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The sad fact that the 30th edition of the month-long African Cup of Nations, AFCON, competition, officially kicked off on Saturday, January 17, in the Central African nation of Equatorial Guinea without three-time winners, the Super Eagles of Nigeria, in contention must be serious food for thought for football administrators in the country who must start now, early in the new year, to put machinery in motion to ensure that such a situation never recurs.

The recent release of N213 billion to the Power Generation Companies, Gencos, by the Federal Government is a welcome and timely intervention in the operations of a sector that was already burdened by huge debts to banks and gas supply companies, but this lifeline must impact positively on power consumers across the country for the initiative to be meaningful.
The intervention has come at a time the Gencos were said to be owing banks over N250 billion and were, as a result, losing their capacity to repay or attract further loan facilities.  

The deplorable state of many Nigerian roads, which hinder the movement of people, goods and services in the country, is no doubt something everyone should be worried about.
Bad as the roads are, however, the fact is that the federal and some state governments have rehabilitated quite a good number of them. Notwithstanding this fact, more than 70 per cent of federal, states and local governments’ roads are in various levels of decay, disrepair or collapse.

The attacks on some schools in the northern part of the country reinforce calls for governments and other operators of academic institutions in the embattled states to take urgent steps to secure their facilities and safeguard the lives of the children who have become the innocent targets of the mindless killings of the Boko Haram insurgents.

One of the more farsighted, innovative, and completely modern urban regeneration and renewal policies of the Governor Raji Fashola administration during his first coming in 2007 was not the creation of Local Council Development Areas, LCDAs (which his predecessor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, did, ostensibly to bring development closer to the grassroots).

The recent inauguration of the National Council on Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises, MSMEs, by President Goodluck Jonathan is a step in the right direction, provided government makes concerted efforts to ensure that enabling environment is created for the smooth operation of this category of businesses in the country.
This proviso is also critical so that the N220 billion being earmarked as support for the programme is to achieve maximum result.

The attacks on some schools in the northern part of the country reinforce calls for governments and other operators of academic institutions in the embattled states to take urgent steps to secure their facilities and safeguard the lives of the children who have become the innocent targets of the mindless killings of the Boko Haram insurgents.

The recently-commemorated World Food Day, once again provided auspicious occasion to reiterate the call on governments at all levels as well as other stakeholders to prioritize provision of food for all, now more than ever before, in the light of the threat posed by hunger to the world generally.
The Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, an agency of the United Nations, UN, sets aside October 16 every year to raise global awareness on the real danger posed by hunger to the world community and to promote financial and technical collaboration among diverse governments and non-governmental organisations.

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