OPINION: Warehoused COVID-19 Palliatives: Are The Rich Now Robbing The Poor?

By Isaac Asabor When in August 2020 the private sector-led Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) formally flagged off a nationwide distribution of multi-billion naira food palliative and other relief items to mitigate the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on vulnerable Nigerians, many people erroneously thought that the palliatives will be equitably and fairly distributed in line with the wish of the partners in the Coalition. It is expedient to recall that the relief materials for which the private sector operators spent about N23 billion to cover 1.7 million families amounting…

OPINION: In Defence of Nigerian Youths

By Isaac Asabor Is Public Relations (PR) always about “sugar and spice and everything nice”? Are there situations where you have to close ranks and fight to defend seemingly defenseless people? The answer to the foregoing first question is, “No” while that of the second question is “Yes”. In this age of social media where seemingly innocuous events could be blown way out of proportion, and at the same time where getting the facts across to the people become increasingly challenging in an ever-streaming, over-cluttered digital world, it is increasingly…

VIEWPOINT: Why I stopped Celebrating Nigeria Independence (My Ogulagha experience)

By Cletus Opukeme As a young industrial worker from the Ijaw speaking tribe back in 1995,  in Forcados Terminal, Ogulagha town with NISCO company. A year after my secondary school education to fend for myself. I observed two things which geared my consciousness and feeling as a second class citizen as  Ijaw man in Nigeria. The company had two sets of staff. One set of workers were called company staff another contract staff, those workers from the host communities. There is disparity in terms of condition of services, include welfare…

OPINION: Lekki Toll Gate Killings; How Nigerian Leaders Send Wrong Signals.

By Jerome-Mario Utomi. Viewed subjectively, experience is the best teacher. But in an applied sense, experience is not the best teacher. Rather, it is what you do with what happens that teaches.The usefulness of experience essentially manifests in the development of the capacity to escape the guilt of the past and anxiety for the future.This ability to learn from past deeds coupled with the ability to centrally plan over a period of time, spelling out for both normal and contingency conditions in such a way that create positive impacts on…

OPINION: Is Nigeria On The Brink?

By Jacob Onjewu Dickson Happenings over the last few days are alarming and desperately beg for prompt attention. Pockets of violence have greeted the earlier peaceful EndSARS protests which rocked several major cities across the country. It is sad that the most populous black nation on Earth has been greeted by such occurrences, gaining roots from alleged injustices that pervade the country over the years. What started out as a peaceful protest took a new twist over the last two days, leaving behind several questions begging for answers. This has…

OPINION: Seeing Youths Behind #EndSARS Campaign As Organizers Extraordinaire

By Isaac Asabor If there are youths in any part of the world who their haters and traducers have mischievously, and consistently being colored to be bad, and have in that light been accused to be perpetrators of “yahoo-yahoo” crime,  kidnapping, armed robbery, rape and all other indescribable crimes that have been the bane of Nigeria, they are unarguably Nigerian youths. In as much as their haters and traducers have for the umpteenth time erroneously tried to convince anyone that cared to listen to them about how bad the behaviors…

VIEWPOINT: Sen (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa is the Only Progressive Politician in Nigeria and Beyond

By Ogwezzy, Richardson In response to series of questions emanating from my previous write-up published by Ndokwa Reporters Viewpoint on-line on the “Categories (types) of Politicians in Nigeria” by our avid readers, requesting me to give examples of progressive politicians in Nigeria. Before I will give answers to such questions, I will first and foremost, let us have a kind of flashback, on the major determinants of progressive politicians as I listed are, he or she must be continuous in office, his position must be on upward order, he must…

OPINION: Pondering Over The Pandemic Nigerians Are Pandering With

By Isaac Asabor It would be recalled that ahead of the recently concluded elections in Edo and Ondo governorship elections, that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced some COVID-19 safety measures, insisting that any voter who does not wear facemask would not be allowed to vote. The announcement was made on the heels of the Federal Government’s approval of N8.9 billion for COVID-19 hazard allowance to all medical health workers with a promise to give priority to the procurement of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for hospitals and isolation centres.…

OPINION: Reforming Nigeria Police Requires 360 Degree Approach

By Isaac Asabor There is no denying the fact that the upshot of corruption, mistrust, and misuse of power that characterized the operations of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), now renamed Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) has since the last few days been sending shock waves nationwide as the youths have been trooping to the streets to express their reservations over the development that does not go down well with the citizenry. Over the years, SARS operatives, who ought to be custodians of the law have been grappling with an…

OPINION: U.S Election 2020; Trump and Validity of Controversy

By Jerome-Mario Utomi Back in 2005, I read the sage underline that; argument is one thing you will never win. If you win, you lose; if you lose, you lose. If you win an argument but lose a good job, customer, friend, position or marriage, what kind of victory is it? Argument is like fighting a foolish battle. Even if one wins, the cost may be more than the victory is worth. Emotional battles leave a residual ill will even if you win. The best way to win an argument…