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Minimum wage, Nigerian workers and the issues

For some decades now, and up till the moment, there seem to be raging controversies surrounding the issue of workers’ remuneration inNigeria. I recall my growing up days, when the Udoji minimum wage was agreed upon in the nation. It was so named because Chief Jerome Udoji (an astute public administrator) chaired the Public Service Review Commission (1972-1974) that recommended, among others, a new salary structure that automatically led to an increase in salary for civil servants in Nigeria. The meaning and context of the then minimum wage, I seem not to know and, up till possibly some few weeks...

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Stop closing businesses

In the last four years plus, the federal government and by extension, some few states have been toiling to ensure provision of employment and empowerment to the people via numerous schemes. Apart from direct employment of people into the various establishments, social investment programs such as Npower, Trader money, Market money, Sustainable development programs, Petroleum Training Development Fund, skill development programs and many more exist. Whilst all these initiatives and many more are going ceaselessly at all levels, the shocking thing is that some other acts are simultaneously being carried out at different levels, albeit consciously or unconsciously, which run...

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Nigerian elections and electoral justice

ELECTORAL JUSTICE: This is the terminal end of the processes leading to the emergence of our leaders. Unlike other jurisdictions, particularly advanced democracies where election petitions are hardly filed, it is the fashion in Nigeria. This is explainable easily by the quality of our elections. Consequently, the role of judges in the determination of leaders has suddenly become a vital part of the Nigerian electoral process towards ensuring our elections are ‘credible.’ Fairness, transparency and legitimacy of elections now depend on the country’s electoral dispute mechanism. There is, therefore, a general understanding that effective electoral dispute resolution and processes are sine...

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Leadership, legitimacy and electoral process (2)

Let us perish this thought or belief, as it is not true. The time is ripe for an urgent review of the minimum educational qualification of candidates, among others. Or how does one explain the academic requirement of HND or BSc to qualify for employment as a teller in a bank and ordinary school certificate or its equivalent to become a governor of a whole state? Which job requires greater knowledge, competence and altruism between being a teller in a bank or a receptionist in a law firm and being the chief executive officer of a state or nation? That explains...

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Leadership, legitimacy and electoral process (1)

This, no doubt, is a continuation of my thoughts on the “Nigeria: How did we get here?” series, even though it is coming under a different title. Beyond the flaws noticeable in the management and operation of the political parties discussed earlier, there are still several areas of concern in the actual electoral process, particularly those that impair the emergence of good leaders. Recall that this is the process through which our leaders claim legitimacy upon purported elections. Consequently, once the process wobbles, nothing credible can come out of it. It must at all times be pristine. It is in this connection...

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Nigeria: How did we get here? (3)

Undoubtedly, such men of character can emerge under any form of government in one way or the other. In Nigeria, however, since we have adopted democracy, that is, opportunity for the people to choose their leaders through elections, it is important that the system must be practiced in such a manner as to produce the caliber of officials required. Election, undoubtedly, is at the heart of democracy because, without the ability of the people to elect their own leaders, there cannot be a democracy. Similarly, elections alone do not make a democracy. There must exist some fundamental principles that must be...

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Nigeria: How did we get here? (2)

For the purpose of our exposition, I adopt the description of ‘governance’ in the European Union-supported paper, “Concepts and Principles of Democratic Governance and Accountability: A Guide for Peer Educators,” where governance was described thus: “Governance, simply put, is the process of decision-making and the process by which decisions are implemented or not implemented. Since decisions made can be good or bad, the analysis of the process by which we arrive at decisions is important in governance.” The import of the foregoing is that governance involves legal control, steering and organisation of the people within a political setting, the exercise of...

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Nigeria: How did we get here? (1) – Dr.Muiz Banire

Let me start by expressing my gratitude to the board and management of The Sun for availing me this platform to express my thoughts on various issues of interest to the nation and me. Prior to this, I have substantially relied on Twitter as a means of communication weekly on a number of these seemingly intractable issues in our polity. Let me state from the outset that, in channelling the opinions herein and subsequent ones, I have had, and will still have, to contend with my academic writing style vis-a-vis the need for simple communication approach in these engagements. I believe...

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