Thursday, 19 December 2019

True Federalism As Stimulus For Economic Growth


                                                                                    
                                                        GROUNDNUTS

There is no doubt that true federalism is the only stimulus the country needs in order to make the federating states competitive and self-sustaining. There is no denying the fact that the reason why the country is undeveloped is simply because the states are not authorised to explore and exploit the natural resources in their lands. For instance, the inhibiting Petroleum Act of 1990 says thus: “An Act to provide for the exploration of petroleum from the territorial waters and the continental shelf of Nigeria and vest the ownership of, and all on-shore and off-shore revenue from petroleum resources derivable therefrom in the Federal Government and for all other matter incidental thereto.” Likewise, the Nigerian Minerals and Mining Act 2007 says: “The entire property in and control of all mineral resources in, under or upon any land in Nigeria, its contiguous continental shelf and all rivers, streams and watercourses throughout Nigeria, any area covered by its territorial waters or constituency and the Exclusive Economic Zone is and shall be vested in the Government of the Federation for and on behalf of the people of Nigeria.”

Friday, 8 November 2019

Why Senate Needs A Publicist (2)


                                                                                
                                                      Nigerian Senate      
He will notify Nigerians about the total number of bills the Senate has passed and the total number of bills Mr. President has assented to or rejected monthly or quarterly. Precisely, his duty is to keep Nigerians abreast about the happenings in the upper chamber of the National Assembly. Third, he will challenge Nigerians to demand to know the salaries and allowances of other elected Nigerians or government appointees just as Nigerians are challenging those of the Senators. Fourth, a publicist for the Senate will counter and rebuff attacks on the Senate in order to portray the true happenings in the red chamber visa vice the happenings in the Executive and Judicial arms of government. This is to diffuse the ranging anger of Nigerians against the Senate while the other two arms of government enjoy a measure of seeming supports from the same Nigerians that are hostile to members of the National Assembly.

Monday, 19 August 2019

Why Senate Needs A Publicist (1)


                                             Nigerian Senate                                                
The need for the Senate to hire a publicist to inform Nigerians adequately about the performances of the red chamber is long overdue. This is so because there is no doubt that the National Assembly especially the upper chamber-the Senate has a negative image among the masses of Nigeria. This is because of the fact that the Senate is perceived as a retirement home for former and lackluster governors and ministers. The Senate is also considered as a cesspool of corruption due largely to the mouthwatering salary, fridge benefits and constituency allowances accruing to senators every now and then. The revelation by Senator Shehu Sani that each Senator received as much as N13.5m monthly has worsen the already dented perception of the Senate. The sum of N13.5m monthly for an individual because he or she is a senator is humongous when compared with the N18,000 monthly stipend paid as minimum wage to each Nigerian worker.

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Outbursts Over Omo Agege’s Appointments Not Necessary


                                                                          
                      Ovie Omo Agege, Deputy Senate President                            
 The disapproval expressed by certain persons from the Urhobo Nation, Delta Central of Delta State and the South-South geopolitical zone of the country over the recent appointments by Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo Agege is not necessary. Senator Omo-Agege recently appointed Dr. Otive Igbuzor as Chief of Staff, Mr. Yomi Odunuga as Special Assistant, Media and Publicity and Ms. Lara Owoeye-Wise as Senior Special Assistant on Electronic and New Media. Dr. Otive Igbuzor is an Urhobo like his boss while Mr. Yomi Odunuga and Ms. Lara Owoye-Wise are Yorubas. Those who expressed disappointments over these appointments include but not limited to former executive assistant to Governor Okowa on communications, Barrister Fred Latimore Oghenesivbe and former publicity secretary of Urhobo Progress Union, Ikeja Branch, Mr. Martis Onos. They are of the opinion that DSP Omo-Agege should have chosen his media aides from his ethnic Urhobo Nation, saying that there are qualified, competent and capable hands in the Urhobo Nation that could do the job instead of choosing persons from the Yoruba Nation.

Friday, 17 May 2019

The Creative Bird

A comprehensive look at the beautiful nest built and attached to a leave of a tree by this bird, makes one to wonder about the ingenuity and creative abilities the Almighty God has deposited into the brains of man and animals. It is a surprise that this bird with a low faculty, two legs, a beak and two wings could build such an architectural masterpiece and fortified nest.

A LESSON FROM THESE TWO CATS

                                                                               

Seeing these two animals helping themselves to get to the top is a great lesson for humans to buttress the fact that nobody is a superhuman that can stand alone without the assistance of some other humans. Thus, we need one another in order to get to the top. So, don't deceive yourself-thinking that you know it all; that you are a superhuman-you are not. You are just like every other human being that needs support to get to the top.

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

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