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  • Lesser Figures and History

    Nigeria presently operates a multi-party political system, but n emerging desire is for a single party to thrive in the country's political firmament, while arm twisting, blackmail, and intimidation are the applications for membership drive.
    Mao of China attained his goals through despotic means.

    He did not, however, terrorize citizens, but rather ensured that the downtrodden were lifted up in every sphere of human life.
    During Mao's reign, thousands of Chinese died of starvation and inhuman labor. And he justified this cruelty to humanity as the price that had to be paid for the re-education of the Chinese. The re-education also included the extermination of the heroes of the civil war and the old party chieftains.

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    In Nigeria, state actors breach the constitution to achieve desired goals, even though the desired goals are not in tandem with the expectation of Nigerians.
    For the country not to follow the tragic history of old Yugoslavia, justice, equity, tolerance, and the rule of law must be its foundation.
    Sadly, lesser figures at all levels of government have emerged today, who now take advantage of the history that was created before now. This has resulted in the massive misappropriation of limited funds and maladministration in a number of states and the center.


     

  • The Transient Nature of Power

    Pope 1State Actors have decided to fund the cattle ranching project in Katsina state with 6.25 Billion  Naira while simultaneously promoting discord and disunity in several other states through their insistence on the open grazing initiative. It is deliberate.
    However, the time is too short to implement and see to fruition all the contents of the script which includes 3 percent for oil-producing areas and 30 percent for the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation(NNPC) to explore crude oil in the non-oil producing areas.
    The desperation revolves around the realization that POWER is transient, nothing lasts forever and that Trust and accountability are no longer some of the key objectives of state actors.

     


     

  • Leaders are Selling off Nigeria-Ex-Officio TUC    


    DebtThe decision of the National Assembly to jettison the probe on loans obtained by the Federal Government and the approval for the collection of more loans confirms the suspicion that the Executive and Legislature have a grand plan to sell off Nigeria.
    This assertion was made by an Ex-Officio of the Oyo State Council of the  Trade Union Congress(TUC), who is also a former chairman of the union in the state, Comrade Andrew Eemlieze.
    ''The decision of the lawmakers not to go on with the probe of the loans collected by the Federal Government from China and the approval of more loans by both chambers of the National Assembly has confirmed the suspicion of Nigerians that the Executive and the legislature have started implementing their desperate plans to sell off Nigeria. This is very unfortunate and ridiculous. Nigerians should prevail on the government not to collect additional loans and to ensure that the loans collected so far are repaid before the tenure of the present administration lapses,'' Comrade Emelieze stated.

     

     

  • Between Wool and Crude Oil

    Economy 1Woolen manufacture was England’s most prominent industry in 1750,while crude oil has been Nigeria’s major income earner for several years.
     Stakeholders in the wool industry were based in the West Riding of Yorkshire,here cloths of medium quality were made, In East Anglia, here coarser fustian were produced and in South west of England,where fine and good quality cloth was made.

    Woolen cloth was a major export product and as a result the industry was closely regulated.
    Production was still in the hands of small masters in the West Riding and East Anglia.
    The export price of cloth was fixed as far back as the 10th century,and extraordinary steps were taken to disallow the export of the raw wool.
    As the market for woolen cloth expanded,the ownership of capital and the control of credit gained prominence.
    The cottage workers were financially incapable of purchasing large quantity of raw materials neither could they afford to sell the finished product on creditor source for market outside their homes.This brought about a more advanced form of capitalism which eventually replaced the cottage industry.

    In Nigeria today,the main export is crude oil and Those-in-Charge,their agents, proxies and cronies dictate happenings in the oil industry with impunity.

    Interestingly, oil bunkering and smuggling is the order of the day and their stock in trade.

    In addition,those with the power and means own crude oil refining companies abroad. Crude oil exported abroad for refining,are brought back in refined form as Petroleum Motor Spirit(PMS) for sale to unsuspecting Nigerians.

    The unimpressive state of the economy,is perhaps, a sad reflection of the domestic and foreign interests the present administration represents.

