It is therefore expected that the government would initiate policies and actions that would impact positively on the lives of the citizens.
For Dr Kayode Fayemi the journey, which began four years ago as Ekiti State Governor, ended on Thursday October 16 when Chief Peter Ayodele Fayose was sworn -in as the new governor of the state. Fayose is returning as the helmsman of the state known as the Fountain of Knowledge for the second time. His first coming ended three years and six months into a four-year tenure through an impeachment on October 30,2006 by the then State House of Assembly. For Fayose who earned his current office through overwhelming votes of the people of Ekiti, the expectations are that he would shun the path of controversy and focus on providing genuine leadership to the people.
Another general strike may be steering Nigeria as the country prepares for the 2015 elections and this time around it may be as a result of demand for a review of the current minimum wage of workers. The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) is again demanding that the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission review the wages of workers upwards. According to the Vice President of the NLC, Mr. Isa Aremu “to appreciate human resource we must motivate the Labour which constitutes the great resources. We must ensure workers are paid well and on time.”Aremu recalled that the National Committee on National minimum wage chaired by Justice Alfa Belgore had recommended that to avoid ad-hoc approach the minimum wage should be reviewed every five years. And that according to him “must be done now”.
WHEN Patrick Sawyer arrived at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on July 20th he promptly collapsed. About two weeks earlier, he had been exposed to the Ebola virus in Liberia. Now he had brought it to Nigeria. The outbreak resulted in 19 confirmed cases and eight deaths in Nigeria, including that of Sawyer. But unlike Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where Ebola has so far killed over 4,500 people, Nigeria was able to stop the virus. On October 20th the country was declared Ebola-free. How did it do it?
Nigeria is home to 177m people, the most in Africa. Lagos, its commercial hub, has over 20m residents, many who live in teeming slums. So there was great potential for the disease to spread, and not just inside the country. Thousands of people pass through the international airport in Lagos each day, on their way to China, India and America. Many international businesses have their African headquarters in the city. International health officials feared that an Ebola outbreak in Nigeria would lead to a truly global pandemic.
At the premiere of a film focusing on his family life last week, a statement was released saying that the legendary icon was too ill to attend the screening. Recently, his son, Ali Jnr, had also said that his father was “so ill” he believed there was “no chance” the former boxer would survive until the end of 2014.
This news isn’t really a surprise because the three-time world heavyweight champion, 72, has battled with the deliberating illness for decades. At the peak of his career Muhammed Ali delighted audiences with his charisma, excess skill and humor but Parkinsons has left him a shell of his former self and robbed this most verbose and loquacious of men his physical co-ordination and speech. Images of him a couple of years ago at the London Olympics exposed the silhouette of a man so frail and so sick he was barely holding on to dear life. It was such a departure from the Ali, who was famed for his quick wit and lightning speed in the ring, that the world knew. However throughout his illness, no matter how bad it gets, his dignity never fails to shine through.
As Nigerians going into the 2015 elections, are we asking the right QUESTIONS? Are we demanding appropriate accountability from past and current leaders commensurate with the quantum of resources at their disposal? I dug out some numbers recently to do a more representative (apple-to-apple) analysis of the performance of past and present Nigerian administrations. My data sources are (1) The Nigerian Central Bank, (2) the US EAI, (3) OPEC and (4) Other online data sources. Take a close at the charts I generated from the data and let’s start demanding real answers!
The Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Bank Plc, Dr. Alex Otti has resigned from the bank in order to pursue his ambition of becoming the governor of Abia State in next year’s election.
THISDAY gathered on Friday morning that the board of directors of Diamond Bank has appointed the bank’s Deputy Group Managing Director, Mr. Uzoma Dozie as the new chief executive officer of Diamond Bank.
Although Nigeria has been pronounced Ebola-free by the World Health Organisation, the fear of contracting the disease will linger awhile as air passengers are still disinclined to travel to West Africa, writes Chinedu
Nigeria was declared free of the Ebola virus on Monday by the World Health Organisation (WHO) after it painstakingly contained the deadly disease that has killed more than 4, 500 people in West Africa.
It was cheering to hear the good news that the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation has been finally defeated.
Nigerians, including those in the aviation industry have described the certification as a huge success, noting that it has showed the whole world that in deed, the deadly Ebola virus can be contained.
TOWARDS addressing the high rates of preventable neonatal or newborn mortality rates in Nigeria, and the rest of Africa, the prototype of an innovative power-independent clinical device that monitors the heartbeat of a foetus while a woman is in labour has been unveiled.
