PERSONALITY: Bola Aganaba @60: A Legacy of Impact, Faith, and Generosity

PERSONALITY: Bola Aganaba @60: A Legacy of Impact, Faith, and Generosity

Bola Aganaba, a man of exceptional character, dedication, and commitment to excellence, celebrates his 60th birthday. With a decade-long career as a civil engineer and pastor, he has not only left an indelible mark on Nigeria’s infrastructure development but also touched countless…

Obaseki: “The Audacity of a Drowning Governor”

Obaseki: “The Audacity of a Drowning Governor”

-By Augustine Osayande: In the intricate landscape of Edo State politics, recent events have thrust the suspension of two esteemed Enigies, Prof Gregory Akenzua and Chief Edomwonyi Ogiegbaen, into the spotlight once more. Their suspension by the monarch of the Benin Kingdom,…

Shifting Trends of Urban Mobility: Electric Scooter Ride is the New Normal

Shifting Trends of Urban Mobility: Electric Scooter Ride is the New Normal

By Faheem Daha The recent decades have seen an outburst of technological advancements like never before. Modern devices and gadgets seep into our daily lives and replace outdated products effortlessly. Change is normal and a sign of liveliness. The bustling roads that…

Global Challenges: Chinese Government Rolling out Blueprints

Global Challenges: Chinese Government Rolling out Blueprints

By Raphael Oni In today’s interconnected world, it is crucial for us to come together and address the global challenges that affect all of us. From climate change to poverty, from disease outbreaks to political conflicts, these issues require collective efforts and collaboration…

Angola Opens Visa, Investment Centre in Port Harcourt

Angola Opens Visa, Investment Centre in Port Harcourt

The Embassy of Angola in Nigeria is opening a visa application centre in the oil-city Port Harcourt to boost especially the oil business of the country with Nigeria. A statement by the embassy on Monday read that: “As part of the activities…

Tinubu,Shettima: The epidemic of economic, insecurity in Nigeria

Tinubu,Shettima: The epidemic of economic, insecurity in Nigeria

By: Dr. James Bwala With the rhetoric around the economy and security situation in the country, those blaming the government have failed to look at the history and those involved in it that brought Nigeria to its current predicament. The eight-year rule…

OPINION: It is time for Nigerians to drag the IMF and World Bank

OPINION: It is time for Nigerians to drag the IMF and World Bank

–By Augustine Osayande: The recent directives issued by the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), emerging from its thorough Post Financing Assessment (PFA), have ignited robust debate within Nigeria’s economic circles. Particularly contentious is the Board’s insistence on the Federal…

Mustapha Habib Ahmed’s Transformative Leadership at NEMA

Mustapha Habib Ahmed’s Transformative Leadership at NEMA

Mustapha Habib Ahmed’s tenure as the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has been marked by a series of commendable achievements, showcasing his leadership, dedication, and strategic vision in handling emergency response and disaster management in Nigeria. Upon assuming…

The Middle East Crisis and the Illusion of Peace

The Middle East Crisis and the Illusion of Peace

By: Tina Ayigbe and Eguono Eseme (Foreign Desk Writers) Amid the battles between Israel and the militant group in Gaza, tensions in the Middle East, have continued to rise following recent US and British strikes in Yemen. CNBS reports that tens of…

My friend, Isa Gusau — A Tribute, By Kashim Shettima

My friend, Isa Gusau — A Tribute, By Kashim Shettima

There couldn’t have been a more poignant last chapter to a man’s life than my final text exchange with him. He reached out on December 31, 2023, to draw my attention to a Qur’an recital competition in Damaturu, Yobe State, stating that…

Back After Kashim Shettima Sent Us ‘Packing’

Back After Kashim Shettima Sent Us ‘Packing’

By Stanley Nkwocha The mood at the Vice President’s wing of the Presidential Villa on Friday December 22, 2023, was different from what it used to be during preparations for festivities in the yuletide. On the faces of the aides and staff…

Re: Towards Utmost Freedom and Less of Sloganeering on Nigeria’s Foreign Policy in 2024 By Bashir Aliyu

Re: Towards Utmost Freedom and Less of Sloganeering on Nigeria’s Foreign Policy in 2024 By Bashir Aliyu

I read a lopsided article by Babafemi A. Badejo who called into question the new foreign policy concepts under President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, singling out the 4D principles that now underpin the tenets of Nigeria’s foreign policy as the butt of his…