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                 -Government Workers-A Subject of Debate

  • Land, Houses and a Compromised System

    Free 4In 1801,1836 and 1854, the General Enclosure Acts were passed.
    The General Enclosure Act of 1845 superseded the Parliamentary committee which examined Enclosure Bills by Enclosure Commissioners, who instead of sitting at Westminister, moved to the scene.

    The Enclosure Commissioner presented their findings to Parliament in the form of GeneralBill for passage into law.
    The Squire expanded his holdings and expanded to the land of ejected tenants, in addition to common land and waste, while the larger freeholders held on to their claims and increased their holdings.
    But this, was, however, not the case for smaller freeholders.
    An Enclosure Bill was not enough to drive a freeholder off the land because he had legal claims to his holding.
    Aspects of the Enclosure which negatively affected the freeholder include:  He had to pay his share of the expenses of the enclosure, which was an expensive process, varying from about 200 Pounds to nearly 500 Pounds. If unable to pay, then he had to sell off the plot of land awarded to him. If he survived, he had to pay for the hedges and fences which every owner was compelled to make round the new fields. If he could not do this, the land would be sold or mortgaged.
    A number of the freeholders became tenant farmers, renting lands instead of farming their own.
    Most were compelled by economic difficulties to do this,  a few thought it profitable to sell their smallholding and rent a large acreage, where rationalized methods could be practiced more economically. Others who sold out abandoned the countryside and channeled the proceeds of the sale into industrial ventures.
    The remaining left opted for none of the above alternatives and was compelled to work as laborers on the lands they had once owned or as ''lands'' in one of the new factories.
    The foregoing in addition to the infringement of the rights of cottagers and squatters based on customs and the cutting short of the sources of livelihood of people who depended on the open-field village resulted in resistance and violence.
    The ruling class rode roughshod of the peasants.
    Laws at this period, favored the ruling class, while the living conditions of the farm laborers deteriorated rapidly.
    Several died out of starvation and the draconian laws of this period. Game laws favored the ruling class and poaching was an offense with very inhuman punishment, even though the unemployed, agricultural laborers, miners, and ribbon weavers depended on poaching for survival.
    Between 1799 and 1800, influenced by the Enclosure Act and industrialization, destitution had become a challenge of dangerous dimension.
    Indeed, the Poor Law, the Law of Settlement, the Game Laws, and the Enclosure Laws, all contributed greatly to the impoverishment of the people who constituted the majority.
    Public attention was attracted to the predicament of the poor by humanity and public interest.
    In Nigeria, today, land and property owners have been and are still been dispossessed of their land and houses by Those-in-Charge, their agents, proxies, and fronts, with the desperate collaboration of a heavily compromised legal and law enforcement system.

    Also read-Legalizing Crime and Criminality

                    -Landlords and Tenants Associations, Crime and Criminality

                    -Law Enforcement: The Reactionary Approach  

                    -Government Workers-A Subject of Debate

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  • The Unwritten Policy

    LandThe value of land in England had political, social and economic undertones.

    Land was mandatory prerequisite for election into Parliament,while in the counties,was a requirement for the right to vote.

    During this period,the landed class had political power and interestingly, Parliament was controlled by landowners.

    Furthermore,in the local sphere, the Justice of Peace-the squire-was the most important personality.He was the largest landowner in the village.

    As Magistrate and leader of the local society,he combined political and social power.

    In addition,the owner of the land made profits by selling its produce or leasing the land for high rents to tenant farmers.

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    The foregoing resulted in the the emergence of wealthy traders,who bought land as investments which was converted as a means to political power and social ostentation.

    The House of Commons, influenced by a few big landowners, sponsored bills which became laws.

    These laws were against the wishes of a large number of small farmers.

    Among these bills that were passed into law,was the Bill of Enclosure

    The economically marginalized landowners had inadequate means toward off the desperation and determination of their more substantial neighbors to enclose the land.

    In Nigeria today,land grabbing and dubious estate development by all available means is an unwritten policy by Those-in-Charge at all levels of Government.

    Private properties have been annexed, structures demolished and alternative ones erected in a amazing time frame.

    Indeed,looted funds and funds from doubtful and questionable sources are now channeled to land-grabbing and estate development.

