Corrupt Ban

  By Oji Odu What does the Federal Government stand to gain by heating up the polity filled with overheated, overstretched, overburdened and vulnerable Nigerians who seem to have lost hope of a better tomorrow? Why dash their frail suicidal minds against brick walls of Executive decisions, according to some quarters, just to score cheap political points? The decision of the Federal Government in line with its anti-corruption campaign, to ban about 50 prominent Nigerians from travelling outside the country has rather raised more dust than attract more support. This…

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Government Okays the ‘Oshiomhole’ Minimum Wage

  By Oji Odu The high hopes of the Nigerian worker which was recently raised by the Federal Government that he will soon smile by the increase in the minimum wage has been dashed. He is so confused about his fate as government stated that it cannot pay more than N25,000 per month as the new minimum wage, an increase of seven thousand naira from the current N18,000. The N25,000 stance by Federal Government also shocked other members of the Tripartite Committee on minimum wage as their meeting ran into…

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Bad Condition

  By Oji Odu Stakeholders in the nations are not happy with the huge amount of money spent by Nigerians to fuel their generators annually. But are Nigerians perturbed by the said amount? Based on the tight economic situation in the country, do Nigerians have such amount of money to spend on fuel for their generators? At a recent workshop on energy in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital which was organised by TEDX, a global non-profit organization interested in spreading ideas for societal growth and development,  participants raised an alarm…

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Because of Chevrons Slave Labour

By Oji Odu Nigerians would have woken up today, Monday, September 24, 2018 to find that the dreaded long queues at the petrol stations which had in the near past almost shut down the nation have, again surfaced, maybe for the timely intervention of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). The Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC),  Maikanti Baru, had pleaded with the oil workers under the auspices of the NUPENG and PENGASSAN to shelve their planned industrial action over a labour dispute involving the…

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Dog Eat Dog

By Oji Odu Is it news that Policemen beat up officials of the Lagos State Transport Management Authority (LASTMA) discharging their duties? No. Are Lagosians/Nigerians shocked by the news? No. Are they alarmed? No. But are they happy by the disturbing incident whose repetition has continued on yearly basis been the shame of the Nigerian nation? They are divided. In a chat with the Magazine, Bode Adenike, a commercial bus driver did not express surprise, but joy that it happened. “ My Oga, many people in Lagos are happy whenever…

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Fayose: The Contraband Governor

Ayodele Fayose

  By Oji Odu Will outgoing governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose’s alleged plans to flee the country be a repeat of the former Minister of Transport “Umaru Dikko Saga”, when the Honourable Minister was deported from London where he fled to via a crate meant for goods? Is Fayose really trying to escape the country? If so, is it possible he will do such in a goods container or crate meant for exporting Nigerian goods? These are some of the daunting posers following recent letter by the Economic and…

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MTN’s Pathetic Dance

By Oji Odu When Nwanza the little bird dances in the open without fear, it is indeed certain that there are powerful forces secretly beating the drums for it. But when it challenges its god to a fight, will these unseen forces be able to sustain the drumbeats and the tempo? Will they stand and defend Nwanza when the chips are down, or will Nwanza be sacrificed? This is currently the situation as MTN, on Monday, September 10, 2018, sued the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN and the Attorney General…

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MTN Has Murdered Sleep

By Oji Odu MTN has negatively lived up to its slogan, “Everywhere You Go” in all the countries it operates, especially Nigeria where it is now synonymous with notoriety in gross disobedience of the country’s laws. For breaching telecommunications regulations, MTN Nigeria has incurred in recent times cumulative fines from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) totaling N330 billion, out of which it has paid N110 billion to the Federal Government. In October 2015, the NCC, again, imposed a fine of N1.04 trillion on MTN for irregular registration of subscribers. But…

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No 2019 Elections If…….

By Oji Odu It is not yet certain that the 2019 general elections will hold in spite of the approval of N143 billion budget for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by the National Assembly to conduct the election. The federal lawmakers insist that President Muhammadu Buhari must sign the 2018 electoral bill(amended) into law before the electoral umpire can use the money. Members of the National Assembly are mounting pressure on the President to sign the bill to justify the N143billion which the joint committee of the Senate and…

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Ikeja ‘Notorious’ Electricity Distribution Company

By Oji Odu No month or year passes without Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company (IKEDC) being enmeshed in one form of controversy or another. To electricity consumers under it, the name of the company is now  synonymous with ‘Notorious’, because of its myriads of illegalities employed to rip them off of their hard earned money without commensurate services. Worse still, it seems the electricity company is above the law. Because IKEDC has allegedly been treated with kid gloves by the authorities, the company has continued to ignore and refuse to obey…

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