AKPABIO: THE HOMEBOY JAMBOREE

AKPABIO: THE HOMEBOY JAMBOREE

By Austen Akhagbeme Senator Godswill Akpabio is probably among the tribe of lucky politicians who enjoy popular approbation and applause from his countrymen, or so it seems. His recent 61st birthday celebration and the accompanying fanfare that turned the stadium named after…

FEATURES: CORRECTING THE NARRATIVE ABOUT FUBARA

FEATURES: CORRECTING THE NARRATIVE ABOUT FUBARA

-By Ezebunwo Ichemati: A lot has been reported from the media parley our leader, former Governor Nyesom Wike, granted yesterday, where he alleged a lot of things about his successor, Governor Siminalayi Fubara, happenings in the politics of Rivers State, and the…

140 Days in Office of Chief of Air Staff Hassan Bala Abubakar: A Period of Remarkable Progress and Challenges

140 Days in Office of Chief of Air Staff Hassan Bala Abubakar: A Period of Remarkable Progress and Challenges

-By Rosemary Moribirin: Since his assumption of office as the Chief of Air Staff about 140 days, Air Marshal (AVM) Hassan Bala Abubakar have been marked by significant accomplishments, underscoring his commitment to transforming the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) and fortifying the…

RIVERS CRISIS: FUBARA AND THE VOICE OF JACOB

RIVERS CRISIS: FUBARA AND THE VOICE OF JACOB

-By Austen Akhagbeme: Governor Siminalayi Fubara of the oil-rich River State passes for a harmless dove in the eyes of the unsuspecting public. His boyish looks, quiet mien, and seemingly unalloyed loyalty to his boss, Nyesom Wike over the years deceived many…

30th Annual LAPO Development Forum: Communiqué

30th Annual LAPO Development Forum: Communiqué

A communiqué issued at the end of the 30th Annual LAPO Development Forum held on Thursday, October 19th, 2023 at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua International Conference Centre, Abuja. Theme: “The Role Of Non-State Actors In National Development: A Case Study Of Lift…

Hospital Bombardment: Envoy Calls for Inquiry into Israeli’s Attacks on Palestine… Claims Over 3,000 Persons, Mostly Children, Women Killed Since Retaliatory Attacks

Hospital Bombardment: Envoy Calls for Inquiry into Israeli’s Attacks on Palestine… Claims Over 3,000 Persons, Mostly Children, Women Killed Since Retaliatory Attacks

The Palestinian Ambassador to Nigeria, Abdullah Shawesh has called for the setting up of an inquiry into ongoing attack by Israel on Palestine on the claim of searching for members of Hamas group. Israel while claiming that she is not in war…

Death On The East-West Road: If only we had been fair to ourselves…

Death On The East-West Road: If only we had been fair to ourselves…

-By Fred Edoreh: Somehow, death chose our 63rd Independence Day anniversary to remind us of the bad state of federal roads in the Niger Delta, perhaps across the nation. As President Bola Tinubu was performing the anniversary ritual in Abuja, a petrol…

Birthday Anniversary: How Bashorun ASKIA was honoured in  Asaba

Birthday Anniversary: How Bashorun ASKIA was honoured in  Asaba

-By Albert OGRAKA, Editor: The birthday anniversary celebration of the immediate past Managing Director/CEO of Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC), Bashorun Askia Ogieh, FCNA, CrFA on Tuesday, September 12, 2023 was glamorous and memorable, as people from all walks…

Governor Sheriff Oborevwori: His take –off flight

Governor Sheriff Oborevwori: His take –off flight

Governor Sheriff Oborevwori must have been in the mind of the French writer Rouget De Lisle(1760-1836) when he wrote “come children of our nature land, the day of glory has arrived”The governor has completed his hundred days in office and his morning is showing an excellent take…

Human-Centric Globalisation: Taking G20 to Last Mile, Leaving None Behind

Human-Centric Globalisation: Taking G20 to Last Mile, Leaving None Behind

-By Narendra Modi: ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ – these two words capture a deep philosophy. It means ‘the world is one family’. This is an all-embracing outlook that encourages us to progress as one universal family, transcending borders, languages, and ideologies. During India’s G20…