    Sadly, the deliberate compromise of the legal and security system,indeed,encouraged this unwritten policy,while violent crimes have trailed events in the land and property sector.

    Also read-Legalizing Crime and Criminality

                  -Landlords and Tenants Associations, Crime and Criminality

                  -Law Enforcement: The Reactionary Approach

                  -Government Workers-A Subject of Debate

     

  • Avoiding Succession Pitfalls

    Leadership 5William the Conqueror and Henry 1 of England were leaders whose authorities were to a large extent personal and not in any way attributable to the dynamic structure of the Government.
    Both of them had the extraordinary force of character with despotic tendencies.
    Interestingly, when Stephen, a man of feeble traits, succeeded Henry, civil war broke out. This was as a result of a succession dispute, which snowballed into a confusion of an unimaginable dimension culminating in the termination of the royal court. After the demise of Henry 1, the Government drifted into anarchy.
    However, the Royal court was restored and extended by Henry 11.
    Henry 11 was the son of Geoffery Plantagenet, Count of Anjou, and Eleanor of Aquitaine.
    His personality impressed those of his time, while his friends and enemies were of the consensus that he was a man of ways, means, and passions beyond the imagination of average men.
    Henry 11 had an eye for details of law and administration and indeed relished legal argument even as he sat in judgment with delight.
    Personalities with similar behavioral attributes abound in the countries of Africa today, Nigeria inclusive.
    The unabating crimes-killings, kidnappings(for ritual purposes inclusive), and armed robbery by criminals, in addition to the sustained underdevelopment, are all pointers to the fact that the leadership has veered off the road as the country makes preparations for the diamond jubilee celebrations.
    It is now the duty of the people to identify such personalities and ensure all is done to avoid the pitfalls of the Norma period.

     

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                     -Legalizing Crime and Criminality

  • Nigerians should give Thanks to God-Former Oyo Gov.

    God 4A former Oyo State Governor Senator Rashidi Ladoja has called on Nigerians to give thanks to God for His mercies in these perilous times of the coronavirus pandemic.
    This call was made by Senator Ladoja in an interaction with newsmen on Thursday at his Ondo Street, Bodija, Ibadan, Nigeria residence.
    ''we have to thank God for all that is happening. The prediction was that in Africa we would pick dead bodies on the streets during the coronavirus pandemic. We have to thank God. In Africa, the pandemic, we as not hit as the developed countries, where their medical system is very advanced,'' Senator Ladoja declared.

     

  • FG Plans to Sack Workers-Ex-Officio TUC

    Work 2An Ex-Officio of the Oyo State Council of the Trade Union Congress(TUC), Comrade Andrew Emelieze has alerted workers in the Federal Civil Service of the plans to lay off workers on particular grades.

    Comrade Emelieze who is also the former Chairman of the TUC in the state made this known in a chat with Poverty Line.

    ''It should be noted that the idea to cut down the workforce, reduce salaries and merge Ministries, Departments and Agencies is not acceptable, considering what workers are passing through. However, it is the intention of the Federal Government to sack workers in particular grades in the Federal Civil Service.

    These policies are been driven by the conditions spelled out in the documents containing the country's indebtedness to the International Monetary Fund(IMF) and the World Bank, in the face of corruption and leakages from the national wealth,'' Comrade Emelieze stated.

     

  • Insecurity: Workers are living in Perpetual Fear-Ex-Officio TUC

    Govt 1The unabating insecurity in Nigeria has caused workers to now live in perpetual fear.

    This assertion was made by an Ex-Officio of the Oyo State Council of the Trade Union Congress, who is also a former chairman of the union, Comrade Andrew Emelieze.

    ''Workers and as a matter of fact, all Nigerians now live in perpetual fear and we are not sure of going back home anytime we set out to work, neither are we also sure of our security at home. Workers are at great risk due to the total collapse of the security architecture in the country.''

    Comrade Emelieze wondered why labor leaders have been mute on the worrisome situation saying, ''one would have expected a swift response from labor leaders in the Nigeria Labor Congress and the Trade Union Congress; but the leadership of the labor centers and their affiliate industrial unions have been quiet while lives and properties have been lost. Labor has maintained passivity in the face of kidnappings and killings in Nigeria. The Government is deliberately sacrificing Nigerians and Soldiers for a sinister agenda that still remains unknown, Comrade Emelieze stated.

