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Children, The Ultimate 100&Change Winners, By Kole Shettima

100&Change is part of a new approach of grantmaking at the Foundation focusing on problems and solutions. MacArthur believes that solutions are possible to even some of the most challenging problems facing the world. This was an initiative that sought to contribute to solving any problem anywhere in the world…
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The Nigerian Media: Evolution, Trends and Projections for 2018, By Bolaji Okusaga

Beyond the arguments on ethics, regulation and competition, it is clear that the game has changed; and that the long-term survival of the news-media in Nigeria resides in the creation of various vents and access by media organisations for ever demanding news-consumers who want news on their own terms, in…
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Kaduna: The Poor and The Right To Equal Opportunity, By Nasir El-Rufai

Some of our critics have threatened us with electoral consequences because we are taking tough, but necessary decisions, in favour of ordinary people. Our oath of office and our personal principles prevent us from refusing to do what is right because of political calculations. We take decisions because they are…
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Blame Passing – The New Year Gift to a Nation, By Wole Soyinka

Sooner than later, but not as soon as pledged, the fuel crisis will pass. And then of course we shall await the next round of shortages, then a recommencement of blame passing. What will be the commodity this time – food perhaps? Maybe even potable water? In a nation of…
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The Jabs, Darts, Spats and Clash Over Hijab At the Bar, By Jiti Ogunye

Until the rule is changed, or until a court of law declares the rule or the enforcement thereof a breach of the right of the lady, under Section 38 of the Constitution and analogous provisions in other applicable charters, the Council of Legal Education and the Body of Benchers have…
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World AIDS Day 2017: HIV Has Not Gone Away, By W. Stuart Symington

- US Ambassador W. Stuart Symington This theme reflects the government’s longstanding leadership in addressing global HIV/AIDS, increasing our impact to move the epidemic from crisis toward control. It also highlights the historic opportunity to accelerate progress toward ultimately ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic as a public health threat in countries…
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Ending Fiscal Impunity, By Eva Joly

In order to change the rules of the game, we must also go after the financial intermediaries by regulating their operations and demanding they explain their use of offshore structures. Each country must also declare the true nature of multinationals’ operations there, create databases of the companies’ ultimate beneficiaries and,…
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Give Us Electricity, and We’ll Build Africa, By Olusegun Obasanjo and Greg Mills

...government has a critical role to play in setting a competiveness vision, and acting on its promises by delivering the policies and hardware that enable business to compete. And that starts, in Abia’s case, with turning on the electricity. ‘Give us electricity,’ said Peter Owyia, a cobbler, and ‘I will…
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World Pneumonia Day: Take a Deep Breath and Act Now To Stop Pneumonia, By Keith Klugman

It’s an old adage, but it’s certainly true for pneumonia: prevention is better than cure. Inequity in treatment availability, the risk of antimicrobial resistance, the strain on national health services and ultimately the danger of losing more children’s lives are all greatly reduced when our children are immunised against pneumonia.…
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