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The Perils of Taxation Without Credibility – By Tochukwu Ezukanma

By Tochukwu Ezukanma | Lagos, Nigeria | July 26, 2012 – A major problem of Nigeria is the oil money. Oil money is extraordinary in that it does not come from any national effort, toil or sweat. It comes not from any agricultural, manufacturing, scientific or technological endeavor. It results not from our resourcefulness, innovation […]

A Question of Honour for INEC and NBA – By Anthony A. Kila

By Anthony A. Kila | London, UK | July 26, 2012 – The honour of two apparently distinct and different bodies INEC and the NBA has been clearly challenged by two of their stakeholders and for everybody’s sake these two bodies cannot afford to pretend that the challenge was not thrown. INEC is the Independent […]

Slow budget implementation: Presidency shifts blame to N-Assembly

By Ben Agande Abuja — The Presidency, yesterday, shifted the blame for the slow implementation of the 2012 budget to the doorstep of the National Assembly, saying the insertion of constituency projects by the legislature into the original copy of the budget has significantly altered the budget. Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who addressed […]

20 houses burnt over youth’s death in Rivers

BY JIMITOTA ONOYUME PORT HARCOURT –  NO fewer than 20 houses, were, yesterday, set ablaze in Omudioga community, Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State, when irate youths reportedly went berserk over the death of a youth, who was simply identified as Benjamin. Details at press time were hazy but community sources said the rampaging […]

Airline operators petition Aviation Minister over 15-yr age limit for aircraft (Cutting corners again?)

By Kenneth Ehigiator LAGOS—Airline Operators of Nigeria, AON, has petitioned the Aviation Minister, Princess Stella Oduah, over the recent 15-year age limit set for aircraft operating in the country. It also urged the minister to suspend the continued grounding of Dana Airlines, ADC, Sosoliso and Bellview Airlines to enable them resume flight operations. The group’s […]

Presidency after me – Gbajabiamila

By Okey Ndiribe & Emman Ovuakporie ABUJA—The controversy generated by the impeachment motion against President Goodluck Jonathan last week took a new twist, yesterday, as a member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamilla, who presented the motion, accused the Presidency of circulating misleading reports in the media to tarnish his reputation. However, he […]

FG sacks Nigerian Ports Authority MD

President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday relieved the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Mr. Omar Suleiman, of his appointment. The decision was contained in a statement made available to journalists by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati. No reason was given for the sacking of the former […]

Lagos: Man burnt to death inside abandoned vehicle

Tragedy struck on Raufu Alajo Street, Agege, Lagos, on Wednesday when a 19-year-old bus conductor, Sulaimon Balla, was burnt to death in an abandoned mini bus. PUNCH Metro learnt that Balla slept in the bus which had been abandoned on the street for weeks on Tuesday night. It was gathered that street urchins in the […]

Age limit to increase aircraft leasing cost by 83% (So be it)

The Federal Government’s plan to reduce the minimum age of aircraft operating in Nigeria from 18 to 15 years will force airlines to pay 83 per cent more on leased planes, the Chief Executive Officer, Aerocontractors Airlines, Captain Akin George, has said. George told journalists at a news conference on Wednesday that the new age […]

Olympics: Second dope test rules Nigerian athletes out of London

The mandatory second test carried out on three alleged drug-tainted Nigerian athletes in Surrey, United Kingdom, has confirmed two of the athletes to have failed the dope test and completely ruled out of the 2012 Olympics. Vivian Chikwuemeka, Lauretta Ozoh and Regina George were alleged to have tested positive for banned substance. One of them […]

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