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    BY KEN UGBECHIE The nation’s telecom sector blooms like Mayflower. Reason is not far-fetched. A good workman is on duty. Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, like an adept blacksmith, has been working the anvil in the last five years. It’s all in the house. Since 2001 ...
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    KEN UGBECHIE ..gongbeat column It’s democracy in action once again last Tuesday at the National Assembly. Mr. Festus Keyamo, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment was before a Joint Committee on Labour of both the Senate and the House. He was invited to brief the committee on a very important matter: the directive ...
  • COVID-19
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    KEN UGBECHIE And it came to pass that on the 22nd day of the fourth month in the year 2020 in the midst of Covid-19 pandemic, Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State transformed into an Emperor. A full-fledged imperial ruler of the order of King Nebuchadnezzar, the powerful but despicable king of Babylon (circa 605 ...
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    By KEN UGBECHIE The National Security Adviser, NSA, Babagana Monguno, a retired Major General, is not a happy man. His letter to Service Chiefs unwraps the seething anger of the man charged with the responsibility of coordinating the nation’s security apparatchik. Monguno is a fit and proper person to occupy the post of NSA. He’s ...
  • Nunieh
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    KEN UGBECHIE The acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Dr Joi Nunieh, has stamped her feet on the turf with a clear message to corrupt contractors: Your days are numbered. Nunieh, considered by Niger Deltans as the best candidate for the job of bringing sanity to NDDC, has not disappointed so ...
  • Black workers
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    KEN UGBECHIE The year 2019 was once thought to be apocalyptic. The year of the molten lava; of the raging volcano. Eurasia, the now 21-year-old intelligence (advisory and consulting) agency in 2018 foretold of some high risks of 2019. It placed US-China relations; Brexit; cyber-criminality; Nigeria’s presidential election; the whittling of European populism; the impeachment ...
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    Mr Dotun Oladipo, Publisher of The Eagle Online has been re-elected as the President, Guild of Corporate Online Publishers, GOCOP. He was returned unopposed at the Guild’s annual general meeting on Thursday in Lagos through affirmation alongside other members of the executive committee elected in 2017. Sequel to a unanimous view that the Oladipo-led executive ...
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    BY KEN UGBECHIE By mid-last week, I encountered an old friend, a senior police officer. It was during the June 12 bunting. Heavy security presence where we were. It was understandable. In the euphoria of June 12 commemorative celebration, anything can happen, especially in Lagos where the fire to actualize MKO Abiola’s mandate burnt fervently ...
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    KEN UGBECHIE Nigeria’s much anticipated 2019 elections lived up to expectation. Pundits had predicted surprises, violence, voter apathy, partisanship by security agents and even INEC officials. It had all of them, and in good measure. The build-up was frenetic and febrile. The atmosphere was fired up by vitriol from vested interests. The umpire, INEC, was ...
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    KEN UGBECHIE… Not many people still remember George Stephanopoulos. He was the cute, charming media aide to President Bill Clinton. George had known Clinton before he joined the President’s campaign team and was later appointed the President’s spokesman when Clinton blazed his way into the White House to become the 42nd President of the United ...