NHRC Boss,Tony Ojukwu to be conferred with OFR

The Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, Chief Tony Ojukwu, SAN has been designated to be conferred with the prestigious National Honours, in the category of Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic, OFR.   The Official ceremony culminating in the conferment of the Honours on the Executive Secretary and other deserving citizens will be performed by the President Muhammadu Buhari,   This is clearly not the first accolade the human rights defender will be receiving in his career as a technocrat par excellence.   It…

Flooding : Convener Masses Assembly calls for creation of Dams around Rivers Benue, Niger.

Away from soliciting for relief materials and other succour to the victims of floodings, the Convener of Massses Assembly, Comrade Sule Akpa has advocated for the construction of dams by the federal government to reduced the yearly slogan and incidences of flooding across riverine areas in Nigeria.   The Convener stated that conscious efforts by the government when talking will reduce to the barest the sufferings of people staying around the River Banks of Benue and Niger.   Comrade Sule Akpa made this appeal in a press release while urging…

Ruto and Falana: Brother for enslavement and brother for liberation. By Owei Lakemfa

His Excellency William Ruto, Kenya’s newly minted President, prides himself as the Hustler-in-Chief of the country. He says he is from the “Hustler Nation” – the informal economy where he used to sell chickens for survival.   However, having a dog-eat-dog street ideology as he claims, does not preclude a sense of basic human decency. It is indecent and completely un-African for a man to invite a brother to a ceremony with the latter traveling 6,090 kilometres to rejoice with him, only for the celebrant to announce to the world…

Back to Oyo Agodi Governor’s Office By Festus Adedayo 

Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity of returning to the Agodi Governor’s Office in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo state, where I was tenanted for four years. Like every mortal, nostalgia became my shawl. I remembered my late boss, Governor Abiola Ajimobi and his passion to chisel a new Oyo state out of the dross he had in 2011. Ajimobi was actually one of the species of people who Yoruba call the sanmonri – the elite. He disdained disorder and disobedience to methods. He was finicky and spent his…

2023 ELECTIONS: IGP trains Pilots, Aircraft Maintenance Officers,holds Colloquy with PMF Leadership, Squadron Commanders 

As part of the build up towards ensuring concrete security arrangements for the nation, particularly as the 2023 General Elections approach, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba has approved the training of the first batch of Bell 412EP B1.3 Type-Training Course for Police Airwing Aircraft Maintenance Engineers comprised seventeen (17) officers, whose training is expected to improve the technical expertise of the Aircraft Maintenance Unit of the Police Airwing and prevent operational mishaps during aerial surveillance operations.   Similarly, the IGP has approved the training of more Pilots…

Independence, whose independence? By Festus Adedayo 

Yesterday, it was 62 years since Nigeria got her independence from colonial Britain. While some countrymen say the October 1 celebration rituals are worthy of flinging the cymbals, some others say it is a day to drench ourselves in sack clothes and ashes reminiscent of mourning moments for biblical Israelites. For decades, until the October 1 saturnalia began to lose its savour, successive governments made a good job of conflating the frills of the rituals as a representation of our national joy and unity. Children looked forward to the symphony…

NIGERIA @ 62: We “ll continue to put smiles on faces of victims of human rights violation – Ojukwu

The Executive Secretary National Human Rights Commission, Chief Tony Ojukwu SAN while congratulating Nigerians on the 62nd independent anniversary celebration has pledged the Commissions commitment to tackle human rights violations and seek appropriate redress for victims.   Chief Ojukwu who made this pledge in his message of commemoration of Nigeria’s independence, said that so many people are going through one form of human rights violation or the other, and that the Commission is determined to put smiles on their faces by assisting them to address the myriad of complaints it…

President Buhari to confer national honours on Okonjo-Iweala, Mohammed, Kyari, 434 others

The Federal Government has listed 437 persons that are to receive national honors.   According to reports, five persons are expected to receive the honor of the Grand Commander Order of the Niger (GCON).   However, the Presidency is yet to make a confirmation of this.   President Muhammadu Buhari will confer the honors on the recipients at a ceremony on October 11 in the State House   The supposed five are comprised of the Director-General of the World Trade Organization, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Amina…

NUPRC under fire over wrongful re – allocation of Atala Oil Field …. as Senate committee demands for Presidential directive on action

The Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission ( NUPRC ), came under fire and scrutiny in Senate last Friday over alleged revocation and wrongful re – allocation of the Atala Marginal Oil field ( OML 46) owned by the trio of Bayelsa Oil Company Limited, owed by Bayelsa State Government, Hardy Oil Nigeria Limited and Century Exploration and Production Limited to Halkin Exploration and Production Company Limited ( Halkin E&P) . Senate Committee on Ethics , Privileges and Public Petitions on grounds of Petitions before it from Hardy Oil Nigeria Limited…

Frustrations of a Dancing Wannabe President (2), by Hassan Gimba

In June this year, writing under the title ‘Of Atiku’s sucker punch, Wike’s tantrums and APC’s only door,’ we said, “In reality, the primaries had long been done with because Atiku started early. He had those in control of delegates on his side. Anyone conversant with Nat Geo Wild documentaries on how animals hunt might have seen lions in action. The lions have those who lay in ambush to disorganise herds and those who shepherd the prey to the trap, akin to wingers in a football derby lobbing the ball…