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Of Constituency Offices and Projects, By Reuben Abati

Members of the Nigerian National Assembly, and by extension lawmakers across the country, have been under scrutiny lately with regard to their engagements with citizen-voters whose interest they are expected to represent in parliament. Two issues: constituency projects and constituency offices. President Muhammadu Buhari brought the issue of constituency projects…
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Bámidélé Upfront

The Largest University System In Africa, and the Worst, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

What Nigeria needs is not the proliferation of Universities but a national strategic vision for education, with specific changes in policy and governance. It is depressing to see a country with so much potential, lose so much for the lack of long range vision. I have no hope in the…
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Between the Nigerian Police and Abdullahi’s Hate Bill, By Festus Adedayo

In fulfilment of the Socratic dictum which says that an unexamined life is not worth living, I want to begin this piece by playing the devil’s advocate to the Hate Speech Bill sponsored by Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, which is provoking scalding reactions within and outside the shores of Nigeria…
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Changing Culture In Africa (2), By Rafiq Raji

Being as cultural change largely consists of social learning and persuasion, cultural entrepreneurs, like today’s celebrities and social media influencers, can be effective cultural change agents. According to Mokyr (2016), “cultural authorities (or celebrities) often have no special expertise and yet somehow become the source of authority or focal points…
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Pension For Governors: Governance Without Accountability In Nigeria, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Are all current and former Nigerian governors mad? After years of siphoning state funds without accountability, why do so many of them stampede state houses of assembly to pass laws providing them pensions for life at rates that are clearly unsustainable for the states, who are forced to stop paying…
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