Rain of Tributes as Asaju, Spectrum Expert, bows out of NCC 

After 17 years of meritorious service, former Director of Spectrum Administration Department of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Engr. Oluwatoyin Asaju, has bowed out of the regulatory body, with encomiums from management and industry experts, after turning 60. Engr. Asaju who led the team that managed the 3.5Ghz Band Auction process that attracted fame and fortune to the Federal Government through the transparent auction process for the sale of the 5G licenses conducted by the Commission, was hosted to a valedictory session to celebrate his performance, by the leadership and staff…

BANDITS ATTACKS: Niger Govt Suspends Mining activities, directs security agencies to profile mining sites 

Following bandits’ attack on a mining site in Ajata Aboki Village in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State, Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has ordered the immediate suspension of all mining activities in Shiroro, Munya, and Rafi Local Government Areas of the State over continued bandits’ attacks until further notice.   A statement issued by Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, stated that the decision to suspend mining activities became necessary as a result of escalating insecurity in those areas in recent times.   It is…

Gatekeepers of empty mansions in Abuja turns quasi-landlords, by Abdullahi A Maiwada

Those in the middle class and lower class living in Abuja will understand the concept of ‘arrangee’. We have a lot of mansions in Abuja lying fallow worth billions of naira, and not in any way utilized by owners.   These owners have accumulated wealth that one have every reason to doubt the credibility of their source. If not, how on earth will one labour hard to construct/purchase houses with state-of-the-art facilities, then spend years without a facility visit, not talk of occupying or renting out the building, leaving the…

She can keep me, for one month, by Azu Ishiekwene

Until she asked, I didn’t know it was a problem. Her problem, I mean. When people say whatever gets your time and attention gets you, it’s often true.   For as long as I can remember, 38 weeks every year, this thing gets my time and attention.   It starts slowly, usually on weekends, at the beginning of the season. And then, as the fixtures pick up tempo and the men separate themselves from the boys, weekends morph into weekdays. Other chores become placeholders yielding to just one desire: watching…

Let’s talk hope, by Hassan Gimba

Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future, someone once said. Even though there are enough reasons to continue with the treatise on banditry and shared sovereignty – such a depressing fact of our national life – however, today I want to look at the other side – the side of hope. Hope is to believe with an audacity that better days are afoot, the ability to see light at the end of the tunnel. Yeah, hope is tough at the moment – what with the massacre of about…

Yoruba: From restructuring to àwa l’ókàn, By Lasisi Olagunju

A professor friend who works abroad is home-sick. He recently asked me: “I want to visit home. I am scared. What do you think? Will I be safe?” I didn’t know what to tell him. Those of us at home carefully select where to go in Nigeria and when to go there. Our country is a jungle: people get killed; people get captured for ransom; people come out unhurt. Who gets what is not made known to us. Going to the farm, to the mosque, to the church, to the…

BREAKING: Buhari sacks acting Accountant General, Anamekwe over alleged corrupt practices

The Federal Government, under President Muhmamadu Buhari has reportedly sacked Chukwuyere N. Anamekwe as the acting Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF). According to The Nation reports, has been replaced with AGF Mr. Okolieaboh Ezeoke Sylvis, a former TSA (Treasury Single Account) Director. It was gathered that Anamekwe’s replacement followed allegations that he was being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). It was also said that the government was not comfortable with his revelation that it was borrowing to pay salaries. Anamekwe was appointed acting AGF on the…