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Beyond the ‘Youth Take over Power Slogan”: Setting Agenda for African Young Minds

By James Alabi In the Yoruba proverbial parlance, a popular word of wisdom says “If you listen to the noise of the market, you will not buy anything” which literally means that “One should face what is paramount to one first before any other thing.” There has been quite unwholesome proverbial market noise about the role of the youth in governance system in Africa. While this argument persists and spreads very quickly like wild fire, there has been no argument in the direction of setting clear agenda in terms of what the youth essentially need to drive governance in a democracy. Sadly, the focus of the narrative hitherto has been that the old men must dismount the horse and their characters quit or be made to quit the scene and allow a new generation of young minds take over the stage. Whil...Read More

Power of Permanent Voter Card (PVC), Its Use and Nigeria’s 2019 Presidential Election

This article is borne out of the frustration and disappointment expressed by many Nigerians at the poor performance of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration of the country. More important, there is a Presidential Election taking place in 2019, when the use of Permanent Voter Card (PVC) by the Nigeria’s Voting population would be Golden. The use of PVC becomes an important, critical instrument for electing the presidential candidate, who would be occupying the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja for the next 4years. This is to say that many Nigerians of voting age take the utility of PVC in the election process for granted. In many democratic societies around the world, the importance of Permanent Voter Card cannot be overemphasized in the election of or putting a political candidate in office....Read More

How to work with Nigerian developers and not miss deadlines

I’ll talk from the programmer’s perspective. 1. SPEAKING OUT: Many programmers are employed, its too risky to voice out. So you’ll almost never see it around that a programmer comes to call out a client for wrong behaviour. But project owners now find it a hobby to come to the social media to publicly shame Nigerian developers. This has bad effects, people from other countries are buying it, Nigerian developers are scammers. 2. INTERNAL BEEF: Developers all around the world miss deadlines but people voice out only when its Nigerian developer because its uncool to admit that Indian or Pakistani developers failed after coming out publicly to shame Nigerian developers. 3. DEADLINES: There are many reasons project deadlines are missed, some are the faults of the developers some aren’t. But one...Read More

FG to recruit more police officers

The Federal Government yesterday assured Nigerians that more police officers will be recruited to deal with problems associated with internal security adding that such provision was already capture in the 2018 budget. President Muhammadu Buhari said yesterday at the Passing out Parade ceremony of Cadet ASP course at the Police Staff College in Jos that his administration would also improve the welfare of police officers who constantly put their lives on the line for Nigerians to live and move around peacefully and freely. Buhari who was represented by the Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (rtd) said “on assumption of office, I directed for the recruitment of a total of 10,000 eligible young graduates and able bodied school leavers into the Nigeria Police Force. I am...Read More

Troops captured 220 Boko Haram insurgents in North-East

The Nigerian Army on Friday said its troops had captured 220 Boko Haram insurgents in various clearance operations in the northeast region. Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Operation Lafiya Dole, made the disclosure in a statement issued in Maiduguri. Nwachukwu said that troops  captured 167 insurgents after raiding their enclaves in Lake Chad Basin while 53 others were captured in northern parts of Borno State. He disclosed that troops also extricated 67 women and 173 children, who were family members of the insurgents. Nwachukwu said that the troops have intensified offensive to clear remnants of the insurgents in the region, noting that the operation has yielded positive results. “Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have intensified offensive on Boko Haram ...Read More