Monthly Archives: August 2012

CONMESS: Lagos Doctors Accuse State Government Of Insincerity

Barely two months after the sacked 788 doctors in Lagos public hospitals were recalled by the state government, the doctors Friday accused the government of insincerity over its agreement to fully implement the Consolidated Medical Salary Scale, CONMESS even as it demanded the payment of outstanding salaries for the months of April and May that the strike lingered.

They also alleged that state government withheld payment of April and May salaries as part of punitive measures against doctors that participated in the last industrial action. Continue reading

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Nigeria: Of State-Run Police And Scare Mongering

IT is very sad indeed that many Southerners are wallowing in inexcusable ignorance with respect to the manipulative leadership in Nigeria.

I could not understand why the people, especially the elite who ought to know and enlighten their people, could not discern the consistent overt and covert agenda of the Northern Moslems who have never hidden their resolve to be controlling the corporate affairs of this obviously accursed country directly and indirectly. Continue reading

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Nigeria: Promoting the Rule of Law over Rule of the Jungle

ONE of the indispensable components of democracy is the rule of law! In common parlance, the rule of law is the condition in which every member of the society, including its leaders, accepts the authority of the law.

This is to say that the law of the state is supreme and is binding on all persons in the land, irrespective of status, position, rank, religion, political party, ethnicity or affiliation. However, the question that every rational mind or patriotic Nigerian should ask is: “Do we obey laws in Nigeria”? Or “Is it relevant laws that are lacking in Nigeria”? Continue reading

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Nigeria: Religion, Spirituality and Governance

A story was told some years ago by one of my graduate school teachers. Here is an adulterated snippet: In the 1960s, an American travelling in a lorry through South-West Nigeria observed that the driver had on his dashboard three items: a sticker attesting to the road-worthiness of his vehicle; a cross; and an amulet. Out of curiosity, the American asked the driver why he had the three items.

The driver responded thus: “The sticker shows that my vehicle is road-worthy, thus the likelihood of a mechanical failure or vehicular mishap is nil. But in case of an accident, I have faith in God to save me, hence the cross. But in case where God and the safety certification fail me, the amulet from Babalawo will make things right.” In essence, when it comes to religion and anything spiritual, Nigerians “hedge their bets.” They leave nothing to chance. Whatever works is what they will place their bets and hopes on.

And in this case, all three motifs — the road-worthiness certification, the cross and the amulet — serve as protection or mechanisms against accidents or misfortune. Or, all three may converge to save the day. Having all three therefore reduces the driver’s risk to zero. It becomes a win-win situation for him. This, accounts for why, in today’s Nigeria, many are known to patronise all places of worship. Monotheism, juju, polytheism, and animism are all acceptable. And why not?

Nigeria is a nation of assorted religions and superstitious beliefs. That is not to say that the prevalence of these dogmas and practices are unique to Nigeria. All societies, from the beginning of mankind, have thrived on these. However, except perhaps for places like India, nowhere are these rituals and belief systems more ubiquitous as in Nigeria. Our country is a place where the social, cultural and political space is dominated by the strange, the irrational and the ghoulish. Continue reading

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Nigeria: N5,000 note as red herring!

CBN’s confirmation of 2013 as the takeoff date of the new currency profile seems to have jolted the nation and Nigerians who have unequivocally challenged the raison d’etre for the introduction of new notes and coins at a cost estimated at over N40bn. Critics have alleged that the amount could have been better utilised in correcting some of our severe social and infrastructural deprivations.

In the rest of this article, we will briefly examine the structure and cost of producing and promoting acceptance of the new currency range. We will also examine the fear that the introduction of the N5,000 note will instigate inflation.

The proposed N5,000 note sticks out like a sore thumb in the new currency profile; technically, currency profiles are universally structured along multiple steps of 1, 2, 5 &10, for both coin and note denominations. Surprisingly, in this instance, CBN leapfrogged N2,000 to adopt the N5,000 denomination; so far, no reason has been offered for this aberration.

In addition to the proposed six-denomination note profile, the N20, N10 and N5 denominations, will now join N2, N1 and 50k as coins. This presumably means an end to the extravagant polymer versions, which have not displayed the durable characteristics that CBN earlier promoted as its preferred quality. It is likely, however, that the new coin denominations would also suffer lack of patronage, just like earlier coin denominations, which were ultimately auctioned at less than a tenth of their value. The N20 denomination, in reality, can currently buy some pieces of ‘Tom Tom’ sweets, that is, those items normally priced at not more than two kobo when our highest naira denomination was N100; in other words, the low purchasing power of the new coin range will certainly, once again, lead to rejection. Continue reading

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Nigeria wins second gold, two silver medals

Nigeria’s Ivory Nwokorie on Friday won a gold medal in the London 2012 Paralympic Games in the women’s – 44kg powerlifting event, lifting an incredible 109kg.

Another Nigerian, Yakubu Adesokan, had won gold on Thursday in the 48 kg weight categories lifting 180 kg to set Nigeria on the path of glory. Continue reading

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Kwara Police Nabs Young Man Behind Killer Text Messages In Ilorin

The Kwara Police Command on Friday arrested a man alleged to be circulating `killer’ text messages to the public.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Kayode Fabode, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin that the man (names withheld) was being interrogated.

Fabode urged members of the public to ignore the messages, saying there was no iota of truth in them. Continue reading

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