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LAGOS AND THE NUISANCE OF LAND GRABBERS

  Temilade Aruya   Buying a  piece of land in Lagos state and putting up a structure on same is usually a tall order, no thanks to the belligerent activities of land grabbers and land speculators popularly known as “Omo-Onile” who make life unbearable for intending house owners through their voracious frivolous demands. There have been many instances where unsuspecting …

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ON LAGOS’ BOOST FOR WEALTH CREATION

  BILKIS OGUNNUBI Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa and the second largest economy in the continent with a population of over 150 million is endowed with diverse and infinite human, material and capital resources; but years of corruption, civil war, military rules and mismanagement coupled with years of negligence and adverse policies have hindered economic growth in the …

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ADDRESSING PREJUDICE AGAINST WOMEN

   BILKIS BAKARE Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American congresswoman once said: “The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says, “It’s a girl.” Shaped by discrimination and bias, the society, especially in the third world, has dealt the girl-child a rough blow even before birth.  In India and across South Asia, untold numbers of infant girls …

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ON LAGOS’ BOOST FOR LOCAL PRODUCTS

  Tayo Ogunbiyi At the launch of the first Lagos State Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Fair, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode affirmed that the best way to revive the national economy was to evolve a conscious development of its micro, small and medium enterprises sub-sector. According to the Governor, there was the need to put in place …

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CURTAILING ILLEGAL MINNING AND DREDGING IN LAGOS

The waterways stretching from Badagry to Epe,  (with a Peninsular in between, a lagoon at the back and the Atlantic in front), Ikorodu to Marina, Badagry to Marina, among others, are nature’s gifts to Lagos. These are coastlines which many people wish for, being natural habitats yet to be subjected to devastation, global warming, climate change and other environmental hazards. …

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UPPER CHAMBER AND LAGOS’ SPECIAL STATUS

Tayo Ogunbiyi According to reports, senators were recently engaged in fierce debates over a bill seeking for an Act to make special provision for Federal grants to Lagos State in recognition of its strategic socio-economic significance and other connected purposes. The bill, which was sponsored by Senator Oluremi Tinubu (Lagos Central), purportedly sparked huge uproars at the upper chamber that …

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FOSTERING INTER-STATE SOCIO-ECONOMIC UNION IN NIGERIA: THE LAGOS STATE EXAMPLE

Ayo Afuwape The bedrock of a strategy that can productively engage the world’s population in assuming responsibility for its collective destiny must be the consciousness of the oneness of humankind. This can come in the form of the adversarial structure of civil government or in a non-antagonistic competitive spirit for economic prosperity, being the mainspring of human interaction. Currently, Israel …

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ADDRESSING MATERNAL MORTALITY RATE IN NIGERIA: LAGOS TBAs IN FOCUS

Ayo Afuwape In Year 2000, WHO ranked 187th in overall performance in health among 191 member states. This unhealthy ranking has since made stakeholders in the health sector devised several means to reverse the trend. This includes strengthening the operations of Traditional Birth Attendants, TBAs, for safer delivery of newborns and as a strategy to reverse the country’s maternal mortality …

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Global Livability Ranking: Lagos Chooses to be Resilient

On Thursday August 18, the Economist’s Intelligent Unit (EIU) released its Global Livability Ranking for this year, in which only 140 important cities of the world are rated along five criteria – stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure. It is one of the three notable ranking exercises that attempt to gauge the standard and quality of living in …

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LAGOS, PUBLIC ENLIGHTENMENT AND GOOD GOVERNANCE

Michael Oputeh In his book, ‘The Rise of the Public in Enlightenment Europe’, James Van Hom Melton examines the rise of the public in the eighteenth century Europe. During the period, the public assumed a new significance as government came to recognize the power of public opinion in political life. Of course, by then, the expansion of print culture had …

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