When Bishop Delisle College Old Students of ‘95 Set Reunited in Lokoja

When Bishop Delisle College Old Students of ‘95 Set Reunited in Lokoja

By Michael Jegede It was a moment of great joy and excitement for the members of the 1995 set of Bishop Delisle College Old Students Association, BIDOSA ‘95, when they gathered in Lokoja, the Confluence City, from different parts of the country, for a three-day reunion event tagged: “Delisle, we are still singing your praise”. […]

INEC, Electronic Voting and Credible Polls

Nigeria’s election management body, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), recently reiterated its plan to fully migrate from manual to electronic voting system beginning with Anambra State Governorship election holding in 2021. Addressing newsmen last month on the sideline of the 2021 budget defence at the Green Chamber of the National Assembly, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, […]

June 12 as a Signpost for Democracy

On June 12, 1993, over 14 million Nigerians went out to vote with great excitement and eagerness to elect their president, between Chief Moshood Kashi­mawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola, of Social Democratic Party (SDP), and Alhaji Bashir Othman Tofa, of National Republican Conven­tion (NRC). The citizens went to the polls with the expectation of ending the […]

Transparency International’s Corruption Index and Nigeria’s Poor Rating

On January 23, 2020, Transparency International (TI), the well-respected global corruption watchdog, founded in 1993 and headquartered in Berlin, Germany, released its 2019 Corruption Perception Index (CPI), showing Nigeria as one of the countries that performed poorly and received low ratings. Of the 180 countries surveyed and captured in the TI corruption assessment for 2019, […]

Kogi and Yahaya Bello’s Agricultural Revolution

About a year after Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State assumed office, he launched the Agricultural Revolution Programme (ARP) as a move towards the actualization of his plan to revolutionize agriculture in the state. This was with a view to making Kogi self-sufficient in food production, boosting its income generation as well creating employment opportunities […]

Pan African Parliament and Forced Migration

The African Union (AU) Assembly of Heads of State and Government at its 32nd Ordinary Session held on February 10 and 11, 2019, launched the AU Theme of the Year 2019: “The Year of Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons: Towards Durable  Solutions to Forced Displacement in Africa”. The 2019 theme was declared by the AU […]

Kogi 2019: Onoja as Bello’s Running Mate

After his emergence as the flag bearer of All Progressives Congress (APC) from the primary poll conducted on August 29, 2019, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State nominated his Chief of Staff, Edward Onoja, as his running mate for the November 16 gubernatorial election. Keen watchers of Kogi politics were not surprised that Bello dumped […]

Opinion: Kogi Guber, APC and Bello’s Candidature

The Kogi State All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary held on August 29, 2019 was an easy win for the incumbent governor, His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Bello. Adjudged by observers to be transparent, free and fair, the primary election conducted under a peaceful atmosphere, saw Bello convincingly defeating nine other aspirants cleared for the contest […]

Opinion: Ajaokuta Steel and Nigeria’s Industrialization Dream

By Michael Jegede. After Nigeria’s attainment of independence in 1960, we have had various industrial and economic development plans, designed for the purpose of transforming the country into an industrialized nation that would become a force to reckon with in the global economy.  Sadly, despite the availability of the required natural resources, successive governments failed […]

Opinion: INEC and Gov. Bello’s Alleged Double Registration

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) penultimate week released a statement accusing the Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello of registering a second time in the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise, an action that violates the provisions of Nigeria’s electoral law. Section 12(2) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) stipulates that “A […]