“We observe that one of the most sustainable ways for the Federal Government to increase its revenue is by enabling new production from Deep Offshore and other locations. Investments, we believe, can be attracted through timely conclusion of ongoing industry reform to guarantee legislative certainty and clarity; ensuring fiscal terms remain globally competitive to maintain investment commitments, and enabling a conducive business environment. With a competitive fiscal framework in place, further income for the Federal Government can be quickly garnered by conducting a new and transparent oil licensing bid round”
Prof.-Mahmood Yakubu, INEC Chairman.
“It should be noted that Bayelsa and Kogi States’ governorship elections are two major elections that will be conducted simultaneously. They are major polls for the INEC, Nigeria and indeed the international community who are already laying in wait to see how much that the country is willing to learn from the mistakes of previous elections. The elections are the first after the contentious general elections of 2019. People would be interested in the outcome of the elections if they must measure Nigeria’s growth on issue of electoral reforms.”
“Some would argue that Nigeria has progressed with more hospitals, universities, airports and high rise buildings and keeping the country united. While these proponents may be right, the reality is that countries like China, India, Indonesia and Brazil, whose populations are bigger than Nigeria’s, except for Indonesia, and who were at par with Nigeria in the early 1960s, have all overtaken her. Where are the groundnut pyramids, the cocoa farms and the oil palm plantations? How come that at 59 years the country cannot feed herself? The challenge of insecurity of lives and property, massive unemployment, declining living standards, – the worst since 1960-and total collapse of public infrastructure in the land are inexcusable for a country that is ranked the sixth in global oil production”
The art of living is to make the most of each moment and for each one to give his very best. It goes without saying that the secret of enthusiasm is remarkably simply: live in a state of appreciation. When one combines the power of self-belief with pure motives, the person is certain to achieve any set target.
The invasion of the National Assembly Complex Abuja by members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria(IMN), otherwise known as Shi’ites, last Tuesday is not only condemnable but also a breach of security.
The inauguration of the 9th National Assembly (NASS) – the senate and the house of representatives – on June 11, 2019, by President Muhammadu Buhari is a clear indication that Nigeria’s democracy has come of age, and may also have come to stay having existed for two uninterrupted decades since 1999.
“Therefore, President Buhari must be in hurry to assuage the expectations of Nigerians who expect him to hit the ground running in a demonstration of his understanding of the challenges of the country. If the period of 2015 to 2019 was Buhari’s learning curvy, he must abhor any form of mistakes or demonstration of ineptitude in the appointment of ministers this time around. If the era of change must be admitted as the period of party patronage, the Next Level regime must be performance driven.
This becomes necessary because Nigerians cannot continue to witness the obvious hardship that has characterized the Buhari administration in the last four years despite the change mantra of the All Progressives Congress (APC) government”.
As President Muhammadu Buhari and his All Progressive Congress (APC) party continue to celebrate their victory at the February 23, 2019 general election, it is instructive that the president initiates urgent but sure footed measures and strategies to tackle the nation’s economy which appear to be at its worst state in the last one decade.
Now that the 2019 general elections have come and gone except the supplementary polls slated to hold in some states on March 23, 2019, winners including the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari, should endeavour to be magnanimous in victory, while the losers should be gallantry in defeat. The period of politics is now over. The time for national building has just begun.
There are heightening tensions, insinuations and palpable fears with regards to recent political developments in the country which tended to point to the fact that the forthcoming general elections starting this Saturday, March 16 may not seem to be credible, fair and violence-free. For us, these concerns are as genuine as they are worrisome.