Orji Uzor Kalu and the Perversity of a political mischief maker

By Michael Chijioke Right from his days as governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu has always been in the media for the wrong reasons. Sadly for the man, twenty years since assuming office in his ill-fated two-term tenure at the helm of affairs in the State, he has become even more prominent in the media for pettiness, mischief, infantile rumours, half truths and outright falsehood, all peddled with malice, infantilism and his desperate intent to satisfy political actors elsewhere even if that meant he had to denigrate Abia State…

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Ubon Akpan: Death and its many realities

By Frank Meke Over the years as I grew into maturity and the profound understanding that the whole matter of life is about the fear of God and obedience to his commandments, nothing seem to bother me not even death. I have on several occasions and at the mercy of God, survived near death through accidents, sickness and whole lot of adventures of life, even in course of my calling as a tourism journalist. Intrepid? Yes, very fearless and bold but not stupid to ignore cautions. That is in the…

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Job creation: The Ayade example as national template

By Hon. Martin Orim Four years in the life of a state means a lot. Eight years means much more. By 2023, Professor Ben Ayade would have steered the ship of Cross River for eight eventful years. Those eight years would be Cross River’s finest years. Eight years of Governor Ayade’s supridentence of our dear state would stand out in its life as the noblest, in the annals of its history. When his tour of duty ends in 2023,among elegant others,  job creation will be one of the soul-lifting legacies…

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The Road to Jerusalem

Three theories emerge: hate, ignorance, and mischief. They are all reflected in the evil and misguided write up accredited to one faceless Dele Agekameh. None of these is the road to Jerusalem. When Haman set out to eliminate a race, he chose to first hate the spiritual leader of that race called Mordecai (Esther 3.1 – 11), and with him destroy all his people. Hate is usually a deep inner evil that may show first on one man, and then envelope a people, or group, or society. Mr. Dele Agekameh’s…

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Ibrahim Musa Goni: Great stride on nature conservation

By Frank Meke Ibrahim Musa Goni, Nigeria’s Chief Conservator General is an uncommon natural resources conservation evangelist. He barely engages in vain discussion, thus picks his words with deliberate caution whenever he does engage those who love to share is vision. His choice by President Muhammadu Buhari to revamp and restore the lost glory of Nigeria’s protected areas, rekindled the hope and prayers of conservation enthusiasts and observers that Nigeria may again show forth strength in the global quest to secure the earth and its abundant flora and fauna resources…

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Auditing Nigeria tourism leadership: Nothing personal

By Frank Meke In the last two years, there has been an orchestrated and concerted satanic confrontation to rubbish my integrity and journalistic expectations on how to hold leaders accountable for their action or inaction on tourism issues in Nigeria. At each point or outing where my commentaries and positions dwelt on request to account how our national tourism fund or assets are being managed, opposition commentators and their representatives seems to thrive on sentimental adjudication. The many lies from the synagogue of satan are wont to paint my interventions…

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Water transportation: Is Gov. Ambode grandstanding?

By Frank Meke There are certain things that benumb me in the governance of our national resources. Indeed, there is strategic information at the whims of government, yet the pretense or what looks like it, worries the soul. It is even more stupefying to see a kind of self justifying and bitterness deployed by government officials to flog truth and those who chose to carry golden cross. Last week, Lagos action governor, Akinwunmi Ambode gathered “stakeholders” and sought for their intervention on water transportation not only to decongest the gridlock…

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Scientific protocols for tourism master plans in Nigeria (1)

By Andy Ehanire There are mounting litany of woes surrounding the issue of Tourism Master Plans in the Nigerian Tourism environment, as a result of the inability to create the much needed paradigm for the community of tourism professionals, including public and private sector practitioners alike. It is a fundamental principle of development that relevant professional knowledge must become universally evident to a committed body of intellectuals or practitioners, as to generate the needed momentum for its advancement, hence, as the saying goes, there is a paradigm shift. However, this…

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National Carrier as 2019 strategy?

The desperation and rate at which this government is doing everything to save face before election is alarming. This rush we didn’t see after President Buhari spent 6 months before appointing ministers, calls for worry and concern We cannot make progress as a nation, if we continue to rely on politicians and governments who make progressive decisions for the benefits they will get in return. Only recently, and as a result of the wide criticism that greeted the President’s description of the Nigerian youths as lazy, the President hurriedly signed…

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June 12: The Letter MKO Abiola would have Written to Buhari

By Jude Ndukwe Following announcement by President Muhammadu Buhari that the Democracy Day holiday that usually holds every May 29, in commemoration of the Day that effectively marked the end of military rule in Nigeria leading to successful handover to civilian authorities, has been moved to June 12, being the date the late Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola contested and reportedly won the June 12, 1993 presidential election, and conferment of the nation’s highest honour, Grand Commander of the Federal Republic, GCFR, on him, meanings have been read into it…

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