Why 2019 elections must not be compromised…

The 2019 presidential and National Assembly elections will take place on 16th February, while the governorship and state assembly/Federal Capital Territory (FCT) council elections have been scheduled for 2nd March. Like in 2015, there is so much apprehension as many do not believe that the elections, especially the presidential leg of it, will be thoroughly…

FG initiates reconciliation with labour leaders on new minimum wage…

Federal Government on Wednesday unveiled plans to hold crucial meeting with the leadership of the three labour centres as part of efforts geared toward averting the nationwide strike over the non-implementation of the N30,000 new minimum wage. Those expected at the meeting are: Ayuba Wabba, President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC); Peter Ozo-Eson, NLC General…

Desired attributes of Nigeria’s next CEO…

The 2019 elections would be significant in several respects. It would be the sixth general election since the return to civil democratic rule in 1999. Nigeria would be marking 20 years of continuouscivilian government in 2019. It is the longest stretch in which we have allowed choice,and the people have had a say in who…

Adopting Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as political party manifesto…

That Nigeria failed lamentably in all aspects of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is now history whose sad melody lingers on. As has been noted by a commentator, the implementation of the MDGs in Nigeria “lacked the high-mindedness of the Millennium Declaration and the ambitiousness of some leaders because despite the availability of funds the…

Hoping for a better year in 2019…

2018 is a year to forget for many Nigerians. The year began with punishing fuel queues and gruesome killings by herdsmen and cult gangs that are yet to be identified and brought to justice. If Nigerians thought the authorities will act to stop the killings, they were wrong. One senior member of the government after…

“Victory awaits PDP at the general polls”…

Bala Dan Abu is the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku of Taraba state, on Media and Publicity. In this interview with BusinessDay’s Nathanial Gbaoron in Jalingo, he expressed optimism on the Governor’s chances of securing victory in the fast approaching general election, even as he rolled out some achievements of the administration….

A ray of sunshine in Mambilla Plateau…

Sometimes in February this year, the people of Mambilla Plateau, referring to the communities on the high hills of the sardauna local government area of Taraba state, were brought down to their knees by a vicious ethno-religious crises. Lives were lost and properties,including livestock were destroyed. Some groups,who likened the crises to genocide, gave the…

Buhari has a history of smuggling in looted funds -Atiku…

Former Vice President and Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari has a history of smuggling in looted funds into the country to serve his nefarious interests. The former Vice President said this in reaction to the accusation against him by President Muhammadu Buhari that he…

Why Nigeria should be careful about compromising business with political...

The announcement on Friday that President Muhammadu Buhari had appointed the duo of Aliko Dangote and Femi Otedola into his Presidential Campaign Council raised some dusts. But while the political community was yet to fully digest the import of the information, a contrary message came from the same source, presidential spokesman Femi Adesina: the two……

Prepare for a rough economic ride in 2019…

As at 1.19 pm when I started writing this article for Monday publication, Brent Crude oil was trading at US$53.07 per barrel. A few seconds later, it dropped to US$52.99 and rebounded almost immediately to US$53.02. That is how volatile crude oil prices looks set to play in 2019 after falling almost 40 percent from…

Giving hostages to fortunes:Hawking the 2023 presidency…

Nigeria’s electoral law expressly prohibits a candidate or his agents from engaging in campaigns along religious, tribal or sectional lines. Equally, all presidential candidates in next year’s general elections recently signed a peace pact in Abuja pledging to refrain from campaigns along ethnic lines both by themselves and by all agents acting on their behalf….

Goodbye 2018: The next will be rockier for the world…

Today is 31 December, the last day of 2018 and the eve of 2019. It’s a bridge between the old and the new! And it behoves us, on this day, to say ‘goodbye’ to the outgoing year. So, this column wants to say adieu to 2018. But in doing so, I want to focus on…