  • Provide for the People-Cleric to Govt

    Gov 2Government at all levels have been advised to take advantage of the Easter season to redeem their battered images by catering to the needs of downtrodden  Nigerians.
    This advice was given by a Christian cleric, Pastor Opeyemi Ajayi in a chat with People.
    '' The Federal, State and Local governments should make use of the Easter period to regain the confidence of the people by providing for their needs. The economy is in a bad state, there are hunger and poverty in the land. Foodstuff is very expensive and Nigerians are disillusioned. Government should remember the poor when formulating policies. It should also end the spate of kidnappings and killings in different parts of the country,'' Pastor Ajayi stated.

  • Provide for the People-Cleric to Govt

    Gov 2Government at all levels have been advised to take advantage of the Easter season to redeem their battered images by catering to the needs of downtrodden  Nigerians.
    This advice was given by a Christian cleric, Pastor Opeyemi Ajayi in a chat with People.
    '' The Federal, State and Local governments should make use of the Easter period to regain the confidence of the people by providing for their needs. The economy is in a bad state, there are hunger and poverty in the land. Foodstuff is very expensive and Nigerians are disillusioned. Government should remember the poor when formulating policies. It should also end the spate of kidnappings and killings in different parts of the country,'' Pastor Ajayi stated.

  • COVID 19 Lockdown-Kenyans Leave Capital

    Kenya 8Thousands of residents of Nairobi have relocated from the capital city ahead of the government move to enforce COVID 19 measures to curb the third wave of the pandemic.
     In  December 2020, there was a similar occurrence, a few days before President Uhuru Kenyatta revised Covid-19 measures during the second Covid-19 wave. The President, however, reduced curfew hours from 9 pm - 5 am to 10 pm - 4 am.

    Health CAS Mercy Mwangangi has warned that Kenya was recording an increase in the number of COVID 19 cases.
    "Nairobi's contribution to the positivity is staggering and stands at close to 57.7 percent and that is very high and disheartening. As we have repeatedly said, it would be irresponsible for us to sit back and watch the situation deteriorate further. 
    "Unless this trend is arrested, we may have no alternative but to take more stringent measures as necessary to protect the lives of our people," Mwangangi stated.


     

  • Uganda Court Orders Release of Feminine Activist, Dr. Nyanzi

    A High Court in Kampala Uganda has ordered the immediate release of Dr. Stella Nyanzi.

    Dr. Nyanzi had appealed the judgment of  a  lower court which convicted and sentenced her to 18 months imprisonment for harassing President Yoweri Museveni

    The trial Judge, Justice Peter Adonyo who heard the appeal submitted that the trial Magistrate, Gladys Kamasanyu of the  Buganda Magistrate Court  had no jurisdiction to convict  Dr. Nyanzi of cyber harassment.

    Furthermore, the Judge declared that the prosecution failed to provide evidence showing the location of device where the offence was committed.

    “Prosecution did not as well ascertain the kind of device which was used to send as the digital prints were not presented before Buganda road,” the judge observed.

    The Judge  noted  that  Dr Nyanzi and her lawyers were not allowed enough time to prepare their defense thus amounting to unfairness, while disclosing that  the first prosecution witness did not provide a forensic report on his findings indicating which mobile data was used after he asserted that Dr Nyanzi might have used a phone.

    Dr. Nyanzi who has served nine out of the 18 months sentence, collapsed after the judgment was delivered and was hurriedly was rushed out of the court room for medical care.

  • Form Coalition that can win Elections at certain Level of Government-Barr. Aborishade

    Political parties and civil society groups in Nigeria have been called upon to form a coalition that shall have the capacity of winning elections at lower levels of government.

    This call was made recently by Barrister Femi Aborishade at the General Executive Council meeting of the Socialist Workers and Youth League(SWL) in Ibadan, Nigeria.

    ‘’Political parties and civil society groups should form a coalition to win elections at some levels of governance. There is a need for a minimum program for the interest of the ordinary people. I cannot be involved in any political party that we cannot argue out our ideas’’, Barr. Aborishade declared.

