OP-ED Opinions 

Avoiding The Ogoni Tragedy In Idumuje-Ugboko, By Owei Lakemfa

I was close to the environmentalist and writer, Ken Saro-Wiwa. We often dicussed the Niger Delta and environmental  pollution. At a point, he was made the Spokesperson of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, MOSOP. In this position, he campaigned vigorously against the destructive activities of transnational oil corporations in Ogoniland. At a point, whenever he issued press statements, he sent them to me for dissemination in media houses, and publication in the VANGUARD Newspapers where I worked and he was a columnist. Then disagreements arose within…

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Africa Investments 

2021 AEC: Reforms, debt initiatives come under the spotlight as Africa enters ‘critical’ phase

Participants at the 2021 African Economic Conference have urged countries to implement crucial governance and economic reforms to see the continent through a historic crisis brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. The conference brought together leading thinkers, development specialists and policymakers virtually and in Sal, Carbo Verde, to present their latest research on the challenges facing the continent, including mounting debt and an unrelenting health crisis. “The next few years are critical for our continent…The richness that Africa has and the capacity it has doesn’t deserve to have people living…

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Africa Ghana West Africa World 

Ghana: Commercial drivers begin strike over high fuel prices

– Advertisement – There are chaotic scenes in parts of Ghana as commercial drivers begin an indefinite strike. The Coalition of Commercial Transport Owners declared the nationwide strike as part of measures to compel the government to scrap some taxes on fuel to enable reduction at the pumps. According to the Coalition, the government for the past two weeks has failed to heed their calls for some taxes to be scrapped off hence the decision to embark on the sit-down strike. More than ten unions have joined the strike including…

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OP-ED Opinions 

Governor Sanwo-Olu’s Invitation To Youths For Walk Of Shame, By Bayo Oluwasanmi

What defines Nigerian politics is death of shame. Nigerian politicians feel they can lie about everything, say anything even when Nigerians can easily see their falsehood. Our politicians are steadfastly, almost impressively impervious to shame. Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu cherry picked 11 out of the 32 recommendations of the reports of the judicial panel he set up to investigate the Lekki massacre. He bluntly denied that no one was killed at Lekki. He sent out invitation to the youths to join him in the “walk for peace” after he…

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Africa Investments 

African Development Bank-supported road project stimulates improved health, education and household incomes in northern Ghana – study

Communities and households in northern Ghana are enjoying the benefits of better road conditions, increased local economic activity, and better access to health and education, thanks to a road project funded by the African Development Bank. The findings were made in an impact evaluation conducted by Independent Development Evaluation (IDEV) at the African Development Bank, four years after the Bank supported the flagship Fufulso-Sawla Road Project, which was completed in 2015, financed with a $156 million grant from the African Development Fund. In addition to building a 147.5 km road…

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OP-ED Opinions 

Our Governor Has Done Wrong Again, By Allen Sowore

The heading of this piece rhymes   Ola Rotimi’s play, Our husband Has Gone Mad Again.  In Our Husband Has Gone Mad Again, Ola Rotimi  took a comic swipe at ideological misfits and opportunists who strut the ever- ready political landscape of contemporary Africa, and indeed Nigeria.  Governor Rotimi Akeredolu perfectly fits into the character- Lejoke- Brown and his political excesses.  Governance is not a joke. It’s a serious business- an exercise of authority- application of scarce state resources. But what do you do when the Chief Executive of a state…

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Africa Gambia West Africa World 

Gambia: Incumbent Adama Barrow wins presidential election

– Advertisement – The incumbent president of The Gambia Adama Barrow has been declared winner of the country’s presidential election. He thus retains power with results from all the districts now in across the country. The independent electoral commission on Sunday evening declared President Barrow winner, defeating his main challenger Ousainou Darboe. Mr. Barrow had won over 54% of votes but three opposition candidates have rejected the partial results, citing an unusual delay in tallying the votes. Veteran politician Ousainou Darboe, and two other candidates, Mama Kandeh and Essa Mbye…

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OP-ED Opinions 

The Struggle Is My Life By Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa

“Each generation must out of relative obscurity, discover its own mission; fulfill it, or betray it.”     By Frantz Fanon: Wretched of the Earth. I have read a foolish write up, from one stranger who claimed to know me in school as a “drop out”. I write this piece not to respond to such idle talk, but rather to encourage somebody who may be facing the kind of challenges of life that I faced, so that such person may continue to persist and not give up. EARLY STRUGGLES I joined…

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OP-ED Opinions 

South Africa’s President Is Not In West Africa To Taste ‘Jollof Rice’, By Chido Nwangwu

I do know that South Africa’s President, Cyril Matamela Ramaphosa, is not, currently, engaged in a site-seeing trip for west African traditional dances.  He’s not in West Africa to taste whose jollof rice is better….  As a strategic thinker, he envisions some opportunities from some of the challenges facing Nigeria. After all the pursuit, protection and promotion of the national interest of any serious country is Not a sentimental activity. Amidst Covid-19 ‘Omicron’ concerns, he has concluded his visit to the “giant of Africa”, Nigeria; first of four-nation West Africa…

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OP-ED Opinions 

Sanwo-Olu’s “White Paper”, Walk For Peace Or Trampling On Truth, By Bolaji O. Akinyemi

The Apostolic Round Table (ART) having read through the White Paper released by the Lagos State Government on the report submitted by the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution of SARS-Related Abuses and Other Related Matters into the massacre at the Lekki Toll Gate on the 20th of October, 2020 viewed the White paper a grand betrayal of trust of relatives of the dead, the injured, Lawyers, the Justice and everyone that participated in the over one year exercise. The White Paper also made it abundantly clear that…

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