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Welcome Address by Senator Udoma Udo Udoma (CON) Honourable Minister of Budget and National Planning at the launch of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan) (ERGP:2017-2020) at the Council Chambers, State House, Abuja on Wednesday, 5th April, 2017

PROTOCOL It is my pleasure to welcome you all to this brief ceremony at which the President, Muhammadu Buhari, will formally launch the Nigeria Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP: 2017-2020). 2. Let me thank His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, for his leadership and his inspiration and guidance in the development of this Plan. Right from when he was campaigning ... Read More »

Bukola Saraki: Is the bird coming home to roost soon?

By Oluwaseyi Oduyela Dr. Bukola Saraki worked as a Medical Officer at Rush Green Hospital, Essex between 1988 and 1989. He was a Director of Societe Generale Bank (Nig) Ltd from 1990-2000. He was appointed special assistant to the President on Budget in 2000 and fired few months later. Dr. Bukola Saraki was elected the Executive Governor of Kwara State ... Read More »

The Story Of One Dino Of ABU

We’re in trouble, but that’s not the worst part. The real tragedy is that we don’t know that we don’t know. It took one week and a Senate summons for the Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Professor Ibrahim Garba, to say that Senator Dino Melaye graduated from ABU. And even then, his testimony left more questions than answers. In ... Read More »

Text of lecture at Chief Adefarati’s memorial lecture – Justice and fairness as panacea for peace

​ By ​Dr. Kayode Fayemi, CON Protocols and Introduction I must start by thanking the chief host of today’s event, my brother and friend, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, Governor of Ondo State, Nigeria, for honouring the legacy of Baba Peace, Late Chief Adebayo Adefarati, one of his illustrious predecessors, and to the organizers for according me the privilege of speaking ... Read More »

The Peace Mission Of Governor Seriake Dickson

By Engr. Don Cookey I would like to start by congratulating Governor Seriake Dickson and his reconciliation team on the marvelous breakthrough they have achieved in their reconciliation assignment. The news does actually get better every day as we receive reports of their efforts on a daily basis. At a time it seemed that certain forces in the Peoples Democratic ... Read More »

Use what we make, make what we use

By Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu It is more than gratifying to mark my birthday in this good way. To all of you – many who have traveled great distances – I am honored that you joined me today. Though the event banners speak my name, this gathering is not about me. It is about that which a people united in ... Read More »

PMB’s health: Gloating is of no value

By FEMI ADESINA I learnt an enduring lesson on the day General Sani Abacha died. It was June 8, 1998, and death had laid its icy hands on the maximum ruler, and the scepter had fallen from the grip of the king. I was deputy editor of National Concord, the newspaper owned by Basorun M.K. O Abiola, the man Abacha ... Read More »

Understanding Buhari

Azu Ishiekwene Creative dysfunction is sometimes an unofficial government tool. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo occasionally set top government officials up against themselves to test their loyalty or ideas. But there was no doubt who was in charge. US President, Donald Trump, is reputed to have the worst cabinet in modern US history, comparable in its dysfunctionality only to Richard Nixon’s. ... Read More »

DMO And Strategy For Economic Recovery

By Olu Isaac Perhaps at no time in the history of Nigeria has the federal government come under such intense pressure to deliver on the economy as now, and this is understandable. 2016 closed with Nigeria recording its worst GDP figure in 25 years as low oil prices, tight monetary liquidity and militant attacks on oil infrastructure rocked the economy. ... Read More »

No Duty Too High To Save Hameed Ali

By Azu Ishiekwene In the last two years since Hameed Ali was appointed Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, I do not recall ever seeing him in uniform. But since the retired army colonel is not harming himself or any third party by not wearing uniform, I have gradually reconciled myself to seeing him in civilian dress. When the ... Read More »