Child Scavengers: The Toil for Livelihood Amidst Covid-19 Pandemic

By Khadija Bawas When 11year-old Usman was brought to Kano as an Alamajiri child the infant may never have reckoned that staying alive is a battle of wits until he started growing into the reality that he must eat to survive and scavenging became the next available option for him. Armed with a gunny bag, Usman, a native of Wudil, who is popularly known as “Alajin leda” at the Aisami solid waste dump site in Kano metropolis, usually rummages through heaps of other peoples garbage, searching for anything salvageable that…

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Southern Governors surreptitiously supporting seccession?

By Bala Ibrahim The call for coup today, for the first time by people in power, which was announced by no less a person than a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, (SAN) and governor of Ondo State, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, on behalf of the southern Nigerian governors, is a call that must be taken with the seriousness it deserved. Arising from the meeting of their Forum in Lagos, today Monday, 05/07/21, the southern governors of Nigeria made a pronouncement on how they want Nigeria to go. Although they claimed to be…

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Jigawa Smallholder Women Farmers Yearn for Digital Technology to the Rescue of Their Farm Products

From Khadija-Ishaq-Bawas Farming used to be traditionally viewed as a male-dominated occupation, with little input from women in supporting their families to grow crops and raise livestock. However, lately, a lot of women are breaking the bounds of this notion and engaging in agricultural production across Nigeria, despite gender-related impediments. For Bilkisu Yahaya, a happily married, all-year-round rice and onion smallholder farmer in Birnin-Kudu local government area (LGA) of Jigawa State, the challenges are numerous; however, the main worry lies in gaining access to the market for the end product…

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Making merry out of Media mischief

By Bala Ibrahim A clip is currently trending/circulating in the social media space, planted to portray a mischief against the person of the minister of defence, Gen Salihu Magashi rtd. The clip was given the widest sharing, purportedly to present the minister as a man with poor phonetics. There was a gaffe in the speech of the minister at the burial ceremony of the Late Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru and other military officers on Saturday, May 22nd, 2021, and mischief-makers were quick to capitalise on it,…

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Scandal Probe: What is good for the Goose must be good for the Gander

By Bala Ibrahim From all indications, the suspension of the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, is likely to open a Pandora’s box, that could generate more complicated problems for the government in particular, and the system in general. Pursuant to her suspension, which came without any official explanation, the suspended Hadiza seems ready to take everyone involved to the cleaners. To this effect, official memos that under normal circumstances should be kept secret, have begun circulating freely on the social media. Documents, including one…

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New Kaduna: Making the Journey to Utopia Shorter Than Forecasted

By Mustapha Ramalan The scale of infrastructural development projects executed so far under the Mal. Nasir El-Rufai-led administration in Kaduna State is undoubtedly unprecedented. Expansive road projects, audacious remodelling of markets and public places, deliberate and unambiguous urbanization is taking place in the northern powerhouse is at a rate never seen before. This was the kind of change Kaduna residents wanted going into the 2015 election. It is not just the magnitude of these projects which is very impressive, but the outsized quality as well; we are witnessing jaw-dropping bridges…

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JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY

By Fatima Dauda Kurfi  Gems on the Road…  “My mother always told me that there is always one way a woman can be truly safe in this world; and that is to be fiercely, inarguably, and masterfully talented.” -Marie Mutsuki Mockett Talents are God’s gift and they are described as natural aptitude or skills at something. Most of us are born with one or more talents, but most people never identify or discover their talents. Since every child is born talented it is important to identify and discover your child talents early…

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PMB and the proper pricing of petrol

By Bala Ibrahim The Federal Government has increased the pump price of petrol from N148 to N151.56 per litre, and some people are calling for hell to come loose, or the President should resign because of what they called, deceit. I don’t know who is deceiving who. Is it the cynics that are acting with selfish sentiments, or the President, that is being propelled by patriotism? Except for those of us that have elected to be mentally lazy, the answer to the problem is boldly displayed on the global market…

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Nigeria Desperately Needs That Change

Andy Ugo, M.D. Mistaking stepping on the snake-tail would not stop it from biting you. The compounding economic and social challenges/hardship keep on biting Nigerians, even doe they mistakenly step on it and unfortunately we have identified the roots of these issues but yet to fix it. Untold poverty, growing inequality, acute hardships, and alarming insecurity and deprivations have been threatening the fundamental human rights of living freely and safely in Nigeria. We are already on the verge of anarchy, and it seems too little too late to do something…

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We’re grateful to you, but we are not happy

By Bala Ibrahim Last week Wednesday the 29th of July 2020, almost exactly 11 years after the killing of Mohammed Yusuf, in the same month in 2009, the Governor of Borno State, Professor, Engineer, Babagana Zulum, narrowly escaped death when his convoy was attacked in Baga on his way to visit some Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs. The attack was repelled by the security men in his convoy, but there were casualties on the side of his entourage. Enraged by what happened, despite the countless assurances given by the military that…

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