A Link to the Sea

By: Dayo Fasasi In a bid to boost economic activities in the country, the Nigerian Government will reconnect the country’s railway with the sea ports. Nigeria Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, disclosed this plan during a meeting with port professionals in Lagos. The Minister stated, “President [Muhamadu] Buhari’s resolve to diversify the economy had brought to the front burner the need to implement the inter-modal means of transportation in the country. We expect that before July, we should begin the process of constructing the Lagos-Kano, and possibly the Lagos-Calabar railway.” Amaechi then added, “If these two contracts commence as … Continue reading A Link to the Sea

OAU Students Call For EFCC Probe

By: Dayo Fasasi OAU students staged a protest in Osogbo on Thursday. Students at Obafemi Awolowo University, under the auspices of Alliance of Nigerian Students Against Neo-Liberal Attacks (ANSA) staged a peaceful protest in Osogbo, the Osun State Capital. They called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to launch a probe into the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Bamitale Omole, for alleged misappropriation of university resources. In January the students alerted the Nigerian Government through the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr. Lai Mohammed, regarding their concerns about Omole during a visit to the OAU campus. The protesting students said … Continue reading OAU Students Call For EFCC Probe

On the Brink of Starvation

By: Dayo Fasasi Nigeria may face imminent famine, unless farming input is increased. Audu Ogbeh, Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture, disclosed on Thursday that Nigerians would starve to death by 2050, if measures are not taken. “We have written to state governments to encourage them to develop dams and canals so that agriculture becomes an all year round activity and it is not confined to the rainy season alone. Besides, by 2050, Nigeria population will be very close to 500 million at the current rate of growth. This is just 34 years from now. If we carry on at the current … Continue reading On the Brink of Starvation

Umar Yakubu Advocates Amputation of Hands

By: Dayo Fasasi Umar Barde Yakubu, a Nigeria House of Representative’s member representing Chikun/Kajuru Federal Constituency of Kaduna State, had strong words on January 18, 2016. While speaking in an interactive session with journalist in Kaduna State, Hon. Umar called for the amputation of hands of those found guilty of looting from the Nation’s Treasury. He advocated for a special court rather than the conventional courts, stating that looters usually use the conventional courts to delay justice. A direct quote from Hon. Umar reads: “I am a believer of the fact that, people should be punished for whatever offence they … Continue reading Umar Yakubu Advocates Amputation of Hands