October 2019

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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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