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It’s about to kick off in Imo State

We have received information that the Nigerian Labour Congress in Imo State and market traders associations have been meeting in Owerri, the state capital, to plan “mass action” against the governor Rochas Okorocha. State employees and pensioners have not been paid for months. The plans, which are at an advanced stage, involve bringing the state to a “standstill” because “most …

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Let’s get ready to rumble in Imo State

The battle for the Imo State governorship is about to shift to the courts. Incumbent Rochas Okorocha of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was declared the winner of the (s)election in April and the result is being challenged by his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) opponent Emeka Ihedioha, the former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives. The word in Owerri …

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No belt-tightening in Enugu State

At a time of dwindling revenues as a result of the drop in the oil price, the new Enugu State governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has submitted 24 names to the state’s House of Assembly for approval as commissioners. The list signed by the rotund governor, known to his supporters as “Gburugburu” was leaked to us and includes all manner of political …

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Why electricity privatisation is unlikely to succeed in Nigeria

The privatisation of power supply in Nigeria, which was essentially about breaking up the previous state-owned monopoly into generation, transmission and distribution companies, and then selling them off to the private sector, is not providing the expected benefits, and very unlikely to do so. A major player in the industry, Joshua Mukan, the CEO of William Duncan Hydro-Electric Power Limited, …

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If you can’t beat them, negotiate with them

It is high time Nigerians faced up to the reality about Boko Haram. We just do not have the capacity to defeat the insurgents militarily. Many Nigerians deceived themselves into believing that Goodluck Jonathan’s failure in crushing the insurgency was because he was “weak”. This line of thought led to the belief that a “strongman” like a former general would …

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Tinubu declares war on Dino

A source has informed us that Bobo Chicago Bola Tinubu has “sworn to get rid of” Senator Dino Melaye the All Progressives Congress (APC) senator representing Kogi West. The flamboyant Melaye has been vociferously behind the election of Bukola Saraki as senate president against the wishes of the APC leadership and Tinubu. Melay is one of Saraki’s closest confidantes and …

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Segun Odegbami: “Oliseh is a fantastic choice”

Legendary Nigeria skipper and winger in the 1970s and 1980s Segun Odegbami has echoed comments made on Naijiant.com when he endorsed the imminent appointment of Sunday Oliseh as the coach of Nigeria’s Super Eagles. Odegbami was speaking to a Lagos TV station this morning and said that Oliseh had the “intellectual capacity” to succeed. He said you only had to …

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