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Muiz Banire

Muiz Banire

How to end scourge of abandoned projects in Nigeria

Few weeks ago, I read about the House of Representatives setting up a committee to probe the spate of abandoned properties in the country. From the estimate given at the inauguration of the committee, headed by Honourable Ademorin Kuye, the sum of almost a trillion naira is on the verge of being wasted by this reckless act, which has, over time, become a permanent feature in our national life. Equally, in my last column of Thursday, June 4, 2020, I alluded to a few instances leading to this colossal waste of the scarce resources of the nation. Today, I shall...

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Dangers of broken promises to government brand

Today, our engagement is essentially about mistrust between government and the governed. As innocuous as the issue may seem, it is a major area of impediment to our nation’s growth. It must be realised that the discourse here is not just about the current government but, rather, an examination of what has become our public lifestyle for decades now. It is not only in Nigeria that the arrogant phenomenon to be discussed here operates but is something that characterizes governance in many societies where leaders operate below the datum line of conscionable best practices. The radius of trust of a government...

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Is Nigeria ready for virtual court hearing?

The reality of COVID-19 is not so much a matter for discussion anymore, as the truth is that a ‘new normal’ has been created in our world. The judiciary being no exception to this new dawn, judges, lawyers and litigants are already scampering for alternative ways of litigating other than physical appearance in open court. In the process, virtual court hearing surfaced. However, this appears not to be without its attendant challenges: infrastructural, constitutional and even moral challenges. There has been a raging debate over the constitutionality or otherwise of the virtual court hearing, just as necessary infrastructural requirements to make...

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Power sector and dangers of single unitary grid

About a month ago, I wrote a piece on the above subject that dealt with solving the perennial challenge of providing steady power supply to our people. In that piece, I addressed substantially the major constraint within the downstream sector of our electricity supply chain. I categorically submitted therein that, with appropriate pricing and discriminatory cross-subsidization, we can resolve easily the challenge of power supply in the country while reaping other attendant benefits. (Read my column of April 30, 2020 “Let there be light (1)” https://www.sunnewsonline.com/let-there-be-light. Today, my engagement will centre on the upstream sector of the power chain and the...

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The challenge of patronage in national development (2)

Let me state categorically here that the price of incompetence is greater than that of corruption. The relationship often is that the former is a product of the latter while the former in turn promotes the latter, just as a son is a father of a man. In our ensuing discussion next, we shall adumbrate on this. Going further, the filling of positions in the country is another area of concern. For the tendentious tribal jingoists, ethnic irredentists, religious bigots and their likes, they will have to pardon me for I am not their fan on this. I believe that...

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The challenge of patronage in national development (1)

A new dawn just suddenly arrived globally, Nigeria inclusive. It is one in which everyone is scampering for safety. Safety valves are being triggered globally to save humanity. While some countries that have prepared for the rainy day were not caught unawares by the COVID-19 pandemic, some were caught pants down. The latter category is where our dear country belongs. Nigeria is unable to effectively respond to the eventuality that has visited us, not so much in terms of health alone but in virtually all sectors. In the health sector, Nigerians across board, right from the parliamentarians to the executive, all...

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Let there be light

So says the Lord. This will probably become a truism in Nigeria in terms of stable electricity. It is increasingly becoming a reality in the realisation of steady power supply in the country as all efforts appear to be a mirage. At least, for the last three generations in Nigeria, having stable power supply has remained a challenge. I recall while I was growing up, each time my late father returned from work, the first question was usually, ‘is there light?’ By the time I grew up and started work also, I asked my children the same question once I...

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Mr. Speaker, Sir, on free electricity we stand

Mr. Speaker, Sir, on free electricity we stand https://www.sunnewsonline.com/mr-speaker-sir-on-free-electricity-we-stand/ Date: 23rd April 2020 In recent times, the National Assembly has not been perceived to be people-friendly at all. This is not unconnected with so many factors, ranging from the remuneration packages of the members to the cursory oversight being usually carried out on the executive and its activities. The peak of it was considered to be in the take-a-bow-and-go style of screening of the ministers, which was held sequel to their appointments. This is, however, not the concern of this piece. This piece arose out of recent steps taken by the National Assembly, particularly...

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Egungun, be careful…

Ruling the airwaves of recent is the song of Fuji music maestro, Akande Abass Obesere, warning a terrorising masquerade to be careful of his movement as he was approaching the expressway where vehicular traffic is heavy and the masquerade might be involved in an accident. Shortly, the rhythm changes and a sense of righteous indignation pervades as a speeding car crushes the masquerade. It seems the atmosphere in Nigeria right now is succinctly captured by the music referred to above as our political leaders in the country seem to be unwary of the warnings from the masses. Story of poverty in...

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Covid-19 emergency philanthropists

The reality today is that the coronavirus pandemic is crippling our economic capabilities, particularly those of the vulnerable and the poor. Regrettably, the most potent remedy has been said to be social distancing, which, experimentally, has been proven to be most effective staying at home. This solution has, therefore, given birth to lockdown mode in most parts of the world. Although I have been an advocate of total lockdown of Nigeria, the government, in its wisdom, has directed such lockdown in two states and the Federal Capital Territory due to the figure of confirmed cases and proximity. Fair enough, but,...

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