Waiting for the return of Team Madrid

By Frank Meke Before I tell you about the subject matter of today, it is important we pray. Remember, if two good people are in agreement, great things, good things will happen. I know also that evil men do gather. So we pray thus: Every arrow of shame fired against me, return back to sender. Two days ago, we wrote to let the industry know that our official tourism minders were in Spain and sneaked to fitur without anything to show about Nigeria. The report rattled and quivered some who…

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Igbeti, Igboho: where Cows brings Pains and Sorrow

Photo Caption: Alapata of Igboho Land, Oba Joel Olalere Olawuwu By Frank Meke OYO west, is a land of milk and honey. Its pristine environment and forests ecosystems are a great source of empirical study of a rich biosphere space, that could stand Nigeria heads up in carbon financing and investment. These areas also houses one of Nigeria’s oldest national parks, Old OYO National Park, a united Nation Educational and scientific cultural Organisation (unesco) site, particularly the ruins of oldest Yoruba empire, the OYO Empire. Ever heard of sango, the…

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NDLEA and drive for global reach

By Emmanuel Onwubiko “Every man’s work is a portrait of himself”. -Cyril Chukwudi Ibe; “Still in search of a fine mind”. The above citation from a tiny book written way back, takes us to the profoundly scholarly observation that was made by Mark H. McCormack in one of his fantastic books titled “What they don’t teach you at Harvard Business School”. Obviously, Mark McCormack has a reputation as the writer of this famous international bestseller which fills the gap between a business school education and the knowledge that comes from…

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Okomu: Redeemable beyond talks

By Frank Meke Okomu National Park, this last vistages of Nigeria’s truly matured forest ecosystem, located, in Udo, Ovia South west of Edo state, deserves a redemption song and action plans. In its strategic bowels lies medicinal plants of great pharmacology interest and values. It is pristine ( used to be) habitat of white throated monkeys, elephants , rich and diverse birds life , a natural resources catchment area and laboratory, faciliting the growth of significant and rare species fauna and flora resources unknown to science, and a breeding ground…

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Stigma as threat to recovery of drug user

By Mahmud Isa Yola A notification popped on my screen minutes after the NDLEA Twitter space was declared open for questions and observations on a fateful Friday. For the uninitiated, NDLEA Twitter Space is a weekly broadcast I co-host with Mr. Femi Babafemi, the agency’s Director of Media and Advocacy, every Friday on the agency’s official Twitter handle, @ndlea_nigeria, to broaden public enlightenment on drug-related issues in Nigeria. Without hesitation, I quickly clicked on the popped-up notification, and I discovered that it was a private message from a Twitter user.…

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Nigeria Air and Ethiopian Airlines deal: My position

By Dr Gabriel Olowo I once said in my reaction to the speculation that ET comes as a partner of good choice for Air Nigeria and now that it is officially confirmed, my position remain the same. Since the issue of Air Nigeria ” TO BE OR NOT TO BE ” has been laid to rest, given govt insistence to do so ,my endorsement is based on the need for success of any new start-up Airline in NG. Failures still abound in the market and some airlines still remain very…

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Awakening the Giant of Africa –The Clarion Call

By Remigius Nnamdi Ekeh “Where there is love, there is neither prejudice nor war nor strive nor pains nor any evil at all. Love engenders peace and justice; and makes the bond between persons, groups and nations strong. Let us light the flame of love in all the corners of the universe” There is no doubt that Nigeria actually has the potentials to stand out as the giant of Africa. So many things point to this and everything that is required to attain this status was graciously lavished on her…

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The sinking boats of Sanwo-0lu

By Idu Bello Lagferry, unarguably Nigeria’s poster boy in strategic movement of persons on water for logistics, and recreation is a template desirable for municipal littoral city state such as lagos. Originally conceived during the military era of Raji Rasaki as “uniformed Jack and boot “governor of lagos, restructured by Bola Ahmed Tinubu and given a greater lease of life, and with private sector, shaped to navigate the deep waters of lagos, empowered to open far floung littoral communities, connecting lagos central, lagos Ferry Authority flying the flag of first…

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Ezra Yakusak: Eyes on Nigeria Non Export oil well

By Frank Meke Nigeria’s non oil export value chain pegged at 3. 8trillion naira, an economic recovery effort tied round the mandate of Dr Ezra Yakusak. Dr Yakusak is the chief Executive, Nigeria Export Promotion Council, an institution responsible for the Promotion of Nigeria vast non oil sector. Unassuming and proactive in harnessing human and materials resources, this uncommon Nigerian who spent his years at the Export House, brings a new vista in the strategic intervention and interpretation to breaking the 3.8 trillion naira trade mark revenue programmed for this…

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FTAN and call to bail the tourism cat

By Frank Meke Last week, the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria, sent a Petition to government and people of Nigeria, on the parlous state of tourism in Nigeria. The association, representing sub sector tourism bodies such as National Association of Nigeria Trave Agencies , Nigeria Hotel and Catering Institute, Association Tourist Boat Operators and Water Transporters, Association of Tourism Practitioners of Nigeria, Nigeria Youths Tourism Association of Nigeria , Institute of Tourism Professionals of Nigeria. HOTEL OWNERS AND MANAGERS OF LAGOS, TOUR OPERATORS OF NIGERIA, and many others my…

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