SUBSIDY REMOVAL : HOW OBOREVWORI LIFTED THE SPIRITS OF DELTA WORKERS

SUBSIDY REMOVAL : HOW OBOREVWORI LIFTED THE SPIRITS OF DELTA WORKERS

–BY DENNIS OTU: They were expectant. They longed for a relief. They had gone on borrowing here and there to make ends meet. Going to work every day had become a major problem to many of them, no thanks to the untold…

AFRICA, DEMOCRACY, AND THE BARREL OF A LOADED GUN

AFRICA, DEMOCRACY, AND THE BARREL OF A LOADED GUN

–By Austen Akhagbeme: There has been a growing concern recently in Africa about the return of the era of military coup d’etats as was witnessed in the late sixties and seventies. The recent military overthrow of President Ali Bongo of the mineral-rich…

Bayelsa State: A one-Man Governorship Race

Bayelsa State: A one-Man Governorship Race

As the race for the governorship seat in Bayelsa State hots up, the baggage that the deputy governorship candidate carries may end as albatross on Chief Timipre Sylva The race for the Creek Haven Government House in Yenagoa is hotting up. With…

Finance guru, Lucky Oghene-Omoru clocks 70

Finance guru, Lucky Oghene-Omoru clocks 70

Development Economist, Investment Banker, and astute Public Servant, Olorogun Lucky Oghene-Omoru clocks 70 years today Tuesday, August 22, 2023. Oghene-Omoru a notable professional and staunch PDP stakeholder in Delta State hails from Orogun in Ughelli North Local Government Area. He was a…

Strengthening Disaster Management at the Community Level: A Crucial Imperative

Strengthening Disaster Management at the Community Level: A Crucial Imperative

Disasters can strike with little warning, leaving communities devastated and vulnerable. To effectively mitigate the impact of such calamities, having robust disaster management structures at the community level is imperative. The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) under the leadership of Director General…

THE NIGERIEN COUP AND FRESH ECHOES OF PAN-AFRICANISM

THE NIGERIEN COUP AND FRESH ECHOES OF PAN-AFRICANISM

-By Austen Akhagbeme: The recent coup d’etat in the Niger Republic and the potentially belligerent response by the sub-regional body, ECOWAS, is bringing to the fore a rebirth of pan- Africanist thoughts especially within the West Africa sub-region. Colonialism and neo-colonialism especially…

In Loving Memory of My Dear Mother, By Augustine Osayande

In Loving Memory of My Dear Mother, By Augustine Osayande

On the serene morning of July 30th, 1988, as the sun cast its gentle rays upon the Earth, a tight-knit family basked in the tranquil serenity. Little did they know, a profound metamorphosis awaited, poised to reshape their existence. Within this affectionate…

OF THE EUROPEAN UNION REPORT AND PRESIDENT TINUBU’S REBUFF

OF THE EUROPEAN UNION REPORT AND PRESIDENT TINUBU’S REBUFF

By Austen Akhagbeme The fragrant dismissal of the EU’s report on the just concluded general elections in Nigeria by President Tinubu’s handlers, speaks volumes about what to expect in days to come. One of the many signs of a potentially aggressive and…

Generals At War: How Sadique, Monguno’s media brokers allegedly approached editors, bloggers with scripts to disparage Buratai

Generals At War: How Sadique, Monguno’s media brokers allegedly approached editors, bloggers with scripts to disparage Buratai

By: James Bwala I anticipated that this article could involve treading on some sensitive ground. But I am aware that standing up for the truth may also be heroism. Nigeria will be a better country when those with the proper minds stand…

THE ADVENT OF THE 16TH PRESIDENT OF NIGERIA: MATTERS ARISING (1)

THE ADVENT OF THE 16TH PRESIDENT OF NIGERIA: MATTERS ARISING (1)

-By Austen Akhagbeme: By 10: 40 am, May 29th, 2023, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu has taken over the mantle of Leadership of our dear Nation, Nigeria from former President Mohammadu Buhari. This opened a new chapter in the annals of our political…

THE BAYOKO-OKOWA SYNERGY THAT EMPOWERED DELTA CIVIL SERVICE

THE BAYOKO-OKOWA SYNERGY THAT EMPOWERED DELTA CIVIL SERVICE

-BY HARRISON AKAMULE: The transformation experienced by the Delta State Civil Service under the present Head of Service, Mr Reginald Bayoko—a 7-year period so far, did not happen by chance. It was the function of a divine meeting of like minds, orientation…