    Speakers at the meeting which include the League’s Chairperson, Comrades Kemi Afolayan, Dew Povey, Helen, Andrew Emelieze, Peter, Abiodun Oladosu and Lai Browne among others were unanimous on the need for stakeholders to be focused and unrelenting in their quest to facilitate the emergence of a responsible and people oriented leadership in Nigeria.

  • Governance in Nigeria- Overhaul the System-AWC

    The All Workers Convergence(AWC) has called for the total overhaul of the  security, social, economic and political system in Nigeria for the country to move forward.

    The AWC made this call through its National Coordinator, Comrade Andrew Emelieze.

    ‘’The AWC calls for the total overhaul of the system, if Nigeria will ever make progress. Our Government is now confused, they no longer know what to do at the right time. Government at all levels are no longer there for the people. There are no solutions to all the challenges confronting the people, massive poverty, hunger, insecurity and unemployment among others. The present crop of political office holders have nothing to offer’’.

    ‘’We are surprised that government is thinking of increasing the salaries and allowances of political office holders, especially in the face of a government that has proposed to fund the 2020 budget through borrowing funds from the pension savings of workers. This confirms a failure in governance which is also trailed by misguided and meaningless polices that shall in the long run not in any way better the lot of millions of Nigerians’’, Comrade Emelieze lamented.

  • 7.2 % VAT Increase : Millions of Nigerians will suffer-AWDROP

    The Association of Water Well Drilling Rig Owners and Practitioners(AWDROP) has warned that any attempt to increase the Value Added Tax(VAT) by 7.2 per cent will have adverse effect on millions of Nigerians.

    AWDROP made this position known through its National Public Relations Officer, Mr. Richard Adeyinka

    ‘’All Nigerians know that the Federal Government needs money, but it must thread with caution, considering the state of the economy. Any increase in VAT will affect all aspects of life negatively, the masses will suffer for it. At the present 5 per cent VAT the masses know what they are going through, what happens if it is now increased by 7.2 per cent ?.’’

    ‘’Democracy means government of the people, for the people and by the people. Government cannot stand alone without the masses, who voted those in government into power. It is advisable for government to look elsewhere’’, Mr. Adeyinka stated.

  • Govt Must Correct All the Lapses in Education to Move Forward-Prof. Olagoke

    Prof olagoke 2The standard of Primary, Secondary and Tertiary education in Nigeria is a source of worry for all Nigerians irrespective of Tribe, Religious persuasion and social background.

    However, the unattractive annual budget allocation to the education sector has continually manifested in the troubled learning environment, shortage of qualified Teachers and teaching aids, poor salaries and absence of incentives for those who impart knowledge.

    Nigerians insist that the public higher institutions of learning in the country are yet to meet the purposes for which the institutions were established, even as they argue that the private ones are exploitative and fall short of acceptable international standards.

    Sadly several fraudsters have exploited the situation, in connivance with a sizable number of supposed qualified Teachers, to defraud Parents and Guardians of their hard earned money ? in the guise of overseas admissions.

    In this interview with, the Founder, Spiritual Head and Grand Imam of Shafaudeen-in-Islam Worldwide, Prof. Sabitu Olagoke opines that Policy makers in government have to co-opt those with the technical know how to move the country forward. Excerpts :

    What are your views on higher education in Nigeria, considering the falling standards ?

    The Nigerian educational system started to have problems as a result of several retrogressive factors confronting its management, but with neglect and misplacement of priorities from all stakeholders, most especially on the side of government-which is supposed to set and enforce standards and quality in an environment of discipline. For example, federal character aims at ensuring uniformity of purpose and equity. But it has ended up in collapsing the ethics, as reflected in the admission standards, which have discriminatory minimum scores for admission across the six Geo-Political zones.

    Unfortunately, this does not reflect in the quality of grades of those affected, but paradoxically in the quality of the products and their performance ratings.

    This is the major concern of the South West that is struggling to go back to the virtuous era of discipline, quality, standards, graduate reliability and employ-ability that could be compared to the modern day acclaimed global competitiveness, through best practices.

