Yemi-Esan and Push for Civil Service Reforms By Abdulsalam Mahmud 

Like in several organisations and government institutions, viable reform policies have the potential to transform Nigeria’s civil service, and make it world-class.   It is no brainer that the federal civil service, most especially, has been plagued by multifarious challenges, over the years. It is a civil service whose level of productivity is abysmally low, and uninspiring.   It is one that is populated by civil servants that lack motivation, demonstrate a high-level of ‘un-seriousness’ and zero patriotism to their job. In fact, they do not showcase any visible commitment…

Saint Kperogi’s Verses By Dele Afelumo

SOCRATES and Eleanor Roosevelt at different times said, “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people”. It is on that premise that I categorise the many treatises of Professor Farook Kperogi on many issues bedevilling our country. I also have to borrow the Iranian author’s book’s title: The Satanic Verses—as my title for this critique. One wonders what Kperogi’s preoccupations always are with character assassination and deployment of incendiary adjectives on people. He plays hubristic tunes always as if he remains the only de facto repository…

FG reiterates support for Corps Members 

The Federal Government of Nigeria has assured its continuous support for Corps Members under the National Youth Sevice Corps (NYSC) across the country.   This was disclosed on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, by the Chairman of NYSC National Governing Board, Amb. Fatima Abubakar, during a one day visit to NYSC orientation camp in Ikot Itie Udung, Nsit Atai local government area of Akwa Ibom State.   She commended corps members conduct in the state ,charged them to maintain the standard across their service year.   She said; “I’m very happy…

Schools need old students’ support – MAPOLY Association committee Chair

The Chairman, Planning Committee of the 30th Graduation Anniversary of the 1992 set of the Association of Mass Communication Graduates of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, Dr. Femi Adefila, has emphasised the need for old students to play active roles in developing their alma mater.   Adefila, in a statement on Wednesday, said alumni associations could become the pillars on which the development of the nation’s schools would stand.   “The economic situation across the globe isn’t favourable at the moment. Nigeria’s situation is particularly precarious. This has led to…

Senate adjourns for Sallah break, to resume July 19

The Senate, on Wednesday, adjourned plenary to enable it proceed on the Sallah break.   The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, accordingly, announced July 19, 2022, as resumption date.   The Senate, before embarking on the three weeks recess, forwarded President Muhammadu Buhari’s request for the confirmation of Mohammed Bello as Chairman of the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission to the Committee on National Planning.   It also passed the Federal Medical Centres (Establishment) Bill, 2022, after re-committal to the Committee of the Whole for consideration and passage.   The…

Ex Kogi Governor, Ibrahim Idris Commends PSN Over Professional Conducts, Social Security

By ABUBAKAR YUSUF       Former Kogi Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris has lauded the professional conducts , monitoring, enforcement to ensure the social security and wellbeing of average Nigerians is guaranteed in the face of growing health challenges across the country, by the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria PSN.   He made this remark to mark this year’s two day ‘2022 MID YEAR MEETING’ and dinner/award night held at NAF Conference Centre, Kado Abuja on Wednesday.   The former Kogi Governor urged the Board of Fellows’ Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria…

APC Primary: 17 Delegates Returned Money I Gave Them – Oloriegbe

The lawmaker representing Kwara Central district, Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe, has said some delegates whom he gave funds for logistics during the party’s primaries refunded the money.   He stated this during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily where he spoke about the crisis within the ruling party.   Senator Oloriegbe faulted the process with which the primaries were conducted ,as most states accused the state Governors of imposing delegates on party supporters.   “There was no congress; like in my state, the Governor just handpicked them (the delegates) one…

IGBO ANCESTRY: Governor Ifeanyi Okowa Has Nothing To Prove  By Law Mefor   

‘Ifeanyi’ is a generic name borne only by the members of the Igbo ethnic stock. The name means: nothing is beyond God. Why then is one who bears the name required to prove that he belongs to the Igbo ethnic group or to prove such ancestry? This pettiness of some Igbos who go to the extent of claiming that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa is not one of them is pathetic, mischievous or borne out of outright ignorance.   Governor Ifeanyi Okowa is from Owa, one of the major Ika Igbo settlements…

Kano APC Senator, Shekarau, defects to NNPP

Senator representing Kano Central Senatorial District, Ibrahim Shekarau, has resigned his membership of the All Progressives Congress and joined the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).   The lawmaker in a defection letter read during plenary by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, informed the chamber that his decision to quit the ruling party was due to marginalization and lack of internal democracy in the Kano Chapter of the APC.   The full text of the letter reads;   “I kindly write to formally notify you of my resignation from the All…

Senate confirms Buhari’s seven nominees as Minister-designates 

The Senate, on Wednesday, screened and confirmed the seven ministerial nominees whose names were sent last week by President Muhammadu Buhari for confirmation as Minister-designates.   The screening exercise which started at about 12 noon lasted till 4:37 p.m.   Those screened and confirmed as minister-designates include Henry Ikechukwu Ikoh (Abia), Umana Okon Umana (Akwa-Ibom), and Ekumankama Joseph Nkama (Ebonyi).   Others are Goodluck Nana Opiah (Imo), Umar Ibrahim El-Yakub (Kano), Ademola Adewole Adegoroye (Ondo), and Udi Odum (Rivers).   While fielding questions from lawmakers, the first nominee, Ikechukwu Ikoh,…