The state-of-the-art, hand-cranked electronic device, known as the Wind-up Doppler Ultrasound Fetal Heart Rate Monitor, is being commercialised by the Philips Africa Innovation Hub, to address local needs.
NIGERIA is populated by leaders. We probably have more leaders than the led. Everywhere you turn, there is a leader, where he leads, and his ideas of leadership do not seem to be issues that bother the people.
Leader is the buzz word for anyone who seems to wield influence, mostly imaginary. Admitted that fairness is alien to our politicians, we should be fair, by asking them questions about our future which is rarely captured in the bogus promises they are making about 2015.
It is the season of promises. Most of them are rehashes of fabulous promises that have been made since 1999, copied from faded copies of 1979 manifestoes and regurgitated to digital relevance for a people, who can really say they have seen it all.
From all sides it is the same. The bigger the promises, the bigger the befuddlement of the electorates – politicians have held them captive.
We have promises from all sides. Without an appraisal of what others have done, all those who want power are on a campaign to prove that Nigeria had been badly managed.
People who flew on a plane with a Texas nurse on the day before she came down with symptoms of Ebola are being tracked down by public health officials. What are the chances of catching the virus from another airline passenger?
The Ebola outbreak has caused anxiety among some airline travellers. One woman was photographed at Washington Dulles airport wearing a full hazardous materials suit.
Education systems are under stress.
It is a problem felt in many parts of the world, but in Africa, the strain is even more acute.
In sub-Saharan Africa, 10m children drop out of primary school every year. Even those fortunate enough to complete primary school often leave with literacy and numeracy skills far below expected levels.
In addition, there is a major shortage of trained and motivated teachers. It is estimated that to ensure that every child has access to quality education by 2015, sub-Saharan Africa will need to recruit 350,000 new teachers every year. It seems increasingly unlikely that this will happen.
Throw in one of the highest concentrations of illiterate adults in the world, and you begin to understand the scale of the problem.
In the last decade many African countries have, against these significant odds, made solid progress in improving their education levels. However, the challenges are often too large. The “usual” tried and tested methods of delivering education are not enough.
Yet there is a potential solution.
The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) is at it again. Last week, rising from an emergency meeting of the Board, which followed the victory of the Super Eagles of Nigeria over their Sudanese Counterparts in the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2015 qualifiers, it unanimously approved the appointment of a consortium of coaches under the guidance of Shuaibu Amodu to lead the Country’s male senior national team for the two concluding matches of the qualifiers. The communiqué, which came out after the meeting, also stated that an expatriate coach would be appointed for the Super Eagles after the conclusion of the AFCON 2015 qualification games. The decision to appoint an expatriate coach for the senior national team by Amaju Pinnick led NFF has since generated mixed reactions from Nigerians and most lovers of Nigerian football.
Late last week (Thursday, October 16, 2014), the All Progressives Congress (APC) startled decent Nigerians when its national chairman, Mr. John Odigie-Oyegun, announced that the party put the cost of its expression of interest and nomination forms at the cost of N27.5 million in order “to separate the men from the boys.” Another way of saying this is: ‘to separate the wheat from the chaff!’
This statement which almost immediately reverberated across the nation through various blogs and television screens was widely reported in the papers the next day, Friday, October 17. As I write now (about 48 hours after it echoed in Abuja ), neither the APC nor its national chairman has even attempted to “clarify” the very unwholesome assertion or withdraw it in its entirety. This can only mean, therefore, that the party solidly stands by such an outrageous and unsettling statement by its topmost officer. What a sad, tragic development.
When the Senate passed the “Bill for an Act to Make Provisions Creating the Offence of Corporate Manslaughter and for Matters Incidental Thereto last month, the ovation that greeted it was understandable. Besides the emotional attachment occasioned the passing of its sponsor Senator Akpor Pius Ewherido in June, many feel relief has come the way of workers who work in sub-standard conditions while rendering legitimate service to eke out a living. Nigerians are largely burdened with the couldn’t-care-less disposition of employers who often keep them in filthy, poorly lit environments, and with being forced to use faulty machines that are literally death traps. Some workers are locked up in factories with little ventilation, where they inhale toxic emissions and from where escape would be difficult in the event of an emergency.
It is therefore a welcome development that the provisions of the bill provide for the welfare and security of citizens by government and seek to punish corporate negligence and dereliction of duty. The law will make an organisation guilty of corporate manslaughter where such conditions lead to the death of persons, with the prescription of a jail term of a minimum of three years and maximum of seven, with an option of fine of not less than N500, 000 and not more than N1million. The law will presume that in the work environment, management should be held responsible for preventable accidents or gross breach of a duty of care, if an employee is unduly hurt or killed.