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Muiz Banire > Articles posted by gbolahanpost (Page 13)

Am I a Nigerian? (1)

Once again, happy New Year to my readers. Are we concerned about patriotism in Nigeria in the contemporary period? I am sure you would be wondering why I am asking that question. Two incidents threw up the enquiry. The first came up during a discussion with a cousin of mine seeking admission into a university in Nigeria. The poor boy scored over 300 marks for a professional course for which he was eventually denied admission, while a classmate of his from another state of the country with less than 200 marks aggregate was admitted based on what, in our clime, is...

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Breathing life into executive order 9 to end open defecation (2)

With regard to the practice of defecation by choice, the study above has revealed the following as the basis of such election to resort to open defecation. People often do so as a result of socialization, which mostly involves group activity by age groups in the villages and outskirts. This is mostly obtainable in sub-Saharan Africa. In this wise, It is common to find that people of age groups prefer going to open spaces simultaneously to practice open defecation. This is because this enables them close interaction in the process. This practice features mainly in the early mornings or in...

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Breathing life into executive order 9 to end open defecation (1)

When I read recently on Thursday, November 22, 2019, the signing of Executive Order 9 deprecating the practice of open defecation in the country, I was excited. My excitement was not so much about the new order but out of the recall of the efforts I made in eliminating the practice as the then Commissioner for Environment in Lagos State. Open defecation involves the emptying of the bowels or the discharge of feces and urine indiscriminately all over the environment other than in designated and properly designed places. Open defecation is a term that developed from the interaction on water,...

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The missing link: Rejoinder to Niran Adedokun

At the time of my piece on Alternative Contact Address, little did I realise that Nigerians were yearning for a reawakening, nay, revival, of moral standards of the past commonly taken for granted in other climes where values still matter. Notwithstanding the warm reception of the message, I resolved not to make any further comment on the issue. I was preparing another public service paper on open defecation in our environment as my last column for the year. However, on Thursday, December 19, I stumbled on a write-up on the same issue of importance of alternative contact address in the Punch...

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Sudden death and environmental pollution (2)

All these ultimately lead to global warming, which grounds the change in climatic condition today. Today, weather situation has largely defied the traditional predictions. Rainfall continues unabated during the conventionally dry spell while heat condition soars in a period expected to be winter. The impact of this on food security, water struggle and conflict is better imagined. Adjunct to the above is noise pollution. This has assumed dangerous dimensions but without commensurate attention from all those concerned. In Nigeria, it is derivable from multiple sources such as noise from religious homes, bus terminals, generating sets, motor vehicles, industries, nightclubs, music retailers,...

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My disengagement and importance of alternative address

Yesterday on my Twitter handle, I announced that my response on the disengagement from Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) shall be the subject of discussion in my column today. So, where we are! Tuesday, December 10, 2019, my tenure as the chairman of AMCON would seem to have expired upon the nomination of Mr. Edward Adamu as the new chairman of the bad loan vehicle. News about this development came to me while in London in the middle of a crash education programme. The negatively interesting aspect of it is the lamentations that trailed the announcement by some friends and...

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Sudden death and environmental pollution (1)

It is common these days to read in obituary adverts that the deceased died suddenly. Each time I read this, I wonder if it is indeed possible medically, exempting the scenes in most comedy/drama plays where persons are said to have been remotely assassinated diabolically, to die suddenly. My common knowledge of science, nay biology, just like it applies to mechanical equipment, is that death occurs through a process of completion. What do I mean by this? In most cases, before the body shuts down, there must have been gradual disintegration of the system. This I consider or I describe mostly...

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Nigeria correctional facilities and need for reformation (2)

They must not take delight in the admission of inmates when they know that the facility is incapable of accommodating the potential inmates Towards principally addressing the challenge of decongesting the prisons, section 18 of the recent Nigerian Correctional Service Act signed by the President enjoined the officials to notify the heads of courts once a facility reaches its maximum capacity. Consequent upon this, the Act commands that they reject any further admission of offenders into such facility. I know as a fact that there is hardly a single facility in this country that is not currently overburdened. Notwithstanding this...

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Conspiracy of the masses against the downtrodden

The Nigerian polity is generally suffused with lamentations and complaints of leadership failure which is indubitably true in many respects. Governments come to power on the strength of failure of their predecessors to achieve what can amount to substantial, if any, progress to better the lots of the masses. Unfortunately, the same cycle of complaints sooner than later becomes the causal factor for which the people wish they had not supported the emergence of the incumbents. Whether there is justification for such regrets and agitation for change of government is another issue. It is palpably clear that the inability or failure...

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Nigeria correctional facilities and need for reformation (i)

As a student of criminal law, sentencing and treatment of offenders, I am not oblivious of the challenges confronting our prison system, (correctional service facility) for a long time, but with passage of time, I seem to have been so much used to it to the extent of giving up on any reformation. Equally, there is enough literature on the subject to the extent that it will seem that any further interrogation is needless. However, two events that I experienced recently gingered my interest in revisiting the subject again. The first of it was the remark by the Honourable Minister for...

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