketball lovers as to why government would sanction such a great…

Security: Buhari’s APC-Led Govt Has Failed Nigerians —Shehu Sani

Security: Buhari’s APC-Led Govt Has Failed Nigerians —Shehu Sani

-By Albert OGRAKA: Civil rights activist and 2023 gubernatorial aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Shehu Sani, has expressed grave concern on the heightened insecurity situation in Nigeria. The former Kaduna Central senator in the 8th National…

DEATH AND THE SHAME FROM SOKOTO

DEATH AND THE SHAME FROM SOKOTO

The gruesome and barbaric murder of Deborah Emmanuel, a student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto on Thursday by her fellow students speak volumes of the backwardness, zealotry and religious intolerance bedevilling our nation, especially in Northern Nigeria. Deborah’s offence…

GOV BELLO MATAWALLE: CADILLACS IN THE MIDST OF LACK

GOV BELLO MATAWALLE: CADILLACS IN THE MIDST OF LACK

For a state that is plagued with extreme privation, hunger, humanitarian crisis and lack, one would have thought that Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state will be more frugal with expenditures than he unabashedly displayed recently. His warped decision to procure brand…

2023: ISOKO CONSULTATIVE FORUM SUPPORTS OTHIHIWA SENATORIAL AMBITION

2023: ISOKO CONSULTATIVE FORUM SUPPORTS OTHIHIWA SENATORIAL AMBITION

Says Forum will Support Winners of House of Assembly, House of Representatives Candidates after Primaries -From Michael J. EKOKORUWE (OLEH): Isoko Consultative Forum (ICF) at the weekend supported the Delta South Senatorial candidate, Sir Ayodele Othihiwa and promised to support State House…

THE SERMON AND SALVO OF SHEIKH KHALID

THE SERMON AND SALVO OF SHEIKH KHALID

There’s no denying the fact that hypocrisy, political myopia and deception are walking on all four in Nigeria today. The recent sack of Imam Sheikh Nuru Khalid by the management of the Friday mosque at the Legislative Quarters, Apo-Abuja laid credence to…

Decentralize Supreme Court For Speedy Dispensation of Justice, Retired Justice Oniyangi advocates

Decentralize Supreme Court For Speedy Dispensation of Justice, Retired Justice Oniyangi advocates

A Retired Judge of the Court of Appeal, Justice Mudashiru Oniyangi on Tuesday called for the decentralization of the Supreme Court to allow for speedy dispensation of justice in the country. Oniyangi, gave this advice in Abuja while celebrating his retirement from…

BUNI: THE TRIUMPHANT ENTRY AND GLORIOUS EXIT OF A CHAIRMAN

BUNI: THE TRIUMPHANT ENTRY AND GLORIOUS EXIT OF A CHAIRMAN

-By Mamman MOHAMMED: He is either in white or blue colours. These are his two favourite colours. White represents peace while blue represents love. The two colours incidentally reflect the true character of Mai Mala Buni, the Yobe state Governor, a man…

NIGERIAN POLITICAL PARTIES, IDEOLOGY AND POACHING

NIGERIAN POLITICAL PARTIES, IDEOLOGY AND POACHING

By Austen AKHAGBEME: One of the earliest definitions of a political party I knew as a secondary school student was that of Edmund Burke, the eighteenth-century British philosopher and scholar. He defined political parties as the body of men united to promote,…

2023 Election: Aniocha-North PDP Leaders, Stakeholders Reject Consensus Option

2023 Election: Aniocha-North PDP Leaders, Stakeholders Reject Consensus Option

Leaders and stakeholders of the People Democratic Party (PDP) in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State have rejected concensus arrangements for aspirants to the House of Assembly. This move is contained in a 10-point communique issued at the end of…

ATTAHIRU JEGA: THE “LAMENTATION” OF AN UMPIRE

ATTAHIRU JEGA: THE “LAMENTATION” OF AN UMPIRE

By Austen Akhagbeme Just yesterday, the former ASUU President and former INEC Chairman, Prof Attahiru Jega, fired a familiar salvo, while speaking at the 2022 Workers’ political conference organised by the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC in Abuja. The former electoral umpire who…