    Today, we are having 170 universities that are yet to make the first 200 best universities in the global rating.

    This is purely due to under funding of education in Nigeria, most especially in the areas of Teachers’ standard upgrade, lecturers’ capacity building need and facility update challenge to meet up with the global trend of development in the world of Science and Technology, through the ever dynamic world of Information Technology(ICT).

    Instead of government complying with the UNESCO’s benchmark of 26 per cent of the national budget allocation, Nigeria’s funding pattern of education is yet to attain 10 per cent.

    Tertiary Education Trust Fund(TETFUND)has achieved in the areas of structure, but not totally in the area of facility.

    The struggle to ensure that all tertiary institution Teachers have first, second and third degrees, is appreciable, but only fractional and unfortunately, the interest of having Doctor of Philosophy, is not for research and development purpose, but for accelerated career progression in the world of academics.

    Worse still, our Professors in various fields of human endeavor are yet to be fully engaged in the scheme of aggressive nation building because of the murky waters of our partisanship driven political hostile environment, where expert views are supposed to be sought, but politicians use money to make a wrong choice. This has resulted in the re occurrence of problems in a more dangerous way.

    Government’s inability to fund Polytechnic education, as appropriate, makes it a challenge.

    Higher National Diploma (HND) programs are still limited by the National Diploma status of the institutions in question.

    Today, most Polytechnics are mere surrogates of Universities.

    Unfortunately, university education is more in favor of the cognitive domain that is more of research.

    Polytechnic education, with adequate facilities, are expected to compete favorably with what obtains in the industries, which can transform, when harnessed, university theories into physical dynamic machinery of operation, that favors the Psycho-motor domain of education.

    All institutions are supposed to work in tandem, with correlative synergy` to promote the country’s industrialization.

    Nigeria’s costly neglect of the Technical Colleges, has made us to lose out in the areas of vocational and entrepreneurial evolution that would have formed the very practical bases for industrialization, but for the stigmatization effect.

    Parents and children are running away from patronizing this aspect of Engineering appreciation, which the Canadian government has proved to the whole world that their products are crucial, with recruitment in mind, in the establishment of cottage industries for the Small and Medium scale Enterprises(SME).

    90 to 98 per cent of this sector are responsible for the industrialization of China, Hong Kong, Russia and the United States of America.

    The policy makers need to look inward, by contacting the relevant experts, both from the Polytechnic and University sectors to resolves this matter.

     

  • Tanzania Govt Set to Take over 15 Privatized Entities

    Tanzania 8The Tanzania Government is set to take over 15  privatized enterprises due to non performance.

    According to the  Minister for Industry and Trade Joseph Kakunda, who made this known recently, the government would also take over 33 others this May, if they failed to submit their investment reports.

    The Minister expressed worry over the distress situation of 68 enterprises, amone which some have already closed shop.

    Some time in March, the Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Constantine Kanyasu ,  warned that  the government would take over  some privatized hotels and lodges over alleged mismanagement and poor handling of tourists and visitors.

    "The ownership of the hotels will be shifted to other investors who are ready to manage them in the interest of promoting tourism,"  Kanyasu stated.

    20 years ago, the government privatized 176 public firms under the World Bank-funded Presidential Parastatal Sector Reform Commission (PSRC).

     

     

     

  • People of Sudan Continue Protests Demanding President's Resignation

    Sudan 2Protesters in Sudan have continued their  protests outside the Army headquarters in Khartoum demanding the resignation of President Omar al-Bashir.

    Alleged attempts by  government security forces to break the ranks of the protesters  were resisted by  soldiers who protected the protesters.

    Attacks by students militias, anti-riot policemen and government security forces have not deterred the protesters.

    Interestingly, Sudanese traders in Juba have declared that  they stand in solidarity with their brothers and sisters back home.

    "I support with all my power the change in Sudan because change must be now, at this time on these days. (We) must take al-Bashir out," Isim Assam Abdallah, a trader disclosed

    "We want justice and freedom. The government of Sudan is the government of destruction. The government has killed innocent people and has killed many in Darfur since 2004,"  another trader Abdallah Haman  said.