The Jinx Is Back: Late Budget Presentation and Passage

A national budget is an accounting tool to reflect a national vision or a grand agenda. It is a tool needed to plan for job creation, social services, infrastructure and development and used in critically analysing the most important sectors of an economy such as health, education and environment. The delay in the presentation of the 2014 budget had raised serious concerns amongst well meaning…

Deal or No Deal: The Face-off Between The Federal Government and ASUU

A shimmer of hope seems to have returned to our public tertiary institutions as the Federal Government has reached an agreement with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) which has now ended the five month strike called by the latter. Under the leadership of their President, Dr Nasir Isah-Fagge, ASUU demanded among others, an upward review of the retirement age of its Professors and…

Chaos In the Midst of a State of Emergency

The latest attack of Boko Haram on the Composite Group Air Force Base and the Borno State International Airport in Maiduguri has questioned the effectiveness of emergency rule in the state. The Emergency Rule which started in May, 2013 in the three North-East States of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe was extended by the National Assembly following the request by the President in November, 2013. With…

Apo 8 Killings: Senate Report & Issues on Nigeria’s Anti-Terrorism Strategy

The Senate considered the report of its Joint Committee on National Security and Intelligence; and Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, which conducted an enquiry on the alleged extra judicial killing of 8 persons in Apo, Abuja. It would be recalled that on September 20, 2013, Nigerian security forces raided an uncompleted building inhabited by squatters and killed about 8 persons who they alleged were…