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Bigger Than Obasanjo And Ogbeh

05.01.2005 We are accustomed with spoken and written words warning past and present Nigerian leaders of the declining conditions of our nation. However, the unique thing about the letter that the Peoples Democratic Party’s Chairman, Chief Audu Ogbeh’s wrote to…

YES to the Informal Economy

18.12.2004 This year’s Youth Employment Summit, YES, was held from October 4 – 7 in Veracruz, Mexico. For some time YES has created a veritable platform to draw global attention to the high rate of youth unemployment. According to YES,…

“Meant Well, Tried Little, Failed Much”

01.12.2004 I borrowed the title of this article from that of a lecture delivered in New York by Anne Krueger (First Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund). She in turn borrowed it from one of the works of…

Reforming the Nigeria Police

02.10.2004 The Nigeria Police has been in the news lately. Of course, for the wrong reasons. In a recent editorial by THISDAY newspapers, the Commissioner of Police for Zamfara State revealed that a number of police recruits under his command…

It Is Leadership We Need, Period!

01.09.2004 Leadership sustains democracy. Democracy confers an enduring confidence in man therefore Lord Bryce asserts that “perhaps no form of government needs great leaders as much as democracy”. This is because democracy is etymologically defined as the rule of the…

Re: Reforms As Blinkers

10.09.2004 It is the measure of our hope and faith in our nation that invites rigorous discourses and commentaries on major issues and policies of national growth and development. Dr. Ike Anya’s piece, “Reforms As Blinkers”was a good read. Managing…

Democracy and Local Government Reforms

01.09.2004 Reforms. The language of reforms is now the policy lingo of the second term of the government of President Olusegun Obasanjo: economic reforms, electoral reforms, public sector reforms, judicial reforms, pension reforms, budget reforms, political reforms, constitutional reforms, banking…

On the Igbo Presidency Project for 2007

26.07.2004 I am an Igbo man. Recently, the five governors of the states that make up the South East geo-political zone of Nigeria inhabited by Igbos i.e. Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo reignited the flame of aspiration of Igbos…

The Danger of Failed Expectations

07.06.2004 I remember that day in May 1999. As General Matthew Olusegun Okikiola Aremu Obasanjo took office to become the elected President of Nigeria, the Nigerian people surrendered to him their hopes and expectations. The first term of the Obasanjo…

Changing Perception to Make NEEDS Work

27.08.2003 “Success depends on perception and our job is to create the right perception to ensure success.” [Professor Klaus Schwab, President, World Economic Forum] We are in an era of reforms. Dysfunctional states are becoming more functional, failed states are…