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Despite present difficulties, Nigeria is seen as a country that holds great opportunities for her citizens with projections that its economy would continue to grow at the rate of over 6 per cent for the next 20 years.
The Minister of Aviation, Chief Osita Chidoka, made this known at the weekend when he delivered the 44th Convocation Lecture of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka titled, “Rebuilding the Nigerian Dream: Mapping the Building Blocks.”
The Minister said that Nigeria has highly skilled, hardworking people with huge natural resources and large population that make the country a big market for goods and services which are key areas that would serve as stimulant to her economic growth.
Chidoka said that Nigerians are fastidious and therefore have the tendency to criticise their country even when it is unnecessary, adding that although that attitude is seemingly wrong but it spurs the citizens and government to do things better.
“The most virulent critics of Nigeria are Nigerians. When two or three Nigerians are gathered, their topic is usually Nigeria: Its missed opportunities, its poor outcomes and, particularly, the giant strides of other countries. A few years ago Nigerians celebrated one year of no blackouts in Ghana. Even though no such celebration took place in Ghana.
“They talked about how the Ghana Cedi was equivalent to the US Dollar even though it was just a decimalisation. Now that the Cedi has turned out to be one of the world’s worst-performing currencies, losing nearly 300% of its value within a couple of months, and blackouts have become a common feature in Ghana as its budget deficit balloons, the Nigerian media has curiously kept silent. I don’t see any media commentaries on the fact that Ghana has fallen back to the International Monetary Fund (Talley, 2014), and indeed to Nigeria, for assistance,” Chidoka said.
He remarked that Nigeria has great opportunities that ensure a better future for its citizens, noting that these opportunities should be harnessed by young Nigerians who should be creative and make use of any chance that comes their way, adding that the country has huge potential to be great.
“Nigeria has many things going in its favour. We are regarded as Africa's largest economy, with an annual growth rate of 6 to 8%. As Cosmo pointed out, we have one of the largest mobile phone markets on the continent. And nearly 40% of our population has access to the internet. That is almost as much as South Africa at almost 47% and far higher than Indonesia at only 16%. Even Brazil has only managed to connect 53% of its population online (CIA, 2015),” the Minister said.
He noted that Nigerians have inherent elements to succeed in every endeavour and those elements include superiority complex, hard work and the readiness to sacrifice today for better tomorrow.
Chidoka said although the Nigerian education system is severely criticised by her citizens but Nigerians who studied in Nigerian schools have distinguished themselves outside the country that in the United States Nigerians remain the most successful professionals among the black population.
“The criticism of our education system and the lamentations about the so-called Nigerian Factor notwithstanding, the Nigerian Diaspora has been singled out as one of the most successful black Diasporas in the world. In the United States, Nigerian-Americans dramatically outperform Americans in terms of income. In their book The Triple Package, Professors Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld explain that Nigerians are over-represented in the field of medicine, higher education, law and investment banking (Chua & Rubenfeld, 2014).
“Why are Nigerians so successful? Because of the way we raise our children. According to the authors, we Nigerians possess the three traits that breed success: a superiority complex – an idea that we are special in some way; insecurity – the fear that if we don’t work hard we will fail; and impulse control – the ability to delay gratification in the short term for better outcomes in the future. Even if you had never attended this august institution, by virtue of being raised Nigerian, you already have the tools for success,” the Minister of Aviation said.
 

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The federal government has suspended all approvals for the use of its right of way for advertisements in Lagos State.
The Federal Controller of Works in the state, Mr. Godwin Eke, said the suspension was directed by the Minister of Works, Mr. Mike Onolememen.
The controller said  the regulation would be effected nationwide in due course.
Eke said advertisers had been served notices and given seven days to comply by removing all advertisements in the government’s rights of way.
``We have written letters to advertising agencies to remove all advertising hoardings on all federal roads in the state within seven days, effective from January 23.
“The suspension affects approvals on use of rights of way, setbacks, clover leaves, loops, among others on all federal roads and setbacks.
“The aim of serving the advertising companies notices is to reclaim our rights of way and rebrand them,” he said.
Eke said the government observed that some structures standing on its rights of way were not properly done.
“We do not want advertisement billboards that will collapse like the one that collapsed near Third Mainland Bridge in 2014.
“We want to review everything,” he added.

The Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) has suspended its three-week-old strike in federal courts.
The suspensions was the result of a meeting held at the Supreme Court yesterday at the instance of the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, Ahmed Gambo.
Details of the decision to suspend the strike remained sketchy.
However, a source, said the strike had been suspended only for federal courts.
The implication is that states’ courts will remain shut.
The affected courts are the Federal High Court, the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and the National Industrial Court.
These courts are expected to reopen for business today.
For three weeks, the workers effectively closed down  all the courts nationwide following the refusal of the executive to comply with a judgment of a Federal High Court, Abuja, which ordered the executive to hands off funds meant for the judiciary.
  JUSUN’s President, Marwa Adamu, said the workers decided to go on an indefinite strike because the executive did not comply with the agreement reached with the union to comply with the judgment of the court on judiciary funding.
While sympathising  with litigants, he said the workers had no choice but to go on strike to compel implementation of a subsisting court order and the agreement reached with them.
The strike denied politicians dissatisfied with their parties primaries to have their grievances heard in court.
The court had restrained the federal government and the 36 states of the federation from holding on to funds budgeted for the judiciary.
Justice Adeniyi Ademola, while delivering judgment in a suit filed by  JUSUN, held that the workers had the locus to ask both the federal and the states governments to comply with the provisions of the constitution on the funding of the judiciary.
He ordered that funds meant for the judiciary should be released directly to the heads of courts and not to the executive arm of government.
Justice Ademola described the disbursement of funds for the judiciary by the executive as unconstitutional and a threat to the independence of the judiciary.
Relying on the provisions of sections 83(1), 212(3) and 162(9) of the constitution, Justice Ademola said the provisions were clear and straightforward and should, therefore, be complied with.
He said: “The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and the states should act responsibly and promptly to avoid constitutional crisis in this country   by ensuring financial autonomy for the judiciary.”
According to him, the end has come for the judiciary to be begging the executive for funds.
He held that the piecemeal allocation of funds to the judiciary at the pleasure of the federal and states  governments was unconstitutional, un-procedural, cumbersome, null, void, and should be abated forthwith.
The association had listed the National Judicial Council (NJC), the federal government and the 36 states as defendants in the suit.
The union had said  it was  dissatisfied with the way and manner the Federation Account/Consolidated Revenue Fund of the federal and states were being handled, adding that its members’ welfare had suffered as a result of the practice.
The judge agreed with them and declared  that the defendants’ failure to pay the funds standing to the credit of the states’ judiciary directly to the heads of courts in the various states’ judiciary was a constitutional breach and must stop.
Justice Ademola also compelled the defendants to comply with the provisions of sections 81(3), 212(3) and 162(9) of the 1999 Constitution in the disbursement of funds to the heads of courts forthwith.
He issued an  order of perpetual injunction restraining the defendants from committing any further breach of the aforesaid constitutional  provisions.
The judge noted that both the National Assembly and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) enjoyed independence of funding and that the same should apply to the judiciary in accordance with the constitution.
 

Hajia Aisha Buhari, wife of Maj.-Gen Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, has said that she is not a foreigner as being speculated in some quarters.
She spoke through Mrs. Deborah Iliya, a chieftain of APC in Kaduna State who represented her at the public presentation of a book, “Wind of change: 72 leadership qualities of Buhari,” written by a civil rights activist and Executive Director of Gatekeepers Foundation, Mr. Blessing Agbomhere, on Friday.
“Let me use this opportunity to deliver a message because there may not be another opportunity to deliver it. We know what is going on in the country today. It has reached the stage that people are hunting for Buhari not to reach that day of election.
“They have also said that Aisha Buhari is not a Nigerian. Aisha said I should tell everyone that she is a Nigerian. Does it even matter if she is not a Nigerian? What has that got to do with what is happening in this country?” Iliya stated.
Iliya further quoted Buhari’s wife to have rooted for a woman president in Nigeria in the nearest future as part of the total change package.
She said, “Aisha said she is pleased because the author is a young man; this is an indication that our youths have always understood the problems of this country and they are really pulling us together to fight a common front and that is change.
“We need change in Nigeria. For the past six years, we have been suffering; I wish a woman has been President we wouldn’t have been in this mess. So women, she (Aisha) has asked that I should encourage you to come out and be part of nation building. We are powerful; we are strong and stronger than the men.
“Please support women and next time we will have a woman President in Nigeria.”

    
Vice Presidential Debate ..2 Sessions.
Date:28th January 2015. Venue: International Conference Centre Abuja.
Participants: All VP Candidates of All the 13 Political Parties.
                     PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE. Date:29th January 2015. Venue: International Conference Centre Abuja. Participants :All Presidential Candidates.                                          
FINAL PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE.      
Date:5th February 2015. Venue: International Conference Centre, Abuja. Participants: Major Presidential Candidates. All Debates will be televised live on National Television