November 2013 Blog Posts (15)

After ASUU …

THERE is a paradox governments have  built around education — they are spending billions of Naira on education, yet the financial issues around education are not being resolved. The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, strike is only one of many matters that are dogging education.

Government’s supposed interests in negotiating with ASUU, the speed being applied, and the uttermost neglect of other aspects of education confirm the diminishing importance that governments attach to…

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Festus Iyayi: They killed our comrade

By Is'haq Modibbo Kawu

Many different thoughts came to my mind last week, when news of Festus Iyayi’s tragic death broke.

The pain was deep and the anger and confusion were overwhelming. In that tragic accident, Nigeria lost one of its finest patriots; a Marxist revolutionary whose dedication to the liberation of our country and the enthronement of a society of social justice for the working people, were the defining motifs of his work as well as his life. …



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OJUDE OBA 2013: Crown head’ll always return home

WE are once again gathered in this magnificent edifice for yet another Ojude Oba Festival. Ojude Oba Festival as you are all aware, is an important event in our community as a people, being the only festival of its type celebrated in South-West, Nigeria by all and sundry without religious barrier and bequeathed to us by our forefathers centuries ago.



While congratulating and thanking the chief host, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, FCA, Governor of Ogun State and his amiable wife, Mrs…

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Lagos blue line rail ready in 18 months: LAMATA boss

By Olasunkanmi Akoni



All things being equal, the prevailing ordeal of motorists and other road users in the Mile Two and Marina  parts of Lagos should be over in 18 months if the assurance recently given to that effect by the  Managing Director Lagos Metropolitan Transport Management Authority, LAMATA, Dr. Dayo Mobereola, is anything to go by.

The LAMATA boss  had anchored the promise on the expectation that the Mile 2-Marina blue line rail project would be ready…

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Abia sacked workers’ recall

By Ochereome Nanna

The decision by the Abia State Government to to recall the non-indigenes discharged from the state’s civil service and throw the doors open for an all-inclusive hiring of new staff comes as a big relief. It was certainly not the easiest or best decision to take, even by those who initiated it.



The policy put Abia and Lagos states on the spotlight as states that took discrimination towards non-indigenes to a new level. While Abia was seen to have sacked…

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As casualisation kills Nigeria

Some organisations, public and private, are hanging perilously in the air, waiting to drop dead, and die they will, except urgent steps are taken. The idea we have here will benefit from predictions:



There are some media outfits in Nigeria. Some day, soon, their General Manager will be picked form among the casual workers. The Editor-in-Chief will be a youth corps member, and down the line, every worker in the establishment will be a contract staff or temporary employee, by…

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TOEFL, GRE suspension: Nigerian candidates to travel to Cotonou, Ghana to write exams

By AMAKA ABAYOMI & LAJU ARENYEKA



Nigerian students planning to write qualifying examinations into colleges and universities in the United States have begun to make plans to travel outside the country to write the(TOEFL).



In a recent statement published on its website, ETS said both examinations have been suspended indefinitely in Nigeria. It read: “Due to security concerns in Nigeria, GRE® and TOEFL® testing in the country has been suspended for an indefinite…

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Teaching staff scarcity a major problem for universities (1)

By Dele Sobowale

“When about 50 higher institutions were approved to take off within six years, where were the faculties expected to come from? In 2004, when I was a PGD student of the School of Mass Communication of the Lagos State University, LASU, we had a prominent lecturer who also lectured at Babcock University, Ilisan, Remo.



I think he spends every Wednesday there. He was simultaneously running his doctorate too somewhere. He was always looking harassed. We had a…

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Amuwo-Odofin residents protest against robbery attacks

By Ishola Balogun



Residents and landlord associations in Amuwo Odofin local government area under the aegis of Amuwo-Odofin New Town Movement have protested against incessant robbery attacks in the area just as they seek total ban of commercial motorcycle operators, popularly known as Okada, in the area.  



The Vice Chairman, Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area, Alhaja Kudirat Omolara Dada, who led other residents to erect caution signs in strategic positions restricting…

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Frequently confused words, AMERICAN AND BRITISH ENGLISH

By Gabriel Osoba

There are many varieties of English, and British and American English are two varieties that are taught in most English as a Second Language (ESL) and English as a Foreign Language programmes.



British English is more popular in Nigeria because of our colonial heritage. There are some differences between Standard British English and Standard American English in spelling, vocabulary and pronunciation.



British versus American spelling …



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Iyayi's timeless nuggets on the ASUU struggle

THe late Professor Festus Iyayi simply called Festus by  his contemporaries was killed by

a car in the convoy of the Kogi state government last week.  Across the labour movement, news of his death spread like wild fire: Iyayi, who was president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities  in1986 is no more. For those of us who reported his activities as ASUU president, we knew that the labour movement has lost a committed comrade.  He led ASUU to…

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OJO MILITARY CANTONMENT LAND: Ojikutu Family moves to reclaim 160 acres

AFTER waiting fruitlessly fora response to several petitions to the office of the Minister of Defence urging him to compel the Nigerian Army to return an un-utilised 160 acres of their land acquired by the then Federal Military Government in 1974, for the purpose of building the Ojo Military Cantonment, the family of the late Alhaji Abdul Azeez Ojikutu, has taken the battle to reclaim the land to the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke, SAN.



In a strongly…

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7 Nigerian varsities emerge for WB sponsored projects

By DAYO ADESULU



Seven Nigerian universities have successfully emerged among the 15 African universities selected for the World Bank-sponsored  project by African Centres of Excellence (ACE).



The selection has indicated that some Nigerian universities are competitive in their tripartite functions of teaching, research and community service.



The benefiting universities were selected after their proposals were evaluated and considered to have met the requirements…

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Court adjourns EFCC N11.5bn case against Alao- Akala

Ibadan - An Oyo State High Court on Wednesday adjourned indefinitely  the N11.5 billion contract award case against a former governor of the state, Adebayo Alao-Akala, pending hearing of an appeal.



Justice Bayo Taiwo adjourned the case after Mr Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), Counsel to Alao-Akala and Babalola told the court that his clients appeal was still pending before the Court of Appeal.



Taiwo said that hearing notices would be issued informing all parties and their counsel on…

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Ojo Alaba Assizes and corruption

In French, “Assizes” means lawyers having sittings to decide cases. When cases are decided on material benefits to members of the assizes as against duty to a nation then Nigeria is about to be conquered by materialism and in turn headed to breakdown of the system of trust.

Ojo experience as it affected me really proved that even if the magistrate remained the presiding officer, the feeling of some lawyers who constitute his “gang” matter. And when you hear the lawyers…

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